Bananas Foster Cupcakes

Let me just start out by saying that you can put bananas foster sauce on just about anything and it will be delicious. I was first introduced to bananas foster my sophomore year in college when a chef made it for my sorority after recruitment. He pours bananas foster over ice cream! It has been such a hit, that we ask him to make it every year for us. I’m pretty sure it is one of the highlights of recruitment as a Chi Omega!

If you know me, then you know that I am a cake/cupcake fanatic. So I thought, why not combine two of my favorite desserts- bananas foster and cupcakes! Turned out that many people using Pinterest had the same idea! However, most recipes called for a cream cheese icing and the cake seemed more like a muffin. Now, I love cream cheese and I love muffins, but bananas foster is rather rich and I did not want the cupcake to overpower the sauce. So, I decided to make a simple banana cupcake with a light buttercream frosting. The combination was just perfect with the bananas foster sauce. It was not too rich and not too heavy. This is now one of my top 10 favorite desserts! Also, I have to give a shout out to my best friend, Mackenzie, for all of her help while cooking! Thanks a million!

P.S. Sorry for my lack of photography skills in this post. Photographing and cooking at the same time is harder than it seems. Hope you enjoy!

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Icing

4 c. confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 egg white

1 tbsp. water

6 tbsp. butter, softened

Cake recipe found here. Bananas Foster recipe found at the bottom of this blog post.

Peggy’s Spaghetti

My favorite meal that grandmother, Peggy, made was her famous spaghetti. When my grandmother passed away, everyone in my family got a copy of her recipe and we have all tried to emulate it as best we can. I think she left one thing out of her recipe though- her magic touch. And, sadly, that doesn’t come in a can.

I am normally not one to go for the meat option. I tend to always pick the all carb or vegetable dish at a restaurant. However, I think what makes this spaghetti so different from a spaghetti you would get a restaurant is that it has a meat based sauce. Even if you’re not a meat lover, you should give this simple spaghetti recipe a try! ImageImageImageImage

2-3 lbs ground beef

1 large onion (diced)

2 cans of tomatoes

2 small cans of tomato sauce

1/4 tsp red cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp curry powder

garlic powder

salt

Brown meat in a 4 quart sauce pan and drain. Add in diced onion, salt, tomatoes, curry powder and cayenne pepper. Cover with garlic powder until white. Boil for 2 hours.