Do you crank the music to eleven and jump on the treadmill? Text your friends silly memes all day, to spark a brief giggle? Clean the closets? Reorganize an already-sparkling pantry? We all have our own coping mechanisms for dealing with the current situation of the world. Mine is to cook... and eat, but I try to keep that in check by feeding others!
In times like these, I find myself going back to the recipes of my childhood. A time when I wasn't thinking about public health, or if toilet paper would be stocked in the grocery store. Boo-boos were kissed away by your mom, and there was a sense all was right with the world, even if you didn't understand most of it. My hands start itching to make simple foods that will fill the house with warmth & memory. Banana bread is a quintessential American recipe that does just that.