BANANA CREAM BANANA BARS
BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
AVOCADO RANCH DRESSING
I could go on and on about how wonderful this creamy, fresh Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing is, but you NEED to try this - I promise you!
The combination of avocado, fresh herbs and flavors is out of this world! The flavor of this delicious creamy dressing will vary a little with each batch, depending on the avocado size, flavor and ripeness.
This dressing is a re-creation of the famous Fanny Baer Restaurant house salad dressing - served on the fabulous Fanny Baer Shrimp Salad, along with a basket of warm fresh rye and sourdough bread - it is the perfect meal!
ONCE UPON A TIME...there was a wonderful seafood and steakhouse called "Fanny Baer's Restaurant", located in Sandusky, Ohio from 1980 to 1986. My sister was lucky enough to live nearby, and she told fabulous stories about meals here with her husband Wayne. Wayne was a nuclear welder and traveled a lot with his job, but when they were dating and later married, he would impress her with a fancy dinner at Fanny Baers - and by ordering not only shrimp cocktail, a fresh-cut steak, but also king crab legs and sometimes lobster - for a single meal! He was a tall, lanky guy and never had a weight problem - but we were always amazed at how much he could eat! And Fanny Baer's was one of his favorite restaurants.
I don't think I ever made it past the basket of fresh-baked warm rye and sourdough bread and house salad - "Fanny Baer's Salad". We loved it, we dreamed about it, and whenever we were in town we devoured it!
The dressing on the Fanny Baer Salad was TO DIE FOR - so incredibly fresh and flavorful! We would actually purchase containers of the homemade salad dressing from Fanny Baer's to carefully bring back home to Minnesota in a cooler to enjoy as long as we could make it last! And there was no sharing - this creamy, fresh dressing was liquid gold!
When the restaurant closed, we all cried - and my sister tried in vain to get the recipe for the famous Fanny Baer Salad Dressing.
CHERRY & ALMOND CRISP
Fresh cherries are in! I was so excited when I saw them at the grocery store that I picked up a pre-packaged bag - priced at $6.79 - but for the first fresh cherries of the season, well worth it! Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was $6.79 per POUND, not package!
So that meant 1/3 of the bag for a fresh Cherry & Almond Crisp, 1/3 of the bag for photography, and the remainder just for enjoying! Also had the fun of trying to explain to a three-year-old what a cherry pit is and why we don't eat them! He was VERY intrigued by it all, and "could we please plant some of the cherry pits in the garden?"
Cherry & Almond Brown Sugar Crisp is one of the first crisps of the year, and so wonderful! Just like a cherry pie, but without all the fuss.
BEST MOTHER'S DAY EVER!
I am the luckiest girl in the world!
I have a wonderful guy that loves me to death, and the best kiddos on the planet! They know that one of my favorite pastimes is cooking and baking wonderful things for them - and we love fresh and organic homegrown vegies and fruits more than anything!
Our last home in suburban Minneapolis was built on rich and fertile farmland - dark, loamy soil that was deeper than we could dig! Our garden was magnificent and a hobby that we all enjoyed - from planting seeds when the kids were little, to finding big juicy worms for fishing, to harvesting gorgeous vegetables and fruits for our table, and sharing what seemed like never-ending garden produce with family and neighbors.
Fast forward to northeast Ohio - land of clay. Digging down six inches is a painful experience, and we have broken more shovels that I can count. Even large trees are not planted deep in this part of the country - and landscaping and trees require yards of mulch every year. We may have gained several months of mild weather and growing time, but every year it has been a painful and protracted period of getting the garden ready.
And the deep and thick woods around our subdivision offer wildlife in numbers that continue to grow - we have a herd of deer that have a daily trek that takes them thru our yard munching on my flowers and garden plants as they go. They hang out in the grassy fields behind our house - and the group just keeps getting bigger each year!
Every time I make these Caramel Pecan Monkey Bread rolls, my family goes NUTS, and I always wonder why I don't make them more often - they are one of the easiest, quickest recipes out there, and ALWAYS a big hit!
Through the years I have perfected the smooth and creamy caramel sauce to our liking. When I have the time, I still like to make traditional Caramel Monkey Bread - the homemade dough really sets it apart....but for those times when you are in a hurry, this is the perfect short-cut recipe to feed and impress a crowd with!
Home is where you Mom is....and this is the perfect treat to make for Mother's Day!
A wonderful base of oreo cookie crumbs, topped with a whipped and creamy peanut butter layer, and topped with the smoothest dark chocolate ganache you have ever had. So, so easy to make, and when topped with some beautiful edible flowers, almost too pretty to eat!
I'm Mama V and I am so happy you stopped by to visit! This is the place to find family favorite and kitchen-tested quality recipes, along with photographs and tips to give you the confidence to cook and bake from scratch.
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