Not much compares to the smell of homemade banana bread right out of the oven. The sweet smell fills the house and the hot oven warms everyone up on these cold winter days. As I was cleaning up from breakfast I noticed a few bananas that were beginning to get a little dark. Now most people would throw them out but I knew just what to do. They were perfect for making banana bread. I had this great recipe that I couldn’t wait to try.
I will openly admit that I am not a baker. I genuinely love to cook but baking is a whole other story. Most people will say, “But you know how to cook isn’t it the same?” Not at all. There is a science, a finesse if you will, when it comes to baking. My aunt on the other hand is a true blue Betty Crocker. She’s made everything from cookies, to pastries, to elaborate fondant cakes. It just comes naturally to her. Not only that but she’s a darn good cook as well. I’m actually going to post a few of her recipes on the blog soon.
Now back to the bagels. I’d been recipe browsing for a bit and came across a blog with an amazing bagel recipe. The pictures were beautiful and the author seemed to really know his stuff. The recipe was given a 5 star review so I figured I would give it a try. Wouldn’t it be great to have warm toasty bagels right out of the oven?! I was so excited.
One Saturday morning I woke up with a real craving for a delicious breakfast burrito. I had an idea of what I wanted it to taste like but I just had to put it all together. Now I’m not normally a big breakfast eater nor am I fan of eggs but this morning was different.
This photo above is a very special one. It was the first photo shoot Dave and I ever did for this blog. I must have taken about 30 pictures before getting just the right one.
I can’t speak about these little pastries without thinking of Dave’s grandfather Papi Falto. When I first came into the family Dave warned me that Papi Falto was a tough cookie. Well the day finally came that I was going to meet his family. I had already met his parents which I loved but this time I was going to meet everyone else. Needless to say I was a bit nervous. Within minutes of me being there Papi Falto offered me a seat next to him in the kitchen and started joking around. I found out that night that there are two things he loves most besides his family of course. They are politics and pastelitos. You see the only time Papi Falto is able to have them is when Dave’s aunt Titi Rosie would bring them up from Florida which isn’t very often. Well, the next day I scoured the internet to find just the right recipe. I wish I could have recorded his expression when we brought them over. He was so excited! Now for every holiday I make him his own batch.
There are so many recipes out there that call for hard boiled eggs but none of them show you how to actually boil an egg. I know what your thinking. For you “eggsperts” out there the concept is so simple. But for someone like myself who had never eaten hard boiled eggs growing up we would need to google a recipe. Well here is a no fail easy to follow recipe.