The Case Of Carmen Sandiego

by Jenn (eating bender) on August 3, 2011

I don’t know about you all, but I used to think this red-trenched lady was incredibly cool. Even if she was supposed to be the villain.

I have had the “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” theme song in my head several times over the past week. I am thrilled to share that I will officially be attending BlogHer ’11!

I’ve loved attending this conference in the past, but didn’t think it was in the cards this year. Last week I was thrilled to find out I will be attending after all, on behalf of my POP! Social Media client, Flatout Bread. I’m truly looking forward to the conference sessions and will be sure to report back on any and all information gleaned from the minds of some very awesome bloggers.

If you’ve been reading over the past couple of months, you might also know that San Diego is one of my favorite cities to visit for two + two + Dublin special reasons. It promises to be a niece nice trip!

To celebrate his bachelor weekend ensure that Bobby will be well fed while I’m gone, I made a batch of banana bread today. I’ve decided it’s necessary to make this more often in the morning because it smells incredible while I’m working. Good thing my desk is right next to the kitchen. ;)

I’ve been meaning to try banana bread with Greek yogurt forever, so when I came across this recipe from Emily over at Daily Garnish, it was a no brainer. I followed her recipe exactly, but without the blueberries since I didn’t have any on hand. First, I combined the flour, baking powder and salt.

Then it was time to get mashing! I used three bananas instead of two for a little extra sweetness.

I added the rest of the ingredients to the mashed banana — brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla and eggs.

Once everything was mixed together, it was time for the ultimate experiment: Greek yogurt!

I love that it can be used as a substitute for the oil and was excited to see how it would affect taste.

Once the wet ingredients had been mixed with the dry, I poured everything into a loaf pan.

Then it was time to bake! I put it in at 350 degrees for roughly 45 minutes. Depending on your oven, it could take shorter or longer (Emily recommended an hour). Once the edges are golden and a knife comes out clean in the center, you are good to go.

I loved slicing into this bread and seeing the lighter color from the yogurt — a completely new spin on an old favorite. I could not wait to try it out!

I slathered a pat of butter onto the end piece (my favorite — mm, crust!) and tried it out for myself.

It was amazing! Light, moist and chewy — much more so than the oil-based version. I could taste a hint of the tang that comes with Greek yogurt, but it was not overpowering in the slightest. I bet it would taste even better with blueberries, so I will have to do that next time!

Thanks for the great recipe, Emily! I’m excited to hear what Bobby thinks of it when he gets home. :)

Will you be at BlogHer ’11? If so, I would love to meet up with you!

See you from San Diego!

Abrazos,

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1 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

Yum! I love banana bread- I’ve never made it with Greek yogurt, but it sounds awesome! I’m not going to BlogHer, but I’ll look forward to hearing about it from you! :)

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2 Susan August 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Have a great time in San Diego – wish I could be there! I’m a huge Carmen Sandiego fan…My brother always makes fun of me because I never wanted to share the game when we were younger. No way anyone was getting past the gumshoe level before me! haha

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3 Jenn (eating bender) August 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Wish you (and Claire!) could be there, too! So glad to hear I am not alone in the appreciation of Carmen Sandiego! :)

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4 shannon August 3, 2011 at 6:54 pm

umm, now i’m craving banana bread :) looks fantastic! congrats to bobby on his exam, and have fun at BlogHer!

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5 Erica August 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

So fun! I’m jealous- enjoy it! And I’ve made that bread- very, very good. Banana bread always rocks.

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6 Marianne August 4, 2011 at 1:55 am

Very pretty banana bread. I haven’t made any in ages, because my family always eats up all the bananas before they get to the right ripeness for baking. Jerks ;)

Have fun at the conference – I wish there were some blogging conferences like this in Canada on the west coast I could attend, as I bet it would be an awesome experience!

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7 withasideofhope August 4, 2011 at 6:46 am

That banana bread looks delicious! I definitely want to try making this. :) Have fun at BlogHer! I can’t wait to read about it.

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8 Brittany August 4, 2011 at 8:58 am

I just made banana bread last night and the recipe I use has Greek yogurt as well. It makes the bread so moist! <– I hate that word but it's the only good way to describe the bread. :)

I can't wait to hear how BlogHer 11' goes. I hope you have a great time!

PS – I used to have the Carmen Sandiego computer game and LOVED it. And now you have the theme song stuck in my head. Thanks lady. ;)

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9 Kinsey Michaels August 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

what a good wife you are leaving baked treats for Bobby before you leave!! ;)
that was so sweet of your client to send you and Jill to BlogHer. I hope you gals have an amazing time. take a night to enjoy the gaslamp! (4th+5th avenues in particular!)
i wish i was going this year, but i move next month so things are kinda hectic.

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10 RunMaryRun August 5, 2011 at 8:48 am

That banana bread looks wonderful! I know what i am going to do with my spoiling bananas now :)

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11 Emilie August 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Who doesn’t love Carmen Sandiego? I bet she would steal these recipes and go missing for a long time!

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12 Kristie August 7, 2011 at 6:41 am

Mmm… the butt on banana bread is the best! Hope you had fun at BlogHer and got to see some cute nieces to boot :).

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13 The Healthy Apple (@TheHealthyApple) August 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

So great meeting you at BlogHer! It was such a pleasant surprise seeing you and I wish we had more time to chat.
Hope to see you again soon; have a great day!

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14 The Sometimes Healthy Girl August 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Hope you had a great time at BlogHer! That banana bread looks delish – loooove subbing in Greek Yogurt!

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