Quick Skillet Granola

Are you sitting down? Because I have some news that just might change your life. I think it may have changed mine. Or at least my mornings. And that’s something.

All this time I thought that granola was something you made in Very Large Batches, to portion out into glass jars and ziplock bags for storage. Turns out you can make a quick batch in a skillet, just like jam, and it takes approximately five minutes. You can make enough to last the week, or a day if you have lots of granola lovers in your house, and you can eat it warm, straight from the pan. And this granola I’m talking about? Costs hardly anything. And it’s fantastic.

I wouldn’t have thought of it. But today I grabbed a magazine off the stack in the corner – the one almost as tall as me that Mike warns one day will just suddenly wind up in recycling – and flipped through it, and saw this. I ditched some of the butter (the granola I typically make doesn’t even have any) and added some hemp seeds, just because I had them. Theoretically you could make this with any combination of oats, nuts and seeds, and even add raisins or other dried fruit at the end, just like I did. But the plain old combination of oats and seeds with a handful of raisins at the end was surprisingly yummy.

So I made this – I made granola – while they boys sat at the kitchen table doing whatever it is they do, and my granola from scratch was done faster than a pot of oatmeal would have been. See? Totally life (or at least breakfast) changing.

Quick Skillet Granola


Yields1 Serving

1 cup old-fashioned (large flake) oats
1/4 cup sesame seeds, and/or hemp seeds, and/or flax seeds
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. honey or golden syrup (such as Roger's or Lyle's)
a shake of cinnamon
a pinch of salt (optional)
a handful of raisins or dried fruit (optional)


Put everything into a large, heavy skillet (cast iron is perfect) set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until the granola is well coated and golden. Set aside to cool and stir in raisins or dried fruit.



 1 cup old-fashioned (large flake) oats
 1/4 cup sesame seeds, and/or hemp seeds, and/or flax seeds
 1 Tbsp. butter
 2 Tbsp. honey or golden syrup (such as Roger's or Lyle's)
 a shake of cinnamon
 a pinch of salt (optional)
 a handful of raisins or dried fruit (optional)



Put everything into a large, heavy skillet (cast iron is perfect) set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until the granola is well coated and golden. Set aside to cool and stir in raisins or dried fruit.

Quick Skillet Granola

I was going to wait for fall to bring back Free Stuff Fridays with a flourish, but this granola calls for the brand new cast iron pan I bought just to give away to one of you. If you hang around here on a semi-regular basis you know what a fan I am of cast iron, and I think everyone should have one on their stovetop. This is a true cast iron, not a newfangled pre-seasoned one, which are far better if you can commit that little bit of extra effort to get it going. I’ll walk you through it. I sense a cast iron PSA coming up…

I also just can’t wait to hear what you’ve all been cooking. Don’t limit your answers to dinner last night (unless it was something particularly worthy of reporting) – what has been the most delicious thing you’ve eaten over the summer? Where have you found inspiration? What else is up in your world? As always I’ll make a random draw from all the comments next Tuesday.


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170 comments on “Quick Skillet Granola

  1. Donna
    August 28, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I’ll start things off.
    I have to vote for homemade peach pie. I am making them to enjoy and to freeze for later this winter. My guys went West and brought back 4 cases of peaches from near Winfield BC. – one more case than I could comfortably handle. I use an old recipe from the Canadian cook book (1971) and a “Never Fail” pastry with vinegar, salt, egg and cold water.
    That cast iron frying pan– Can it be used on a ceramic (glass) topped stove ? Does it need electric coil burners or a gas stove?

  2. Hillary
    August 28, 2010 at 12:18 am

    We’ve started Sunday night dinners with a small group of friends lately. Last week it was Breakfast for Dinner with baked eggs over shaved zucchini, cheesy biscuits and the new Ballast Point brewery bloody mary mix. It is hands down the BEST BM mix any of us have ever had – thick and spicy. Didn’t need a thing added (except a bunch of pickled snacks).

    I’m new to cast iron and want to take the plunge!

