Food for Thought: A new way to use bananas at breakfast

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Easy recipe: Banana Breakfast Spread


3 very ripe bananas

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup orange juice

2 limes, juiced


Place all ingredients in a blender and puree for one minute or until mixture is smooth. Spread on toast or bread like jelly. Place any extra in the refrigerator and serve as needed.


Tip of the Week: Hungarian vs. Spanish paprika

Hungarian paprika is the American standard, but Spanish paprika is worth searching for in ethnic-gourmet groceries.

The Spanish is more spicy and flavorful. It’s a favorite in paella, with fish or eggs and on french fries. It’s a staple in sausage including chorizo. A 4-ounce tin costs about $5 at gourmet shops and comes in sweet and hot varieties.

Paprika in America is usually the generic ground red sweet pepper. It’s generally used as a coloring powder and not for flavoring.

-- The Repository

Did You Know?

Police say a Idaho woman accused of pouring mayonnaise in a library’s book-drop is suspected of 10 other condiment-related crimes.

Works Well: Steel steals kitchen odors

Chefs found an easy way to eliminate the odors without soap. They run their hands on a stainless-steel knife. This has evolved into safer stainless balls, disks, eggs and “soap” bars. You rub your hands with them under the faucet and the smell disappears. The stuff never wears out.

Steel works on most organic odors, including seafood. Makers include Magic Soap, Chef Soap and Amco Rub-Away Bar. Prices are $4 to $8, in kitchen accessory stores.

-- The Repository

Food Quiz

Italo Machiony was awarded a patent in December 1903 for what contribution to the ice cream industry?

A. The ice cream cone

B. The milkshake mixer

C. The insulated bag for carrying ice cream home

D. The banana split dish


Answer is at bottom of column

Wise to the Word: Enoki

Enoki (EN-oh-kee), a fungi from Japan, come in clumps of long stems topped by tiny brown or white caps. They are the only mushrooms where the stems are more important than the caps.

Fresh enoki are delicate and crisp, available in Asian and some supermarkets. The canned are softer, separated and more widely available in the United States.

A favorite enoki use is in stir-fry. In Asia, it is popular raw in salads and as a soup and seafood garnish. If cooking, add them last, as long cooking makes them rubbery.

-- The Repository

Number to Know: 48.6

Calories in 1 cup of halved strawberries –

The Dish On …

“Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches” by Maki Ogawa and Crystal Watanabe

These cute, yummy, healthy lunches are all the rage in Japan, where mothers think of them as an expression of love for their children.

“Yum-Yum Bento Box” is one of the first cookbooks in English devoted to these healthy and adorable meals -- they're fresh, they're tasty, and they're almost too cute to eat.

Each step-by-step recipe in “Yum-Yum Bento Box” is simple and adaptable. Readers will learn how to form their favorite foods into a variety of shapes -- from zebras, panda bears and monkeys to kitties, piggies and puppy dogs.


From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Tasting an imperial pilsner

There have been a variety of new beers hitting the shelves lately. One I recently tried is Dogfish Head’s My Antonia.

This is an imperial pilsner, continually hopped in the same manner as Dogfish Head’s IPAs.

Maybe I’m just blinded by my love of all things Dogfish Head, but I thought this was another fantastic beer. It’s hoppier than most beers, but nicely balanced.

It’s actually quite drinkable for an imperial beer. It’s probably the best imperial pilsner available.

To read more from the Beer Nut, visit

Food Quiz Answer

A. The ice cream cone

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