Connecting to Thanksgiving….a whirlwind of afternoon cooking

I feel like I’m making headway on this Thanksgiving Cooking Journey.  I must say, as of this evening, I’m having a good time.  Today’s list has everything checked off of it, except the steak part of tonights dinner.  Seems to me that might be a manly dish for Mike to make. 

It was quite a busy kitchen day.  It started with Banana Nut Bread and Cookies.  A couple of yummy fish tacos at Rubios, the purchase of almost what I wanted wine glasses at Home Goods (but they had five of them and that’s the number I needed), a second round of grocery shopping at Raleys, and I was back at home to spark up the kitchen again.

I’m pleased to say, my Pie Dough is in the refrigerator ready to be filled and baked tomorrow morning.  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Pastry-Dough-240606 

And at this very moment, the Turkey Stock is simmering on the stove.  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/printerfriendly/Homemade-Turkey-Stock-240445

Mike isn’t very fond of turkey.  He’ll eat it, but would rather have ham.  So tomorrow night, upon Big D’s arrival, I’m going to serve a ham.  It’s pretty easy, and we can serve it again on Thanksgiving along with the Turkey.  Tonight I’m making Mac and Two Cheeses with Carmelized Shallots .  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mac-and-Two-Cheeses-with-Caramelized-Shallots-350762   There’s so much, I think there’ll be enought to make it through Thursday evening.

And now time for a glass of wine.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Thanksgiving Connections…Banana Nut Bread


A couple of year ago I found a great recipe for Banana Nut Bread on Epicurious.com.  Although the recipe was good, there was a MUCH better recipe down in the comments section.  My bread is in the oven.  Your turn.  Baking and Connected.

Let me give you a GOOD recipe for banana bread. I’ve been searching for years for the perfect recipe and I think I have found it at a bed and breakfast in Louisville,Ky. BEST EVER BANANA BREAD 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 3 very ripe bananas 2 eggs 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1 cup crushed walnuts Preheat oven to 350 degrees,Cream sugar and butter. Add bananas and eggs beaten. Sift flour,salt and baking soda 3 times. Blend and add to banana mixture. Pour patter into a 9×5 loaf pan. Bake for 55 min. Cool on rack. If this is not the tastiest and moistest bread you’ve ever eaten, I will eat your peels.