Meeting new people is such an exciting thing. I know with each person I meet, that person was placed in my life, at that time, for a reason. Yes – I am that annoying person on the airplane who likes to talk to whom I am sitting by. I have never been one to follow the rule “don’t talk to strangers.” I know some then-strangers who are now great friends simply because I started a conversation with them. I have had some great things happen to me just by being connected with others
. You never know when one connection might lead to another connection
and when one person may change your life.
I started my own blog, Dine & Dish
, in November 2006 with the goal to connect with others and to encourage more people to not be intimidated by their time in the kitchen. As a mom of three young kids
, with one more on the way, I understand how hectic life can get. I also have learned first hand the importance of bringing your family together each evening for a meal around the family table. Engage with each other and I can promise this one thing will help to keep you all close together throughout the years.
I firmly believe that connecting with family and friends is easier if food is involved. If you were moving in next door, I would drop off some cookies or bread to welcome you into the neighborhood. Since we are only meeting virtually, I have decided to make a welcome treat that you can hopefully feel the warmness of through your computer monitor.
Great banana bread recipes are hard to find, but I think I have a successful attempt with this favorite recipe of mine. Full of sweet banana flavor, this moist and delicious loaf is sure to make a good impression on anyone you present it to.
So, for now my friends, I welcome you. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a loaf pan by spraying it with cooking spray. Beat sugar and oil together until fluffy. Add eggs and mix. Mix in mashed bananas.
In a separate bowl sift together the flour, soda, and salt. Add 1 cup of the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Stir until just combined. Add half of the buttermilk and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour and buttermilk and stir until just combined.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the loaf to cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.