Banana Bourbon Bread Pudding

banana bourbon bread pudding

So this is what you do with that stale loaf of challah bread.  Whaaat, you don’t have a stale loaf?  Because you ate it all? I know, I know, it’s good stuff.  I had to hide our second loaf, my husband and I polished off the first one in a space of an evening.  Okay, maybe it was half gone when he got home, whatever.  So, go make some more challah, and let’s get on with the show.  The Bread Pudding show.

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Tomatoes–the Last Blast

roma tomatoesDid you notice–it’s October, people!  October!  I can hardly believe it.  I might not even notice, if it weren’t for the slight chill in the air.  We’ve had unusually nice (i.e. dry) weather in Portland, temps around 70 this week and no rain to be seen.  Unheard of.  Where are the drenching downpours, the endless days of nothing but gray?  They are coming, I know they are.  But for now, cool, crisp, sunny Fall!

Thanks to the lack of downpours, my tomato plants have survived my neglect, and I was able to harvest another 30+ romas yesterday.  Yay, garden tomatoes!  So, a bit later than expected, but apparently on time with my local seasonal weather, here is my “last blast” tomato post, with two recipes for that bounty of gems you may have sitting on your kitchen countertop . . .

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Mint Infused Simple Syrup

mint plant

It’s Friday, it’s been a crazy busy chaotic stressful week, I really want to bake something but I just. can’t. doit.  But I have to make something.  And then there it was, right in front of me.  The Mint Plant.  Already completely filling it’s tiny container, just begging to be plucked and crushed and used.  Did that sound dirty?  Sorry.  Anyway, between the thoughts of use the mint and god I really need a cocktail and ugh I’m too tired to do anything complicated somehow my poor little brain found the words simple syrup.  Ayecaramba!

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