In my soap kitchen today: Ylang Ylang and Cinnamon. Bright, clear and warm.
It’s my Au Revoir to Summer. Tomorrow’s the first day of Autumn. Bring on the sweaters, scarves and hot cider!
Fast forward a few months and, Voila! Buckets and baskets of juicy cherry tomatoes!
We’ve given away bags full, eaten all we can. Still they keep coming! Tiny red globes, dazzling color, juicy and sweet. Each evening I gather the ripe babies and try my best to think of a creative way to use them up.
So far, this is my favorite.
Cherry tomatoes, washed and sliced in half.
Good olive oil
Lay the tomatoes out, cut side up on baking stone cookie sheet. Season liberally with herbs and garlic. Using marinade brush, dab with a heavy coat of olive oil.
Slowly heat in a low oven, 200• for about 5 hours.
Spoon into jars and fill with olive oil.
Keep refrigerated. Use within a couple weeks.
I’ll be using mine on pizza, and with fresh ricotta and crackers. I think they’ll be delish with some spinach pasta, cannellini beans and Parmesan.
How would you use them? Eat them right out of the jar?
Of all the things my oldest son, Bunny, could ask us to send him while he’s in Afghanistan, he asked me to make him granola. Oh and a bowl. Apparently he’s got a spoon.
Super easy, super quick, and super good.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 large can/box of old fashioned oatmeal
1 teaspoon salt
About 3 cups of stuff (shredded coconut, raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds – you get the idea)
In a small sauce pan heat the oil, sugar & syrup to melt the sugar. Very low heat. Set aside to cool a bit.
In a large mixing bowl blend oatmeal, salt, and ‘stuff’.
Pour/ drizzle oil sugar and fold to coat everything.
Press the granola onto 2 large cookie sheets. Heat in a very low oven. 200•
Break up the oats with a wooden spoon every 30 minutes. Total baking time 2 hours.
Let cool, store in canister or sealed plastic bag.
See. Super simple, and super tweakable! Use honey instead of syrup. White sugar, turbanado, no sugar? Add vanilla, almond extract or cocoa powder. Dried banana and chocolate chips?
What’s your favorite blend?
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