Banana Bread

Pumpkin bread has always been my favorite of the quick bread varieties and I'm sure you can guess why. I can remember my mom making several mini loaves at a time with the intention to freeze some, but few would actually make it that far. I've said it here, and I'll say it again, I LOVE pumpkin. Period. But, enough about pumpkin because I want to show some love to bananas. I have found that people either love bananas or don't particularly care for them. I've met many banana haters and banana lovers. I've met people that couldn't even stand the smell of bananas and those that preferred waiting until they were black and shriveled before they ate them (I might have made some of you gag right there, sorry!).  It's quite the dichotomous world we live in when it comes to this fruit.


Autumn Love

I don't have a new recipe for you today (I'm hoping to remedy that this weekend), but I do have some fall inspiration for you from the archives.  I realized I haven't been baking much at all outside of farmers market prep because it's been so hot. I think I'm putting an end to that this weekend come hell or high water because I'm declaring it autumn in my world. It may be 95 degrees out but I'm baking, dammit! To be honest, this has actually been the most mild summer in ages. We haven't had to suffer through too much extreme heat and it was still cool and pleasant in June! I'm hoping the "cooling" trend continues into the next season so that we may be able to experience more of a "true" autumn. Hey, a girl can dream.

As promised, here's some autumn-y inspiration from the archives:

pumpkin steel cut oats with maple cinnamon apples


Farm to Table: Masaledar Sem (Spicy Green Beans)

I had no plans whatsoever of posting this recipe. It just happened to be what I fixed for dinner on Sunday evening. I liked it so much that I figured I would share it here in case you might be looking for some green bean inspiration or needing something a little different for dinner.

I actually stumbled across this recipe on Food 52 this weekend right after I had bought a big basket of green beans and some heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market. I knew I needed to cook the green beans sooner rather than later but I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with them.  Cue the Masaledar Sem recipe. It's an Indian spiced green bean dish perfect for late summer/early fall. It starts with chile, spices, and a ginger garlic paste. I'm pretty sure anything that starts with a ginger garlic paste will be awesome.  In fact, next time I pick up some garlic, I might make some to keep on hand in my fridge or freezer. The smell alone is so amazing that it might temporarily make you forget what you were doing.


Wild Foraging - Spiced Muscadine Butter

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by being able to forage for my own food. As a kid, I loved going with my Dad to find dewberries patches at the beginning of summer. It seemed so satisfying to partake in all of the foraging activities and it even made the berries themselves taste that much better. We had a pecan tree and a pear tree in our backyard so as a kid I would often pretend that I was collecting my food supply for a life in the outdoors. I would ferret my collections away in my playhouse, known to me as my home in the wild. I would also sneak kumquats from a neighbor's tree from time to time. I think I find it so much more satisfying to be able to do the work of finding, picking, or growing food for myself. It's much more personal and involved than driving to a grocery store and buying say an apple. I would rather go to an orchard, take in the beauty, and do the work of harvesting apples myself. Maybe that's why I've become such an avid proponent of supporting farmers markets.