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...and Best Dishes!
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The holidays are in full swing with the 2011 right around the corner and at LA Food Works we've got lots on our plate...pardon the pun!  2010 was a wonderful year for the LAFW chefs and me.  Our calendar was filled with birthday parties and team building events.  We cooked with mothers and daughters as well as mothers and sons from some great sororities and fraternities this year. We donated sack lunches and groceries to Alexandria House and meals to homeless outreach centers in Hollywood.  We helped throw many showers and even hosted a wedding on the court yard...Congratulations Dayna and Ember!!!!

To all who came out and cooked with us this year, thank you for trusting us to make your celebrations special.  It was truly a pleasure sharing our love of all things in the kitchen and creating all those delicious dishes!
This month's newsletter is short and sweet! I've got my favorite recipe for a fast and easy banana bread as well as a party tip to help keep your clean-up lighter. 
Here's to Very Happy Holidays and Best Dishes, as well as Wishes, for all!  Hope you have lots of fun cooking and eating and enjoying the season! 

 My Favorite Banana Bread

I love this recipe!  It's super simple and requires only one bowl...that alone makes it awesome!   I make it all the time for my children (who love to eat it) and for holiday gifts.  It makes your kitchen smell sweet and inviting while using up all those over-ripe bananas.  The recipe was originally published in a settlement cookbook in 1925, it is a classic that will not disappoint.   Wrap it up in some parchment paper with a pretty ribbon and you will make lots of people happy.

1 1/4 cup sugar
cup butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten     
1 teaspoon baking soda
tablespoon sour cream
cup mashed banans
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a loaf pan generously.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Add eggs.  Dissolve baking soda into sour cream and add to butter mixture, beating well.  Add the mashed bananas, flour, vanilla and salt.  Mix only until flour is incorporated into batter being careful not to overmix and toughen the dough.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the loaf.

If adding nuts and chocolate chips, after pouring batter into the pan, pour the chips and nuts on top of the loaf and cut them in with a knife.  They will sink during baking.

Variation:  Whole Wheat Banana Bread:  Substitute whole wheat flour for regular flour.

  Party Tip!

I know I sent this tip out earlier in the year, but it's so timely I thought I'd send it out again. This replaces those little charms which are suppose to help everyone keep track of their cocktail and wine glasses. I have found them to not be very effective because after my first drink, I've forgotten which charm is mine. I know I'm not alone with this problem! A great way to help everyone stay on top of their glass is to write their name on it with a Sharpie. The marker will rinse right off with soap and water, and your glasses will be good to go for your next party. Should someone forget their name...well, then it's probably time for them to loose their glass anyway!
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WANT TO USE THESE TIPS AND RECIPES IN YOUR E-ZINE. BLOG OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you do not alter the information in any way and include a credit that reads "by Rose LeBoeuf,, Interactive Cooking Classes, Parties, and Corporate Team Building Events for Groups Looking for a Fun and Unique Dinning Experience."  


 LA Food Works Events

Ideal for Team Building, Holiday Celebrations, Client Entertaining, Birthday Parties, Showers and Private Gatherings.  Let LA Food Works make your party one which your guests will not soon forget!  

No previous cooking experience required! 
 Just willingness to put on an apron,
get your hands a little messy, indulge in some great food
and have lots of fun playing in the kitchen!
We also happily design Custom Cooking Parties. If you have a group of 8 or more foodies who love great food and playing together in the kitchen, contact us and we will design a custom menu or theme class for you and your group.  
 Our interactive cooking parties both unify and entertain...perfect for any occasion that requires great food, interesting activities and lots of fun!


For information or to book your event, contact Rose LeBoeuf at 310-288-0100 for an event planning kit, pricing and date availability.


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