Camping Food: S’mores with Nutella

S'mores with Nutella

I apologize about the photos, but we were actually camping. Our family went camping this past weekend at Myakka River State Park, just east of Sarasota, Fl. Packing food that will keep in a cooler for a couple days is always a little tricky, it can be brutally hot here in the afternoon. I made a large batch of chili that we made nachos, chili dogs and quesadillas out of, even considered putting it on our eggs one morning. It was perfect. I also pre baked a bunch of Mojo chicken legs and brought those ( I don’t like to bring any raw meat for fear of cross contamination) They were great for snacks, lunch and dinner, and easy to eat, no utensils needed. But like all good campers we needed to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. I always find that it is hard to keep the chocolate bars from melting in the heat, or if you put them in the cooler they get too hard and won’t melt in the s’mores, so that is where the Nutella comes in. I spread some Nutella on graham crackers and put them on a plate, then as we roasted the marshmallows we put them on top and added a top cracker and pulled the skewers out. Easy and so much less mess than traditional s’mores. I meant to bring bananas to slice and add too but I forgot. Doesn’t matter, they were still delicious. From now on I will be leaving the candy bars at home and bringing the jar of Nutella camping, besides it does double duty on sandwiches, apples and crackers for snacks.

S'mores with Nutella

Heels in the Kitchen: Elvis Cookies

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

Today I am wearing heels in the kitchen, special occasion?  No, but 15 months after knee surgery I still look like a 10 year old trying to walk in her mom’s shoes. I am sick of flats, and flip-flops, I want to wear grown up shoes, after all I love shoes and there are too many pairs of heels to count, in my closet, just collecting dust. Maybe I am over thinking it, so I figured if I put them on while I was busy in the kitchen I would forget about the awkwardness and just walk in them. Well, I think it was slightly helpful, next step mopping and gardening in heels, the neighbors (and my family) may think I am crazy but I am getting back in my shoes!

Oh and I made these delicious cookies today, oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip. So obviously I named them Elvis cookies, thank you, thank very much.

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

1 1/2 c flour

1 c sugar

1/2 t salt

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 c butter softened

3/4 c peanut butter

1 egg

2 bananas mashed

1 1/2 c old fashioned oats

1 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, butter and peanut butter to a large bowl. Beat on low until ingredients are combined and the mixture starts to crumble. Add egg, bananas and oats, mix until it forms a dough, stir in chocolate chips. use a med ice cream scoop or a heaping tablespoon and place dough on cookie sheets.

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

bake for about 18 minutes or until edges brown and cookies are slightly golden. (my oven is on the slow side so check after 14 minutes)

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

Let cool and enjoy! Makes about 4 dozen

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

Banana and Chicken Curry

 

Ok I admit it, I love cooking reality shows. My favorites are Chopped, Top Chef and The Next Iron Chef. I love to see the cheftestants think on their feet and see what creative dishes they come up with out of the mystery ingredients. I was so inspired by Chef Nate Appleman on episode 1 of this season’s Iron Chef Redempition. The ingredient was bananas and he came up with a banana curry. Why didn’t I think of that? I love curry, I have made pumpkin curry, coconut curry, sweet potato curry etc… Bananas seem like a no brainer, but I have never seen it before. Now I had to try my hand at this. Next trip to the store I bought a bunch of bananas and the game was on. It was just as delicious as I thought it would be, my kids didn’t even know there was banana in it, they get weird when I put fruit in savory dishes, but they ate every last bite of it. Now what else can I put bananas in…

Banana and Chicken Curry

3 bananas peeled

2 T Olive Oil

1/2  t salt

3 chicken breast cut into bite sized pieces

1 t chopped garlic

1 T minced ginger

1 1/2 T curry powder ( I used a Sri Lankin mix but any would work)

1 jalapeno chopped

2 c chicken broth

1 c diced carrots

1/2 t cayenne papper ( optional)

2 T chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400

Place bananas on a baking pan and drizzle with 1 T olive oil and sprinkle with salt, cook for 7-10 minutes

 

In a large pot or dutch oven add 1 T olive oil, chicken garlic, ginger and jalapeno, cook until chicken is brown. Add cooked bananas, and use the back of a wooden spoon to mash. Add curry powder, cayenne, carrots and chicken broth, stir together, bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stir in chopped cilantro and serve over rice.