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Stupendous Bread Recipes for Homemade Bread Day

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Before moving to California, my grandma gave me a cookbook to encourage me to make meals for myself every now and then. She knew I was going to be diving into a pretty frugal lifestyle, primarily living off eggs, bread and peanut butter but wanted me to treat myself to a home-cooked meal every now and then (’cause she’s the sweetest!).

Now, I can’t say that I ever made too many of the “meals” in that cookbook, but I did make a lot of the desserts, my favorite being the easiest, tastiest banana bread of all time (made even better with mini chocolate chips).

As November is National Bread Month (and Sunday is Homemade Bread Day), I thought I would share the coveted banana bread recipe with you all today and a few other bread recipes, too!

Banana Bread


2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp. baking sode
1/2 tsp salt
3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs
3/4 stick butter (room temp)
1 tsp vanilla
*Optional (but highly recommended): 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mash bananas. Combine all wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Slowly fold banana mix into large bowl until just combined. (*Add chocolate chips!) Scrape batter into loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. BOOM!

Pumpkin Bread


Recipe from The Realistic Nutritionist

Oh . . . did we mention that it’s also Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, too? This Peanut Butter Bread recipe sounds delicious:


Recipe from One Perfect Bite here!

If you’re looking for treats for the little ones in your family, check out these great music-inspired recipes from our own chef, Jeff Parker.

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Rockabye Baby Recipes for National Baby Food Week

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This week is National Baby Food Week! Leave it to us to know that, right?

To celebrate, we’ve picked some of our favorite baby food recipes from our Rockabye Baby CDs. Our good friend and talented chef Jeff Parker created each rockin’ recipe especially for Rockabye Baby.

Happy feasting!

From Lullaby Renditions of Red Hot Chili Peppers


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From Lullaby Renditions of The Flaming Lips


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 From Lullaby Renditions of Kiss


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Popsicles for Kids

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Popsicles…It’s what to make when tempers and temperatures rise.

My 3-year-old daughter has a crazy sweet tooth. Though she’s a great, healthy eater (cucumbers are a favorite snack) she is relentless in her pursuit for a “special treat.” That treat can be anything-an Altoid, frozen corn (weird, I know), frozen yogurt, ice cream-so long as it’s sweet.

andreababesThe special treat thing makes me nuts mainly because I don’t want her consuming a bunch of sugar. Secondly, the distinction between what she calls “grow” food and “special treats” is creating a dichotomy I’m not at all fond of: food we want to eat versus food we have to eat. Since this is a kid who still cheers at a plate of steamed broccoli, I’d like to stave off that opposition for as long as possible.

So when she asks for a “special treat,” instead of dinner, it bums me out. And when she keeps asking, even after she’s had a special treat, I get annoyed. Inevitably, I end up angry that my kid wants ice cream instead of whatever I’ve just cooked. (BTW, I don’t like negotiations at the dinner table, like “if you eat four more bites of chicken you can have a scoop of ice cream,” because making dessert a reward for eating just reinforces the idea of the “special treat.”)

But how can I fault my kid for wanting to eat ice cream? I’d eat it all the time too if you could magically stuff all the nutrients of kale into gelato. My one rule around food is to not make a big deal about it, so I’ve been trying hard to keep cool about the ongoing requests for “special treats.” But still, I’ve been losing my mind.

027297961326Until I thought of the paleta, the frozen ice pops that are made mostly from fruit juice. They are a staple summer treat in Latin America (and a huge hit on the playgrounds here). Making them at home means I can stick all kinds of nutritious food inside them and my kid still thinks she’s getting a treat. The ones I make are basically frozen smoothies: I pulse frozen mango, kale, and some coconut milk in the blender and then pour them into reusable popsicle molds.

It’s a cinch and it keeps us cool, inside and out.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice” to keep cool this summer even in “The Warmth of the Sun?

Chill with Rockabye’s Lullaby Renditions of The Beach Boys

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