My “Tuxedo” Banana Bread with blends of semi- and white chocolate chips are the best way to use up over-ripe bananas, and possibly the best slice to go with your morning coffee or tea!

Picadillo (Spanish pronunciation: [pikaˈðiʎo], “mince”) is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines (where it is known as giniling, and also arroz a la Cubana) that is similar to hash.

This is a beautifully executed dish that I wanted to replicate.

Sundays at home are usually our downtime. Although, on some occasions there will be a pile of laundry to do, or some vacuuming to be had. Otherwise, it’s all about leisure cooking for me, football games for hubby, and extra computer time for the teen.

Feelin’ fancy with our dinner tonight…

Oh hey!  Well, here is an easy, rustic, comfort food, and I must say, just a simply delicious dish–originally adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘my father’s daughter Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness’, that was a huge hit for dinner with my family.

By the way, don’t mind my son digging right into the eyeball there…he is quite the foodie who wouldn’t have those any other way but first!

I cannot begin to tell you how much I adore A Country Cook’s Kitchen cookbook!  The author has done a tremendous job putting together timeless, rustic recipes from making artisanal breads, farm-house-style cheeses, preserving vegetables, curing meats, churning your own butter and soft cheese, baking cakes, pastries and biscuits…not too mention the page-turning arrays of heirloom, artisanal and organic food photography.  I am not a sponsor of this cookbook, nor any of the others I might have mentioned or will mention in the future–to make that clear, but my rule of thumb is, if I find something worth sharing…word of mouth is truly the key to do so.  Pay it forward, right?

Onward, one of the culinary skills I am trying to hone into is bread making, thus, whenever I post something on Instagram with regards to making bread, I immediately title it Bread-Making 101 because I am at the novice stage of baking.  You can only imagine the excitement I feel after peaking through the lit oven door and watching the development of the dough as it swells and rise before my eyes!  It was beyond exhilarating…