One of my favorite ways to use bananas that are about to go south is to make a batch of banana pancakes. I love tossing in the sliced bananas while the first side of the cake is cooking. I like how the fruit caramelizes and sweetens the morning.
Today over at A News Cafe read all about my Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Deliciously sweet and a little tart, this pie is a perfect reminder of summer. Find the recipe on A News Cafe and I always love to hear from you so please leave a comment.
Mille-feuille is so simple and perfect when made properly. I adore this dessert, and on the rare chance that I find it on a menu, I always have a slice. Mille-feuille, also known as a Napoleon, is layers of puff pastry with fresh chantilly cream. Sometimes there is the addition of fruit, but simplicity is best when it comes to Mille-feuille. I found this little gem at Meli, a great bistro in the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore Maryland. Meli is greek for honey, and all of their desserts had a hint of honey in them, which worked. The light chantilly cream was sweetened with honey, which gave this Mille-feuille a slight twist yet keeping it simple.
Especially when on vacation! While in Alexandria Virgina we stopped in this little shop called Cakelove. I was immediately drawn to Warren Browns adorable little bakery for a few reasons. One was the name, since I am Bakerslove, I felt a little kinship to the shop. Two is I adore a little bakery that makes everything from scratch and educates its customer as to why their product is the best. Sort of reminds me of my little shop from the past. Finally, after I visited the bakery, and brought back a few delights, I was informed by several people that this was the shop that Oprah buys her cupcakes from. I bought three different flavors, a Chocolate ganache for Felex and Westley, Strawberry for Dexter, and Salted carmel for me. The cupcakes were good, fresh, and made everyone smile. Couldn't ask for a better treat!
Make sure you visit the Cakelove website for the history of Warren Brown, his passion for baking, and his inspiration to his community!
On our drive from Huntington Beach to Redding Westley and I joked about the temperature upon our arrival in Redding. Along Interstate 5 we were greeted by some temperatures that would bring a little fear to those coastal dwelling novices. We stopped in Patterson and it was a mere 101. We laughed, 101? Oh Please. As we were about an hour outside of Redding the thermometer reached 106. I knew better, the thermometer was only going to go up. I bet West that by the time we reached Red Bluff the temperature would read 110. It was a fun game watching and rooting for your number to come up. We all cheered when the gage finally reached 110, about a minute before we reached Red Bluff. Then when the excitement wore off of my winning bet, reality hit. We were getting blasted and the heat was not going to give us a break for another two months. Our welcome to Redding only reached 109, so can't really complain.