  3. Avery
    August 28, 2010 at 12:43 am

    OMG… I just told Mike I was going to get him a cast iron pan for his birthday, because he was complaining that our skillet is too flimsy. Dinner tonight was cajun grilled chicken with baby crash potatoes and salad, but immediately afterwards I made a doubled-recipe frittata (16 eggs!) AND a golden yellow birthday cake for Ruby from scratch! Tomorrow morning I get to frost it (going to try a crumb coat for the first time ever… hopefully I have room in my freezer).

  4. Theresa
    August 28, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I really need a new pan and have been having a hard time finding a good cast iron pan….so for dinner tonight…..scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and two peaches.

  5. Angela
    August 28, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I was envying the pan, and then I read further. I never win anything, but a first for everything!!! Might even try making the granola, would be a nice change to my breakfast routine. I havnt cooked much this summer, but have started baking again on the cooler days. Yuhm zucchini brownies;) will start making more healthy soups as fall approaches

  6. Dee
    August 28, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Corn bread. I’m from Alabama, and you always cook your cornbread in a well seasoned iron skillet. It’s comfort food at it’s best!

  7. Ann
    August 28, 2010 at 5:05 am

    the most delicious thing this summer has been the cherry apricot crumble.
    and i’m so pleased that i found your site. i really think skillet granola will change my life.
    i wonder if that says more about your granola or my life!

  8. Colleen
    August 28, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Cast Iron PSA please!!! I don’t have a cast iron skillet and for some reason am totally intimidated by them. Last night we had Beef Stroganoff with new potatoes and mini chocolate zucchini muffins for dessert.

  9. Jennifer Jo
    August 28, 2010 at 5:28 am

    The most delicious thing all summer? That’s a pretty steep order, Julie. Not sure I can do it justice.

    There was the peach cobbler with cornmeal biscuit that rocked my world (http://bit.ly/9TAoVk). The chocolate malted milk icing that gave me the shakes ’cause I ate so much (http://bit.ly/bZN9q5). My new favorite muffin recipe (with candied ginger and peaches) (http://bit.ly/a9QGF3). Oh yes! My new favorite pasta dish: 2 pounds of roasted cherry tomatoes with Parmesan, bread crumbs, and basil (http://bit.ly/9zwogJ)!

  10. Roberta
    August 28, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I just made a batch of Apple Ginger Jam which turned out great. I usually make jelly but this recipes called for chopped apples which didn’t break down as they cooked and the Ginger gave it a nice “bite”.

  11. Kris
    August 28, 2010 at 6:59 am

    My best meal this summer was dinner out for my birthday at Fude here in Winnipeg. They feature local food and it is amazing. I highly recommend it. Their Saskatoon Sangria was incredible.

  12. Recipe for Delicious
    August 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Julie, your timing is perfect! My better half has recently become a granola junky and I’ve been wanting to make some quickly and simply. I might try to sub maple syrup in.
    Best thing I made this summer was bacon-wrapped pineapple. So easy, so amazing.

  13. Jennifer
    August 28, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I am in love with this skillet granola idea! Thanks! I guess this is the summer of small-batch because I have been making a lot of fruit small-batch jams this summer as the different fruits come into season!

  14. Melanie
    August 28, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Since making your skillet jam, I’m a huge fan of the pan that I kind of forgot about in the drawer!
    My favorite thing that I’ve made this summer is the basil chicken with coconut curry from Simply Recipes. There wasn’t a drop left over!

  15. Jenn
    August 28, 2010 at 7:58 am

    This summer, I’ve been addicted to the drop scones(whatever berry) recipe I found on your site. It is the scone recipe I’ve been looking for all my life (or for the past year or so) I also tried the skillet jam recipe yesterday (with some rapidly aging peaches). Hmm, somewhat unconvinced but perhaps it was the lack of a cast iron skillet that made the difference. I’m willing to give it another shot, cast iron skillet pending.

  16. kathy
    August 28, 2010 at 8:03 am

    We did a drive out from Calgary to Thunder Bay this summer and had milkshakes from every drive-in we passed by (it helped that the kids kept passing notes to the front seat demanding milkshake stops). The best thing we ate were the refrigerator pickles my sister made from her garden cucumbers – they’re slightly sweet, slightly dill-y, very crunchy and pretty amazing. We brought 4 jars back in our cooler and we are supposed to share them with family here, but I think we’ll just pretend we forgot…

  17. Susan
    August 28, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Good morning! I’m not interested in winning the pan, I just bought one at Superstore. What I need is a tutorial! I seasoned it and that seemed to go well and cooking eggs is great! But when I cooked ground beef with taco seasoning, the pan COMPLETELY took on the flavour/smell for a few days. Is that normal???? Assistance would be greatly appreciated!

