recipe is one from down Louisiana-way. It comes from a dear friend, MizMo
(Aline Theriot Meaux). She opened with the following in a letter to me
a few days ago. (Saturday, 31 March 2001).
"Mr. Joe Castanza lived in Kaplan, Louisiana in the early 1900s. He had some rent houses and owned and operated a corner grocery store. His daughter, Rosa, was my best friend while we were living in one of Mr. Joe's rent houses. After school, she and I went over to the store and swept the floor and dusted the shelves, for which he gave us each a box of CheezBits (little cheese-flavored crackers). What a treat!
we bought our groceries at Mr. Joe's, too. About every other week my daddy
brought home a bunch of bananas and hung them in a corner in the kitchen,
and we could have a banana any time we wanted one. There were times,
though, when some of them became over-ripe. Mom was not one to let
anything go to waste, so she would make a most delicious
sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time while beating. Stir
in mashed banana and lemon juice. In another bowl, sift together
flour, baking powder and salt. Add to banana mixture and mix quickly.
Stir in nuts and/or raisisns. Pour into greased 9x5x3-inch pan.
Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Makes about 18 slices.
And that's it for aujourd'hui. ~MizMo