TODAY | February 07, 2014
>>> on "today's" kitchen, we have an olympic viewing party. joining forces in the kitchen. hi, ladies.
>> these are snacks for viewing parties?
>> yeah. exactly.
>> you have a recipe, too.
>> my chocolate chip banana bread .
>> and what are you bringing to the party?
>> classic sort of russian drink. a mint flavored vodka .
>> it doesn't taste like gasoline. earlier i had lindsey smell it, she said it smells like gasoline, i don't like it. ginger syrup, vodka, and a little citrus. then we have popcorn. i love popcorn. i think any party, make your own popcorn, fantastic. a little bit of butter. and lindsey , you want to put cayenne in there?
>> i pop my own popcorn.
>> go for it.
>> this is not that time or place.
>> you want to make it special. and melt a little bit of butter. a little bit. we're talking heart healthy.
>> a little bit.
>> and a little bit of lemon zest and cayenne and toss, toss, toss, toss.
>> that's a fun thing to snack on.
>> you didn't put a lot of butter in there.
>> yeah. you've got to keep tossing it.
>> she's like, you're doing something for heart healthy and you've got butter and salami. what is that? i would say a little bit of anything and a lot of nothing. i take the salami, and lindsey , you can help me or savannah.
>> and i put it on the baking sheet and put the oven at 325 and bake it for about 25 minutes until they become these crispy -- and you can pop these in your mouth and make them the night before and keep them in an airtight container.
>> like chips or something.
>> yeah. go ahead. we'll top them with a little bit of sour cream and add a little bit of bagel to make it pretty. put it there.
>> you want to try one?
>> sure. this seems right at my skill level. it does. there you go.
>> pretty easy, right?
>> wow. that's --
>> you pop it in your mouth. and i think of cold, i think of salami. that's why it works really well.
>> on to the next part.
>> lindsey 's banana bread .
>> you cook at home and make this?
>> this is what i made in vancouver before i won the gold medal . i was nervous and baked and baked and baked.
>> you can make some.
>> and we have a trick for you.
>> the most important part of this is that you have to -- you need, obviously, bananas for banana bread . so instead of just peeling it and mashing it up. i use my hands to work it a little bit and get --
>> you prewarm it.
>> she actually --
>> it changes the texture of the banana bread , it makes it -- it's like over mixing ground meat.
>> you've got the mashed banana.
>> yeah, mashed bananas, organic brown sugar , apple sauce . here's the trick, apple sauce to make the bread soft and moist without using butter.
>> oh. that's healthy.
>> i gave her a hard time .
>> when do the chocolate chips come into the picture?
>> exactly. then she dumped a bunch of chocolate chips in it.
>> no butter and add in chocolate chips . compromise.
>> are you going to eat your own banana bread .
>> it's delicious. i could win a gold medal with my circulatory system and now the banana bread .
>> i'm never going to hear the end.
>> no, you're not. find the recipes on today.com. you can watch the opening ceremonies tonight