  18. Kindra
    August 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I tried your skillet strawberry jam this summer too, and it was un-freakin’-believable! I don’t even like jam normally but that stuff is gold.

    Last night we ate Sweet Pork Tacos with Avocado-Cilantro Cream which were fantastic, but maybe my favorite things I’ve cooked this summer has been fruit crisps. I’ve made Rhubarb Crisp a couple times with rhubarb from my garden and yesterday made a Blueberry Peach Crisp which was a great combo. I love how easy crisps are to throw together.

    I would LOVE to win that cast iron pan. I don’t have one yet but am itchin’ for one.

  19. Linda
    August 28, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Cast iron would be lovely – reminds me of my mother….

    Last night we at Pasta – we are in Penticton and hubby is going to compete in the Ironman tomorrow….

  20. Cheryl
    August 28, 2010 at 8:33 am

    It’s sad but true, my dinner last night was marshmallows and cookies by the fire.

  21. Robin
    August 28, 2010 at 8:46 am

    For dinner last night we had a delicious chicken cutlet topped with spinach salad and cherry tomatoes. Right now I am roasting a big batch of tomatoes.

  22. Ann
    August 28, 2010 at 9:28 am

    One of my favorite meals this summer was a Quinoa and Black Bean salad at Rebar here in Victoria. Yum!

    Sign me up on the list needing a tutorial in cast iron skillets! I looked at several earlier this year and read instructions on the web but in the end I just decided to forget it. It seemed like so much work!!! I ended up with a non-stick skillet (Paderno, I think). I’m still open, though, to cast iron if I can develop some confidence in seasoning and using it. Pathetic, I know, but that’s why I read your blog religiously and buy your cookbooks – I’m trying to improve my skills!

    Anyway, the granola looks great and how handy would that be to just make up a small batch at a time!

  23. Sandy
    August 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I would love to win this and learn how to use it and care for it. Best summer meal is what I always love about summer – all of the fresh corn, green beans, tomatoes, peaches and strawberries you can get.

  24. Amy
    August 28, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I have been looking for a granola recipe to try, this looks good and easy. My favorite summer dish is my dad’s pork loin on the grill. Marinated and spiced just right.

  25. R
    August 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hi Julie,
    I made My Most Favorite Burger Ever. (For Now). from Pioneer Woman last week and it was so delicious that I am serving it again tonight for friends before heading over to Globalfest.

    Have a great weekend!

  26. Melanie
    August 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I definately need a cast iron tutorial. I have a pan and have seasoned it several times, but I’m not completely sure how to wash it, or whether I just wipe it clean.

    My favorite salad this summer has been a Greek salad made with fresh garden tomatoes, cukes, red onion, goat feta, with a squeeze of lemon and olive oil, and salt and pepper.

  27. Janel
    August 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Since it has been unbelievably hot this summer we’ve been doing a lot of grilling. Most recently, hickory-smoked baby back ribs. We also had lots of hamburgers and excellent grilled sausage from the local meat markets. My favorite is Mushroom and Swiss Sausage!

  28. Gemma
    August 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Count me in on a lesson on using cast iron for cooking.

    One of my family’s favourite side dishes this summer has been orzo. After cooking it, I season it with butter, garlic and grated parmesan. It goes well with almost any meat grilled on the barbecue.

  29. Barb
    August 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I am a Large Batch Granola person as well. My narrow mind did not conceive making it in a smaller batch. Duh. I also use a cast iron skillet albeit a small one and I would love a larger one to pair with it!

    I have really enjoyed the few batches of Sangria I made this summer and I made rhubarb juice that was lovely. I would like to make that once more before the rhubarb goes south for the winter.

  30. Krista
    August 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I just whipped up a (double) batch of your granola. It’s cooling as we speak! I Added coconut and pecans and it’s delicious. Granola is usually a winter thing for us. Hot summers in the Okanagan are not conducive to oven use. My usual recipe is baked but this was way easier and less fuss. Life altering for sure!

