Sunday, October 7, 2012

Banana Bread Delight

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Put butter (or use Pam spray) on a loaf or muffin pan or 9x13 pan.  With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, then add bananas, sour cream and vanilla and mix well.  Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix.  Stir in nuts as desired.  Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 325 degrees.  Baking time will vary depending on size of pan used.  Just keep an eye on it and pull out when it is looks cooked.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Costco Salsa Chicken Mexican

I went to Costco a few months ago and sampled a yummy Mexican mouthful.  Super tasty, super easy, super fun.  They only put the salsa, chicken and cheese together and served it with tortilla chips.  I added a few extra ingredients and served it in a tortilla (burrito style).  In true "Pam Style," I don't really measure except when baking.  So just add these ingredients to suit your personal taste.


1 jar Costco organic salsa (you can use another kind)
2 cans Costco chicken pieces (you could use chicken you cooked and chopped yourself)
Grated cheese to taste
Brown rice
Black Beans

Put all ingredients into a pot and heat until warmed.  Serve in a tortilla or with chips.

My friend said she may try adding corn kernels too.

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes



½ cup of butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling the cookies
½ cup of pure pumpkin (like Libby's canned pumpkin)
¼ cup of molasses
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt


1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth. Add the pumpkin, molasses, egg, and vanilla extract, mix until well combined.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 1 hour. The dough can be chilled for 2-3 days.
3. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Place sugar in a small bowl. Roll tablespoon-sized balls of dough in sugar until well coated and place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10–12 minutes, or until cookies look cracked and set at the edges. The cookies will still be soft. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a 2-3 minutes after removing them from the oven, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.