Category Archives: Shiny Tomato

Skillet Granola

skilletgranola

When hubby recently asked me to make some granola, I didn’t have it in me to make the ‘slow bake’ and ‘stir every 10 minutes’ kind. I had seen recipes for skillet granola and thought I would try that instead. So happy I did! Making granola in a skillet couldn’t be any easier; this batch took me less than 10 minutes to make. I simply tossed everything in the skillet and voila. This recipe is vegan and it can be adapted, naturally. If you like a buttery taste, you can sub the coconut oil for butter and the maple syrup for honey. Shredded coconut and sesame seeds are also good in this granola! -bvox

Skillet Granola

  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned (large flake) oats
  • ¾ cup chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup pepita (pumpkin) seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt (I used Steph McVox’s vanilla sea salt)
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries

Heat coconut oil and maple syrup in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat and stir until melted together. Stir in nuts and cook, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add oats, cinnamon, and salt and cook, stirring, until golden brown, another 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside to cool and stir in cranberries.

Classic Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

TomatoSoup1Tomato soup is one of life’s big comforts. And whoever thought of pairing a bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich should be granted knighthood. Sharp gooey cheddar snuggled between buttery crispy bread longs to be dunked into bowls of rich tomatey goodness. Grilled cheese sandwiches are my favourite sandwich and one of the first things I learned how to cook as a child. I’d often make them for lunch alongside a bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup. Now I make my own. Continue reading

Shiny Tomato Salsa

SalsaEach fall the woman in our family get together to make big batches of canned salsa. It’s a tradition that’s been in our family for over 20 years. It happens each fall in my mom’s kitchen, with all of us pitching in. Continue reading

Cheesy Corn Muffins

2015/01/img_0568.jpgThese corn muffins are the result of pantry cleaning day in my household. My pre-Christmas baking intentions were overly ambitious; I have two bags of flour and a rather large container of sugar leftover. And I found the cornmeal I thought I had but couldn’t find – after I bought more. Continue reading

Cornbread Stuffing with Roasted Yams and Pecans

stuffingcookedNow that Christmas is on the horizon it’s time to post one of our family favourites: cornbread stuffing (or dressing if you please). When it’s Calgary’s turn to have us for Christmas, I usually make this stuffing. Continue reading

Roasted Potato Salad with Grilled Onions

Roasted Potato Salad

This roasted potato salad is a nice alternative to typical potato salad. Roasting the potatoes elevates this salad and the fresh herbs and parmesan give it a bistro-style flair. Continue reading

Spaghetti with Tomato Water, Basil and Garlic

Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic

How can you resist a plate of glistening pasta like this? The buttery tomato sauce wraps itself around the warm pasta like a big ol’ hug. Continue reading