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Family Favorite Banana Bread

I can hear you now.  Ho-hum, you are saying.  Banana bread is just so yesterday.  Yes, everyone has a banana bread recipe, but this is the one we use in my family.  It is the banana bread my mom made for my brothers, my sister and me, and for all her grandchildren. Now that I am a grandmother, this is the banana bread I make for my precious granddaughter.  This is the banana bread that is at the top of the favorite foods list for three generations of our family, so it is definitely not a ho-hum recipe for us. Best Banana Bread for Breakfast or Snacks Freshly Baked Banana Bread So what makes this banana bread recipe a family favorite?  Our banana bread is moist, dense, sweet and packed with banana flavor.  It is delicious warm from the oven, but it gets even better a day or two later.  A slice of banana bread travels well, so it makes for a quick breakfast when grab-and-go is all you have time for.  When we want to kick this recipe up a notch on the decadence scale we will add

How to Make a Quick and Tasty Confetti Rice Side Dish

Occasionally, we like to have rice as a side dish at my house.  Plain rice is not our thing, so I'm always mixing something into it.  I've also been known to buy the prepared rice mixtures in a box to have a quick rice side dish ready whenever I'm too busy to make it from scratch.  I try not to use the prepared mixes very often because I like to control the ingredients in our food.  This confetti rice is one of my favorite made from scratch rice recipes for a quick weeknight side dish. 25 Minute Confetti Rice Confetti Rice for Weeknight Dinners When I was making this rice the other night, I looked at the ingredients on the cutting board and thought the name, Confetti Rice, would describe it perfectly.  Genius, I thought!  Confetti rice is a perfect name for this dish.  So, when I sat down to write this post to share the recipe with all of you, I decided to Google "confetti rice".  Google gave me 628,000 results!  I guess now we'll have 629,000 confet

How to Make a Peach Crisp Using Fresh Peaches

Peaches are a seasonal fruit that I try to make the most of when they reach their peak.  There are beautiful peaches in the market right now so the time is ripe for peach desserts.  Fresh peaches are a wonderful fruit to use in desserts like cobblers, pies, and crisps.  Today I'm making a fresh peach crisp. Peach Crisp: A Seasonal Fruit Dessert (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you make purchases using these links you help support the costs to operate this blog.) Peach Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream My crisp recipe is our family recipe.  It differs from most fruit crisp recipes in that the topping is made with sugar, flour, and butter and doesn't have any oatmeal.  I don't like oatmeal in my crisp toppings.  This fact often causes me to pass on crisps from most restaurant menus.  It seems that fruit crisp toppings made with oatmeal are widely popular, just NOT with me. Today's crisp recipe is adapted from my apple crisp

Authentic Italian Spicy Stuffed Peppers

This time of year I like to take advantage of the low prices on peppers and prepare a huge batch of Italian stuffed peppers for the freezer.  Stuffed peppers are a favorite dinner at my house and you will usually find them on our dinner menu once a week.  Having them all prepared, frozen and ready for the oven is a real time saver for those busy days we all have. Make These Authentic Italian Stuffed Peppers for Your Freezer Spicy Stuffed Peppers Make a large batch of stuffed peppers for the freezer.  You'll have an easy, tasty weeknight dinner ready to go.   Our family's stuffed pepper is one I've written about before.  I love this stuffed pepper recipe because it sneaks squash and eggplant into the filling for all those picky vegetable eaters in the family.  I also love that the filling is prepared with ground beef and is similar to a meatloaf or meatball filling.  Our stuffed pepper recipe came from Hubby's paternal grandmother, Nani, who made wo

Slammin' Oven-Barbecued Pork Ribs

How to Make the Best Pork Ribs Everyone needs a good barbecued ribs recipe in their repertoire. We have been making these oven-barbecued pork ribs at my house for more than ten years.  It's a winner recipe.  The two-step process for the ribs, using a dry rub and a sauce, takes a little time, but the result is well worth the effort.  You will also appreciate that these ribs are prepared 100% in your kitchen. That makes this a year round recipe perfect for Labor Day and a Super Bowl party.  This oven technique makes these ribs relatively easy to make for a large group of people.  No barbecue grill is required and no one will notice that the ribs were not cooked on your grill.  Your praises will be sung.  I promise. Oven-Barbecued Pork Ribs Slammin' Pork Ribs Printer Friendly Recipe This recipe is for two racks of ribs. These Slammin' Pork Ribs require both a dry rub and a braising liquid.  First, you need to prepare the dry rub.  The dry rub recipe will

A Robust Italian Meat Sauce

Do you say sauce or gravy?  Depending on where you are from, you may have a strong preference for calling the tomato based concoction served over spaghetti either sauce or gravy.  Some say when meat is cooked with the sauce it is called "gravy" and when there is no meat, it is called "sauce".  If that is true, then today's recipe is really "gravy", but in my neck of the woods, we refer to all tomato-based sauces as "sauce". How to Make a Flavorful Italian Meat Sauce (This post includes affiliate links.  Purchases made using these links help support the costs to operate this blog.) A Yummy Pot of Italian Meat Sauce I make tomato pasta sauces all the time.  Sometimes the sauce is quick and easy , and other times the sauce cooks for several hours to develop depth of flavor.  When you want a robustly flavored sauce you generally must let it simmer for a bit to get the richness and depth of flavors you desire.  That is the case wi

The Best Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe for red velvet cupcakes has been my favorite cupcake recipe for years.   Red velvet cupcakes are my go-to cupcakes for parties and potlucks because everyone seems to love them.  I love this recipe because it produces a classic red velvet cake that is moist and tender with a not too red cake color.  Of course, the cream cheese frosting is the must-have frosting.  In my mind, you can’t have a red velvet cupcake without cream cheese frosting. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  Purchases made through these links help support this blog.) The Best Red Velvet Cupcakes These cupcakes are made with oil instead of butter, resulting in a moister cake texture.  Buttermilk adds the dairy flavor balance that might be missed without butter in the mix.  I played around with the amount of red food coloring until I achieved the color I wanted for these cupcakes.  If you prefer a redder red velvet cupcake, add