I first came across Bananas Foster as a graduate student. I was fascinated by setting something on fire.
Bananas Foster originated at Brennan's restaurant in New Orleans. As the story goes, in the 1950's New Orleans was a major port of entry for bananas from Central and South America. The owner of Brennan's challenged the chef to create a dish featuring bananas. The chef, Paul Blangé, created Bananas Foster.
Bananas Foster is basically bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Heat a little rum. Pour over bananas and flame. Spoon bananas over vanilla ice cream and serve.
One thing I like about a good recipe, is that it can withstand the test of time. We come back to them again and again. A few months ago I found a recipe for Bananas Foster served over yogurt. I had to try it. Needless to say it was an excellent addition to the Bananas Foster repertoire.