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Banana Bread Made Two Ways

Banana bread is often underrated and overlooked. 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. If you haven't made banana bread in a while it is time to make it again. Our family favorite recipe can be baked either plain or with a sweet, crunchy topping.  This is my favorite banana bread made two ways. Family Friendly Banana Bread Banana Bread with Crunch Topping Banana bread is delicious any time of day.  It is perfect in the morning with your coffee.  When you need a grab-and-go breakfast, a slice of banan

Forgotten Pork Chops

Today dawned dark and dreary in my corner of New England.  I woke to a dusting of snow, gray skies, and an ongoing drizzle forecast for the remainder of the day. It's days like these when you turn to a one-pan, comfort food dinner like this recipe for Forgotten Pork Chops. This recipe is perfect for a dreary winter weeknight or any day you want an easy, hearty meal. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you purchase through these links I receive a small compensation.)  Forgotten Pork Chops Truth be told, this recipe came about on a day when I wasn't really in the mood to spend time in the kitchen.  Much like today, it was dreary.  It was pouring rain and we had just sent the last of our guests home from my son's wedding. All I wanted to do was sit with my feet up. I needed an easy pork chop recipe!  This recipe is the result and has been a favorite ever since.  The recipe serves two to four, depending on the number of pork chops you us

Five Workhorse Essentials for Your Kitchen

I've been the queen of my kitchen for a long time.  That means I have accumulated all manner of kitchen equipment, tools, and gadgets.  A couple of years ago we completed a full kitchen renovation and I took that opportunity to eliminate all the excess clutter and anything that was no longer useful. I've been working hard to maintain discipline in my kitchen.  Nothing comes into the kitchen without thoughtful consideration.  I do not want to get into kitchen clutter again.  Even so, I do buy things once in a while.  I reviewed my Amazon purchases for 2018 and thought it would be fun to share the handful of kitchen items that made the cut into my kitchen cabinets this year.  I consider each of these items essentials. You'll notice there is no air fryer or InstaPot on this list. My Kitchen Essential Purchases My Kitchenaid double ovens were not replaced in the kitchen remodel.  Those ovens are teenagers now and I've felt the need to monitor their temperatures.  T

My Favorite Homemade Snack Mix

It seems that homemade snack mix has been around since the dawn of time.  You know the snack mix I am talking about.  It's the one made with those little squares of rice, corn, and wheat cereal that you bake in the oven.  It's a delicious and addictive addition to festive gatherings of all kinds. You might be tempted to take the easy way out and buy a pre-packaged mix from the store.  Don't do it.  I beg you.  I've yet to find a premade mix that is worth the money. The key to a tasty homemade snack mix is in the seasonings and the yummy stir-ins.  First, I like to use more butter than is usually recommended.  Using more butter ensures all the tasty bits get coated with the seasonings.  I also tend to have a heavy hand with the flavorings.  If you have been visiting Just One Donna for a while you know I like flavor in my recipes.  This snack mix is no exception.  I use Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika.

How to Make Fresh Applesauce

Applesauce is a perfect complement to a pork dinner. I always have a pork tenderloin on hand in my fridge for a quick weeknight dinner.  A pork tenderloin roasts in about 20 minutes and if you buy one of the marinated options there is absolutely no prep time required.  That can be a real lifesaver when you are running behind and need to get dinner on the table. One of the things I do to make these pork tenderloin dinners my own is to serve them with my homemade applesauce. A Homemade Applesauce Recipe This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you shop through these links you help to support the costs to publish this blog. Homemade Applesauce Homemade applesauce tastes so much better than any jarred sauce that I have purchased and takes so little time to make that I never buy applesauce anymore.  September and October are the best times of year to make your own fresh applesauce as so many delicious apples come to market.  You can have the applesauce cookin

Donna's Grilled Caprese Chicken with Honey Balsamic Reduction

Donna's Caprese Grilled Chicken is a quick, easy, and delicious recipe that you can whip together after work, but feel like you are indulging yourself.  It is a perfect weeknight dinner because it can be ready in less than thirty minutes.  All you need to do is have your ingredients ready to go. Add a drizzle of honey balsamic reduction before serving to make this a very special dinner that seems fancy but is so very quick and easy. Donna's Grilled Caprese Chicken with Honey Balsamic Reduction This recipe pays homage to Caprese salad, with the addition of roasted red peppers.  The recipe came to be one summer when our tomatoes were starting to be ready for picking.  I wanted a dinner that was quick, fresh tasting and would showcase our delicious tomatoes.  My hubby loved it, my sons loved it, and ever since it has been on our regular menu rotation. I always keep boneless chicken breasts in my freezer, all ready and pounded thin so they are ready to go.  They

Hand-Knit Christmas Stockings for Christmas in July

All the talk of Christmas in July this month has started me thinking about Christmas and traditions. Family traditions play a big part in creating a family's identity.  They enrich and give color to a family and my family is no different. Does your family have cherished traditions? You might have traditions for celebrating birthdays.  Do you have specific clothes that have become part of your family's traditions? Weddings, christenings, and Christmas often include specific items that are worn by family members.  We've never done it, but many families dress in the same pajamas for Christmas morning. One of my family's Christmas traditions is hand-knitted Christmas stockings. Hand-Knit Christmas Stockings, A Family Tradition My mom started the hand-knitted Christmas Stocking tradition for my siblings and me.  She made each of us our own, huge, wonderful Christmas stocking that was always filled to the brim with surprises by Santa. Over the years, the trad