Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Mmmmmm.....Homemade Granola

Have you ever made your own granola? It is sooooo easy. I promise you, there are few things that smell better on a cold winter day, than granola baking in your oven. You can easily customize granola to suit your tastes, and no, it does not have to be laden with oil to taste good. The batch that I baked today was chock full of apricots, cranberries, raisins, raw sunflower seeds, and almonds. It was sweetened with pure maple syrup, rather than honey, which the recipe I usually use calls for. This was a new recipe, from Stonewall Kitchen Favorites, which I've mentioned here before. It is a spectacular cookbook full of easy, satisfying recipes. I'm not going to share the recipe with you though, because I'm going to share the whole cookbook with you instead. That's right...welcome to my first contest! I've been wanting to hold a contest for quite a while, as a means of thanking all of you for reading my blog. This time around, I'm going to keep things very simple, but in the future, be prepared to get a bit creative! So, if you would like to enter to win a brand new copy (sorry, it isn't autographed, even though the link says it is) of Stonewall Kitchen Favorites, just leave a comment on this post. One comment per person, please, and you have until Wednesday, February 6th to do so. You don't have to say anything beyond, "I want that cookbook!" for those of you who are comment-shy. Also, you do not need to have a Google account to comment, however, if you use the "anonymous" option when commenting, please be sure to include your first name in your comment, so that I can identify you if you win. Please feel free to pass this along to anyone that you think might be interested. A winner will be drawn at random from all of the entries, on Friday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Time), and posted here on my blog immediately following. Good luck!

***This contest is now closed***

20 comments:

abb said...

The granola sounds great - yum - sign me up for the cookbook contest - Ashleigh

Mum said...

Everytime I see the cover of this cookbook, I think of the Groders. We had the lobster BLT with them at Stonewall Kitchen one summer day in Maine.

melissa said...

Woohooo a contest!! I want that cookbook...maybe it'll help me to cook like you, b/c you are the queen of the kitchen. (kissing up DOES help, right?! ;) )

The granola looks yummy. I really do enjoy the way you present the food in your photos. You've got more than one talent!

Terri said...

I NEEED that cookbook!! Alright well if I don't win my own can at least look through yours LOL!! Granola looks delicious and sounds like fun to make with the boys...I defenitley agree with Melissa you have so many talents!!!

love,

your Rogers family

Susan said...

Love that granola recipe. Same as I make.

Sara said...

Pick me! Pick me! I want the cookbook...and I love your blogs!

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to trying some of your granola when we come to visit in march. Keep up the good work. I love reading your blogs.....love Dad

Linda said...

I would *love* that cookbook--enter me into the drawing, please! And no, I'm not going to pass along info about it to anyone else because that would mean even less chances for MY name to be picked. :)

Love the photo of the granola--very nice presentation!

Joy said...

OOOOHHH, pick me pick me!

Kate said...

Enter me please! It might inspire me to finally learn to cook.

kirsten said...

Cool! A contest! That cookbook sounds awesome- please enter me!

Jen F said...

Enter me too - I need all the cooking help I can get! If I win I'll send some SK Mocha Espesso Sauce your way : )

Heather said...

Oh Lordy...MOCHA ESPRESSO SAUCE?!?? I'm nearly having convulsions, just at the though of it...

Anonymous said...

Okay, this is a great way to get people like me who LOVE to read your blog every day but don't often comment. Have Steve and the boys starting thinking about what kind of cake to make you for your birthday? Keep up the wonderful job, you amaze and inspire me HD! Love ya. Lee

Margaret said...

YOOHOO!! How's my most favorite cousin in the world doing?? I'm not kissing up either, I just forget to mention it on a daily basis!! lol
Now that I'm in "early" retirement, more cooking will keep me busy!

Jenn said...

I will have to share two of my cookie recipies on my blog soon as I used your mother's frosting recipe in both of them. My Mom said that your Mother couldn't imagine her frosting in a cookie..it is amazing though!

Anyway, who doesn't like a cookbook. Sign me up! What a great idea!

Yummy looking granola too!

Lisa said...

Count me in! Are our chances to win increased if we plead our case as to the NEED we have for an inspirational cookbook from such an inspirational cook? Because you are an inspirational cook you know. And quite the food stylist too, I might add. By the way, how did the chicken spaghetti turn out?

Heather said...

Hmmm...there seems to be an awful lot of kissing up going on around here...I think I like it! Ha ha!

Lisa, the chicken spaghetti was sooo good! That recipe is a keeper for sure. When I made it, I halved the recipe, and we still had ample leftovers. It is also one of those casseroles that tastes even better the next day. Yum!

Cheryl said...

Martha Stewart has NOTHING on you Heather, you're the best cake baker, meal-maker, receipe tryer- outer, family project coordinator,kids activities director, thrift shop shopper, entertainment writer, etc., etc. Oh yes, please enter me into your Stonewall Kitchen contest too!

Anonymous said...

This sounds great! I love to make my own granola. Its so much fresher than what you can buy in the supermarket!

Recently I came across this site: www.mixmygranola.com. They have organic granola and mix it with various ingredients such as fruits and nuts. Very cool.

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