Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sweets,Treats and Tweets

bo wreath“Closed until next year”

It’s a good thing Big Guy doesn’t have Jake Tapper to kick around any more. Because if he were still ABC’s chief White House correspondent, and if BO had taken any questions after telling everyone to drink their eggnog (Kool-Aid?) he might have asked again where he’s been for the past 4 years.

As I noted the other day, just because Big Guy said “I don’t think I’ve been on vacation,” doesn’t mean he hasn’t been.

bo mo leaving for hawaiiConcerns about falling off the fiscal cliff caused us to economize this year. We only took one plane to Hawaii.

So hopefully we can just forget about them let the Won’s enjoy their holiday away from the public eye while we are once again free to move about the mainland. And since Big Guy has authorized the liberal use of eggnog and cookies during our “cooling off period” the balance of this post is dedicated to your recipes for Sweets and Treats.

This is my traditional Christmas bread because I’m always so busy this time of year I forget to eat the bananas and they all turn black and mushy. As it turns out, that is the key to:

Best Ever Banana Bread

2 ripe bananas mashed (by ripe I mean  black – to the point of fermentation BLACK – is that racist?)

2 eggs

1 3/4 c. flour

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 cup chopped walnuts

½ c vegetable oil

¼ plus 1 tbs. buttermilk  (I seldom have buttermilk on hand so I use 1/4 milk and a heaping tbs. of sour cream – which I do usually have)

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour  9x5 loaf pan. Combine wet ingredients in large bowl and dry ingredients in another bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until well combined. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake @ 325 degrees, until top is golden brown and splits slightly -  approximately 1 hour and 15-20 minutes. Can be baked in 3 smaller loaf pans in which case start checking for doneness after about 40 minutes.

I’ve been making this ever since I found the recipe in the December Bon Appétit magazine in 1981. Wow! That’s over 30 years! Where does the time go, mon chéri? Only 3 days till Christmas, and 10 to the Eggnog Summit.

Screenshot Studio capture #823


Also in the news today: Coming Soon, the much anticipated Annual Announcement of Doug Ross’ 2012 Fabulous 50 Blog winners. MOTUS has been fortunate enough to have WON every year since Big Guy was swept into office -“co-inkidentally”, the first year Doug gave out the most coveted award in the intertoobs! I sure would like to add this year’s professionally designed icon to my collection in the sidebar, so keep your fingers crossed!

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