December 05, 2016

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Inspired Granola Simple to Make

My Granola is inspired by some of my favorite cookbook authors, and of course, my best taste tester, The Bowl Man.  Here's a simple to make recipe and an easy one to adapt to your own tastes.  The inspiration is the Maple-Nut Granola from Claire's Corner Copia Cookbook.  If you were walking the streets of New Haven, Connecticut back in the early 80's, you will remember the iconic restaurant of Claire Crisculolo on the corner of the green.

With New Hampshire roots like mine, I love using Maple Syrup as the sweetener in this granola, but honey would be delicious too!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds or mixture of almonds, walnuts, pecans
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup dried fruit - I particularly like dried cherries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  In a medium bowl, mix the oats, nuts, cinnamon, and wheat germ, if using.  Pour the canola oil into a one- or two-cup measuring cup and add the Maple Syrup (or honey).  Mix well.  Spread in a 9" x 12" baking pan or cookie sheet with a rim.  Bake for about 1-1/2 hours, checking every 20 minutes and stirring well.  When light toasted, remove from the oven and add the dried fruit.  Let cool.  Store in a covered container for 1 week.

 

 

 

November 15, 2016

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Thanksgiving Disasters to be Avoided

Thanksgiving 1982 -- The house was full. 16 friends and family members were gathered for the feast, including our 7-year old German Shepherd named Captain. Each newly arrived guest was given strict instructions, “If food falls on the floor, best to not reach for it.  Captain will fight you for it, and he always wins.  Captain lurked behind the couch and under the table at all our holiday gatherings. No falling morsel, no matter how small, missed his patrol. 

I had a ham baking in the oven and a turkey out in the garage, where my electric roaster was used for holiday cooking.  When dinner was ready, I asked my new brother-in-law Gary to bring the turkey to the table to be carved.  Not long after, we heard terrible noises, a high-pitched scream and loud barking. 

Yes, Gary had lost control of the wooden carving board. Captain beat Gary to the garage floor and now was proudly guarding his prized Thanksgiving bird. 

We stretched the Ham around the table, and as you may have guessed, there were no leftovers.

October 18, 2016

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4 Simple Steps to Carving Your Turkey this Holiday

Here are 4 simple steps to carving your turkey this holiday season.  A sharp knife will make the task much easier, and so will the right wooden carving board.

Dazzle your friends and family with a beautiful turkey presented on the table with great style.

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October 17, 2016

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Choosing the Right Wooden Carving Board

Plump turkey. Savory ham. Juicy roast beef. Each of these traditional holiday meats may require different carving techniques but they all have one thing in common – the need for a good wooden carving board with deep juice rings and a large surface.

Choosing the proper wood carving board makes slicing meat easier, safer and more effective. Here are five things to consider when looking for your next carving board.

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September 14, 2016

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Should I Always Use the Wedding Gift Registry?

People often wonder if it’s ok to give someone a gift that’s not on the couple’s gift registry. The answer is yes absolutely. Registries are meant to be suggestions for your consideration.  It’s wonderful if you find the perfect gift on the registry, but when you don’t, your own thoughtful choice is always appropriate.

 

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September 13, 2016

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Ten Reasons to Cook with a Wooden Spoon

When it comes time to buy a cooking spoon, there are three choices:  metal, plastic, or wood.  While each has its merits, just look at the kitchens of professional and home chefs everywhere, and you will surely see a collection of wooden spoons.  It's easy to see why.  Here are the top 10 reasons most often given. View full article →
August 08, 2016

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How to Choose the Perfect Wood Spoon

When it comes to choosing the perfect wooden spoon, the quality of the wood is very important.  There are, however, other factors to consider as well so you choose the best spoon for you. View full article →
July 25, 2016

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Seasoning New and Not So New Wood Cutting and Carving Boards and Blocks

When someone asks me how they should care for their new wooden cutting or carving board, I tell them there are only two things to do.  First, buy the best one you can afford and make sure it's made from a quality North American hardwood.  Second, learn how to properly season your cutting board.  Luckily, that's easy to do! View full article →
July 22, 2016

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My Wood Salad Bowl Caprese Salad

My wood salad bowl if filled with tomatoes and basil picked in the garden this morning.  Caprese salad is one of the simplest salads to prepare and perfect for summer entertaining. View full article →
July 17, 2016

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My Wood Salad Bowl : Summer Squash

On a hot summer night, this cold salad of fresh squash and zucchini will fill up a wood salad bowl with delicious pickings from your garden or the farmer's market.  Nothing is simpler than letting fresh vegetables soften in a good quality vinegar. Capers add a little zip...and basil tops this salad with a little zing. View full article →
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