Duet: Banana Bread / Avett Brothers “The Carpenter”

The food: Almost every week, we buy a bunch of bananas ... and almost every week we have at least a few that get too ripe before we eat them. Instead of wasting the overdone fruit, I use them in bread. After all, other than the bananas, this recipe uses baking staples...

Duet: Salsa for Canning / Lost Highway

The food: This year, we planted a pretty large raised-bed garden (it's about 6 x 18-feet) and our six tomato plants yielded a decent crop. There was no way we could eat them all while they were fresh, so we had to learn a thing or two about canning. We decided to make...

Duet: Strawberry Ice Cream / Prince “Purple Rain”

The food: We were gifted a KitchenAid stand mixer with the ice cream maker about a year ago (thanks, dad!). Since then, I've been experimenting with recipes in hopes of figuring out the easiest way to get creamy delicious homemade custard. I think this fits the bill....

Duet: Mexican Street Corn / John Prine “Bruised Orange”

The food: About a year ago, I ate Mexican street corn for the first time ... and fell in love. It's charred sweet corn, onions, jalapenos, lime juice, and seasonings, all mixed with a healthy dose of mayonnaise. The results are spicy and creamy -- the perfect side...

Chocolate Cookies / INXS “Kick”

The food: Admit it. There are times when nothing (and I mean nothing) is as satisfying as chocolate. On those days, it's smart to have this recipe for chewy chocolate cookies handy. These cookies super rich and moist, which tends to happen when you use a couple of...