Oatmeal Memories

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“We need something no one will ever guess.  Something like… oatmeal!” I still remember being impressed with Anne’s choice of password for our carefully constructed blanket and pillow fort.  What a perfectly normal and bland sort of word.  It was downright unguessable and totally lacking in magic.  It was perfect. I can’t remember whether we were trying to keep older or younger siblings from crashing our fort that day, but twenty years later, and in a much more password driven society, I still think of her pronouncing oatmeal, and how we both knew instantly it was perfect.  I had previously … Continue reading

Olive Oil Granola

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When Melissa Clark writes about something, it sticks in my brain.  I received “In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite” two Christmases ago, and promptly read it cover to cover.  “In the Kitchen” seamlessly weaves stories and recipes together to create a cookbook that you can enjoy as a novel if you prefer.  Her Olive Oil Granola has been lodged permanently in the back of my brain since that first reading.  I only recently started making my own granola, with this simple granola recipe.  When that experiment turned out so well, the olive oil granola memory started shoving its way … Continue reading

Breakfast Oatmeal Bars with Plum Jam

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The homemade snack kick continues!  These oatmeal bars vary from the previous granola bars (chocolate chip pretzel, honey peanut butter pretzel, and coconut chocolate chip) which were all variations on a similar theme.  These bars use flour in addition to the oatmeal, and have a layer of jam in the middle that contributes most of the sweetness. I used the plum jam we made last summer from our backyard plums.  This jam had a definite tart note to it, so a sour cherry or a raspberry jam might be a good substitute.  This summer we’ll be prepared for the plum … Continue reading

Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Homemade granola bars are quickly becoming a household staple.  I haven’t bought a Larabar in more than month!  The Coconut Cream Larabar is my favorite though, and that coconut flavor, plus the memory of Clif’s Chocolate Coconut bar inspired these granola bars. I piped some melted dark chocolate on top of these bars, but you could easily leave that out (there’s chocolate in the bars), or just pour melted chocolate on the top of the bars and let it cool into a thin layer. The recipe does call for a 1/4 cup of coconut milk, and I know it can … Continue reading

Simple, Customizable Granola Recipe

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I love granola.  For breakfast, for snack, and with enough chocolate chips, even for dessert.  But I change my mind a lot when it comes to granola.  Sometimes I want it extra chocolate-y, sometimes I want it full of fruit and nuts.  Sometimes I like a kick of ginger to my granola, and that just doesn’t mix well with peanut butter chips.  So I needed a granola recipe that I could easily customize depending on my mood and chocolate cravings. I decided to just make a very simple base granola recipe and add mix-ins later based on whatever I felt … Continue reading

Oatmeal Bread

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J and I have strongly divergent ideas about bread.  The coffee shop on our corner makes bread I adore.  I’ve been known to go down there and order two slices of bread with my coffee, carefully ferry them home, and toast them here where I can top them with my own jam.  It’s sturdy, whole wheat bread, cut plenty thick so that when you toast it there’s plenty of soft warm center between the crisp outsides.  J hates this bread.  Hates it!  He swears the café’s sandwiches would be wonderful if only he could have better bread.  Mostly he eats … Continue reading

Oatmeal Pancakes

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I adore weekend mornings. Breakfast is my favorite meal, and the weekends offer plenty of time to devote to a meal more involved than pouring a bowl of cereal. Weekends also usually promise enough sleep to come up with more creative recipe ideas. Forget dreams of sugarplums, I wake on Saturday morning thinking “huevos rancheros or french toast?” My current favorite homemade Saturday morning meal is brioche french toast with a raspberry sauce. Sweet and tart, and practically a guarantee of a good weekend to come. So as a lover of breakfast, and also a lover of Bittman, when The … Continue reading