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I can promise that you‘re not likely to find many of my blogs in the “Cooking” category but, thanks to a dear old friend of mine (may she rest in peace), I am considered one of the front-runners in the banana bread arena.

Kate was a nail client of mine for several years in the early 90’s.  Every Christmas and birthday, Kate would come to her appointment carrying a freshly made banana bread.  Now, as you can see in the picture above, this is no “ordinary” banana bread.  Not only is it absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious, it’s pretty!  The top is covered with a cinnamon/walnut topping that is baked into the bread.  In the center is a swirl of cinnamon/walnut.

At the cookie-exchange/gift exchange party we attended a few weeks ago, a friend was raving to me about the banana bread, not knowing it was I who made it!  When i told him it was mine, i told him, “I’ll make you one.”  He responded with, “I’ll eat one!”

As we all know, you can’t make a good banana bread without a few rotten bananas.  I happened to notice the browning bananas in the bowl on the table this morning when i shuffled through the kitchen in search of my morning coffee.  Once i shook the cobwebs from my head, i looked through my cupboards to see if i had everything i needed to make the bread and, naturally, i didn’t.  As much as i’d hoped today was going to be a “bum day“, i decided to shower and get all dolled up to go to Target.  They had a 2GB mem card on sale for $9.99 that i wanted and i knew i could get the eggs, sour cream and flour that i needed to make the bread.  So, i braved the bitter cold temperatures and risky driving conditions.

Of course, the mem card was sold out but i did make it home with the baking stuff.  I’d planned to make the bread tomorrow but, as luck would have it, i dropped the bag with the eggs and cracked 3 of them...making it necessary to make the bread immediately so not to waste the broken eggs.

I have to say...it’s going to be a challenge to not cut into it while i’m home A-L-O-N-E tonight!



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