    Favorite recipe this summer…Grilled scallops with fresh herbs, garlic,lemon juice and cherry tomatoes from the garden.

  31. Ruth
    August 28, 2010 at 10:50 am

    My fave thing to eat this summer has been tomato, egg, bacon open-faced sandwich on toasted flax bread. It was amazing!

  32. Lindsay
    August 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Dinner last night wasn’t really worth mentioning (can we say home-made ‘ginger cookies’? ) but this morning I had a hankering for banana pancakes – my everyday breakfast while I travelled in Costa Rica. I love how food can bring you right back to a memory.
    Anyways, just in case someone isn’t happy with their bagged pancake mix, I found a great, simple, fluffy, excellent-tasting one that you can whip-up on a whim http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pancakes-I/Detail.aspx
    I bet those pancakes would’ve tasted even better on a cast iron skillet…mmm caramelized bananas. Happy Saturday y’all!

  33. Jennifer
    August 28, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Hands down, the best meal this summer was fresh crab, eaten on the beach in Oregon! Nothing else has really even come close, but the hubs attempts at Mexican food have been entertaining to say the least.

  34. Colleen
    August 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I am making lots of watermelon salad with tomatoes, feta, basil from my herb garden and a splash of balsamic vinegar. My other fav quick dinner is spaghetti squash topped with spolumbo sausage cooked with zucchini, tomatoes (canned or fresh) with cumin, garlic seasoning – hmmmi just might make that tonight as I have been abandoned for the weekend by both my hubbi and my visiting daughter.

  35. Kathy
    August 28, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Julie count me out for the draw, I already have one. Need a refresher though on using it. We bought Taber Corn last weekend and have really been enjoying that. Also I’ve been making a quinoa salad with crumbled feta, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries with a simple lemon-olive oil dressing I really am enjoying.

  36. Kathy
    August 28, 2010 at 11:07 am

    PS I am so making this skillet granola!

  37. Julia
    August 28, 2010 at 11:16 am

    This summer has been amazing as far as food goes. We’ve eaten at people’s home these past couple weeks and have homegrown veggies to homemade souvlaki to pies! The best thing my family says I’ve cooked this summer is pulled pork. But I’ve also been making homemade pizzas, thanks to Ree Drummond’s website http://www.thepioneerwoman.com. She’s my inspiration right now.

  38. Lisa
    August 28, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I’ve been eating lots of caprese salads this summer – the St. Lucia fior di latte at Lina’s elevates it to an entirely new level! If I’m feeling ambitions, I’ll also make the Rebar rosemary garlic focaccia recipe to mop up the delicious tomato/olive oil/balsamic juices left at the end.

    And I also could use a tutorial on cast-iron – I have one, but probably don’t use it as often as I should – I’m nervous about things like scrambled eggs just making a big stuck-on mess!

  39. Erin B
    August 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I found a recipie for a Banana Fritata but we’re calling it a Banana Pancake. It’s so good and a GREAT way to use up over ripe bananas. We can’t do banana bread anymore since an unfortunate incident with our toddler, banana bread and a stomach flu. That’s when we learned how hard it is to take apart the car seat.

  40. Cheyenne
    August 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Julie!

    I just made a chorizo cheese strata with fresh green onions and my husband’s homemade tortillas. It’s a heavy meal, so I serve it with multiple vegetable sides to reduce the guilt (and vitamin deficiency).

  41. Elaine
    August 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Whaaat? Skillet granola? That’s amazing! I’ve been hosting a lot of barbecues this summer and my go-to side dish to make in massive quantities is a cuban corn and black bean salad from therunawayspoon.com. It’s always well received and the leftovers make for excellent lunch sides.

  42. Jenn F
    August 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    My husband bought a smoker and we’ve been trying things out on that this summer.

  43. Kirsten
    August 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    We spent 2 1/2 weeks in England visiting with family, and I have to say my mother-in-law’s sherry trifle was pretty amazing. We also had scones with Devon clotted cream and strawberry jam that were worth every artery clogging calorie!

