Sautéed Bananas With Grilled Angel Food Cake


Servings: 12
Prep time: 0:30
Total time: 0:30
Categories: Dessert, Fruit


• 1 c Walnuts or Pecans

• 1Tbsp Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 6 Bananas

• 1Tbsp Blood Orange Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 Angel Food Cake


Toast nuts, set aside.

In large heavy skilled add 1 tablespoon oil on medium heat. Slice bananas and add to pan, stirring often until they get soft and creamy on the outside. Remove from heat.

Slice angel food cake, brush with a little olive oil and grill on each side until grill marks appear, being sure not to burn the cake.

In a pretty stemmed glass or bowl, layer a piece of cake, bananas then chopped nuts.

Have a yummy day!



Another IHF Cooking Class In The Books

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Once again this evening I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with some new friends from Independent Health teaching a Healthy Options Cooking Class at D’Avolio Kitchen in Williamsville. It was great fun and I’m so glad folks laughed along with me as I over toasted the bread.

A special shout out to Dan and Karen from D’Avolio who made sure everything went smoothly and to my sister who unexpectedly popped in from out of town to assist me, photograph the event and made me an original apron.

Here are the links to our evenings menu.

Balsamic Fig Bruschetta With Goat Cheese


Grilled Zucchini Caprese Sandwich


Sautéed Sea Scallops over Arugula, Baby Spinach and Parsley


Fusilli With Tuna Tomato Sauce


Sautéed Bananas With Toasted Pecans and Grilled Angel Food Cake
Camera shy!

Have a yummy day!!


The Psychology of Halloween Candy


This is my completely unscientific, totally opinionated and baseless analysis of what your Halloween candy says about you.

You bought your first supply of candy as soon as it was in the store.
You think buying school supplies and Halloween candy at the same time is efficient. You are a planner. You also buy birthday cards in January for the whole year.
You have hidden it in a safe place so you wouldn’t eat it until Halloween.
Unfortunately you cannot find it so you have to buy more.

You bought candy in early October and hid it in a safe place and ate it yourself. You are also a planner. You are the classic passive aggressive eater. Since you displayed self control waiting until October you deserve a treat, right?
Unfortunately you have to buy more.

You bought candy weeks ago and hid it in a safe place but your family found it. You shop with your children. You are easily distracted. Um…wait…what?
Unfortunately you have to buy more.


You buy candy you don’t like.
There you go, playing tricks on yourself again. You buy candy you don’t like with the thought that you won’t be tempted to eat it. You also watch the Food Network’s hit show Chopped or Sweet Genius so you know how to melt anything down and create a delicious confection.
Unfortunately, you have to buy more.

You buy candy you like.
Duh? You’re brilliant. You know life’s too short to not have a treat. Eat now…worry later.
Unfortunately, you have to buy more.

You buy six bags of candy for an annual parade of 12 Trick or Treaters.
You are a hoarder. You have 12 packages of Mac and Cheese years beyond the expiration date. You go to the wholesale market and buy giant sized nacho cheese jars and you don’t even like it. BOGO sales make your heart go a-pitter-patter.
Unfortunately, you will buy more.

You buy 10 times the amount of Halloween candy you will give away just a few days early.
You are an overachiever. You buy candy with the intention of giving the remainder away at work. You have a candy bowl on your desk so that people don’t have to only come and see you when they have a problem. You like to feed people. You are like a bartender of candy because people tell you all about their relationship with food, why they are only going to have one (cutting back, you know…but these are fun sized so can I take one to eat walking back to my office?), and the feeling they have while biting into a York Peppermint Pattie.
Unfortunately, I just described myself, and I always buy more!

Have a yummy Halloween. I hope it’s Boooooteafull!


Birthday Treats and Always Being A Mom



This guy is 22 today. The beanie hat has been replaced by a briefcase but he did have a ride in the subway today…to work.

Even 10 years ago I would have baked a treat and gone to school with fresh pressed cider from a local farm and shared with his class. One year, when my grandmother passed away my husband did treat duty. Otherwise it was a tradition I enjoyed without reserve.

Birthday cakes were homemade in our house growing up and we did the same for our kids. Every year we would get their feedback and create the treat of choice. We made a big deal of preparing and packaging the confections and it made their birthday even more special.

Perhaps the best compliment my sister ever received from my foodie niece came a few years back when one of her classmates celebrated her birthday at school.

My sister asked her what the treats were.

“Oh, they were ok. Cupcakes.”

My sister reminded her she loved cupcakes and she responded:

“But Mommy, they were from the STORE!”

Happy birthday to my 22 year old baby. Oh what I wouldn’t give to be able to visit your client this afternoon with some freshly pressed Niagara County cider and homemade brownies.

Have a yummy (birth)day!


Healthy Options Cooking Class


This evening, October 9, 2012 I will be cooking and talking about “Healthy Options” at Independent Health’s Healthy Options Cooking Class at D’Avolio Kitchen.

Our Menu:

Quesadillas  Wheat tortillas filled with apples and red onions flavored with D’Avolio Black Current Balsamic Vinegar, black beans and Fontina cheese. These are served with a seasoned Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

Roasted Chicken Snack Strips  Boneless, skinless chicken breasts rubbed with D’Avolio Milanese Gremolata Extra Virgin Olive Oil and seasoned with Basik’s Hunter Blend seasoning available at D’Avolio.  

Orzo  Tiny rice shaped pasta with roasted grape tomatoes and garlic seasoned with Olio Fresca Herb Mix, available at D’Avolio’s and D’Avolio Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Peaches  Ordinary canned peaches made extraordinary with seasoned mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of D’Avolio 18 Year Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. For an extra kick we sprinkle just a pinch of Vanilla Bean salt.

The recipes will be posted tomorrow and can be found in the IHA tab on the right.

Have a yummy day!

Breakfast at Mom’s

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The last time I was at Mom’s for breakfast I’m sure my father paid. So, it’s been a really long time. I remember coming here when I would go with him to work on the weekend when his Oldsmobile dealership was just down the street on Military Road.

20120909-092702.jpg I ordered the #7 which includes coffee or tea (I love the little coffee carafe set on my table), 2 eggs (I get mine over easy so I can dip my Italian toast into the yoke), ham, bacon or sausage and home fries.

20120909-093158.jpg All this for $5.75. Yum!
One of my most enduring memories is of the table side jukeboxes. Remember those?