Tuesday, July 7, 2009

In the kitchen...

I had high hopes of spending the day making peach and/or strawberry jam today but I missed the mark. My favorite produce stand was out of strawberries and the Amish lady (who looked at me with a sigh) said jam quality peaches won't be ready until August. I guess I should have known that little fact?


I did pick up some fresh rhubarb, white potatoes, green beans and tomatoes. I hated to spend money on the tomatoes but my garden maters aren't quite ready. The rhubarb will be made into a few small jars of freezer jam for Jeff. He loves the stuff. Me? Not so much. The potatoes, beans and tomatoes will be part of dinner tonight. There is nothing better than fresh from the dirt produce.

This afternoon, the kids and I made homemade granola. I haven't made this in many, many months. A friend shared a great recipe so into the kitchen we scooted.

Apple Cranberry Granola
From: Kim's Kitchen courtesy of Gail Prather

6 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/4 cups frozen apple juice concentrate*
1/2 cup wheat germ*
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sweetened coconut*
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins

In a large bowl combine the first nine ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Spread evenly on 2 baking sheets, bake @ 350 for 20 mins. Cool, stir in cranberries and raisins.

*I used cinnamon applesauce in place of the concentrate. In place of the wheat germ, I used flax seeds. I added dried mango in place of the coconut. I added 1 cup of slivered almonds and dried apple pieces as well.

notes: This recipe is very forgiving. Great way to clean out little bits of 'this and that' in the pantry. I double the recipe...fills two large jars. Keeps well.

Happy cooking!


Tanya said...

Hi Kim,
I know you probably don't remember me but we posted on the old, old AOL "what's for dinner blog".(maybe 1997 or so, yikes thats a long time ago) I also bought candy from you. I was on a friends blog and hit "next blog" just to see what blog popped up and yours was it. What a nice surprise and then to see a recipe from Gail. I hope this finds you well, I bet your kids are so grown up now. Blessings to you and your family.
Tanya (btkzuber)