Have you read this article in the New York Times? Senator Ted Kennedy is on the road stumping for Barack Obama and apparently having quite a good time. So I'm reading the article, enjoying every minute of it, when it gets even better.
"Between rallies, Mr. Kennedy indulged in a fancy dinner in Beverly Hills on Thursday night with his wife, Victoria, an aide and two reporters. The maître d’ came over and told a slightly off-color story about Ronald Reagan, who used to sit with Nancy, in the very same booth. (Blasphemy alert: Ted Kennedy is sitting in Reagan’s booth!) Steve Martin and Diane Keaton were at the next table and the senator labored over to pay respects.Not only do they start talking about dinner, but they mention Steve Martin! And you all know that I love Steve and relish any news about him. Well, I was thinking about how he always makes me smile and could not resist using him to lead in to another post that is making me smile.
On the way out, Mr. Martin stopped by and said, “This dinner is compliments of the Republican Party,” whatever that meant, and Mr. Kennedy belly-laughed politely before returning to his veal."
This Tuesday is important because it's Super Tuesday and many of us will be voting. This is one for the record books too. We are making history with so many states voting on this one day. But did you know that it's also World Nutella Day? Lovers of Nutella unite for one day! So after you vote, treat yourself to something with Nutella.
Well, I'm all set to vote, but I'd never tried Nutella until a few days ago. I don't quite understand how I lived my life for so long without it. It's that good. I made Nutella Banana Muffins to submit to the World Nutella Day event. My recipe is based on this one from the blog delicous days.
I tasted the Nutella before adding it to the mixture. I had to put my hands on the counter to steady myself, because it was so good. If you've never tried Nutella, you just might want to sit down first. When you taste it, you could faint from its pure deliciousness. Well, my pre-Nutella days are over and I'm a new woman.
These muffins are really good, but they were a bit too moist for public eating. When I brought them to work, I had to use a fork. I really try not to lick my fingers in public. Next time I may only use one egg. I converted the measurements from Metric, so the amounts were rough estimates. Also, there was more batter than I expected, so the muffins rose up over the sides a bit.
Nutella Banana Muffins
(adapted from delicious days)
1 stick = 1/2 cup butter (melted)
2 large ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup Nutella
1/2 cup vanilla rice milk
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
In medium bowl, add melted butter. Mash bananas into butter with a fork. Mix in all the remaining ingredients except the flour. Stir well with a wooden spoon. Add flour and stir just until combined. I used my regular sized muffin pan and put in paper liners. Pour batter into muffin pan and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
*Updated 2/8/08* I had to let everyone know about this great recipe for homemade Nutella that I saw on the blog of Mr. Zen Chef himself. Check it out!
*Updated 8/26/09* I was just getting ready to do some Nutella updating to this post when I read the beginning and noticed that I mentioned Senator Ted Kennedy. It brought tears to my eyes again. Senator Kennedy died today.
*Updated 1/31/13* This post is old, but sure has some traction. Welcome to the blog! For those of you getting ready to celebrate World Nutella Day 2013 next week on February 5th, I have many other Nutella posts and recipes. My most recent Nutella creation is a Nutella Chocolate Mug Cake.
It's also interesting that the updates on this post seem to coincide with Massachusetts Senate news. Yesterday John Kerry stepped down as our senior senator to become Secretary of State, making just recently elected Elizabeth Warren our senior senator. Now we have an interim Senator, William "Mo" Cowan, and Massachusetts is getting ready for a special Senate election in the next few months. Here we go again!
*Updated 2/5/13* Happy World Nutella Day 2013! Check out my recipe for Nutella Pistachio Cookies.
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