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Could This Be the Best Banana Bread Ever?

Could This Be the Best Banana Bread Ever?

I miss Strauss Banana Chocolate Ice Cream I used to buy at the Berkelely Bowl in California. The sweet flavors of roasted, ripe bananas and chocolate chips blended into a smooth, rich dessert. So I attempted to bring back the taste today– and I went via the highway and instead of using regular chocolate chips I used small Bulk Barn chocolate medallions.


This is an amazing recipe but:

It says 55 minutes baking time- check it at 47 minutes and don’t use anything but chocolate chips because some of the medallions melted fully and formed a loaf bottom that was a little crusty although everyone else said it was great!



By Genius Kitchen


1hr 5mins




1 loaf




I added some chocolate pieces to it. See above.


  1. Remove odd pots and pans from oven. ?? Is this common Lol?
  2. Preheat oven to 350º.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and crushed bananas.
  5. Combine well.
  6. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla.
  7. Mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
  8. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
  10. Keeps well, refrigerated



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)


Your Grandmother’s 1927 Wesson Fruitcake Recipe

Favourite Recipes from Drummond Central School

“Get it On” — Banging Cookies Recipe–This Will Feel Wrong, but Trust Me!

The Invincible Ginger Snap Cookies of Carleton Place

Memories of Woolworths and Chicken in a Van

Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans–Lanark County Recipes

Easy Christmas Cake- Lanark County Recipes

Holiday Popcorn– Lanark County Recipes

Granny’s Maple Fudge —Lanark County Recipes

Albert Street Canasta Club Chilled Pineapple Dessert

Recipes from Lanark County–Glazed Cranberry Lemon Loaf

Gum Drop Cake — Lanark County Holiday Recipe

Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? Pastry Chef Ben White

“Sex in the Pan” Memories – A RIP Fashion Violation Photo Essay

Katherine Hepburn Did Eat Brownies

I Want Them to Bite into a Cookie and Think of Me and Smile


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Chesswood of Carleton Place –THE MENU




Chesswood  of Carleton Place is now open.

Chef Dan Serson just sent me the menu.









Follow them on Instagram!!

Hours have changed a little and are:
Tues and Wed 3-10pm
Thurs, Fri and Sat 3-11pm







Seduction–One Night at Chesswood

Everyone Eats When… A Chesswood Teaser!!

Retro Christmas Breakfast 1962 — Can I Marry This Recipe?



Want to see a Retro Christmas? The Eaton’s Christmas Catalogue Room Display begins next week! See it in advance this weekend if you are on the Carleton Place Hospital  ChristmasHouse Tour


This is a classic recipe that appeared in magazine ads for Aunt Jemima pancake mix in and around 1962. Mr. Breakfast



  • 12 slices of bacon
  • 2 cups prepared pancake batter (from a mix or from scratch)
  • softened butter
  • maple syrup

Here’s a recommended recipe for making pancake batter from scratch.

These are the original instructions from a 1962 magazine ad for Aunt Jemima pancake mix:

“Just about the best breakfast that ever greeted a hungry family! And it’s as easy as this: Shake up Aunt Jemima batter according to package directions. Place cooked bacon strips on the griddle and pour batter over each strip. Bake ’em golden brown on both sides. Couldn’t be easier – couldn’t taste better! How about Aunt Jemima Bacon Strip Pancakes at your house tomorrow!”

For Best Results:

Prepare the pancake batter with slightly less water or milk than instructed. A thicker batter will help prevent the pancakes from flowing into each other.

Set your griddle to medium-high.

Fry the bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon from the griddle and lay slices on stacked paper towels to remove excess grease (and to get more crispy).

Carefully, wipe down the griddle with wadded paper towels, leaving only a very thin layer of grease to cook the pancakes.

Return the cooked bacon to the griddle with at least two inches of space on both sides of the slices. (You’ll probably have to work in two batches.)

Slowly pour batter over each bacon slice. After one minute, check the bottom side of the pancakes. Once browned, flip the pancakes and cook the other side to golden brown.

Serve immediately with softened butter and warm maple syrup.

Bacon Strip Pancakes

Bacon Strip Pancakes 1964 Magazine Ad

Shake Your Bollywood Booty! It’s Indian Food Day— Friday at the Ginger Cafe!



Indian food day is once a month.. call for more information.

With their intoxicating spices and complex flavours, Indian curries are enjoyed the world over. Now, in a study of more than 2,000 recipes, scientists have discovered the secret behind curry’s popularity on a molecular level. They claim that unlike Western dishes that tend to pair similar flavours together – such as beer and beef – Indian dishes use at least seven ingredients that do not contain overlapping flavours. Previous research has found curry could actually be good for you, easing arthritis and even protecting people from Alzheimer’s. Indian food is not just about the curry, or the chicken tikka masala or the naan. It’s the vibrant colours, rich aromas and complex flavours of Indian food means there are  many reasons to love this spice-laced cuisine.


Where can you buy Indian food in Carleton Place? No where–EXCEPT the Ginger Cafe once a month.This Friday is Indian Buffet Day at Ginger Cafe! Enjoy a delicious pay-per-weight vegetarian feast from 11:30am-7:30pm. Load your plate with veggie korma, gingered chick peas, eggplant burtha, red lentil dahl, saag paneer, basmati rice, samosas, naan bread & lots of salads!


Most importantly, don’t forget to leave room for desert. Have you ever tried their desserts? The Green Tea Chai Cookie/Moon Pie is to die for! Take out is available!!!! So don’t be shy!

See you Friday!



Join the Ginger Cafe Knitting Group for a stichin’ good time every second Thursday at 7pm.

Don’t know what a purl stitch or cast off is? No problem, newbies are welcome! Choose a knit kit from Something Wooly and get all the help you need with your first project.

Mark your calendar for: Sept 24, Oct 8/22, Nov 5/19, Dec 3/17
See you there!

Tiffany Nixon just confirmed-“We JUST confirmed that we will also be hosting the group every second Sunday from 1-3pm. This Sunday will be the first meet up. Hopefully you can make it to one… or both!”

Ginger Cafe

132 coleman street
carleton place, on, k7c 4m7

visit them
monday-wednesday 9am-4pm
thursday & friday 9am-8pm
saturday 10am-4pm
sunday closed

get in touch

Hamsa Yoga

Address: 132 Coleman Street, Carleton Place ON, K7C4M7

Call: (613) 451-3200
Email: info@hamsayogastudio.ca