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Mocha Date Banana Bread

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Banana bread is one of those classic quick loaves that is made countlessly across the world. It is not only delicious, but it is also delicious. Unfortunately, with the quick life of a banana, banana bread can become too common on your table and the family might not want to eat it again.

The solution there is to have several versions of banana bread and this one is unusual as well as delicious. My basic banana bread recipe is so easy to change up! It is delicious each and every time it is baked. In this house, banana bread bananas stack up, so the challenge is to use them in new ways and come up with an equally delicious loaf. This one fills the bill, feel free to add in some chocolate chips....




Mocha Date Banana Bread
350-degree oven

1 c snipped dates
1/2 c hot coffee

Cover dates with the coffee, stir once or twice while coffee cools. (I poured the coffee over the dates, let sit 10 minutes, stirred again and left for work.)

In a medium bowl combine and set aside:

1 c flour
1 c whole wheat flour - I used spelt flour
1 T cocoa
1 t baking soda
1 t salt

In a large bowl, beat together:

1/4 c oil
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c brown sugar
2 eggs

then add and stir well:

3 mashed bananas (about 1 c)

1 c chopped walnuts

Stir dry ingredients, add sugar oil mixture, mashed bananas, and the date mixture. Do not over mix. Pour into a prepared 9X5 loaf pan. Add the chopped nuts to the top of the loaf.

Bake 55 - 60 minutes or tests done. Let cool in pan 5 minutes, turn out to cool completely. Wrap and store 24 hours before serving.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Beef-a-Roni

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Homemade Beef-a-Roni, make good use of leftover grilled burger patties!
Homemade Beef-a-Roni.

Whenever we grill, we usually grill extra meat or get a roast charred for a future meal. The extra flavor is worth planning ahead to make the most of the time using the grill.

Then there are times when too much was cooked, this can happen when guests are expected but showed up with small appetites. This recipe will help you with the "we cooked too much meat, now what?" problem.....

Grilled Burger is delicious in Homemade Beef-a-Roni.
Using the grilled burgers diced up, gave this dish a wonderful flavor. I will probably grill up extra burger patties in the future to use in dishes, the added flavor is great!

I decided on homemade beef-a-roni after seeing this link on the Perfect Pantry/facebook. I do not like pasta as much as Mr. Ruhlman so I won't use a full pound! I enjoy and like recipes like this, they are easy and easy to adapt to what you have on hand or more importantly, what your family likes.

This recipe is my kind of a make it up, use it up, and eat it up arrangement!

Homemade Beef-a-Roni
by the seat of my pants

1 medium onion diced 1/4 inch
1 T oil
1 t garlic salt
2 14 oz cans Italian stewed tomatoes
Seasoning of choice, I chose to make this very simple but you could add your families favorites here.
1 - 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or this is a great way to use up extra grilled meat, diced 1/4 inch
8 oz elbow macaroni (or up to 12 oz, depending upon how much pasta your family likes)
2 c (or more, it is up to you) grated cheese, use what you have


Saute the onion in the oil, until wilted, add the garlic salt and cook on low while preparing the tomatoes.
Pour both cans of tomatoes into a blender and puree, add this to the onions.
If using raw beef, saute separately and drain the excess fat, add to the tomato mixture.
Cover and simmer 1 hour.
Cook pasta until 1/2 done, drain well.
Stir into the tomato mixture and turn into a 9X13 glass pan.
Cover with the grated cheese and bake 30 minutes.

Homemade Beef-a-Roni, bake until bubbly and the cheese has a light crust.
Homemade Beef-a-Roni, ready to bake.

A delicious dinner that also reheats well. Add a green vegetable or a salad and some fruit and dinner is done.

Enjoy!

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Western Style Baked Beans, in the crockpot

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

These beans are delicious!
These beans are easy!
These beans are "man food", but everyone will love them, I promise...

Western Style Baked Beans, with three meats and zesty seasonings.
Western Style Baked Beans.
Western Style Baked Beans
adapted from:  Tasting Spoons
serves 8-12

1/2 to 1 pound ground beef, browned, drained and chopped if pieces are large (I use 1# gr. beef)

1/2 pound bacon, cooked, crumbled
1/4 pound ham, diced fine
62 oz canned Pork and Beans
3 T minced onion
1 1/2 t chili powder or 2 T Penzy's Arizona Dreaming Seasoning (I use the Penzy's)
2 T ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1 T molasses
2 T water (I did not add, my beans had enough liquid)

Add ground beef to the bottom of the crockpot, spread evenly. Combine all remaining ingredients, combine to mix, add to the crockpot, covering the beef, do not stir.

Cook on low 8 hours, stir gently to bring beef up into bean mixture,

Serve.

Leftovers freeze well.

Enjoy!

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Maple Cornbread Muffins

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…


I am not a vegetarian, haven't even considered it. But I am a child of the 50's and having grown up in Marin County California, I am attracted to ideas of a different nature. Having been exposed to the colorful world around me at a very impressionable age, I came away with what I consider to be the best of it all. Vegetarian cookbooks seem to fall in that category, for me; a carnivore.

Also they usually have great whole grain baked goods and main dish recipes that are full of vegetables. Both of these items, using more whole grain and eating more vegetables, are on my "bucket list" of kitchen changes.

This was another book I was able to pick up for a song, at the local thrift store. The recipe that caught my eye right away was the Maple Cornbread Muffins. We had these for breakfast this morning, along with bacon and eggs. The maple flavor is mild. Best of all these are good, they are especially good with raspberry jam!

They would also be great alongside a bowl of soup, chili or salad.

Maple Cornbread Muffins
adapted from: Horn of the Moon Cookbook
400-degree oven

1 c whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 c all purpose flour (you may use 100% whole grain if you wish)
2/3 c cornmeal
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt2 eggs
1/3 c real maple syrup
3/4 c milk ( I almost forgot this ingredient, you can tell; it is not in the photo!)
1/2 c butter - melted and cooled*

Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Beat eggs, syrup, and milk together, beat in butter. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Spoon evenly into 12 prepared muffin tins.
Bake 20 minutes or until golden.

Makes 12.



Enjoy!

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*I will substitute coconut oil for the butter n future batches.
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