A couple of months ago, I borrowed a cookbook from my good friend Mandy called the Bride & Groom First & Forever Cookbook. I had seen it in her house before and figured it would likely be filled with over-the-top gourmet recipes with exotic ingredients and complicated instructions. I figured I might photo-copy 1 or 2 recipes tops. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I ended up copying over 20 recipes and have tried 6 of them. The results have been so good that I’m thinking of buying my own copy of the book. Among the top recipes: Chicken Pot Pie, Mushroom Risotto, Kick-ass Chili (my title) and most recently: Unbelievable Banana Bread.
I baked the bread last night and the recipe produced two loaves. I took one to work which was mostly devoured by noon and after hubby got a taste this evening, the other loaf is almost gone. Here’s whats left:
It didn’t end up looking too great, but the flavor was out of this world. I didn’t have buttermilk on hand and substituted heavy cream which probably made it too dense. It was either that or skim milk and I didn’t want to under-do it. The recipe has you toast the walnuts for about 15 minutes before folding them into the batter and I think that made a huge difference. At any rate, I received so many compliments that this may make it onto the holiday baked-goods-for-gifts list. (Hey, it’s never too soon to plan for Christmas)
So, if you like to cook, or collect cookbooks, or are just starting to learn how to cook, I can definitely recommend the Bride & Groom First & Forever Cookbook. It’s helped to bring out my inner domestic goddess. Which can only be a good thing. Especially if you tasted my cooking from a couple of years ago. Sheesh!