Saturday, June 03, 2006

Sweetness, with a bit of sour

I saw the most awful article from Focus on the Family's Citizen magazine, claiming that because only a minority of LGB people are taking advantage of the rights we have, we don't really want or need them anyway. Well, y'all know what I have to say about that, but I wrote something for Talk 2 Action anyway called "No, Really, We Just Want to Stay Married." I'm...oh, hell with it, I'm kind of proud of it! So please look!

The panda cam's down for the day! At least I have Pandas Unlimited and their wonderful pictures. Like this one.

If that's not enough sweetness for you, I've got more for this Recipe Saturday. Banana Split Cake! It comes from Kraft's Food and Family magazine. You can see the original here. Of course, the point is to sell extra Kraft products, but I do like those back-of-the-box recipes--they tend to be easy. I adapted this one liberally earlier this week. I did the "lighter" touches, like using fat free/sugar free pudding, and also used Organic Valley neufchatel cheese. ("Do you have organic Cool Whip, too?" L'Ailee asked. "Shut up," I replied, just as she would have.) But I also doctored it by making the topping chocolate and adding maraschino cherries. I can't wait to mix in slices of real cherries and top it with more when they're in season! Only a few weeks! I'm also thinking this might be good with the strawberry Cool Whip that comes out in the summer. So I've really made it mine. L'Ailee loved it crazy.

Banana Split Cake

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) neufchatel cheese, softened
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained
6 medium bananas, divided
2 cups cold milk
2 pkg. (4-serving size each) sugar-free, fat-free chocolate instant pudding mix
2 cups thawed Cool Whip topping, divided
1 cup chopped pecans
1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained

MIX crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter; press firmly onto bottom of foil-lined 13x9-inch pan. Freeze 10 minutes.

BEAT cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar in bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Carefully spread cream cheese mixture over crust; top with pineapple. Slice 4 of the bananas; arrange over pineapple.

POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Stir in 1 cup whipped topping; spread over banana layer in pan. Top with remaining whipped topping; sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate 5 hours. Just before serving, slice remaining 2 bananas; arrange over dessert. Top slices with one or two maraschino cherries.


Jon-Marc said...

About the WaPo cartoon to which you refered on my blog, it is so funny you brought it up. Not ten minutes before I read your comment my Dad called (he lives in DC and told me about the cartoon. In fact tomorrow I am meeting him in Philly for lunch and he is bringing it with him to show me.

AND the banana split cake sounds divine. I will have to make it soon.

Kep well and keep happy,


dondon009 said...

Well now, since I only own one banana and not many more of the required ingredients, this will have to wait until I return from New Orleans....

But this does sound perfect for a warm summer day!

BTW... regarding Pandas... I found this great lucky bamboo plant in a planter with a little panda on the side. I have decided to buy it and name it Lilo! (the plant, not the pot).

Have a great weekend~

sttropezbutler said...

I loved your response at the other site...whose name I can't and now I have yet another recipe to add yet more lbs to my bod.

You have to stop!


Kelley Bell said...

I read your article, and you should be proud. (Kelbell offers a nice pat on the back)

I love the Charlie Brown analogy. Folks can universally relate to that.

You have hit the nail right square on the head in this essay on a number of points. As a woman fighting against the morality nazi's of the pro life movement, I realate to your anger of these peoples religious condemnation. People do not want others to judge them or make their moral desicions for them.

As a mom, I know I cant tell my kids "go to your room and dont come out until you are moral."

It does not work that way. We each live our lives with our own moral compass, each choosing what is right on a deeply personal level.

America is Freedom, and I resent the patriarchal preachers who seek power and fame through judgment of others.

Keep writing, Keep fighting, and keep steadfast, my friend.

BostonPobble said...

Damn you're good! Let me hear you testify! And I'm glad you're proud of it and willing to say so. You deserve to be proud of it.

puhpaul said...

Thanks for the article. It was very well done. Of course the ultra-conservative christians won't agree with it, logic is just something they can't abide.