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  • WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Good evening all you night owls (Jenni get to sleep..lol) and good morning to everybody else.

    On behalf of all of us here at the PCH Kitchen, we thank you for joining us! Around our kitchen table, we encourage and draw strength from one another as we become motivated by seeing how others take care of themselves dealing with physical challenges.

    Hopefully I can come up with a recipe for us to try and maybe Nancy will have some of her wonderful vanilla coffee.

    Melody

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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    EAT YOUR BANANAS!!!!


    After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again!!!

    Bananas. Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucosecombined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost
    of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy
    for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one
    fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a
    banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a
    substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to
    our daily diet.

    Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people
    suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This
    is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts
    into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally
    make you feel happier.

    PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates
    blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

    Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in
    the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

    Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium
    yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US
    Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official
    claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and
    stroke.

    Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped
    through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and
    lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the
    potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

    Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore
    normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to
    laxatives.

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    Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana
    milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the
    help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes
    and re-hydrates your system.

    Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you
    suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

    Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood
    sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
    Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the
    affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it
    amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

    Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
    Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria
    found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and
    crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese
    were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to
    avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels
    by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels
    steady.

    Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders
    because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that
    can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes
    over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

    Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit
    that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant
    mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure
    their baby is born with a cool temperature.

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because
    they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.

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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12
    they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the
    body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

    Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat,
    sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we
    are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium
    levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana
    snack.

    Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of
    Medicine,"eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

    Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off
    a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the
    yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical
    tape!

    So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare itto an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three
    times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other
    vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say,

    "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!" WOW !


    Now lets see if we can come up with some recipes with bananas.
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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Easy Fruit Salad
    1 can of diced peaches, drained
    1 can of diced pears, drained
    1 can of cherry pie filling
    3 bananas, sliced
    1 can of mandarin oranges, drained
    1 can of pineapple chunks, reserve the juice
    1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix

    In a bowl add the vanilla pudding and 1 cup of the pineapple juice.
    Mix in the cherry pie filling. Add remaining fruits. Chill and serve.

    Banana Split Salad
    1 lg container whipped topping
    1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
    6 oz can crushed pineapple~drained
    1 can cherry pie filling
    3 large bananas~chopped
    1/2 cup pecans~chopped

    Mix all together, chill approx 2 hours or overnight.
    I didn't put my bananas in it until I was ready to serve so they wouldn't be brown.

    Banana Spice Cake
    Ingredients:
    1 spice or yellow cake mix
    3 medium bananas mashed.
    1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
    8 ounces sour cream
    1/4 cup lemon juice (Realemon is fine)
    ground cinnamon

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the cake mix as directed,
    and stir in the bananas at the end. Pour the batter into a buttered
    and floured (or sprayed) 13x9 baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes
    or when it tests done. While baking combine the condensed milk,
    sour cream and lemon juice. Remove the cake from the oven and
    spread the milk mixture over the top of the cake. Return the cake
    to the oven and bake for ten minutes longer. Remove and sprinkle
    with cinnamon. Cool. Leftovers should be refrigerated.

    PEANUT BUTTER FRUIT DIP
    8 oz. cream cheese, softened
    3/4 c. brown sugar
    1/4 c. white sugar
    2 tbsp. peanut butter

    Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Serve with fresh fruit.. Great with bananas and apples.
    Note: I use less brown sugar and splenda for white sugar. A little maple extract is wonderful.

    Everybody have a good evening. I think I am going to go eat a banana.

    Melody
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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Monkey Tails

    3 x Bananas (large)
    2 tbl Orange juice
    6 oz Chocolate chips
    1 tbl Crisco

    Instructions: Cut bananas in half and peel. Insert stick. Brush with orange juice.

    Freeze until frim. Combine chips and crisco over low heat until melted.

    Cool slightly. Spoon over bananas. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to eat.

