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100 Things to Do with a Banana How many times has someone spotted excess, overripe or just unused bananas in your kitchen and said, “uh-oh, looks like it’s time to make banana bread!” — as if the only things possible to do with a banana are eat it or turn it into bread? Well we say “no more.” With no particular offense meant to anyone’s banana bread recipe, we believe the humble banana is in fact as versatile as bacon or eggs, and we’ve got the internets to prove it. Favorite Recipes from 2011 Can you believe 2011 is almost over? Where did the year go? 2011 was a pretty great year, especially for this little blog of mine. Over the last 12 months, we have picked up lots of new friends along the way. And let me tell you–you guys are not afraid to tell me when you HATE a recipe or when you LOVE a recipe. So, here are some of the most popular recipes from this year.

Cinnamon Toast&Rolls The USDA released its new food pyramid the other day (which is actually a plate now instead of a pyramid), and I am sorely disappointed to report that cinnamon rolls did not appear anywhere on that plate. I think by now most of us know what should be on our dinner plate in terms of healthy, well-rounded nutrient-laden meals, but it is my considered opinion that our breakfast plate should include cinnamon rolls now and then. And not just any cinnamon roll, mind you, but how ‘bout a homemade cinnamon roll hybrid that is a cross between a cinnamon roll and cinnamon toast, is super easy to make and gosh darn delicious. In honor of their ancestry, I call these little gems cinnamon toast rolls, and here’s all you need to make them… Yep. 10 AWESOME Nutella Recipes Ten awesomely delicious recipes using your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread, Nutella: Nutella Rice Krispy Treats get thisNutella Rice Krispy Treats Stefanie FauquetNutella Recipes Nutella Cupcakes get thisnutella cupcakes

Chocolate Quake Cake Maybe this blog should be renamed "Sprinkle Bakes Chocolate Cakes". I've had a serious romance with the confection all year. First there was a very special chocolate cupcake recipe for pyromaniacs, soon after came Chocolate Whiskey Cake, then Chocolate Gâteau on the Half Shell, Nigella's Chocolate-Honey Cake, the proportionally epicPBC4 (as I've come to call it), and last week's post was dedicated to the marriage of chocolate cake and red wine. I may need an intervention, but like most addicts I don't want one. I've tasted many, but this chocolate cake may be my favorite, ever! It is indulgently rich with a generous amount of chocolate icing, and in contrast the cake has a light, moist crumb.

15 Creative Ways to Use Oreos Hey there! Have you downloaded the latest version of Springpad yet? To learn about the updates in Springpad 3.0, check out this blog post: “The New Springpad Makes It Fun and Easy to Share.” We all know Oreos taste just fine on their own. After all, they’re “America’s favorite cookie.”

VOLT ink: Recipes. Stories. Brothers. The day before Michael and Bryan Voltaggio's collaborative new cookbook VOLT ink. hit the shelves this week we talked over a delicious lunch at chef George Mendes's Aldea. Sharing a meal with the Voltaggio brothers is a lens into their worlds and their bonds—to each other, their families and the people they work with. The heavily-tattooed, good-looking and highly-acclaimed chef brothers have achieved great professional success by their early thirties—having conquered Top Chef's 6th season (Bryan came in second, Michael first), and opening eponymous restaurants (Bryan's VOLT in their native Frederick, VA and Michael's just-opened MVink and ink.sack in Los Angeles). Better-Than-Crack-Brownies I’m sorry for doing this to you. I really am. But see, last Friday while I was on a 10-hour road trip heading for vacation, I received this recipe from a reader named Liz.

Brown Butter Double Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies Little bit of a mouthful there. But it’s like a cookie on top of another cookie! Yeah. Like total dirty cookie on cookie action.

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