Archive for ‘Food’

December 29, 2014

Monday’s Mess

I’m implementing themes for my blogposts.

Mondays are officially “Monday’s Mess.”

Mess referring to a military term for a group of people for frequently eat together.

I’ll post about food we’ve had during the past week.

And probably whatever else I feel like posting.

‘Cause “mess” has so many meanings…

Double Chocolate

Banana Bread

*originally posted on SmittenKitchen


3 medium to large very ripe bananas

1/2 C. butter, melted

3/4 C. dark brown sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1 t. pure vanilla extract

1 t. baking soda

1/4 t. table salt

1/2 t. ground cinnamon

1 C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. Dutch process cocoa powder

1 C. semisweet chocolate chunks or chips

1. Preheat over to 350°F. Spray a 9 X 5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Whisk in melted butter, then brown sugar, egg, and vanilla.

3. Place baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flour, and cocoa powder in a sifter, and sift over wet ingredients.  Stir together with a spoon just until combined.  Fold in chocolate chunks/chips.

4. Pour into prepared pan, and bake 55-60 minutes, or until a tester comes out relatively clean (a little chocolate chip smear is ok).  Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

December 14, 2014


This tasted odd.

But good.

Try it.

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup


6 slices bacon, cut into bite sized pieces

1lb ground beef

1 can diced tomatoes

2 t yellow mustard

4 dill pickle spears, diced

1 1/2 C beef broth

2 C milk

1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 t black pepper

1/2 t kosher salt

1 C shredded colby-jack cheese

4 hamburger buns, cut into bite sized pieces


1. Preheat over to 400 degrees.

2. In a large Dutch oven over medium high heat, cook bacon until browned.  Remove bacon and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.  Remove grease from Dutch oven.

3. Add the ground beef to the pot and cook until browned.  Drain and add bacon back to pan with ground beef.

4.  Add tomatoes (with juice), mustard, pickles, beef broth, milk, red pepper, salt, and pepper.  Simmer over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. While soup is simmering, place hamburger bun pieces on a baking sheet, and bake for about 8-10 minutes.

6.  Add the heavy cream and cheese to the soup.  Heat for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted.

7.  Serve soup with hamburger bun croutons.