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Gina Grant of poses with two of her homemade desserts, a coconut cake and her very popular cupcakes, at her home in Chesapeake on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Banana bread bananas Grant cooked several dishes including a spicy shrimp and grits and a salmon en croute.

Gina Grant of poses with two of her homemade desserts, a coconut cake and her very popular cupcakes, at her home in Chesapeake on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Banana bread temperature Grant cooked several dishes including a spicy shrimp and grits and a salmon en croute.

Welcome to Gina Grant’s Chesapeake kitchen, where it’s always island time.

Her island is moored to one side of the sunny, spotless room, turned to an unexpected angle and ringed by comfortable chairs – an oasis where time slows, conversation ebbs and flows, and life unfolds.

“I can’t tell you how many celebrations and how many tears have been shed at this counter,” Grant said last week, momentarily turning away from the stove where all four burners and the oven had been pressed into service for her Everyday Chef debut.

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Marriage, divorce, raising children, all of it. Pictures of banana bread “We’re getting women through what they need to get through,” Grant said. Moist banana bread recipie “With food!”

Grant, a class A contractor, real estate agent and CEO of Gina’s Cupcakes, was nominated as an Everyday Chef by her friend, Bett Cornetta, of Portsmouth, who took a seat at the island and was soon filling stemmed goblets with white and red wine.

Grant, a self-published cookbook author, is an intuitive cook who rarely measures, except when baking. How many bananas in banana bread She takes inspiration from many recipes, she said, and then makes them her own, dishes that are elegant, yet easy to prepare.

Grant’s late father, Charles Ford, cheffed for the commandant of the U.S. Banana nut bread with sour cream Marine Corps. Banana nut bread muffins She and her sister, Sharon Kay Sawyer, recalled how he could cook anything, from fancy feasts to the mess hall staple “SOS,” aka creamed chipped beef on toast.

More early lessons came from Grant’s mother, the late Rosalee Ford, a strong woman who returned to college to earn a nursing degree after raising her children. Healthy banana bread with applesauce She was also a gifted seamstress, and when Gina asked her to make a high-fashion gown for a school dance, her mother replied, “I can’t cook and sew and do everything.”

And so, as the gown came together, Gina took cooking instructions from her mother on how to make macaroni-and-cheese, fried chicken and such.

First up at her Everyday Chef spread: A molded crab dip, bound with cream cheese, packed with backfin and, unexpectedly, strafed with water chestnuts for a bit of crunch. Healthy banana bread pudding Soon, Grant slid a golden brown, elegant salmon en croute from the oven and began dishing bowls of shrimp and grits, studded with spicy andouille sausage “to give it that little Cajun kick,” she said.

Food soon covered the island, including ethereal strawberry-cheesecake cupcakes and coconut cake for dessert, both made with a top secret recipe.

Someone offered a toast to friendships, old and new. The best banana bread ever Talk drifted from family to food, and the best topping for macaroni-and-cheese. Recipe for banana bread with sour cream Frosted flakes? Or a sprinkle of brown sugar? Then on to how Sharon Kay uses cheddar cheese soup to make her signature mac ’n’ cheese. Recipe for banana bread pudding Talk turned to children. Best banana bread recipe with sour cream Work. Easy banana bread muffins Mutual friends.

Gina smiled, surveyed her island oasis and said, “This is what we do.” Recipes

Gina Grant’s cupcakes are like no other, moist, buttery and melt-in-your-mouth good. Easy banana bread healthy To order some from her cupcake business, send an email to Easy banana bread pudding Gina Grant’s Salmon en Croute

• 4 6-ounce pieces of skinless salmon or 1 whole piece of salmon

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Banana chocolate chip bread pudding Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In medium pot bring chicken stock to a boil. Banana bread recipe betty crocker Cook rice per directions on box. Banana bread easy healthy Set aside.

In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, melt in butter and add mushrooms and onion plus salt and pepper to taste. Moist banana bread recipe with oil Parsley and dill can be added for extra flavor. Moist banana bread recipe sour cream Add lemon juice, stir to mix thoroughly and add to cooked rice and stir to combine. Best banana bread maui Set aside.

Dust puff pastry sheets with a little flour on each side and roll to flatten slightly. Moist banana bread with sour cream If you are cooking one large piece of salmon, put 2 sheets together and seal with a little egg wash. Homemade banana bread calories If you are using 4 pieces of salmon, cut into 6-inch by 8-inch squares and wrap individually.

Season salmon with salt and pepper on both sides to taste. How to make banana bread more moist Heat ? cup olive oil in a pan over medium heat and lightly brown salmon on both sides, no longer than 1 minute each side.

Place rice mixture down the middle of the puff pastry sheets and place salmon on top. How to make banana bread muffins Fold pastry over salmon and seal edges. Bread banana pudding Brush with egg wash.

A beurre blanc topping is optional but adds an amazing kick to this recipe. Banana nut bread muffins recipe Gina Grant’s Shrimp and Grits

• 2 8-ounce packs of chorizo sausage cut up into bite-sized pieces (can substitute sausage of choice)

• 1 8-ounce pack of shredded cheddar cheese or cheese of choice (a blend is nice)

In large stockpot, bring stock to boil over medium heat. Eggless banana bread recipe Add bay leaves.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute the cut-up sausage. Best ever banana nut bread Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet start making a roux by heating vegetable oil on medium heat. Best banana bread pudding recipe Stirring continuously, sprinkle in flour and continue to cook until roux is a dark peanut butter color.

Add the onions, creole seasoning, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper and continue to cook until onions are tender.

Add the roux to stock and mix thoroughly. Easy banana bread muffins recipe Bring to boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Cook “quick” grits as directed on the package, but using whole milk. Banana nut bread recipe with buttermilk When done, add cheese and stir until creamy.

Ladle shrimp and sausage mixture over grits and top with chopped scallions.

Note from Gina: You can be as creative with this recipe as desired. Peanut butter banana bread recipe Feel free to add chopped celery to your roux mixture, along with the onions, and to add any other spices to your taste. Banana nut bread recipe with sour cream Rosalee Ford’s Banana Nut Bread

Beat oil and sugar together. Easy healthy banana bread recipe Add eggs and banana pulp and beat well.

Stir in nuts and pour into greased and floured 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

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