I'd wanted to share recipes and food conversations on the air, but there just hasn't been the time or circumstance to engage in that. So I thought I'd blog you some recipes from time to time, and here's one of my very favorites. I've made it many times over the years, but haven't recently, and got a sudden craving for it the other day. I still haven't gotten around to it, but soon!

If you do use this recipe, I'd love to hear what you think (taste), and if you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to let me know. Food's no fun unless you share it!

I have been looking for some Indian food recipes. I love the cuisine, but have moved to a place where it just doesn't exist. Any suggestions for

Although this is "my" recipe, I can hardly claim I didn't gather together the pieces of other people's delicious creations somewhere along the way. That idea always seemed a bit inane to me. So kudos to the many cooks, I'm sure, who brought this delicious one together and landed it right into my vicarious lap.

Cream Cheese Banana Walnut Bread

Recipe makes 2 loaves. I hardly think it's worth it to do all the work without having an extra loaf around, and it tastes really good the days following the bake.


3/4 cup butter, softened
(8-ounce) package cream cheese, soft
1 1/2 cups sugar (friends have made this using more, but I don't like a very sweet banana bread..use your own personal taste judgment)
large eggs
cups all-purpose flour (I use unbleached, but that's up to you)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (that's about 4 medium)
cup chopped walnuts (although I usually throw in more...I'm a walnut lover)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese together either manually or with an electric mixer until it's very creamy. Gradually add the sugar, and beat it until it's light and fluffy.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended. Go easy.

Combine flour, bp and bs; slowly add to butter mixture, beating a just until blended.

Stir in bananas, walnuts, and vanilla.

Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loafpans.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick (or a knife...) inserted in center comes out clean and sides pull away from the pan. If you notice too much browning going on, cover with aluminum very loosely for the last 15 minutes or so. It depends on your oven. 

Cool breads (in pans) for about 10 minutes. Remove from the pans, and cool another 30 minutes before slicing.

Here's a variation, a topping, if you're up for it and in the mood. It's delicious!

Prepare batter same as above, and into the pans.

Stir together 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts,
1 tablespoon flour; 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Bake and cool same as above.

Be very well,

  1. Today's Best
  2. Top Shows
  3. Best of BTR
    1. Loading

      Can Atheists Be Republicans

      Author, columnist, public speaker and proud atheist CJ Werleman has just released a book titled, "Atheists Can't Be Republicans."

    2. A Few Good Rants

      Love a good rant? Phil Leirness has you covered, taking on everything from the Ice Bucket Challenge to “Dr. Who” to Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide to Helen Mirren and The Hundred-Foot Journey!

    3. Denzel Made ‘The Butler’ Sing

      How do you know you’ve made it big in Hollywood—we mean, really, really big? One measure would be when Denzel Washington stops over your house to help punch up your script.

    4. Viking Or Fitness Guru

      Born and raised in Finland, Noora Kuusivuori is a true Viking girl with a never give up attitude. She has had the competitive drive from an early age, swimming and playing baseball on the national team. She has a true passion for fitness and health and enjoys

    5. Thoughts Make You Wealthy

      Commercial airline pilot write book on Wealthy Thoughts and hosts radio show on the significance of mindful thoughts in thriving as an entrepreneur.

    6. Author and Cancer Survivor, Mark Nepo

      On the celebration of the release of his brand new book, philosopher, poet, spiritual teacher Mark Nepo joins Halli for an in-depth conversation.

    7. Cooking Through Labor Day

      Award-winning television host, popular cookbook author and vegan chef Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian will share her fabulous vegan Labor Day menu!

    8. ADHD In The Classroom

      A new school year isn't always exciting for the child struggling with ADHD. Saul Tucker, an ADHD coach uses innovative methods for playing to the strengths of the person suffering with ADHD.

    9. Tracy Birdsall

      Multi award winning actress, producer,singer, and writer Tracey Birdsall talks about her upcoming projects including "Do You Like Your Balls?"

    10. NY Jets Talk

      JetNation Radio with Brandon and Joe is your home for NY Jets talk. The season is here and this week they look at the roster cuts and break down the Dimitri Patterson situation.

    11. Children With Disabilities

      A school-based physical therapist discusses her role in helping children with disabilities navigate the school setting in order to participate along with all the other kids.

    12. Lee Greenwood

      NWP is proud to welcome Lee Greenwood an ICON in country music. Lee tells us where he was on 9/11 and some close calls he has had while entertaining our troops abroad and much more!

    13. Jazz Musician Paul Brown

      Join SC host Ron Jackson & co-hosts Aira & Mike as they chat it up with renowned guitarist/producer/composer Paul Brown about his new release Truth B Told.

    14. R&B Diva Gwenation

      The United States of… Gwen? Could be, if you’re into summer fun big-time—like Gwenation is. “My first name is Gwendolyn.

    15. Scandalous Selena Gomez

      Selena Gomez has allegedly had topless photos leak, but the face is obscured so the debate rages as to whether it's really Justin Bieber's ex love in these sexy and shocking pictures. Editor in Chief Bonnie Fuller, Senior Reporter Chloe Melas and Producer Gino Orlandini break down the truth.ted cozying up to a sexy new mystery man after her split from Ju

    1. Loading

      Rodney Perry Live

      On his show, Comedian Rodney Perry covers arts and entertainment, everything from comedy and politics to music and acting, with his signature comedic slant.

    2. Saturday Mornings With Joy Keys

      Joy Keys provides her listeners with insight to improve their lives mentally, physically, monetarily and emotionally. Past guests on the show have included Meshell Nedegeocello, Blair Underwood, in addition to an impressive list of CEOs, humanitarians and authors.

    3. Small Business Unstuck

      Host Barry Moltz gets small businesses unstuck. He has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. This is a business radio show where he shares all the craziness of small business. It’s that craziness that actually makes it exciting, interesting and totally unpredictable.

    4. The Bottom Line Sports Show

      The Bottom Line Sports Show is hosted by former NBA stars Penny Hardaway, Charles Oakley, Mateen Cleaves. Tune in to get the inside scoop on what's happening in sports today.

    5. Hits Radio

      Hits Radio covers basketball, sports culture and entertainment with past guests including Jason Kidd, Robin Lundberg and Chris Herren.

    6. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

      Listeners get an earful on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds. Whether it’s the current political cocktail or the latest must-read award-winning book, Halli tackles all topics and likes to stir — and sometimes shakes — things up.

    7. America's Most Haunted

      Official Internet radio show of forthcoming epic paranormal investigation book by Eric Olsen and "Haunted Housewife" Theresa Argie.

    8. World Footprints

      Award-winning World Footprints is a leading voice in socially responsible travel and lifestyle. Hosts Ian & Tonya celebrate culture and heritage and bring a unique voice to the world of travel.

    9. Football Reporters Online

      Football Reporters Online is a group of veteran football experts in the fields of coaching, scouting, talent evaluation, and writing/broadcasting/media placement. Combined, the group brings well over 100 years of expertise in sports.

    10. Small Business Roundtable

      Host John Martin interviews the nation's leading entrepreneurs and small biz experts to educate small business owners on how to be successful. Past guests have included Emeril Lagasse and Guy Kawasaki.

    11. Sylvia Global

      Sylvia Global presents global conversations pertaining to women, wealth, business, faith and philanthropy. Sylvia has interviewed an eclectic mix from CEOs and musicians to fashion designers and philanthropists including Randolph Duke and Ne-Yo.