Weekend Dog Blogging #40

by Cate on June 25, 2006

When the weatherman describes today’s weather as being “soupy,” there’s no way I want to cook over a hot stove or turn on the oven. Unfortunately, “soupy” was a very appropriate description for what was going on outside today, in addition to intermittent, pouring rain.

Welcome to a Jersey Summer. Lovely. Needless to say, my plans for hitting the Farmer’s Market this morning were a tad thwarted. To keep things cool in the kitchen, tonight we had a very simple supper with my Chinese Chicken Salad, Shrimp Cocktail and Ambrosia – perfect.

Friday night, The Neighbor handed me four almost-ready-for-the-garbage bananas, which, of course, I turned into Banana Bread. This time, I used a new recipe from Paula Deen’s The Lady & Sons, Too! cookbook. Next to Nigella’s recipe, this is definitely a top contender and one I will be using again and again.

Without further ago, your Weekend Dog Blogging roundup is below. Until tomorrow…

A year ago today92 degrees – yikes!

Ziggy from Soul Fusion Kitchen in California sure does have the life, sunning poolside indeed!

The pup from Tartelette in South Carolina sits for a spell:

A happy and very poised Simba from Up a Creek Without a PatL:

Birthday Girl Lola with the very patient Bart from Alice Q. Foodie:

Little Willie from Eating for One checks in from Kansas:

And now, a short departure from our regularly scheduled events … hard not to include this wee one from Farmgirl Fare:

The trio from Dispensing Happiness:

Banana Bread
Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 ripe bananas, mashed

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar; mix well. Add the salt, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder and bananas. Mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes.

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Anonymous June 26, 2006 at 4:02 pm

I would have to agree. I loved the banana bread.

Thanks

The Neighbor (wife)

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farmgirl June 26, 2006 at 4:40 pm

Great dog pics! And I’m always willing to try a new banana bread recipe–especially one that has just received rave reviews.

P.S. Thanks for including my non-dog dog blogging photo in the roundup! : )

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Anonymous June 27, 2006 at 1:22 am

That salad looks great — I can’t find ginger paste (not even sure what that is, what’s the ingredients other than ginger of course). Would you sub fresh ginger? If yes, how much?

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Anonymous June 27, 2006 at 1:23 am

Oh, forgot to say thanks! Love your blog — go to it everyday.

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Cate June 27, 2006 at 1:24 am

Yes, you can sub fresh ginger. I’d use half the amount called for, since it’s a lot stronger. I’ve made it without it, and it is just as good that way. I find my ginger paste in Indian grocery stores (and sometimes the regular grocery store). I use that in place of fresh ginger – tons easier. Hope this helps!

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Cate June 27, 2006 at 1:25 am

Anonymous – PS – glad to have you visiting!

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