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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cooking Disasters!!

While having lunch with a group of ladies yesterday, we started talking about our kitchen disasters.  I thought my faithful readers would like to hear of a few of mine........and believe me, I've had plenty.

Banana Pudding disaster:   Bananas are the only fruit that I absolutely do not like.  I will eat them in a bread or muffin, or even if someone serves any dish.  I just don't like them.  I'd rather eat lima beans for my potassium any day than eat a banana.  That being said, I usually make the best banana pudding ever!!  My dad loves banana pudding.  I was hosting a family Easter celebration and decided to double the recipe as there would be a lot of people at my home.  This pudding is made from scratch using my Yia yia Maria's recipe.  You can't really make it too far in advance as it's better fresh, so naturally, I was being rushed.  As anyone knows, you can't rush making custard.  I stirred and stirred the custard thinking it was just right to take off of the flame and into the refrigerator to thicken upon cooling.  It looked great with the homemade meraigne on top, toasted almonds, browned under the broiler until the perfect shade of golden brown.  Into the refrigerator.  A few hours pass, lamb is cooked and relatives and friends are bringing their Greek specialties to the all day event.  Thank goodness there were plenty of desserts and Greek cookies in addition to my banana pudding.  Now, we are a family who laughs together, cries together, and just has fun together.  My brother was the first to try my oh so famous recipe.  He didn't say a word, but grabbed a drinking cup, put the banana pudding in the cup and announced that it was the best banana pudding he ever drank!

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Ingredients I must have in my kitchen (It's a long list, but I try and have these items on hand)

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Cheese
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Bread
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Greek Oregano
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Lemon ( At least 3 or 4 ALWAYS)
  • Peppers (Wax, Jalapeno, banana)
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Regular Olive Oil
  • Rice
  • Salad Ingredients
  • Sea Salt
  • Spanish Olives
  • White Balsamic Vinegar
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