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.


The Neighbor (wife)


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! : )


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?


Anonymous June 27, 2006 at 1:23 am

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


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!


Cate June 27, 2006 at 1:25 am

Anonymous – PS – glad to have you visiting!


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