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A recipe to share… Chocolate Banana Pudding Trifle

You know when you go to a potluck or a party and you want to bring something that combines ease of preparation with maximum impact? That’s what this recipe is all about. I am infamous for my inability to follow recipes. I think of them more of guidelines that rules. Sometimes, it gets me into trouble, but most of the time, I LOVE the results. This recipe I am about to share (drum roll please) is one where my experimentation yielded great results. However, in the spirit of not following recipes too closely don’t feel like you have to do it just like I did it.

So without further ado or explanation, I give you:

Chocolate Banana Pudding Trifle

(Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Banana Puddingย http://www.marthastewart.com/338402/chocolate-banana-pudding?czone=holiday%2Fspring-celebrations-cnt%2Fcelebration-fatherday&gallery=275527&slide=338402&center=307033)

Her’s:

Chocolate-Banana Pudding

Mine:

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The first step is to make the chocolate ganache because it needs to cool. It’s pretty easy. All you need to do is bring your whipping cream to a boil, remove from heat and add your chocolate chips, and then wait five minutes and add the powdered sugar. Then let that baby cool.

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Next, using your mixer, combine the pudding mix and the whipping cream. This is the best trick. It adds so much richness to the trifle.

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Then put down a layer of vanilla wafers and then a layer of the delicious pudding.

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Then add bananas and chocolate chips. Followed by a layer of whipped cream. It’s easier enough to make by whipping up (pun intended) heavy whipping cream and some sugar.

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So after the bananas and the whipped cream, add the now cool chocolate ganache.

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Then another layer of bananas…

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Then chocolate chips! And bam! You are done. you can’t miss on this stuff. It’s amazing. Don’t worry about layering it too carefully. All that mattters is that ingredients work together so it just layer it up and ENJOY.

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Easy Dinner for Two!

Monday night, my friend S came home from a business trip and we were both anxious to catch up. After a series of vague and indecisive text messages culminating in a barage of sent Pinterest pins. We settled on… (drum roll please!) Roasted Butternut Squash soup and Sausage, Cheddar, and Broccoli Rabe Frittata.

The first recipe comes from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics. I had made it recently when I began working my way through her cookbook for my 30 before 30 list. I knew it was easy and delicious. I put the veggies in the over right when I got home from work and was able to take them out right before the gym so they cooled while I did the opposite. Here’s a link to the pin for the recipe:ย http://www.pinterest.com/pin/69242912990397711/

As for the frittata, S had a copy of one of the newest Bon Appetit — a shared not-so-guilty pleasure — and was inspired. Here’s a link to that recipe as well:ย http://www.pinterest.com/pin/206673070373578822/

Some judicious wine pours, some sweet jams (Thanks to Pandora), and team cooking yielded strong results. I felt like we really started the week on a high note. Not to mention, that soup was even better for lunch the next day!

Here’s some pics from our adventures:

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It was a delicious and (dare I say it) elegant dinner that didn’t really take that much work! ๐Ÿ™‚