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First An Update

Before I introduce you to Everyday Cook # 5, an update.

Back on Memorial Day, 2010 I first introduced you to Army Veteran Brendan Marrocco, the first  person to ever survive losing all four limbs. There have been four others since then.

Well, on Tuesday of this week in a 13 hour operation Brendan received a double arm transplant at John Hopkins Hospital.

You can read more about the surgery and  watch a video of Brendan after the surgery talking about his plans for the future – driving a car again is one of his goals – and meet the team of doctors who performed this miracle surgery by clicking this link: Surgery.

We wish Brendan well.

Everyday Cook #5

Some of you know that I have a wonderful and fun part time job. Technically it is marketing. But I, and many of the people I visit, simply call me The Candy Lady. I fill a candy jar at real estate offices in and around Columbus. All of the people I meet are extremely nice and delightful people. I have found the real estate industry is peopled with warm, friendly, and good people.

One of the people I met and befriended in this job is today’s Everyday Cook, Doran.

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Doran told me she loves to bake and cook. Why wouldn’t she? She grew up in an Italian home.

Growing up in an Italian household, she told me she ate very well all the time. Holidays with her extended family always involved LOTS of great foods- pastas, breads, sausages, desserts.

Doran started working at an early age. She worked at the family fruit & vegetable stand at the City Market in Indianapolis. Again, not only was she surrounded by fresh fruits and vegetables, but all of the fantastic venders also housed in the Market; the cheese man, the Jewish bread bakery, the soup lady, Tony the pizza man.

She has wonderful food memories of tastes and smells of food made with fresh ingredients.

The last few years, however, she has found it necessary to go gluten free.

One day when I was in her office delivering candy she gave me a slice of the cake she is sharing with you today. It was absolutely divine!! I knew I had to share it with you.

Featured Recipe    Gluten Free Banana Nut Cake

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The recipe is adapted from, Easy Gluten Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbonne.

This is what you will need:

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 cup brown rice flour

2/3  cup sweet white rice flour

1/3 cup corn starch

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1/2 bag of mini semi sweet chocolate morsels (optional)

2/3 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts) (optional)

WET INDREDIENTS

1/2 cup SPLENDA sugar blend  (not Splenda)

1 1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

2 large eggs

Here is what you do:

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Spray loaf pan with baking spray.  Mash bananas, add sugar and set aside

2. In a separate bowl whisk dry ingredients (except choc chips & nuts). If you do not pre whisk the dry ingredients you will get clumps of xanthan gum in your finished product.

3. In another bowl, using a mixer, cream butter until light. Add eggs, one at a time. Add half of the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add banana mixture; again mix well. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir chocolate chips & nuts in last with a spatula.

4. Pour mixture into loaf pan. Bake for about an hour. Cover top with a piece of foil if the top gets too brown before the middle is done cooking.

5. Cool bread for about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Freezes well.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

DRY INGREDIENTS

1 cup brown rice flour                      $1.12

2/3 cup white rice flour                    $0.70

1/3 cup corn starch                          $0.48

1 tsp baking powder                         $0.03

1 tsp baking soda                             $0.02

1/2 tsp salt                                      $0.01

1/2 tsp xanthan gum                        $0.08

1/2 bag chocolate morsels                $3.49

2/3 cop chopped nuts                       $5.12

WET INDREDIENTS

1/2 cup SPLENDA sugar blend           $1.68

1 1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas       $0.24

1/2 cup butter                                 $0.32

2 large eggs                                    $0.17

Total cost = $13.49
Cost per slice = $0.89*

*15 slices

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