Geordie’s Banana Bread

I had been scouring the internet for an easy recipe to make banana bread, and my friend Geordie came to the rescue. I’ve had this recipe for a while but finally got around to photographing it, so here is a no fail, easy and delicious recipe for banana bread. It’s not too heavy, not too sweet, and great toasted with a slathering of butter. I use this recipe to make muffins (makes 8 cupcake sized muffins) and they’re great for a quick breakfast on the run.

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Homemade Rye Bread

This bread is crusty, hearty and tastes just like something from an American Jewish deli. It has a great flavor and is delicious with Swiss cheese, mustard, some corned beef, or really just about anything. I used a bread machine but if you have a mixer with a dough hook, that’ll do the trick. I was surprised how easy this is! Your house will smell amazing, trust me. For those of us watching our figures, rye bread is lower in carbohydrates and higher in fiber than just plain white bread, too. Everybody wins.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

These mushrooms stuffed with garlic, onion, breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese smell amazing as they’re cooking, and taste amazing once they’re done. My mom has made this recipe along with Sunday roast dinners for as long as I can remember. She passed the recipe down to me, and now I make it whenever I get the chance. This recipe is vegetarian and could also be made vegan if you leave out the cheese and replace with your favorite cheese substitute. They’re easy to make and everyone will want to know the recipe.

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Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was of the mindset that overripe bananas = banana bread, or banana muffins until I found this recipe. I find most banana bread or muffins heavy and overpowering, so finding this recipe was extra exciting. These are cakey, fluffy cookies that aren’t too sweet and have a light hint of banana. (Don’t worry, the coconut is optional, if you don’t like coconut.) Next time you have leftover bananas and don’t want bread, give this a try!


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Smokey Corned Beef Brisket with White Barbecue Sauce

Pastrami and slow smoked beef brisket are both delicious, but most people (myself included) don’t have a smoker, or the time. This recipe has an ingenious shortcut that will leave you with the next best thing. By starting with corned beef, the brisket is already brined and thus the cooking time is a lot less. It has a dry rub of smokey paprika and other spices, which results in a deliciously savory brisket that goes great with white barbecue sauce. Have it on a sandwich or with potatoes and a green salad.

Unfamiliar with white barbecue sauce? It’s served in the American Deep South, and is a white creamy, vinegary sauce with horseradish and mustard. It’s typically served with smoked chicken but goes amazingly well with this pastrami-esque smokey beef brisket.

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Chicken, Cream Cheese and Chive Parcels

There are various recipes floating around the internet for this, but my version is a bit healthier and just as easy. These freeze very well and make for great weekday lunches, and, as usual, they’re very adaptable to suit your tastes. Want to throw in some different spices? Go for it. But this recipe is the version I always end up with, and it’s always been a hit.

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Orange Chocolate Chip Biscotti

These twice-baked cookies are a staple at many cafes and are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. I made these using orange and vanilla extracts, but naturally other extracts will yield a great result. If I had chocolate chips on hand I would have added them, but they’re fine without. They’re light and crispy and are always a hit at brunches or dinner parties. They are even better the next day after they’re baked, and they also freeze quite well.

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