Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The first time I had this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was at a breakfast where I used to work. My friend Omi had baked it for us and I really loved it. I love banana bread, but I had never had it with chocolate chips. This is absolutely delicious. The bananas with the chocolate chips taste really good together.

This is another way you can make banana bread when you have those ripe bananas sitting on your counter. The recipe is really easy. You can enjoy it for breakfast or just as a snack anytime of the day.

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Individual Calzones

These Individual Calzones are delicious. This was our weekend treat. It might seem like a lot of work to do, but it really isn’t. I had made the Pizza Dough last week, I cut it in half, made a Deep Dish pizza and saved the other half to make these calzones. The Homemade Pizza Sauce is made from scratch and really easy.

Most of the times we are in the kitchen trying to figure out what to cook. The pizza dough can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for about a day or freeze it in a ziploc freezer bag for up to 3 months. It’s great to have it ready to go for those days when you want something quick.

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The Week in Review

Happy Saturday!!

1. How was your week? My week started great and ended not so good. Some personal stuff that I’m going through that I’m leaving in God’s hands. He knows everything, and when you have faith and believe, things will turn out great. No doubt in my mind.

2. I usually plan ahead of time what I’m going to cook and post to the blog. Last weekend I decided to make a Deep Dish Pizza. I made my own Pizza Dough and my delicious and easy to make Homemade Pizza Sauce. The best part about making everything is that you are able to control what you put into it. I find that most pizza places add too much salt. You can cut the dough in half and make 2-12 inch pizzas or you can make one pizza and 4 calzones with the other half.

Another great dessert I made this week, Beignets. Beignets are like doughnuts except they are square and have no holes. Once fried you sprinkle confectioners’ sugar and eat them warm. They are delicious and worth making.

Another great recipe, Fudgy Chocolate Brownies. These brownies are nice and fudgy, perfect with a scoop of ice cream or a big cup of milk. These were a hit at my house.

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Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

These decadent Fudgy Chocolate Brownies are to die for. I have never met anyone that doesn’t like chocolate. I find that chocolate makes everything better, at least for me it does. These fudgy brownies can be topped with pecans, walnuts, chocolate ganache or just a big scoop of ice cream or a glass of milk.

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Beignets

Beignets are like doughnuts except they are square and have no holes. If you have been to New Orleans, then you should know about Beignets. I’ve never been, but I know these soft as pillow fried deliciousness are their specialty. Beignets, is French for “fritters”. Beignets are raised pieces of yeast dough, that after frying they are sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.

I had my eye on this recipe for a while, and finally I decided to make them. I can’t believe I waited so long, these things are delicious, the outside is crispy and soft as pillows on the inside. You won’t eat just one, believe me. These Beignets are on my top 5 all time favorite desserts.

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Deep Dish Pizza

Back in the days when my husband used to travel to Chicago for work, he would always come home talking about a Deep Dish Pizza from Gino’s East.  My husband described it as the best pizza he ever had.  Coming from Connecticut and eating pizzas in different places including NY, that was a big statement.

I have not had the privilege of eating it yet, I will soon as Chicago is one of the places I would love to visit in the near future.  Even thought this deep dish pizza is not Gino’s, my husband says, it is delicious and perhaps even better.  After bragging about Gino’s, I’m not sure if I believe him, but one thing I do know, my deep dish pizza is really good.

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Pizza Dough

This is such an easy Pizza Dough to make. You can make any kind of pizza you like, Deep Dish Pizzas, thin crust pizzas and calzones too. This dough makes 2 12-inch pizzas or 8 individual calzones. What I normally do is cut it in half, use half for a deep dish pizza and the other half for about 4 calzones.

I love this dough recipe and it’s the one I always make. Make it early in the morning and have it ready for dinner time. You can refrigerate the dough for a few days.

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Homemade Pizza Sauce

The best thing about this Homemade Pizza Sauce, is that you can control what goes into it. It’s not salty, it has great flavor and is my go to sauce when making pizzas or calzones.

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The Week in Review

Happy Saturday!!

1.  It was a crazy week.  We had about 2 inches of ice and then about 3 inches of snow.  We never really get snow here in Marietta, GA, and if we do is never much.  This time everything was covered, it was crazy.  But since we didn’t really have to go anywhere, I really didn’t mind.

2.  On Valentine’s Day I received some beautiful flowers and cards from my hubby and two boys, Cayman and Caico.  The flowers are beautiful.  We went out to dinner to one of our favorite places, Cabernet Steakhouse.  I had a full meal that included lobster and crab cakes for appetizer and Steak and potatoes for dinner.  For dessert I had chocolate cake and bread pudding (small servings), both desserts were delicious.  Had a fantastic time with my husband.

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Raspberry, Coconut Damn!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here is a special drink to celebrate this special day.  This is a delicious drink that you will both love.  This Raspberry, Coconut Damn!! is really delicious and perfect for any special occasion like, Valentine’s Day.


The raspberries and the coconut together are a perfect combination.  You can also substitute the raspberries for strawberries, either way you will have a fantastic drink.


The color combination is so pretty, I can’t wait to have a drink.  Enjoy!!

Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces coconut cream
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
ice-crushed

Mix the gin, coconut cream and raspberries in a blender with plenty of crushed ice (couple of scoops).  Only give the drink a very quick whizz, otherwise it will be too thin,  pour into goblet, decorate and serve.

Tip:  You can substitute the raspberries for strawberries.