My kids absolutely love Bananas! In fact, I can hardly keep them in the house. Since they have been at camp all week I finally managed to use the bananas for cooking purposes. These Caramelized Banana Pudding Parfaits were actually really easy to make and a great dessert on a warm summer’s day. Bananas take on a whole new level of depth when caramelized and are absolutely, mouthwateringly delicious. Careful to not start snacking on the caramelized bananas or you will quickly find yourself having to remake the batch. This may or may not have happened to me.
Have you heard of the Dole’s Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tour? The Peel the Love is a year-long Dole campaign that celebrates the fun, irreverence and whimsical side of bananas and other tropical fruit. At each stop they will be showcasing delicious new banana recipes, serving, pairing and entertaining tips. You can also find this great information and fabulous recipes here. This coast-to-coast campaign has been in route since Memorial Day and will continue on until Labor Day. But guess what friends? San Diego is the Peel the Love Banana Cabana’s next stop!
This post is sponsored by Dole Bananas. I did receive compensation, however all opinions are my own and this Tour looks and sounds like a blast!!!! Can’t wait to see the Banana Cabana in San Diego and to Peel the Love baby!
I must have done something pretty bad to be getting this karma that I have been getting lately. I just can’t seem to catch a break. I know that my problems are far smaller than some people’s but when they happen one after another, it gets pretty annoying. The straw that broke the camel’s back was last night when I realized I had accidentally thrown away my SD card. Not any SD card. This card had all of the photographs that I had taken for my Ebook. Soooo much work (and money) thrown away. I know that things happen for a reason and my only hope is that this happened because somehow the universe felt it was not my best work. To be quite honest I didn’t think it was my best work at the end. Oh well, thanks for listening to my rant.
Anyway, I had quite a few posts photographed in advance on that card as well, this recipe being one of them. The Raspberry Lemoncello Tiramisu was too good to not share, even if it meant only sharing one photo (I had uploaded this one to check exposure). This is a great no bake dessert that is perfect on a hot summer’s day. If you want a completely no cook dessert, try out this Balsamic Strawberry Tiramisu that I made last year!
Have you ever noticed that at parties people seem to congregate in the kitchen? It is like the smell of the cooking food or the desire to watch their food being made allures them into the confined space. Or perhaps it is just me wicked personality that just draws people close to me. Ya, no. It’s the food. Or, it is the fact that Life’s good in the kitchen. Think about it. The kitchen is where many memories are made. The smell of mom’s cookies baking after a long day at school. The hustle and bustle in the kitchen that always lead to a massive Thanksgiving feast, or your Italian Grandfather sauteing onions and garlic at 7 am on Sunday mornings so the pasta sauce would be ready after church. These were my memories growing up and I am sure many people have similar memories that began in the kitchen. The kitchen has and always will be the center of our home. Continue reading →
This week has been crazy busy. Between trying to juggle play dates, packing for trips and upcoming work due dates, dinner time has consisted of top ramen and corn dogs. It finally came to a point where even my kids were begging for something that didn’t come from the microwave. We were craving pizza, but the healthy kind. This Heirloom Tomato Pizza is truly the best kind of pizza for a hot summer day!
Heirloom tomatoes are one of the things I love most about summer. Their colors and beauty turn every dish into something magical, and their flavor has been kissed by the sun. When combined with simple fresh ingredients such as basil and ricotta this pizza will knock your socks off!
If you have the right kitchen appliances (i.e. something with a dough hook) fresh pizza dough can be made and in the oven in a matter of 45 minutes. With only about 10 minutes of that being actual hands on labor. Then, simply mix the ricotta with some garlic and fresh herbs, slice and arrange the tomatoes, and voila the perfect summer meal or appetizer!
Yesterday was my birthday, and since my favorite flavor is vanilla and I LOVE sprinkles, these birthday Vanilla Cake Truffles were the perfect “cake”! I love cake truffles or cake pops but often find them too sweet because of the added frosting. Swapping out the frosting for the Coffee-mate Classic Vanilla was the perfect exchange. The pops were just the right sweetness, had a strong vanilla flavor, and had the perfect amount of moisture to roll into balls. Continue reading →
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