Giveaway! Our first one!! Rachael Ray Bakeware!

Jodi and I are so excited!  We have our very first giveaway. And better still…it’s a Rachael Ray Bakeware product!

When CSN stores, who by the way have the best kids bedding, approached us regarding a giveaway, we couldn’t have been more excited!  A free giveaway?  Of course! Who doesn’t love getting something for free?

This product is the Rachael Ray Bubble and Brown 2.75 Qt. covered casserole dish in orange!!!

I have the two smaller casserole dishes by Rachael Ray but mine do not have the cover.  These have the openings on both ends making it so much easier when removing this from the oven when it’s hot.  I’ve used my dishes several times and love them.  I’ve also had leftovers that I could easily warm  up the next day even faster if I’d been able to leave in this dish with the top on it, placed it in the oven and it’s all set.

This giveaway is so easy to enter.  All you have to do is this:

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing to cook or bake. Recipes are welcomed, but Not required
2. You must leave your name and email address in the comment.  If you win we will need a way to contact you.
3. Become a follower of our blog!

Deadline: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 11:59pm central standard time.

Extra Entries:

1) Follow @jodi_lee or @godzgirl37 on Twitter. Leave a comment here indicating that you are now a follower. (If you already follow us, just let us know!)

2) Tweet about this giveaway. Leave a comment here with a link to your tweet.

3) Re-post this giveaway on your own blog and leaving a comment with a link to your post.

4) Join our group on our Facebook page Two Girls Cooking.  Leave a comment here indicating you are now a member (If you are already a member, just let us know!)

5) Post about this giveaway on Facebook. Leave a comment here with a link to your update.
Make sure to leave a comment with your name and email address each time you enter (ie. one when you leave your favorite thing, another if you become a follower…).
Happy entering and good luck!

We will announce the winner on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
Again, happy entering!
Jodi and Patricia
Two Girls Cooking

Fine Print
No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be selected at random by Two Girls Cooking using All entries received after the Giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Chocolate Marble Banana Bread

This week I found myself with a few over ripe bananas, so Scott requested banana bread. Regular banana bread was not very exciting, so I looked around a bit. Chocolate in banana bread sounded like fun, so I decided we’d give it a try. This recipe came out great, very moist and fluffy. Like a nice mix of chocolate cake and banana bread.  We had it warm with a little butter right away, but it was just as good after it cooled just by itself.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 ripe large bananas, mashed well (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 and place oven rack to middle position. Grease and flour the bottom and sides of a loaf pan. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. Don’t over mix the batter, you do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread.
Place chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate, stirring until well combined.
Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter into loaf pan. Swirl batters together using a knife.  Bake until bread is golden brown and a  toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan.

I dropped off a chunk with my mom last night, she’s always complaining that she doesn’t get to eat the things I’m blogging about. She has somehow managed to keep my choco-holic stepdad from trying it, and it’s a good thing, or there’d be none left!
– Jodi