Monthly Archives: March 2013

Banana Pudding

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The title should really be – Best. Banana. Pudding. Ever. Ever.

As a Texan, I take my banana pudding pretty seriously.  I’ve seen serious atrocities attempt to pass as banana pudding.  My ideal banana pudding must be vanilla pudding, with banana and vanilla wafer cookies.  The most important part to know is that it’s vanilla pudding with bananas.  Not banana flavored pudding.  But, the banana flavor, after sitting, will get into the vanilla pudding.

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I totally agree the ingredients in this recipe may not be the most traditional, but oh good gravy it’s good.  The sweetened condensed milk adds the perfect amount of sweetness while the whipped cream keeps it light.  The vanilla wafers get cakey after sitting and these seemingly separate ingredients blend wonderfully.  Cohesion – it works.

Banana Pudding

barely adapted from Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 1 box mini vanilla wafers
  • 6 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch dish with wafers and layer bananas on top.
  2. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.
  3. Using another bowl, mix the cream cheese and condensed milk until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. 
  4. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. 
  5. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining bananas and then cookies.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

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As a kid, my husband’s mother would heat up the famous canned chicken noodle soup and give it to him when he was sick.  We know the bit.  1.  Empty soup can into bowl.  2.  Fill can with water.  3.  Add to soup.  4.  Heat and serve.  Well, he grew up with only steps 1 and 4.  Can we say sodium overload?  Ever since  I’ve known him, he has always kept a can of this soup available for times he gets sick.  

I can’t stand the stuff.  Aside from the taste and sodium, the ingredient list is just too unnatural for my taste.  I have attempted to change him but we all know how that turns out.  (Note: It doesn’t work, friends.)

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Well, that is until he tried to feed it to my sick baby.  Before my death ray stare became an all out smack down, he put the spoon down.  I went through the reasons I don’t want my child to eat this soup.  I argued that I could make it better.  He was still nostalgic.  Then, I offered him hard proof.  I asked what he thought of the chicken in his soup.  He started fishing around for a piece and found red/pink unidentifiable pieces of “chicken” floating around.  Then, he put his spoon down and has never had another bite/slurp of that soup.

In an effort to smooth his harsh defeat, I made him homemade chicken noodle soup.  With a much better ingredient list, this soup offers the same comfort and full flavor, with minimal effort.  My husband asks for it all the time – sick or not.  And, this way he can feed the baby all he wants.

Chicken Noodle Soup

adapted from Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast, chopped
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups cup egg noodles
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, more to taste

Directions:

  1.  In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter and olive oil.  Add the onions, garlic celery and  carrots, and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the chicken to the vegetables and saute in the pot for about 3 minutes.  You really just want to get a good saute and browning on the outside.  
  2. Add the broth, noodles, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Add more salt and/or pepper, if needed.

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