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You may have noticed the Yum button on the recipes here at FoodTheW!n. Have you heard of Yummly?

It is an awesome website for finding millions of recipes. You can search by ingredient, diet, allergy, nutrition, cuisine, time, and more. Also, you can use the Yum button to save recipes, like ours, to your personal recipe box.

Once you have set up your Yummly account, they also provide recipe recommendations based upon the recipes you have previously Yum’d. Pretty cool, right?

We love searching for new recipes on Yummly. This recipe for 6 Ingredient Orange Chicken looks amazing and we always like checking out Martha’s Yummly page.

We definitely recommend Yummly. Don’t forget to Yum our recipes, like our Best Banana Bread or our Moist Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

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Cosmo the BYU Mascot Rocks Dance Routine

Last Saturday, BYU’s football team played Boise State with Boise state winning 24-7. The lone bright spot for BYU was probably this in game performance by Cosmo the Cougar and the Courgarettes.

This is awesome! We want to dance like COSMO!

Best Banana Bread

We have been on a lifelong search for the very best banana bread recipe. We eat a lot of bananas in our house but sometimes they ripen too fast and so we also eat a lot of banana bread. The best banana bread has to be banana-y, sweet, spicy, nutty and moist. This recipe ticks all of those boxes. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to make the best banana bread:

  1. Let your eggs come to room temperature. This allows them to be whipped to perfection.
  2. Use a food processor to quickly and finely chop your nuts. We use walnuts but you could also use pecans if you like.
  3. Line your loaf pan with parchment paper prior to pouring your batter in. This allows for easy removal from the pan.

Best Banana Bread

Best Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (255 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups (255 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 T sour cream
  • 1 T vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, salt and walnuts. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer with whisk attachment, whisk sugar and eggs on medium speed until they are light, fluffy and an off white color. About 10 minutes.
  4. While waiting for the sugar and egg mixture to whip, mash bananas and add sour cream and vanilla extract.
  5. After 10 minutes, while still whisking, drizzle in vegetable oil.
  6. Reduce speed to low, carefully add the banana mixture.
  7. Remove mixing bowl from stand mixer and gently fold in flour mixture.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 75-85 minutes. Time will be dependent on how large your bananas are. Be careful not to overbake.
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Moist Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

We are big cookie fans and oatmeal raisin is one of our favorites. Oatmeal raisin cookies have the tendency to be dry and crumbly after the first day and that is just sad. This recipe though, generates moist cookies for a couple of days after baking, if you don’t eat them all on the first day. The reason they keep their moisture is the inclusion of molasses. Molasses adds moisture, but it also adds another layer of sweetness and flavor. You can use regular molasses, but recently we have switched to using robust molasses in our baked goods and have been very pleased with the flavor. Try it out for yourself and see if you like the robust flavor also!

Moist Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Moist Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 T molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups (190 g) all purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 cup (140 g) raisins
  • 3 cups (240 g) old fashioned oats

Instructions

  1. Using a mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until completely incorporated.
  2. Add in eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add molasses. Mix. Scrape down sides as necessary to ensure all ingredients are combined. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and mix until combined, scraping down sides to combine.
  4. Stir in raisins and oatmeal by hand.
  5. Refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  7. Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and place 2inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes, until edges are lightly browned and center is just cooked.
  9. Cool and enjoy!
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African wild dogs vote by sneezing

In the most recent edition of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (September: Vol 284, Issue 1862), an article was published about a new behavior observation of African wild dogs. The researchers observed five packs of dogs over the course of a year and found that these highly social animals would make group decisions by casting their “vote” by sneezing. Voting within a group is not a new observation but what was new was the sneezing. The New York Times posted an article discussing the original research and had an accompanying video where you can hear the sneeze voting occurring, which you can see below.

This is particularly fascinating to us because one of our dogs, Nana, will sneeze repeatedly while we prepare her meals. An observation of dogs in the wild could also explain the behavior of our dog 😮! We adopted Nana when she was two from the Humane Society so we have never been sure why she sneezes while waiting for her meal, but now we might have some sort of explanation for it.

Baseball player loves the camera

Have you guys seen the minor league baseball player who always finds the camera and looks intensely into it? We saw clips of this video on Twitter and thought it was hilarious. Today, though, we found the original video posted by the team, the Iowa Cubs, and it is a must watch.


Taylor Davis was a catcher for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs when this montage was originally posted but was recently called up to the Chicago Cubs on September 4th. In case you didn’t know MLB rosters go from 25 players to 40 in September to give minor league players big league experience and add more depth for those teams in playoff contention. Also kudos to the Iowa Cubs video crew for picking the perfect accompanying song, Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

NFL season kicks off tonight

Football is BACK and we are super excited!!!

Our team is the Arizona Cardinals and every season we have high hopes. As they say hope springs eternal. Did you know that the Arizona Cardinals have the longest National Championship drought in American professional sports? The Chicago Cubs previously held this distinction but since they won the World Series in 2016, they broke their 108 year drought. In 1947, the Chicago Cardinals won the NFL Championship Game but this was 20 years before Super Bowl I. The first and only time the Cardinals went to the Super Bowl was in 2008 and we lost in a heartbreaker. It would be awesome if the Cardinals could win the Super Bowl before Larry (aka Fitz, aka Larry Fitzgerald) retired.

If you are a fellow Arizona Cardinals fan you can see their full schedule here.

To see the entire week 1 NFL schedule click here.