Friday, June 12, 2009

Homemade Granola

Ten years ago when I worked at a cafe, I made a very similar recipe. Mine adds ground flax and omits the chopped, dried apricots. Add/delete as you wish. I use parchment paper on the baking pan, but I suppose it would work to bake on a greased pan. It may seem expensive, but one bowl of this keeps me full till lunchtime.

Mix together:
4 1/3 c. Rolled Oats
1/2 c. Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 c. Sunflower Seeds
1/2 c. Shredded Coconut, Unsweetened
1 1/4 c. Wheat Germ, Toasted
1 c. Sliced Almonds, Toasted
3/8 c Ground Flax Seed
3/4 t. Ground Cinnamon

In different bowl, combine:
5/8 c. Honey
5/8 c. Oil
1/2 t. vanilla

Warm liquids until honey and oil are no longer separated.
This takes 10-15 seconds in the microwave.

Add wet to dry and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Evenly spread granola onto parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 325 F for 30-35 minutes stirring every 7-10 minutes
Granola is done when it is golden brown.
Let cool completely on pan then store in air-tight container.
Makes about 12 cups.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Macaroni & Cheese

Here's a recipe for some good mac & cheese. The recipe makes enough for 4-6 adults so adjust as needed.
From scratch and all in one pot.
Boil until done, but don't drain any water:
16 oz. Elbow macaroni
4.5 c. water
1 1/4 t. salt

Measure and prepare:
4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
1 oz. parmesan or romano cheese, finely grated
4 oz. cream cheese (neufchatel works), softened & in small pieces

When pasta is done, stirring constantly, slowly add the cheeses.

Choose and add a quantity/mixture/choice of cooked meat and or cooked vegetable.

Diced, baked chicken breast
Ground Beef
Hot dogs/sausage
Diced canned or fresh tomatoes