I agree, Todd. Thank you!

Todd VanDerWerff from AV Club makes a thorough and well-thought out argument for ABC Family to just renew Bunheads already.

My favorite part:

“…the best argument to make at this point is the qualitative one: This show is so good that ABC Family should renew it simply on those grounds. TV history is littered with one-season wonders, but it’s got even more shows that started out slowly in season one and were renewed by gutsy network execs who either really liked the show or saw the potential for growth in it, against all odds. Some—CheersSeinfeldGilmore Girls—went on to be hits for their networks, while some—Better Off TedBoomtownEnlightened—didn’t manage that trick. But all of those shows and many more that made it to unlikely second seasons have something in common: They made the qualitative argument first, giving them more time to make the quantitative one.”

Yes, exactly. Thank you. I cannot agree with this enough.

What I did yesterday morning when I should have been working

My overripe bananas and general lack of cake were calling to me. I used Deb’s recipe from Smitten Kitchen and omitted the cloves and the bourbon. This was so easy to put together and turned out beautifully, it was super moist and had just the right amount of sweetness. Although, on a whim, I threw in about 1/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips at the end. Can’t beat the combination of chocolate and banana. [EDITED 8/20/13] And how can I forget one of the best things about this recipe? That it’s a one-bowl recipe and requires no mixer!

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Sprinkled on the top is espresso salt, which I’ve been using a lot in my baking

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Banana Bread/Cake (Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed [EDITED 8/20/13] For best results, use 4 ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted salted butter (I added a little more)
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
generous pinch of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I used about a Tablespoon of cinnamon sugar because I couldn’t find my cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla, then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix.
  4. Pour mixture into a buttered or Pam-sprayed 8×8” square pan or of course a loaf pan. I only used the square pan because I didn’t have a loaf pan. (As luck would have it, I received a loaf pan in the mail a couple hours later as an early birthday present)
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean (For a loaf pan, original recipe calls for 50 minutes to one hour) Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.