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Southern Banana Pudding

How many times have I made banana pudding for my family? Let me count the times. LOL. I can  remember the very first time I made this delectable delight as if is it was yesterday. And as fast as you can say banana pudding it was all gone.  That’s just how much they loved it. To this day I have been making it ever since. Countless times. Try this recipe today it will sure to become a family favorite.

  • Ingredients

  • 1 box of Vanilla Wafers
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 (3-oz) box instant Vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz) container of cool whip


In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend with a handheld mixer. Using another bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and condensed milk together until smooth. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Next fold in 3/4 of the the cool whip to the mixture.

Now line the bottom of a 13×9 dish with a layer of vanilla wafers. Then a layer of 3-4 bananas. Next layer half the pudding mixture on top of the wafers and bananas. Repeat the layers with the remaining wafers, bananas and pudding. Top dessert with remaining cool whip and garnish with a few crumbled vanilla wafers. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

*TIP: Give this dish a more elegant flare by using Chessmen Cookies

Death By Chocolate Trifle

Today I decided to re-visit a Porter House Original, Death By Chocolate Trifle. This recipe came about during a time when we were in transition of moving and had to live in a hotel. We had no kitchen, very little monies and a serious hankering for something sweet.  Within a blink of an eye the thought process began. What can I fix that didn’t require a kitchen? That didn’t cost a lot? And would fill the void?  Then the vision appeared and Death by Chocolate Trifle was born into existence. Now the traditional trifle consist of some sort of chocolate cake or brownies but with no kitchen that was out of the question and then I had an Aah Ha! moment. The light bulb went off.  How about Oreos? And there you have it my friends something simple, cost efficient but yet Sooo Good! I just love when a plan comes together.

Death By Chocolate Trifle


2 small packages of  instant chocolate pudding

4 cups of cold milk

1 package of Oreos, Crushed

1 package of toffee candy bits

16 ounces of whipped cream, thawed


Prepare pudding according to package directions with the above listed amount of cold milk; set aside.  Crush Oreos into pieces and place about half on the bottom of a clear glass bowl, in a single layer.  Evenly pour half of the pudding on top of the crushed cookies.  Layer half of the whipped cream, then half of the toffee bits.  Repeat layers one more time.  Chill for 4 hours before serving.

*CHEF’S NOTE –  For a perfect ending to a romantic dinner make this dessert in wine glasses topped with a strawberry and fresh mint.