Fall recipes I’m dying to try

Fall always gets me in the mood to bake, roast, and mash all of the best comfort foods.  There’s nothing like curling up with a bowl full of homemade chicken soup or digging into a slice of piping hot apple pie.

This fall, I’ve decided to commit to a new approach.  I’m going to make recipes that I’ve never attempted before.  This could result in epic failures, but I have a feeling it will be more delicious than anything else.

Here’s what I’m committed to making this fall:

Miss InsideNanaBread’s Head’s POSOLE!  NanaBread is on a vacation from blogging, but I promise she is worth checking out when she comes back.

Mexican-style stew with hominy

Pam’s pie crust for apple pie (featured on The Pioneer Woman).  I have never made my own crust (shhhh), but I am determined to try this flaky goodness.  I have also never ventured into baked fruit pies, but apple pie is in the game plan.

101 Cookbook’s Easy Little Bread.  My track record with bread is not stellar.  Usually I end up with a cement lump or a dough ball of goo.  This no-knead bread promises that it will be easy and totally doable for a baking beginner like me.  101 Cookbook is a great blog with BEE-U-TI-FUL food photography.

Comfortably Domestic’s Mediterranean Inspired Chicken Wraps with Dill Cucumber Sauce.  Jonathan and I have been on a Mediterranean kick and anything by Comfortably Domestic is sure to be a win.

Kitchen-tested and children-approved

(Click on any of the pics above to find the original recipes.  These pictures are all from the bloggers linked in the text.)

Hopefully I remember to post my adventures in these dishes here, but let’s face it, I frequently forget who I am and what I’m doing.

Are you trying out any new recipes this fall?  What’s your favorite blog source for recipes?


The REAL Banana Bread

Ok folks. Here’s what you’ve been waiting for! This recipe is so good, I don’t need to jazz it up with pictures (I also don’t want to make you jealous or have you drool on your keyboard).

This is actually a recipe for zucchini bread, and that’s just not my thang. So here’s my family’s favorite banana bread recipe:

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2-3 smooshed bananas
3 tsp. vanilla

3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. cinnamon

Mix the 1st half, then the 2nd half. Then slowly combine. Bake in 2 greased loaf pans at 325 degrees.  Check on the bread after 30 minutes and cover with tin foil.  Bake an additional 10-15 minutes.

This recipe doesn’t work with chocolate chips because the batter is rather thin.


Nanner Bread

Although this is technically my grandma’s recipe (recipe dated 5/15/1976), it is NOT my family’s traditional banana bread recipe. The family fave will be made/blogged about/recipe shared very soon my friends. This recipe is also delicious, but it’s a bit more bread-like than cakey. It’s a great recipe to add chocolate chips to because the batter is thick enough to hold the chips in place.

First you take 2-3 very mushy nanners and mush them some more!

Make sure all the big chunks are smooshed!

Then cream 1 stick room temperature butter, 2/3 cup sugar, and 2 eggs. I crack the eggs into a different bowl first and then add them one by one. Although it’s tedious, last week I had a bleeder and my whole batch of cookies was ruined. 😦

In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. (I don’t have a pic of this because you should get the idea).
I always add a bit of cinnamon to my banana bread, your call.

Slowly combine all of your ingredients…this is the point where you would add some chocolate chips or walnuts.

Plop the mixture into a greased loaf pan and VOILA!

Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.

Makes 1 loaf:
1/2 cup room temp. butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs well beaten
2-3 mashed bananas
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 and 3/4 cup flour
(cinnamon and vanilla optional–to taste)