Monthly Archives: March 2014

Not Elvis’s PB and Banana Snack

Every time I buy bananas, I end up with one or two that turn dark in the fruit bowl. I’m not talking about rotten bananas–just dark. Instead of letting these go to waste or succumb to mold, I decided to experiment. I took pictures of the results, but because this snack is meant to be delicious instead of pretty, you’ll just have to try it out for yourself.

Ingredients:

Bananas
Margarine
Creamy peanut butter
Graham crackers (I use Kinnikinnick’s S’moreables)

Directions:

1. Peel bananas and slice them into pieces 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
2. Heat margarine in a pan and cook bananas.
3. When both sides of the banana slices are golden brown and soft (bordering on slimy) remove from heat.
4. Spread peanut butter on the graham crackers and top with a warm banana slice.
5. Keep napkins handy and enjoy.

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Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice

I found a page from an old Southern Living under some stuff in my garage, and it featured the following recipe. What the heck, I thought. I had everything on hand (more or less), so I cooked it. The original recipe can be found here. It calls for turkey sausage, but most turkey sausage tastes like hot dogs, which are unpalatable to me, so I used pork instead.

Makes 10 cups
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 7 hours

Ingredients:

1 lb. dried red beans
3/4 lb. smoked sausage, thinly sliced
3 celery ribs, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. Creole seasoning (I use Tony Cachere’s Original Creole Seasoning)
Hot cooked long-grain rice
Hot sauce to taste
Finely chopped green or red onion (optional garnish)

Directions:

1. Combine first 8 ingredients and 7 cups water in a 4-quart slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on HIGH for 7 hours or until beans are tender.
3. Serve red-bean mixture with hot cooked rice and optional hot sauce and/or garnish.

Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

On a whim, I decided to make potato soup one cold night. I’d never even eaten potato soup before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. After searching for a bit, I came across the following recipe for Creamy Leek and Potato Soup by Emeril Lagassee on Food Network’s site. You can find the original recipe here, as I alter things a bit (because of allergies, I omit the cheese; because of preference, I omit the parsley).

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes (or less)
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp margarine
3 cups sliced leeks, white and light green parts
1 tsp minced garlic
6 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 pounds boiling potatoes, peeled and quartered
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. In a large pot, melt 3 tablespoons of margarine over low heat.
2. Add sliced leeks and cook, stirring often, until they’re tender (about 3 minutes).
3. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
4. Add the chicken stock and potatoes.
5. Cover and simmer gently until the vegetables are tender (about 30 minutes, unless you boil it rapidly like I do–then you’re looking at about 15-20 minutes).
6. Remove from heat and use a hand-held immersion blender, or in batches in a food processor, puree the soup until it’s smooth.
7. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add parsley or soft herbed cheese as an optional garnish.
8. Serve immediately, or reheat for later. Either way, it’s delicious.

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