Thursday, July 22, 2010


Today, I have two things to share with  you, both of which you should be very envious of. I hope I don't sound like a snob or anything, but today for lunch, I made a very yummy gooey peanut butter banana sandwich. It was delicious! Also, I was browsing through the recent magazines I have gotten, and I found one very interesting. It was about Gelato in Rome. Now, we all know that Italy is very hot in summer. But with this heat wave going around, where would you rather be--Rome or Maryland?

For my lunch, I did something very, very stupid. I put myself over a stove and in an oven. But I guess with a tall glass of cool water, it was worth it! The outcome of my treacherous work was a phenomenal gooey sandwich filled with peanut butter and bananas. It was amazing, and it smelled just like apple pie. Mmm! I miss it already.

Peanut Butter Mess/ 1

-3 slices of potato bread, pounded out until thin

-1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

-1 tablespoon of butter

-1 large banana, about 12 slices worth

-2 tablespoons of peanut butter

-1 tablespoon of finely chopped walnuts

-1 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 D.

Heat pan and melt butter in the pan. Sprinkle bread with cinnamon, and toast about 30 seconds per side on buttered pan. Set aside.

Melt peanut butter with vanilla and walnuts in a microwave safe container. Microwave for 20 seconds and mix together the peanut butter until it becomes thick and solid. Chop bananas. Set aside.

Layer one slice of potato bread on AL foil and put just less than half of the peanut butter on top. Repeat for next layer of bread. Top with last piece of bread and garnish with one banana slice and a bit of cinnamon. Put in oven to heat for 5 minutes, or until gooey and decadent!

(Note) To make this dish look nicer, trim off the edges of the bread so they are all crust less and in perfect squares. Serve very warm.

The answer to the rhetorical question would you rather be in Rome or Maryland is Rome. I'm not judging this answer on sight seeing, but the best Gelato in Maryland is...well, not the best! So I am very envious of Rome. The article about Gelato is fantastically written, and makes me very envious. I love articles like that. Local food is often best, and that Gelato sure sounds good!

Just a few days ago, I made Chocoalte Gelato, and it consisted of egg yolks, sugar, chocolate, milk, cream, and ice. It was so easy and foolproof! Sadly, I do not have the recipe, but don't worry yet--it wasn't GREAT. It was just okay. I think Gelato should be creamy and decadent and just looking at it, you should be able to taste it. But the Gelato I made was more like a rich pudding that was cooled. But then again, Gelato is one of the only sweet Italian desserts I enjoy. Which is why I am so envious of Gelato and people in Rome right now.


  1. I would love to see more pictures and recipes!

  2. I was in rome
    at the piazza novobo I had thwe best geloti chocollata
    in Italian like French the noun is before the adjective
    so each day was gelato choccalotto
    it was amazing

  3. Marco, French and Italian ARE very similar! Glad that you got some refreshing chocolate gelato that tasted great too! The hint is just using good quality, basic ingridients and keeping it cool for a long time.

  4. Giancarlo Delvechio ScuilloJuly 23, 2010 at 5:53 AM


    I too would much rather be in Rome than Maryland. You are right about gelato tasting decadent. I was wondering if you know anything about food in Amsterdam since I am going there in a couple weeks?

    Love the blog

  5. Giancarlo, I am sorry to say that I do not know that much about Dutch food, but I know a little. In Amsterdam, usually breakfast and lunch are smaller meals, consisting of a roll, coffe, more rolls, and soup, whereas dinner in Amsterdam is the main meal!