Shirley’s Banana Bread

Shirley's Banana Bread
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A great recipe for banana bread. An old fashioned favorite!
Servings Prep Time
1 Loaf 30 Minutes
Cook Time
45 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Loaf 30 Minutes
Cook Time
45 Minutes
Shirley's Banana Bread
Print Recipe
A great recipe for banana bread. An old fashioned favorite!
Servings Prep Time
1 Loaf 30 Minutes
Cook Time
45 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Loaf 30 Minutes
Cook Time
45 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Loaf
Instructions
  1. Sift dry ingredients together.
  2. Blend in blender the eggs,shorting, bananas, and sugar together.
  3. Pour blended ingredients over the dry ingredients just to combine. (do not over mix).
  4. Turn into a greased loaf pan (8 X 4) and bake in a preheated (350º) oven for 45 minutes.
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Grilled Pizza

Grilled Pizza
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A Wonderful Pizza that you cook right on the BBQ!
Prep Time
60 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Grilled Pizza
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A Wonderful Pizza that you cook right on the BBQ!
Prep Time
60 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water with the sugar.
  2. After 5 minutes stir in the salt, johnnycake meal, whole-wheat flour, and oil.
  3. Gradually add the white flour, stirring with a wooden spoon until a stiff dough has formed.
  4. Place the dough on a floured board, and knead it for several minutes, adding only enough additional flour to keep the dough from sticking.
  5. When the dough is smooth and shiny, transfer it to a bowl that has been brushed with olive oil.
  6. To prevent a skin from forming, brush the top of the dough with additional olive oil, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place, away from drafts, until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  7. Punch down the dough and knead once more. Let the dough rise again for about 40 minutes. Punch down the dough. If it is sticky, knead in a bit more flour. Divide into four balls.
  8. Cover the balls with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for about 45 minutes.
  9. While the dough is rising, prepare a hot charcoal fire, setting the grill rack 3 to 4 inches above the coals and set out topping ingredients.
  10. Place on dough on a large inverted cookie sheet brushed with 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
  11. Turn the dough over to coat it with oil.
  12. With your hands, spread and flatten the pizza dough into a 10 to 12- inch free form circle, 1/8-inch thick.
  13. If you find the dough shrinking back into itself, allow the dough to rest for a few minutes, then continue to spread and flatten the dough.
  14. Do not make a lip, you may end up with a rectangle rather than a circle; the shape is unimportant.
  15. Take care not to stretch the dough so thin that small holes appear. If this happens, all is not lost. Rather than try to repair them, avoid them when adding toppings and drizzling with olive oil.
  16. When the fire is hot, use your fingertips to lift the dough gently by the two corners closest to you, and drape it onto the grill.
  17. Catch the loose edge on the grill first and guide the remaining dough into place over the fire.
  18. Within a minute, the dough will puff slightly, the underside will stiffen, and grill marks will appear.
  19. Using tongs, immediately flip the crust over onto the coolest part of the grill.
  20. Quickly brush the grilled surface with 2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil.
  21. Spread 1/4 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 2 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese, 1/4 cup Fontina cheese over the entire surface of the pizza.
  22. Dollop with 6 tablespoons of the tomatoes and top with 1 tablespoon of the parsley.
  23. Drizzle the entire pizza with virgin olive oil.
  24. After the toppings have been added, slide the pizza back toward the hot coals so about half of the pizza is directly over the heat.
  25. Rotate the pizza frequently so that different sections receive high heat checking the underside by lifting the edge with tongs to be sure it is not burning.
  26. The pizza is done when the top is bubbling and the cheese has melted.
  27. Garnish with basil and serve immediately.
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Dabo Kolo (Crunchy Spice Bites)

Dabo Kolo (Crunchy Spice Bites)
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Crispy snacks made with Berbere.
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 45 minutes
Dabo Kolo (Crunchy Spice Bites)
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Crispy snacks made with Berbere.
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 Bites 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Bites
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a bowl combine flour, berbere, sugar & salt. Gradually mix in about 2/3 c of water until a thick paste is formed.
  3. Dump the mixture onto a floured board & knead until you have a stiff dough.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the dough ball & pour in the oil. Fold the dough over the oil & knead for another 5 minutes.
  5. Cover the dough with a cloth to keep it moist.
  6. Break off chunks to roll into 1/4-inch round strips. Cut these strips into 1/2-inch long pieces, preferably using scissors so that the ends will be pinched.
  7. Bake on a flat sheet for 20 to 30 minutes until crisp. Stir 2 or 3 times to ensure even browning.
  8. When cool, store in an airtight container.
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Artichoke Saute

