Chef Li’s Corner – Welcome Black History Month and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!!

By LSquire | February 6, 2013

Hello everyone!  I hope this month is finding everyone well!  In honor of Black History Month, I just would like to publicly thank all those who set the bar higher, who sacrificed, and who left a visual on the positive traits of our people as a whole!  Also, to all those who are doing great and wonderful things that encourage and raise up a better generation!  I am blessed to be operating in a time that I am free to become whatever I desire to.  With that said, I share one of my Granny’s favorites with you this month.  Banana nut bread!  Enjoy it, and will see you again in March!




Safe and pure enough for baby’s first solid foodBananas are a terrific, heart-healthy food when included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. May reduce the risk of this disease.
Naturally fat, cholesterol and sodium-free
A good source of potassium, dietary fiber, manganese and vitamins B6 & C



RECIPE OF THE MONTH – Granny’s Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread







2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 large)

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon nutmeg

3 eggs

2 2/3 cups Bisquick mix

1/2 cup chopped nuts (your choice. I suggest walnuts or pecans.)


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
  • Stir bananas, sugar, milk, oil, vanilla, nutmeg and eggs in large bowl. Stir in Bisquick mix and nuts. Pour into pan.
  • Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely before slicing.


 AU SEC (pronouned aw-seck) – In culinary arts, the term au sec refers to a liquid that has been reduced until it is nearly dry. Indeed, au sec means “nearly dry” in French.  Reducing a liquid to au sec is a process most frequently seen in sauce making. It’s often the acid component, such as wine or vinegar, that is reduced to au sec.





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