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Bananas Foster Napoleon

Can a classic be improved upon? I’m monkeying around with the bananas.

Can a classic be improved upon? It certainly can. There’s really not a change here; it’s just in the plateing of the dessert.  Very seldom do I find a recipe that I don’t end up tweaking to suit our taste. How easy does puffed pastry, bananas, ice cream sound. Throw in some sugar, rum and banana liqueur and you have a new improved version of Bananas Foster. Just adding the puffed pastry to this dessert changes everything. It’s not just a bowl of ice cream with hot bananas poured over it, it becomes a Napoleon. Now doesn’t the word Napoleon sound delicious.

So it was 6:30 in the morning I was laying in bed after a good night’s sleep, which I had not had lately, thinking about what I wanted to do in the new year. (This was back in January — can you believe its March already.) Getting my knees in working condition should be top on my list since we are headed to the beach this summer and maybe, just maybe, checking into finishing what I started in culinary school  20+ years ago, and doing some yummy recipes for the blog.

Even though Valentine’s day is over, that’s no reason to not make this dessert for your special person. I am not going off the deep end with healthy, no carb, no sugar, no WHITE STUFF, recipes for the new year. I could make that promise to myself but it would be broken before the week ended. Everyone, if you are dieting or not, want recipes to serve friends and family for your special life events or just wanting something new to make for friends.  Anybody can open a bag of veggies and rabbit out and you don’t need me to tell you how to open that bag.

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Entree/ Fish/Seafood

Redfish Imperial

Trout, Tilapia, snapper or even grouper can become imperial.

I love taking cooking classes and the time we spent at the New Orleans Cooking Experience in New Orleans was the highlight of the trip for me and my daughter; and Chiqui Collier was our instructor for the day.

This trip was a couple of years ag0 but I never forget cooking classes no matter when they are.  I was recently searching for the Bananas Foster Napoleon recipe that my daughter and I had made while there and came across another recipe we prepared the same day that was delicious — this Redfish Imperial; and another recipe that we made that day was the best Bar-B-Q Shrimp I have ever eaten.

I’m on the search for a cooking class somewhere in the US. If you know of a good one, let me know (please leave comment below). I’ve read about a couple of B&B’s in Napa that have weekend classes. I think it would be great to just get on a plane some weekend and go off to a cooking class. It would be even greater if I could come back home and teach that class in my own kitchen. Now that’s an idea; I could fly someplace, US, France, Italy, any country, take a class, and then return home and teach those recipes to people in my own kitchen until I fly off for another weekend and cook again. What the life that would be. I have even a better idea. Wouldn’t it be really cool to find a class someplace that readers of this blog could get together and go for a weekend class; a blog weekend. I would vote for Napa.

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