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Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.

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Made in under 5 minutes, and so, so good.

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We love a good food pun…

We love a good food pun…

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Nutella and Banana Nilla wafer Sammiches.

I think I’m going to freeze a few this summer. 

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The United States of Bacon! 

The United States of Bacon! 

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wattyz:

Bacon and homemade guacamole bites.

wattyz:

Bacon and homemade guacamole bites.

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It’s really “nacho” business :)

It’s really “nacho” business :)

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Crunch Berry Krispies.

Crunch Berry Krispies.

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Chicken shawarma from Haifa Falafel in Ann Arbor, MI

Chicken shawarma from Haifa Falafel in Ann Arbor, MI

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Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

Ok, I might’ve celebrated yesterday’s National Margarita Day a bit too hard last night, because around midnight I apparently made a loaf of banana bread. Not just regular ol banana bread either. Banana bread with Reese’s Pieces Minis and Ghiradelli chocolate chips tossed in.

Reece's Pieces chocolate chip banana bread

Oh yes I did.

And guess what? Today is National Banana Bread Day! Perfect!

What’s that you said?? No, I’m not making these National food holidays up. Honest…go look it up! Who would make up national margarita day? Ok, that one I might…but anyway…

Want to give it a try? Here’s my recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vaniila
  • 2 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (I use 3-4 ripe bananas, whole)
  • 1 1/2 cups chips….(this was a free for all….I used 1 cup Ghiradelli chocolate chips, 1/2c Reese’s Pieces mini chips, or whatever was left in the bags. I didn’t measure.) 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. (or use foil…I’m a big fan of foil. Just pop it out whole at the end, and let it cool in the foil. No dirty pan or baking rack. :)
  2.  In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla, and mashed bananas until well blended. (I toss the bananas in whole and beat the heck out of them) Add chips into the wet mixture.
  3. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir by hand until it is mostly mixed. (This is important. Do not overmix, or it will be dry and rubbery! It’s ok to see flour spots here and there in the batter.)
  4.  Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake in oven for about 60 minutes. Let bread cool for about 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on wire rack.

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Want a piece?

See? I’ve screwed up a few of my loaves of banana bread. This one? Far from dry or rubbery. Just please don’t over mix, or you’ll be able to bounce it off the ground.

Also, I’m telling you now so that you have plenty of time to prepare for National Caffeine Awareness Month, as well as National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day….March 1st.

Really. I didn’t make those up either. http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html

Now, who wants some banana bread?

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Frita Batidos

This is my favorite restaurant. Can you see why?

Inspired Cuban

 Frita Batidos Inspired Cuban

 Garlic Cilantro shoestring fries

Their Inspired Cuban is Aromatic roast pork with tasso ham, thick cut bacon, gruyere, cornichons, and chipotle mayo; served on Cuban bread. Served with a side of garlic cilantro shoestring fries. Amazing.

One of their dessert choices are freshly made Churros. Super hot and served wrapped in paper

Frita Batidos

Shown above is Frita Batidos Churros with Chocolate español. The chocolate is to dip your churros in…

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yes…it is hot chocolate. The churros are super fresh and have a bit of orange scent infused with them..orange, chocolate, cinnamon, sugar and dough?? Heck yes. And if you’re wanting to go with fresh churros and something a little cooler, they have a Churros à la mode.

Churros Sundae

topped with caramel sauce. Definitely my favorite restaurant in Michigan.**

http://FritaBatidos.com

~watty~ **(This is my own personal opinion, shot on my own time, and I paid for my food. :)

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