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Archive for April, 2008

Cosmic Banana Nut Bread

This is my favorite banana bread.  I’ve been making it since the early 1970’s.  The addition of whole wheat flour was something most of our mothers didn’t bake with, but we were “back to the land”, earthy and organic.  Now, I add several heaping tablespoons of ground flax seeds, and sometimes I use a good quality organic yogurt in place of the sour cream.  There doesn’t seem to be much of a difference when using yogurt, either in taste or texture.  Here’s the recipe:

Cosmic Banana Bread

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) sea salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (walnuts add omega 3’s)   

With a mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and mix well.  Whisk dry ingredients together and combine with butter mixture; blend well.  Add bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and nuts; stir well.  Pour into greased 9×5 loaf pan.  Bake 1 hour at 350*.

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Fresh Garlic & Geodes

Fresh garlic, plucked straight from the garden, is as juicy and crisp as a fall apple.  Today, while poking around my spring-time yard, I discovered the garlic I planted in the fall is sprouting.  I’ve got visions of garlic dancing in my head!  While scouting around the yard I took a few photographs of the many Geode rocks dotting the landscape.  They are the neatest and most unusual rocks!  They make perfect additions to the garden.  My husband has started building a rock wall with them.  I’ll post a photo when he’s finished.  I’m thinking of making a batch of my blueberry muffins.  It’s a recipe I found in an early 1980’s magazine and have used ever since.  They really are good, and not your typical white flour muffins.  I’ll post it this weekend. 

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