The Fall has to be my favorite time of the year to cook. So many foods to make that warm a house (or in my case an apartment) and using fresh products for one of the last times before the winter season hits.
This weekend I tackled banana bread for the first time. I have fond memories of my mom making banana bread for a majority of my life. My elders when I was growing up could cook and especially bake anything that would make you want to stay inside on a cool day and enjoy the food while watching Fall outside the window.
For my first attempt at making this recipe it turned out very well. I used a cookbook that my mother gave me. She has two copies of this and is from my hometown, was compiled well before I was born so I know it has many New England cooking secrets.
I am not sure how many of these from my town still exist but I bet there are not too many. Inside there is everything from baked goods to dinners to recipes for wild game. Even included is a “heart healthy” section; who would have thought to include something like that back in the 70’s before Americans become as concerned about their health as they do today.
As I work to become more self sufficient this recipe book will be my go-to guide for home-cooked meals. Trying to do more with less is my ultimate goal and this hidden gem will help me to achieve it.
In case you are wondering the recipe came out perfect, and in a toaster oven!! Now, will the New Yorkers be crazy enough to buy a loaf for $10…hmm…