Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Disney's Main Street Bakery Banana Bread Pudding Recipe...

Disney's Main Street Bakery Banana Bread Pudding Recipe...

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Remember the good ole days when you could sit back & eat in the Main Street Bakery with an array of baked goods? Those days are far gone but we can recreate one of Main Street Bakery's most popular treats at home. I always had this on my to try list but never had the chance. I'm SO happy I found the recipe online!!!! 

I haven't been this impressed by a Disney dessert recipe in awhile. This whole recipe was written in ounces so I had to convert it all. That tells you right there how serious I was on making this!!! Banana pudding is one of my favorite desserts. This is time consuming to make but WELL worth the wait! 


Yield 12 servings cups (Jumbo muffin pan used)

2 lb. Banana Bread, Cubed (recipe below)
3 C. Milk
3 ea. Eggs, Whole
2 T . Bananas, Peeled and Pureed
½ c  . Sugar, Granulated
1 TB. Vanilla
1 t Cinnamon, 
1t Ground Nutmeg

Custard base In mixing container, combine all ingredients except cubed banana bread
to form custard base. Spray muffin pan/forms with quick release spray.
Fill each round/form with enough cubed banana bread to be level with top
of form. Pour custard base into each round/form to cover/soak the
banana bread cubes. Cook in oven at 325 F until custard base sets.
Chill pans/forms, then remove pudding rounds for service.

Banana Bread Recipe
Yield 3 lbs.
1 ¾ c oz. Flour
¾ c. Sugar, Granulated
I TB. Baking Powder
1 TB. Cinnamon, Ground
2 Eggs, Whole
½ c Butter, Unsalted
3 Cups Bananas, Peeled and Pureed
1 TB . Vanilla extract
Pinch Salt, Kosher 

In mixer combine dry ingredients and blend well, in separate container
blend wet ingredients till combined, then slowly add to dry ingredients
in mixer with paddle attachment moving. Spray baking pans/forms with
quick release spray, and fill with batter. Cook in oven at 325 F until
an inserted toothpick in bread comes out dry. Remove from oven and pans
and cool. 

This attachment SAVED me soon much time! 

All I did was throw a bunch of bananas into my food processor until I had the correct amount & pureed them. The picture above is after Step one in blending everything together in my mixer.

I split the mix into 2 love pans & baked at 350 for 20 minutes or so. You just have to keep an eye on your banana bread. ( I baked it at 350 instead of 325. Personal choice) 

After cooling I cut the bread up into cubes. I had a little bit of a loaf left over so score for leftovers!


The picture below is just everything from step 2 mixed well in a bowl with a fork. Easy peasy! 

Place cubed banana bread in jumbo muffin trays. I filled 2 trays & got 12 cups total out of this recipe. 

Filled with Custard base

I baked these at 325 for 15 minutes or so


Melt in your mouth goodness! You gotta taste it to believe it!

This took me about 3 hours from start to finish but it was well worth it. I plan to make this again in the summer time when we have a craving for banana bread pudding! 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Disney's KRNR Rock Station Food Stand Review...

You can find the KRNR Rock Station Food Truck in the courtyard area next to Aerosmith's Rockin' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios at WDW. It was a pretty busy night when we were there & I stood in line for at least 20 minutes. I think every single person in front of me got alcohol except me. HAHA. The cast member working the stand was so sweet & gave me my strawberry banana smoothie & cookie for free! I was wearing a birthday pin. ;) The smoothie was very refreshing & delicious. I would go back to this truck for sure! I might even try it for a quick meal sometime. DHS is lacking on good quick service choices compared to the other parks in my opinion. What do you think??

Everything tastes better free!!!!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Disney's O'hana Honey Lime salad Dressing Recipe...

                            Disney's O'hana's Honey Lime salad Dressing Recipe...

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You can find Disney's O'Hana at the Polynesian Village Resort hotel at Walt Disney World. It is upstairs next to the Kona Cafe restaurant. I haven't dined at O'hana for dinner in quite a few years but always remember their salad dressing & dessert there! I heard they recently changed the salad dressing recipe there & a lot of people are NOT happy about it! I'm trying to eat healthier & thought this would be a fun way to incorporate Disney into my daily life. 

