Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Banana Bread

This website has become a storage facility for most of my recipes. I came here to find my banana bread recipe, but I couldn't. I guess I never posted it. I got it from my friend, Bridget. My recipe card (in her beautiful handwriting) is well worn! The bread is AMAZING!

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and bananas and beat. Stir in sour cream, vanilla, soda, and flour. Pour into greased and floured pan. Sprinkle with light brown sugar.

Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lemon and Garlic Grilled Chicken

I was looking for a new marinade and came across this one on Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

Juice of 1 lemon, approximately 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic, about 2 medium cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pound chicken breasts (I usually cut really thick chicken breasts down to thin them out and make the pieces a little smaller so they absorb the marinade better)

Combine all marinade ingredients. Place chicken in a ziploc bag and pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag and place in fridge overnight. Grill (or cook in frying pan). Serve with sides of your choice or cut into bite sized pieces and add to desired recipe (I’ll be sharing a few with you soon). Note: If you cut your chicken into smaller, bite-sized pieces and then marinate it, you can get away with only letting it marinate for 5 or 6 hours instead of overnight.

Often, I will double the marinade and chicken and grill it all up and freeze the extras to use later.

*Photo used with Mel's permission

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

This recipe seems to be going around my church. I am a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate. I can't wait to try this! It's definitely a special treat recipe.

1 cup melted butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (may need to make these heaping cups)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter (or crunchy if you'd like)
2 cups chocolate chips

Mix the first 4 ingredients together until blended well. Press this mixture into a 9x13 pan (you may want to spray it, but usually I just sprinkle some extra graham cracker crumbs in the pan to make the bars easier to get out). Melt the chocolate chips and pour over the mixture. spread with a spatula. Put it in the freezer or fridge to let the chocolate harden. I usually put it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes, then get it out to cut it while it's still somewhat soft. Otherwise, the chocolate will crack. Then let it harden completely, and it's ready!