Savory Granola

savory granola

We are big granola lovers in this house.  Crunchy, pretty healthy, what's not to love?  And usually our granola is the sweet variety that is usually the first thing you think of when you are thinking of granola (what, you aren't constantly thinking of granola??), but every once in a while we like to shake things up around here and go for a savory version.  One that is a little salty and peppery instead of sweet.  It's a fine fine thing to snack on with a glass of wine, but it can also be sprinkled onto all sorts of things.  More on that later - first let's make some! Read More & Get the Recipe

Pumpkin Cranberry Granola

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This past weekend we got into the Halloween spirit in the one way guaranteed to bring out the autumn merriness in everyone.  We went to the pumpkin patch with my adorable nephew, aka the cutest little boy on the Planet Earth.  It was a gorgeous, crisp fall day.  The birds were singing, the sun was shining, and there were pumpkins as far as the eye can see.  There's nothing like a good old pumpkin to brighten your day, especially if you are one-and-a-half. "Mama, look at this PUMPKIN!!!" There were farm animals to be petted... There were funny wooden cut-outs that you could put your adorable little face into... There were, of course, pumpkins... And to top it all off, there were apple cider donuts to be eaten.  I mean seriously...does life get ANY better than this? I don't think so! By the end of the pumpkin patch adventure I was in a complete pumpkin trance.  Luckily I had in my possession a recipe from the ever wonderful Two Peas and Their Pod blog for pumpkin Read More & Get the Recipe

Yogurt Granola Parfait

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This week at the Jackson House is "Breakfast For Dinner Week," which we do every once in a while and then while it is going on always wonder why we don't do it MORE. Dinners are quicker and easier to make, they feel very comfort-food-ish, and are pretty light and healthy. And as someone who is out of the house by 6:15 am every day and eats a hard-boiled egg on the fly, it addresses my breakfast food deprivation issues. The only challenge with Breakfast For Dinner Week is coming up with menus that don't involve having eggs five nights in a row. Egg entries are always easy: this week we are having scrambled eggs with pesto and fresh ricotta, French omelets, French toast (aka bread soaked in egg). Huevos rancheros are always a popular entry, as is pasta carbonara, which is stretching the Breakfast For Dinner concept a little far, but who's counting? In the winter I work in my favorite cinnamon oatmeal with apples and raisins, but in the dog days of summer not even the cooperative Read More & Get the Recipe