Thursday, March 8, 2012

Banana Bread


I have to say, this is the best banana bread I have ever made. And it's so perfect, because today is Banana Bread Day.

Five years ago, after having dated Justin for 3 1/2 weeks, I discovered that he loved banana bread. I baked some banana bread and made a card reading something like, "I hereby declare March 8th to be National Banana Bread Day..." And we lived happily ever after.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Chicken Ginger Soup


Feeling a little down? Chicken soup. Have a cold coming on? Chicken soup. Need some comfort food? Chicken soup. Just want something light? Chicken soup. It’s so versatile, right? Meets your (almost) every need. It’s also something I rarely make.

The chicken soup I grew up on had carrots, celery, and onions, sometimes rice, and good chunks of chicken. The stock did not stand out in my memory, but of course it was there, supporting the ingredients floating in it. I always liked chicken soup, but never gave it much thought.

I had dog-eared a ginger chicken broth recipe in Bon Appetit a couple of months ago, then forgot about it until a friend mentioned he had made it and it was excellent. Determined to give it a try, I gathered up the simple ingredients: onions, celery, carrots, lots of ginger, a small chicken. It simmered happily on the stove and smelled wonderful. When I tried it, it tasted healthy and pleasant and full of all things wholesome.