April 12, 2024

Culinary Adventures Unfold at Rushwood

Category: Culinary

Author: Nicholas Dysarz, Culinary Director

For numerous chefs, there exists a pivotal cookbook that served as the catalyst for their culinary journey. This single book ignited an idea, unlocking a passion for cooking they may not have realized they possessed. Cookbooks transcend mere collections of recipes; they serve as windows into cultures, histories, and personal narratives. With each page turn, a new adventure, tradition, or innovative technique unfolds.

Every recipe and cookbook, whether passed down through generations or reimagined, enriches our culinary culture at The Rushwood Senior Living. Exploring culinary resources nurtures and evolves our love for food and cooking.

I only have about two or three books in my current cookbook collection. Friends and family have passed many of the recipes I use and enjoy to me. Food tells a story. When I make dishes that I learned from others, it reminds me of the good times I spent with those individuals.

For a cookbook to capture my interest, it must narrate the history and story behind the dishes presented. My grandma finally gave me her banana bread recipe last Christmas. Additionally, one of my favorite recipes that I developed is smoked salmon.

This recipe holds a special place among my favorite dishes.

Dysarz Banana Bread – KEEP IT A SECRET! 

2 cups Mashed Bananas (roughly 6): Prefer ripe but doesn’t have to be. 
4 Eggs 
2/3 cup Canola Oil 
2 cups Flour 
2 cups Sugar 
1 box Jell-O Brand Instant Vanilla Pudding (3.5 oz, DO NOT use French vanilla, it’s gross
1 tsp Baking Soda       
1 ½ tsp Salt 

If adding walnuts, coconut, or choc chips, you’ll want 1 cup.

NOTE: DON’T use a mixer, consistency turns out weird. Hand mix everything. 


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Combine mashed bananas, eggs, and oil in a large bowl.   

  3. In a different bowl combine flour, sugar, instant pudding, salt, and baking soda. 

  4. Fold ingredients together, folding in your add-on’s if added

  5. Pour into greased Bundt pan or 2 loaf pans (It is much moister in the Bundt pan!)  

  6. Bake 60-65 minutes depending on your oven until top is golden brown and springy.  

  7. Let cool for about 20-30 minutes. Run knife around edges of Bundt pan, flip onto serving platter and enjoy. 

Generational recipes or new culinary creations can spark nostalgia and inspire our cooking journey. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook, we all have that one foolproof recipe. Don’t overlook the power of beloved cookbooks and their stories. Keep sharing and savoring the diverse flavors that await us.

The Rushwood Senior Living in Wichita, KS offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Terradyne Country Club, Bradley Fair, Greenwich Place, Botanica Gardens, Great Plains Nature Center, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Keeper of the Plains, and World Treasures Museum.

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