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Nov04

Dark Chocolate Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a Southern staple. In the South – and Texas especially – food is love, and nothing says, “I love you!” better than banana pudding. Is your neighborhood having its annual pot luck supper? Count on at least one banana pudding. Did a friend or relative lose a loved one? Taking over a banana pudding is a lovely gesture to help comfort the bereaved. Is it your birthday? Banana pudding is ALWAYS...

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Jan07

Chocolate Chip Banana Blondie Cake

Once again, a culinary accident has become something beautiful. I set out, the other evening, to make some chocolate chip banana blondies.  One thing led to another (as they usually do while baking) and what emerged from the oven was … light and fluffy?!  Filled with despair, since these were not the chewy bars I had been craving, I was tempted to throw the whole pan in the trash, but I decided to try a taste.  Boy am I glad I...

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May24

Banana Bread Pudding

A few weeks ago my husband and went to see the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.    You know, the one hit wonders from the 90’s?  They were playing at the House of Blues in Dallas and I could not resist. I love swing music so much I even took swing dancing lessons in college.  We decided to go ahead and have dinner at the House of Blues before the show.  Because we had a little extra time before the show began, and because I love...

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Jan22

Southern Banana Pudding

Nothing is quite like homemade, from scratch, banana pudding.    Sure, you can make a passable banana pudding with instant pudding mix, but if you really want to taste something special make your custard from scratch.  Once you do you will never use a box of pudding again.  Besides, taking about ten minutes to cook the custard and four hours to chill, it is so easy.   Many traditional recipes for banana pudding use flour as a...

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