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It may be Lent but…

So, Lent begins today. We were all supposed to have our last hurah over the past week, eating decidently, living vicariously and after last night’s Shrove Tuesday dinner of pancakes we are now meant to give something up for 40 days. I’m not a particularly religious person, but 13 years of Sr. Mary Elizabeth and a Catholic education don’t exactly fade either.

I decided to do something rather than give something up. This year is some form of exercise every day. I’ve fallen off the wagon with the running (must get back on) and my middle has all too happily accomodated the lack of movement.

So, for those of you who have given up chocolate – I’m sorry. And for those of you who are a bit subversive (like me) – enjoy. Being naughty can taste really good.

Oatmeal Brownies

1/3 c. butter

3 oz. baking chocolate

1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 c. sugar

1 c. flour

1/2 c. quick cook oats

2 eggs beaten

1/2 c. buttermilk

1 t. vanilla

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan melt the butter, baking chocolate and chocolate chips. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the sugar and eggs.
  4. Mix in the flour, oats, buttermilk and vanilla.
  5. Pour into a prepared 8×8 baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

These arerichand delicious so a little piece and a glass of cold milk will go a very long way.

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Is ice cream a food group and other random thoughts

Ah! The sun is shining and the air is warm and I am one happy girl. This kind of weather makes me want to sit in the sunshine with a big ice cream cone and just enjoy…and yes, slack a little too.

Ice cream, how I love you so. Below are a few of my favorite places to grab a scoop, if you are in the area you should check them out:

Washington County, New York

The Ice Cream Man (Rt. 29 in Greenwich) http://www.the-ice-cream-man.com/ (Vanilla Brick Road is a must try!)

Battenkill Creamery (County Rt. 30 in Salem)  http://www.battenkillcreamery.com/(Not only ice cream but freshly bottled milk in glass bottles.)

Fairfield County, Connecticut

Dr. Mike’s Ice Cream Shop (Rt. 29 in Monroe) http://www.facebook.com/pages/B-Sweet-Dr-Mikes-Ice-Cream/187833480569 (I was always a big fan of the Swiss Lace, vanilla ice cream with a crunchy chocolate ribbon, YUM!)

The Ice Cream Shoppe (Bridgeport Ave. in Shelton) http://www.icecreamshoppeshelton.com/ (If for no other reason than that’s where I used to go as a kid and still love to return to)

On a completely different note…

I was flipping through twitter this afternoon and started scrolling through Suvir Saran’s tweets. Suvir is an acquaintance I met a few years back through the Agricultural Stewardship Association in Washington County. He is also an amazing chef that is currently featured on Top Chef’s Masters airing right now. (See his bio here:  http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-masters/season-3/bio/suvir-saran) Anyway, Suvir is going to be on Jimmy Fallon tonight so you should watch!

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My tasty version

When I lived in London I had one favorite dessert, banoffie pie. It was a toffee custard banana cream pie. At the coffee shop on Houghton Street after class, friends and I would get something warm and something delicious and my choice more often than not would be banoffie pie.

Over the past five years that I’ve been home, the craving for this unusual banana cream pie has been awakened now and again. There have been attempts to recreate the flavor of my memories all of which ended with disappointed taste buds. So it was a surprise when my newest recipe reminded me so much of that longed for treat. The thing is this: It’s not pie. It’s not creamy or custardy. It’s bread pudding…who would have thought?

This recipe is easy and delicious and makes you smile from the inside out. With vanilla ice cream and freshly made whipped cream it could send a person over the edge of happiness.

Banana Butterscotch Bread Pudding

1 loaf day-old Italian bread, cut into small cubes

4 c. milk

2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. butter, melted

3 eggs, beaten

2 t. vanilla

1 c. butterscotch chips

2 bananas, sliced

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix milk, sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla until full combined.

2. Stir in bread, chips and bananas. Pour into sprayed 9×13 inch dish and bake for 1 hour or until it jiggles slightly when shaken.

How easy is that? If you think the bread is too dry, you can add a tablespoon or so more milk.

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