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My thanks to novelist Catherine Wallace Hope for providing her family’s delightful banana bread with ginger butter recipe. I interviewed Catherine on my show The Blue and Yellow Kitchen, and truly enjoyed this special, elevated banana bread. Walnuts add a bit of crunch, brushing the top with maple syrup and bourbon added just a bit of sass, and the creamy ginger butter is so, so good.
I would describe Catherine’s novel Once Again as fiction informed by the latest scientific advancements in astrophysics. The novel, about a grieving couple each having an extraordinary day, takes place in Boulder ever-so-slightly in the future and the recent past. It deals with the very real challenge of grieving when a person tortures themselves with the question, “What if? What if I had noticed that? What if we had left a little later? What if we had stayed home that day?”
I found it compelling, gripping, and completely engaging as the characters explore what happens when time isn’t linear. The husband in the book, Zac, makes this banana bread with ginger butter for his family. Check out Once Again wherever books are sold, and watch the episode now.