One day I stopped over at my Friend Mary Jo Kobes' house. She had just made a pan of fresh banana bars and sent some home with me.
I'm here to tell you they were the best banana bars I have ever eaten. I think she should have entered them in the county fair, I know they would have taken Grand Champion!
Double Frosted Banana Bars
Cream: 1/2 Cup
Butter -- Softened
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
Gradually Add Into The Creamed Mixture, 5 -- Small Or 3 Large Bananas
Frosting: 8 Ounces Cream Cheese -- Softened
1/2 Cup Butter
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
4 Cups Powdered Sugar. Beat Until Desired Consistency. Frost -- cooled bars.
Spread banana bars intoa lightly greased jellyroll pan. Bake at 350 degrees 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and frost with powdered sugar frosting. Keep bars in the refrigerator. These bars also freeze well so you can use as needed.
Dill Rye Grilled Sandwiches
Dill Rye Bread
Swiss Cheese -- Sliced
Cheddar Cheese -- Sliced
Parmesan Cheese -- Or Ramano
Put mustard on both slices. Then spread with mircle whip. Layer ham and cheeses. Grill until cheese is melted.
Creamy Baked Potato Soup
4 Large Baking Potatoes
2/3 Cup Butter
2/3 Cup Flour
6 Cups Milk
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
4 Green Onion -- Chopped And Divided
12 Slices Bacon, Cooked, Crumbled And -- Divided
1 1/4 Cups Cheddar Cheese -- Shredded And Divided
8 Ounces Sour Cream
Dash Of Garlic Powder To Taste
Scrub potatoes and bake at 400 degrees for one hour. Let cool. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, scoop out pulp and set aside. I like to use the potato skins as an appetizer and make crispy potato skins with bacon and cheese. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook one minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Add potato pulp, salt, pepper, 2 Tablespoons green onion, 1/2 cup bacon, and 1 cup cheese. Cook until thoroughly heated and stir in sour cream. Add extra milk if necessary for desired consistency. Serve with remaining green onion, bacon and cheese.
GARY'S TIP: When washing windows, use vertical strokes when wiping the outside and horizontal strokes for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If we appreciate what we have, it becomes more. If we belittle what we have, it becomes less.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.