Jun 1, 2016

Cooking and Listening

Last night I was at girls' night, when a friend teased me, "Oh, Samma, she doesn't watch TV.  She just cooks away listening to her podcasts!".  I died laughing because she hit the nail on the head.

So here's what I've been cooking and listening to lately:

The West Wing Weekly podcast-
Oh, how today's politic climate has me longing for the fictional Washington of the West Wing!  I'm loving revisiting the first season of the West Wing, along with getting insider commentary in each recap.  Joshua Malina is one of the hosts, which was a bit off-putting at first, but you get used to him. And if you are a Malina fan, you will love it right off the bat!

Brown Sugar Banana Bread (with dark chocolate chips)

1 stick butter (softened)
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoon vanilla
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (heaping) dark chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease a loaf pan.
2.  In large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.  Stir eggs in one at a time, beating well.  Stir in vanilla and banana.
3.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
4.  Blend the flour mixture into the banana mixture and stir just to combine.  Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.  Pour into the greased loaf pan.
5.  Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out clean.

(Adapted from allrecipes.com)

Deeds and Dell Harper had a blast mixing this up with me- it was super easy and very kid friendly.  And of course, they adored the finished product!  We had breakfast for lunch, with strawberries, scrambled eggs and banana bread.  I was up for mom of the year for sure.

Another podcast and a great supper to follow!


  1. Ahh can't wait for all of the podcast recs! (I've loved all your recipes for years)

  2. Yum! Love banana bread! Do you listen to Deep South Details? I met Dana, one of the Deep South ladies, at the Southern C Summit and she was adorable!


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