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This sounds yummy and light. I use a recipe for banana bread that uses all whole wheat flour. It is hearty and heavy. One slice, warmed with a little butter, makes a great breakfast.


Banana bread is my absolute specialty! My recipe is a little different (no lemon), but I just love how it bakes up so fluffy and moist - yet somehow ends up with a nice sugary crunch in the crust. It's heaven.

I wish someone would make it for me though, because I can't imagine what it would be like to walk into a house that is baking fresh bread. I'm told that it's wonderful. *Sarcasm*

Eleanor the Great

This recipe sounds good, I'll have to try it! I have a favorite of my own, but I'm always looking for new recipes to try.

I'm not even sure how I found your blog! I think that I was looking for baby food recipes for my sister, and came across your CityMama blog and loved it. I had to check out the food one!

I'm personally more of a baker than a cook, but I will try your chili as well and see if I can manage it. :) Thanks!

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