February 2009

Chocolate Swirled Banana Bread {and Classic Banana Bread}

A few years ago, Cooking Light did an entire series of a-maz-ing banana breads. I’m sad to say that I haven’t even tried them all yet because a) I love the Classic Banana Bread and the Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread so much and b) my kids go through bananas so fast that I rarely have any brownish ones to use for banana bread. I literally had to hide the bananas for this recipe so I didn’t have to face the …

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Posted in Condiments, Other, Sara
Sourdough Garlic-Herb Croutons

So, croutons. I’m a crouton girl. Sometimes I eat a salad just so I can put croutons on it. The same goes for homemade ranch dressing. So sometimes I forego the vegetable part all together and just dip croutons in ranch. Cutting out the middle man, ya know? I also love fresh croutons on hot soup. The way that crunchy bread soaks up the hot liquid so it’s soft and buttery on the bottom and crisp and crunchy on top? …

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Flour Facts

We’ve had a lot of people ask us about different kinds of flour, what they’re used for, and if you need to get really wild and have all these different types of flour in your house. Normally, I’m an all-purpose flour kind of girl; if a recipe calls for something different, I usually ditch the recipe because last time I had a bunch of cake flour on hand, I opened it up 6 months later and found it full of …

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Chicken Cacciatore

So apparently it’s Dad Week on Our Best Bites! I actually had another recipe planned for today, but I feel like I’m still working out the kinks on that one. As it stands, that’s one’s a little mustardy. So yeah, I was at a loss for what I’d post today and then I remembered that I’ve had this recipe hanging out on my computer for months now. Today’s the day. I’ve mentioned my dad before when talking about foods that …

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Smokey Bean Soup with Ham and Bacon

It’s no secret that we love soups around here. And it seems like every year I find one during “soup season” that I just keep making over and over again. Right now, it’s this one. I’ve been wanting to post it for months and with all of the holiday festivities around here it kept getting pushed off. I know ham and bean soup probably doesn’t sound super exciting, but you’ve got to believe me when I tell you how good …

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Molten Lava Cakes

Now that we’ve got breakfast, dinner, and treats to give away covered, we need a quick and easy, yet sinfully delicious dessert. You know you can always count on me for that, right?? There are a million recipes out there for Molten Lava Cakes. I’ve tried tons of different ones and honestly I’ve never had a bad one. I mean, how can anything that looks like this not be good?! This particular recipe I got from my beautiful, intelligent, and …

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Part II: Peter’s Lasagna

Okay, now that it’s been established that I’m not in serious trouble for posting my slightly-nicer-than-average, Harry Potter-spoiling brother-in-law’s authentic lasagna recipe, I can go easy on the sucking up. I have made a few changes out of sheer convenience and I’m hoping if he can forgive his own wife for leaving out the Béchamel sauce altogether, he can forgive me for mixing stuff together. It’s all going to the same place, right? RIGHT? Peter’s Genuine Italian Lasagna 1 recipe …

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Peter’s Pasta and Lasagna Sauce

So once upon a time, my husband and I lived close to my awesome brother-in-law Peter and his equally cool wife Stephanie. Peter lived in Italy for a couple of years and while he was there, he learned to make fabulous lasagna. Like real Italian lasagna. Now granted, I’ve been about as far out of the country as Disney Cruise Line takes you on a four-night journey, so I’m taking Peter’s word for it here. But I can say that …

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Double Chocolate Waffles with Berry Sauce

Since Valentines day is on a weekend this year, I thought a special breakfast was a necessity! I still remember being a kid and having my Mom make us heart shaped toast, pink milk, and stuff like that. We love fancy breakfast days at our house, and Valentines day is the perfect excuse to go a little nuts. This was also the perfect excuse for me to come up with a recipe that I’ve been imagining in my head for …

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Red Beans and Rice

As a lot of you probably know, we moved to Louisiana about a year ago. When we announced that we were moving here, we heard one of two things: 1) “Why?!” and 2) “The food there is absolutely amazing.” Actually, a lot of times we heard both! I’ll spare you the gory details of our move down here, but I will tell you that it involved a missed flight, a week in an extended-stay hotel that my 3-year-old referred to …

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