Mash 3 bananas. Grate 1/2 tsp. of zest off an orange. Heat oven to 375. Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray. Whisk 1 large egg, 2 Tbsp fat-free sour cream, and 2 Tbsp buttermilk together in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine 1/2 cup oat bran, 1/3 cup whole wheat flour, 3/4 tsp. baking soda, 3/4 tsp. baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Stir 2 Tbsp. brown sugar into your banana mash. Stir into buttermilk mixture, then sprinkle in flour mixture and stir gently. Finally, fold in 1/2 cup blueberries and orange zest. Fill 6 muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake 15-20 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Grate 12 oz. Gruyere cheese. Melt 3 Tbs. unsalted butter. Preheat oven to 325. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, Cook 1 lb. macaroni according to package directions, Drain and rinse pasta with cool water. Drain again and toss with 2 2/3 cups Gruyere.
In a small bowl, whisk together 3 cups half-and-half, 4 large egg yolks, and melted butter. Pour over pasta and stir to combine. Transfer to a 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Cover with buttered aluminium foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover, sprinkle with remaining Gruyere, and bake until top is golden, another 20-25 more minutes.
This makes 8 servings and takes about an hour and 10 minutes.
Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Soup
Thinly slice 1 medium onion. Peel, quarter, and thinly slice 1 pound celery root. Thinly slice 5 garlic cloves and 5 large ribs celery. In a large pot over medium heat, heat 6 Tbs. olive oil, onion, and a pinch of salt until onion softens, about 6 minutes. Add celery root, garlic, and another pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes.
Tie 1 bay leaf and 2 parsley sprigs with kitchen string and add to the pot. Add 6 cups water, a pinch of salt, celery ribs, and thyme to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit another 10 minutes.
Fish out the herb bundle and puree the soup in a blender, in batches if necessary. Serve hot. Serves 6 and takes about 45 minutes.