Artichoke Saute
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Tomatoes, Artichokes, and mushrooms.
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Artichoke Saute
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Tomatoes, Artichokes, and mushrooms.
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Bend back outer petals of artichokes until they snap off easily near base. Edible portion of pedals should remain on artichoke hearts. Continue to snap off and discard petals until central core of pale green petals is reached.
  2. Cut off stems and top 2 inches of artichokes; discard. Trim outer dark green layer from artichoke bottoms. Cut artichokes in half lengthwise. Cut out center pedals and fuzzy centers. Cut each half in fourths lengthwise. Dip or rub all surfaces with lemon juice.
  3. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil; stir in prepared artichokes, sugar, and tarragon.
  4. Add wine and water and cook until artichokes are tender; salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Stir in mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender.
  6. Stir in tomato; cook until tomato is thoroughly heated.
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Hot Butter Rolls

Hot Butter Rolls
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Warm homemade rolls are a great addition to any meal.
Servings Prep Time
6 rolls 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 rolls 15 minutes
Hot Butter Rolls
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Warm homemade rolls are a great addition to any meal.
Servings Prep Time
6 rolls 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 rolls 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: rolls
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚
  2. Stir together the yeast and 1/4 cup of warm water. Let stand about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix together 1 cup flour, sugar, and salt until well blended.
  4. Add the yeast mixture, 1 egg, and milk until well blended.
  5. Add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time until combined.
  6. Add enough of the remaining flour to the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  7. Place the dough in a well greased bowl, turning over to coat all of the dough. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
  8. Punch down dough and divide it into fourths. Shape each fourth into 6 1 inch balls. Place the balls of dough on a lightly greased 13 X 9 inch pan. Let rest 1 hour.
  9. Mix together 1 tablespoon of water, and the other egg, brush on top of the rolls, and sprinkle with the sesame or poppy seeds.
  10. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Rolls may be frozen up to about 3 months.
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Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad
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One of our favorites at holiday gatherings.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 30 minutes
Cranberry Salad
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One of our favorites at holiday gatherings.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Grind cranberries, marshmallows and orange juice with fine chopper.
  2. Combine this with pineapple, nuts, celery, and sugar.
  3. Let stand while preparing gelatin -- according to directions on package except add 1 1/2 times amount of water.
  4. Mix all together and chill until set.
  5. Garnish with Cool Whip and fresh parsley.
Recipe Notes

***Emmes or Hain SuperFruits are kosher brands of jello that can be purchased at a health food store.

Use the drained pineapple juice -- just combine it with the water to make up the 1 1/2 times the amount called for.  Don't just add it in addition.

PS -- I've found out that Cranberry Salad really needs to be made the night before in order to give it time to set well.

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Pecan Pie (Moms)

Pecan Pie (Moms)
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An easy recipe for Old fashioned Pecan Pie.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minute
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minute
Pecan Pie (Moms)
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An easy recipe for Old fashioned Pecan Pie.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minute
Servings Prep Time
6 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minute
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425˚
  2. Mix, by hand, eggs, sugar, corn syrup, nuts salt, and the vanilla.
  3. Pour into unbaked pie crust.
  4. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees. (Do Not Open Door!) Continue to bake another 40 minutes.
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Rhubarb/Blueberry Jelly

Rhubarb/Blueberry Jelly
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A Simple but great tasting jelly.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Rhubarb/Blueberry Jelly
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A Simple but great tasting jelly.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cook the rhubarb and sugar together until done, mushy.
  2. Add the blueberries and cook a few minutes.
  3. Add the jello and mix well until dissolved.
  4. Cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Make sure your jars are hot, fill the jars, and seal with wax.
Recipe Notes

***  Emmes or Hain SuperFruits are kosher brands of jello that can be purchased at a health food store.

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Mini Pumpkin Cranberry Breads

Mini Pumpkin Cranberry Breads
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Makes 6 to 12 Mini Loaves
Mini Pumpkin Cranberry Breads
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Makes 6 to 12 Mini Loaves
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in large bowl.
  2. Combine sugar, 2 tsp pumpkin spice, eggs, oil and juice in small mixer bowl; beat until just blended.
  3. Add the wet pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and nuts.
  4. Fill each mini loaf pan no more then half way.
  5. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 50-55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool.
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Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)
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Old fashioned Apple Strudel
Servings Prep Time
6 People 30 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 People 30 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)
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Old fashioned Apple Strudel
Servings Prep Time
6 People 30 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 People 30 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Mix apples with raisins, lemon rind, sugar, cinnamon, and almonds. Set aside.
  2. Place 1 Filo leaf on a kitchen towel and brush with melted butter. Place a second leaf on top and brush with butter again. Repeat until 5 leaves have been used, using about 1/2 cup of butter.
  3. Cook and stir breadcrumbs with 1/4 cup of butter until lightly browned. Sprinkle 3/4 cup crumbs on the layered fillo leaves. Mound 1/2 of the filling in a 3-inch strip along the narrow end of the filo, leaving a 2-inch border.
  4. Lift towel, using it to roll leaves over apples, jelly roll fashion. Brush top of the strudel with butter and sprinkle with 2 T crumbs.
  5. Repeat the entire procedure for the second strudel.
  6. Bake the strudels at 400 degrees F. for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned.
  7. Makes 2 strudels, 6 to 8 servings each.
Recipe Notes

Frozen filo leaves for strudel can be found at most supermarkets in the frozen foods sections.

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