Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bananas Foster! Yummm!

Bananas Foster was invented by the chef at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans back in the 1950s. As the story goes, New Orleans was the major port of entry for bananas shipped from Central and South America at the time. Owen Brennan, owner of Brennan’s Restaurant, challenged his chef, Paul Blange, to include bananas in a new dessert. It was Brennan’s way of promoting the imported fruit. At the same time, Holiday Magazine asked Brennan to provide a new and different recipe to include in an article on the restaurant. And so was born Bananas Foster, a decadent dessert named for Brennan’s friend, Richard Foster, a local civic and business leader.

At Peconic Bay Zonta’s December meeting, our dinner menu featured food from New Orleans (one of our members will take a trip soon and another member asked for “hot” food as the winter approaches). Mary Ann Miller whipped up the signature New Orleans dessert Bananas Foster, going over the top by swirling chocolate on the top!

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