Banana Cream Pie-101 Gourmet No-Bake Desserts in a Jar

This is a recipe from Wendy Paul’s brand new cookbook coming out April 9th!

Wendy Paul says, “This is the BEST banana cream pie recipe. I’d love to take credit for it, but you see, my mother-in-lawcame up with it. She is a wonderful cook and baker, and I am so grateful she has taught me what sheknows! Love you, Jody!”


1 cup sugar

1 small (4-oz.) pkg. cook & serve banana cream pudding mix

1/2 cup cornstarch

5 cups whole milk or half-and-half

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 tsp. lemon extract

sliced ripe bananas (about 4 medium)

1 recipe Vanilla Crust (121) or Graham Cracker Crust (117)

1 recipe Whipped Cream for garnish (101) (optional)

Add sugar, pudding mix, and cornstarch to a large saucepan. Whisktogether. Add whole milk and eggs. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil overmedium heat. Boil pudding for only 1 minute. Remove from heat. As puddingcools, mix with beaters for 3″“4 minutes. Beat ever y 10 minutes or so untiltotally cool. Add the lemon extract.Layer crust, tapping down to make an even layer, and then fill halfwaywith banana pudding mixture. Add sliced bananas (3″“4 slices) and repeatwith banana pudding to cover the sliced bananas. Place in the fridge to setfor at least 20 minutes.Just before ser ving, top with a dollop of whipped cream for garnish(optional).

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Best selling author and dessert genius, Wendy Paul, has done it again! Don’t feel like turning on your oven? With recipes like Strawberries and Cream, Crème Brûlée, and Black Bottom Pudding Pie, you won’t have to! This mouthwatering collection of recipes will satisfy every sugar craving. See why this latest installment in the 101 Gourmet series is the perfect addition to your recipe collection!

Dutch Oven Southern-Style Cornbread

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This recipe comes from Matt Pelton’s new Dutch oven cookbook The Cast Iron Gourmet.Thank you Matt for thisdeliciousrecipe!

1 cup white cornmeal

2 cups buttermilk

1 3/4 cups white flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. salt

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 large eggs

2 Tbsp. honey

1/2 stick butter, melted

2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels(do not use canned corn)

1/2 lb. cooked bacon, chopped(optional)

2 Tbsp. bacon grease or vegetableoil to grease the Dutchoven

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a warmDutch oven greased with the bacon grease. (For anextra fluffy cornbread, soak the cornmeal in the buttermilkthe night before and then mix everything else together.)

Bake for 40″“50 minutes or until you can insert a knife in thecenter and have it come out clean.

At home: Place the Dutch in a 350-degree oven. Do not use the lid.

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Go way beyond 7UP cobblers and cowboy potatoes and wow your friends and family with gourmet Dutch oven meals. Learn to make delicacies like the award-winning Hibachi Surf and Turf, Pork Asian Wellingtons, and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. This how-to guide will take you through the steps of buying your Dutch oven to the first bite of your own mouth-watering meal!

Relentless Coming Soon

The Story of Dax Crum as told by his father Richard Crum
Coming to print February 8, 2011

Relentless by Richard Crum, Dax Crum's father
Relentless by Richard Crum, Dax Crum's father

The story of Dax Crum is one of dreams, perseverance and hard work. Dax’s father, Richard Crum, gives a look at Dax’s early struggles at home and at school, his early examples of a competitive spirit, creativity, and determination that allow him to conquer his physical, emotional, and social challenges. You also get insight into the hopes and worries that Richard deals with as he raises his one-handed son in a two-handed world. At the end of the book, Richard gives a list of what he terms “Success Factors,” 6 Factors that can allow anyone to succeed, not just at their goals, but at life in general. He also gives a list of some of Dax’s favorite motivational quotes.

One of the things I really liked about this book is that it doesn’t show Dax winning every game or being his teams’ A, #1 player. It shows how hard he had to work to even just dribble a basketball, let alone become a starter on a Division I college basketball team. Sometimes there were disappointments, quite often there were nay-sayers and disbelievers, but stronger than them were Dax’s teammates, friends, family, and own personal determination to prove that even a “one-handed boy” could play basketball, and play it well.

I also like how Richard dedicates the book to those people who have already been inspired by Dax: “the man in Texas who…lost his hand in a farm accident,” “the mother in Wisconsin who drove her one-handed son to Illinois to watch Dax play and meet him in person,” “the many young people who have struggled to be part of a group or team,” “all those people who watched Dax play and never knew he was one-handed until somebody pointed it out,” to give a few examples.

To sum up, this is a great pep talk/motivational book. Great for inspiring you, or your aspiring athlete, to work hard and not give up, even when the goal seems impossible.

For a longish article about Dax see the ESPN article “Crum follows dream, changes minds, inspires the country.”

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UPDATE: Check out this video about Dax: