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Banana Brownies

Banana Brownies

I just discovered Canada’s Food TV Blog, where Catherine Jheon hosts her “Cooking Club Challenge”. What a great idea! I have a mind to borrow the idea if my friends are up for the challenge. The one thing I’d like to change is to open the forum to any recipe, not necessarily food network recipes. May’s Challenge was Banana Brownies by Michael Smith. In my opinion, there are very few flavor combinations better than banana and chocolate.

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Cranberry Flax No-Knead Bread

Cranberry-Flax No Knead Bread

Is there anything better than fresh baked bread? Crusty on the outside, moist with a slight chew on the inside, and lots of air pockets to catch your smear of butter; I could live on that!

Mom is visiting, and I couldn’t wait to show her the new discovery we made: No Knead Bread! Besides quick breads, I had never made real bread from scratch until a friend introduced us to an interview demonstration & recipe for No Knead Bread that Jim Lahey of the Sullivan Street Bakery did with The New York Times. It was too easy to be true, but with a few minutes here and there of work and 4 simple ingredients…there was nothing to lose. It isn’t the best bread I’ve had, but it’s really good!

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Heirloom Romanesco Cauliflower – A Two Way Road

Heirloom Romanesco Cauliflower

This may be just about the most amazing looking vegetable I have ever seen. We were roaming the Saturday morning farmers market in Santa Monica when we spotted a stand covered with these crazy vegetables. The friendly vendors told us about their heirloom cauliflower. Of course we had to take one home, along with a hand-full of red, yellow, and purple new potatoes. We had no idea what to do with the cauliflower. Did I have the heart to cook this out-of-this-world looking vegetable? Well, not before giving it a good photo shoot first!

This Italian heirloom hails from the coastal region between Rome and Naples. Romanesco cauliflower is noted for its large, white heads with groups of pointed spirals. Now comes a new color for this classic. ‘Veronica’ Romanesco cauliflower has the same growth habit but features lime green heads. The heads have a mild, nutty taste and are best harvested on the young side. garden.org

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