You can put this in the fridge or serve immediately. If you put in fridge & use later just be sure to shake well  first! ;)

This was SUPER simple to make within minutes! This is a new staple in my routine for sure! 

P.S. I put the recipe in a recipe builder w/ 8 servings & the calories came out to be 160.8 calories per serving as FYI! It might even serve more than 8 servings ;) 

My Disney Cooking Video for this recipe:

Recipe: Yields 1 cup 


1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup lime juice (about 1/2 of a lime)
1/2 tsp lime zest (or other citrus zest)
1/8 cup diced yellow onion
1/2 tsp dry mustard
generous pinch of salt
1/2 cup canola oil (or other light oil preferred for salad dressing)
1. Combine honey, vinegar, lime juice, zest, onion, mustard, and salt (all ingredients except for the oil) in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
Before Mixed

After Mixed

2. Slowly drizzle the oil into the food processor while pulsing to incorporate the oil. Dispense finished dressing into a carafe/sealed container.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Blue Sky Engineering- Soup's On...

This little article was inspired by an online complaint about Campbell's Soup for Disney's Frozen.  - Written by Jeff C.

Campbell's Healthy Kids Soup Disney Frozen pack of 6 : Campbell's Healthy Kids Soup Disney Frozen pack of 6 : Grocery & Gourmet Food
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Not only is it a canned soup which makes the name "Frozen Soup" confusing, but also the pasta shapes include a notable oversight.  There are no snowflake shapes!  How could this have made it through product review?  The soup could have been just chicken and snowflake noodles and it would have been fine.  I've never been impressed by the elaborate shapes they put in soup anyhow.  They all look like wiggly blobs except for rings, stars and letters.  They could have even had a variety of snowflake shapes.  And, what of mini-dumplings as snowballs? This was definitely a missed opportunity.

That got me to thinking about doing some Blue Sky engineering on some themed Disney soups fit for royalty or other noble folk.  Don't nitpick about who is and is not a princess.
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Tiana - It is probably blasphemy to suggest anything other than gumbo although there are several variations of it.  Some have chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp and okra.  Others favor the seafood side.  It's so closely associated with New Orleans, it matches too well to try anything more exotic like turtle soup or crawfish bisque.

Belle - She's French. I lived in Lyon during my junior year in college, so I know there are far too many soups from which to choose.  A classic French onion with its sweet caramelized taste?   They serve it along with a potato and leek soup at the Magic Kingdom's Be Our Guest restaurant.  If the latter were served cold, it could pass as Vichyssoise, but some believe that that particular soup is an American invention.  She sang of the provincial life.  There is a Provencal vegetable soup.  She read a lot.  Provencal Alphabet Soup?  The French might get ticked off.  Bouillabaisse is a classic French soup, but it is from far southern France (Marseilles).  

Cinderella - Is she another French princess?  It kind of depends.  The Germans also claim her.  Cinderella's Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom punts on the issue and serves "Soup Du Jour."  How about a glorious spiced pumpkin soup served in a hollowed out Jack-be-Little shell?  That serving bowl idea probably wouldn't fly with Campbell's except on the photo on the can.

Merida - Luckily, haggis is a pudding and cock-a-leekie has an unmarketable name. So, Scotch broth with barley it is. That's a hearty meal for anyone going out shooting arrows. 

Ariel - If you think for a moment I would suggest crab bisque or fish chowder, shame on you.  This was a tough one because of King Triton's declaration that humans as "savage fish eaters."  No meat or seafood left me with a vegan sea mustard soup.  Sea mustard is the edible kind of seaweed.  It may be easier to sell as vegan wakame soup.  

Pocahontas - I think something traditional that could have been consumed by Virginia-area natives would fit the bill.  Wild rice and corn soup came to mind.  At the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, they extended the museum's theme into their food service.  The restaurant there, Mitsitam, routinely wins awards.  
I also like the idea of the bean, squash and carrot soup they serve. 

Aurora - More French soup? Because she was raised as Briar Rose, she was probably given less pretentious fare than might be served at King Stefan's Royal Table (the predecessor to Cinderella's Royal Table).  How about cassoulet?  Even though it can be categorized as a stew, it is certainly consumed as a soup would be.