    I prefer to use a deep cup and dip the bananas to coat them.
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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Banana Dessert Drink
    Just Fruit Recipes.com
    Serving Size : 2

    2 scoops sorbet
    1 banana
    1/2 cup strawberries
    1/2 cup blueberries
    1 can diet ginger ale


    Place 1 scoop of sorbet in each of 2 large stemmed glasses or wine glasses. Top each with banana, strawberries and blueberries. Pour ginger ale over fruit.




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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Banana Ice
    Just Fruit Recipes.com


    1/2 c Sugar
    1 c Water
    1 Banana mashed
    3/4 c Orange juice
    1/4 c Pineapple juice
    2 tb Lemon juice


    Put sugar and water in glass bowl and microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes until boiling. Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into ice trays.
    Freeze.

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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    My recipe differs from the one circulating on BB. It originally came from Cooking Daily newsletter, but I've made a couple changes. It disappears almost immediately at pitch-ins.

    Snickers Candy Bar Salad

    6 Snickers, standard size -- chopped
    6 bananas -- sliced
    3 Red Delicious apples -- cut up
    3 Granny Smith apples – cut up
    1 Cool Whip (8 ounce)
    1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese (8 ounce) -- softened
    1 miniature marshmallows (small package)
    2 ounces nuts, chopped

    Combine all ingredients, except the Snickers bars. Refrigerate. Serve.
    Add the Snickers bars at the last minute.

    If you add the Snicker bars when you make the salad, you wind up with chocolate whipped cream and extra nuts in your salad. If you wait until the last minute, you have little bites of the candy in your salad.



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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    If you dunk that bananas (or other fruit) in 7-Up or Sprite they won't turn brown.
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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Hello to all. Need alittle more fiber with our bananas, how about some muffins.

    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

    2 cups flour
    1 cup quick cooking oat
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoons baking soda
    1 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed
    2 eggs
    1/3 cup butter, melted

    Preheat oven to 375°F In medium bowl, stir together the flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs and butter. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, stirring just until the dry ingredients are moistened.

    Spoon batter into greased muffin cups. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until toothpick inserted into center muffin comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and let cool on wire rack.

    Nancy
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    Blessed are those that can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    This recipe belongs to KYKate. Its a good one. Have made.

    Mama’s Banana Pudding

    1/2 cup sugar
    1/3 cup flour
    1/4 tsp salt
    2 cups milk
    2 eggs, separated
    1 tsp vanilla
    36 vanilla wafers
    3 medium bananas

    Blend sugar, flour, and salt. Add 1/2 cup milk, stirring until smooth. Add remaining milk, mixing thoroughly. Beat egg yolks slightly and add to mixture. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat. Add vanilla.

    Make a layer of wafers, one of bananas and cover with custard. Repeat until all of the wafers, bananas, and custard are used.

    Meringue:
    Beat egg whites until stiff. Add 1/4 cup sugar, beating constantly. Spread meringue over the custard and brown in the oven. Serve warm or chilled.

    6-8 Servings

    KY Kate



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    Blessed are those that can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Good morning everybody. All of the recipes look so good. Jenni, I think my DS would love the frozen bananas.

    Has anybody heard from GrannyBarbie?
    I have not seen catcmdr or Charli this weekend. Then again, I have not been on the computer that much.

    Everybody take care today.

    Melody
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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Good Morning, all. My royal guest left yesterday :( My house is earily clean and quiet. I think I need to sleep for a couple of days to recoup-I am exhausted! So I volunteer to do nap duty for everyone this week! LOL! I'll check in later to see who all I've napped for.........

    Have a good one~~~~~LisaFaye
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  • RE: WELCOME TO THE PCH KITCHEN--5/17/04
    Jenni posted this under PCH 5-15-04. I thought I had better move it under todays.

    Stopping in to say hello. I'm extremely tired today. I didn't want to take a nap so I'll sleep at the lab tonight. However, I think I'm going to have to.

    Say a prayer for me if you would please.

    I'll try to get back here later.

    Have a good one.

    Jen
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