Mulan - Unfortunately, many of the most popular  "Chinese" soups are actually Chinese-American variants.  After consideration of different candidates and consulting cookbooks of authentic Chinese cuisine, I settled on wonton.  Campbell's already markets wonton. Just toss in some noodles shaped like throwing stars. 

Rapunzel - She didn't get out much.  She could certainly use a little comfort food.  Chicken soup with angel hair pasta.

Snow White - She is claimed by both the Germans and the Swiss.  At first, I thought of dessert with a chocolate soup.  German cabbage soup, Krautsuppe, has a name with a perceived epithet in it.  I would think after a long day down in the mine, her dwarven friends would appreciate a slow-simmered sausage soup, Metzelsuppe. 

Jasmine - I was torn on this one.  There are several good soups of Middle Eastern origin.  There is red lentil, but many people stay away from lentil soup which is a shame.  For a dish that's more distinctly associated with the middle east, one can ladle out Persian New Year's soup (Ash-e Reshteh).  It contains several legumes and thin noodles, reshteh.  The name itself is exotic too.

Anna and Elsa - Okay, so Campbell's Frozen soup is chicken noodle with specialized pasta shapes.  There's not much Scandinavian-themed about that.  Surprisingly, The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at Epcot does not appear to serve soup.  Pea soup and salmon soup are traditional fare in the region associated with Arendelle.  I'll have to go with that. 

You know, I could write a whole book of just princess soup recipes. 

Written by Jeff C.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Magic band/Fastpass Plus Experience...

We booked our trip a little over month in advance. The picture above is what your magic bands will look like depending on the color that you selected.

I didn't have to use my magic band until checking into the hotel AKA French quarter. We gave the front desk girl both our bands, dropped off our stuff & went directly to DTD. Coming back from DTD we noticed that Rachel's band didn't work to our room. We ate dinner in the food court so decided to get her band fixed. It took the front desk guy about 15 minutes to fix it & after that she was good to go.

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I loveddddddd using my Magic band to pay for stuff! You give them a credit card to link to your band for your trip at check-in. I mostly used the magic band to pay for snacks & half of my souvenirs. It was SO easy to use & I got addicted fast! I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did. :) You just place your magic band Mickey to Mickey & it will glow green. You create a special pin at check-in in order to use the magic band to pay for things.

I have a small wrist so found it kind of hard to put on the first day. After that I had a system down. You can wear them in the pool w/ no problem. Some of the higher end hotels make you check-in at the pool area w/ your magic band to ensure that you are a guest staying there. The French Quarter pool did not do this. My husband tried on my band & it didn't fit so I'm not sure what we will do when he goes next trip. Anyone know how guys w/ bigger wrists wear these???

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To enter a park you line up your band Mickey to Mickey & place your pointer finger to save your fingerprint to your magic band. We had ZERO issues with this the entire trip.

Now on to the FastPass Plus portion. It took me 3 weeks to actually get a FP+ for the Mine Train in MK. If you are patient & persistent you will find a FP+ time but must look often. I found earlier in the morning was the best time to check. I was only booking reservations for 2 of us so it wasn't that complicated & we went the week after Labor day after school started as well.

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We had no issues with the FP+ reservations that we already made ahead of time. The only day we had an issue was when we went to Animal Kingdom & Magic Kingdom in the same day. We went to an earlier show to see Lion King show at AK than we planned. Saying that we only used 2 of our 3 FP+ at AK. I was under the impression you could book new FP+on the app but it isn't like that. Disney makes you go to a special FP+ kiosk location stand in another line to make new reservations. It was annoying because MK was packed due to it being Extra Magic hours there that night & most of the FP were already gone for that day & the lines were long to upgrade fastpasses. I hope that one day Disney makes it an option to change FP+ from the app as that was the only issue we had the entire trip.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Disney's French Quarter Brownie Review....

I have a HUGE sweet tooth! One night when we were hanging out at the resort I decided to try something sweet. This is a chocolate brownie with frosting. It was just okay. I don't think I'd get it again being as you can find many different sweets at most Disney resorts.

If you want a brownie I say head on over to the Boardwalk Bakery for their famous brownies. When I have a fudge brownie urge at home I make these & they hit the spot every time!!!

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