  44. Chrystalene
    August 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Almost instant granola. Who knew? You may have just changed my life.

    I love cast iron–I found a little baby pan in the most random store yesterday, and couldn’t resist it. It’s currently in the oven seasoning away.

    The most delicious thing I ate this summer would have to be a freeform zucchini tart with feta, and a farmers’ market salad with heirloom tomatoes and greens from my garden. Amazing.

  45. Joanne
    August 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve been making cakes with fresh sour cherries. Today it was a chocolate version in a bundt pan which I plan to serve with whipped cream made with a little Kirsch!

  46. Kim
    August 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I have been experimenting with pies with summer since my dad seems to keep picking saskatoons and rhubarb. Last weekend I made a saskatoon and rhubarb pie that was delicious. I then made a sour cream rhubarb pie that was almost as good. I used up my last batch of saskatoons on a saskatoon crumble only to have 2 more cups show up on my counter. I am now making my favourite saskatoon muffin recipe and saskatoon cookies.

  47. Vincci
    August 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    OMG. Yes, your idea of skillet granola has truly changed my life. Not a lot of cooking on my end recently, so most delicious thing I’ve eaten over the summer – hmm… I was impressed by Pierre’s salad at the potluck last weekend as everything came from the garden. I think I also liked when B. and I went camping and we cooked everything over the fire 🙂

  48. Lisa
    August 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    So, way over here on the east coast, we’re into blueberries full force! I had a total ‘blue’ day last weekend. Blueberry jam, blueberry scones, blueberry muffins and blueberry tarts. That was a lot of fun for sure. But as for my favorite meal as of late, I would have to say it was a pretty simple one. We were camping and we had bbq striploin, new potatoes and new yellow beans and carrots. Of course topped with lots of butter!

  49. Ellen
    August 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve been lucky. I have eaten many, many delicious meals this summer! I would say a couple top things would be the tater tot “haute dish” (braised short ribs, potato croquettes, porchini bechamel) at Haute Dish, and a braised rabbit dish with honey pepperonata, zucchini and olives at Restaurant Alma. Both restaurants are here in the Twin Cities.

  50. debbiejl
    August 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I soooo need a cast iron pan!! I dont have own one, but have always wanted one. The best thing I have made this summer are all of the fruit crisps (nectarine, blueberries, peach) with fruit fresh from our local farmer markets.

    Thanks for generously offering this pan!!

  51. Sue
    August 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Braised red-wine short ribs in the oven now, which will be served with mashed potatoes. I’m already starving! I’ve always wanted to try granola, but the recipes I’ve seen before make tons, so as you said, it put me off. I’ll be trying this one.

  52. Cathy N.
    August 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    OK… I just asked my hubby what his favourite meal was that I made this summer and, of course, he said “Last night’s dinner!”… Right! Last night I fried up some onions, browned some ground beef, added two cans of brown beans, chopped up some tomatoes, threw in some frozen peas, threw in some hot sauce, topped it with some Swiss cheese that was hanging around in the cheese keeper – served that with some really nice hardy brown bread…It was OK but the best I have made this summeer!! I don’t think so! (oh well, I know he said that just so he didn’t have to think hard about the answer! 🙂

  53. Carolyn
    August 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I am so happy to have this granola recipe… I had the oven on for 2 hours today baking a large batch of granola… Thank you!

  54. Angela
    August 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I am DYING for a cast iron skillet! I only have tiny ones inherited from my grandmother (which I love, but are not practical now that I have a family of four!) Anyway, my favorite meal I’ve been making (to death) this summer is Asian lettuce wraps. I have a recipe, but I use it very loosely because this is my favorite meal to use up random leftovers! And, I’ve found that as long as he gets to make his own wraps, my 4-year-old son will eat about anything that goes inside 🙂

  55. Kathleen
    August 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Well, everyone loves the idea of a cast iron skillet! I do too – as my husband put ours in the dishwasher and it rusts now. My meal of the summer has to be seared scallop salad. I dice red onion, a medium mango, avocado, add a can of corn kernels or shave a fresh cob, cilantro and some lemon and lime juice. I pan fry some scallops until just opaque, and toss them with the mixture to coat them with the flavours. I put scoops of the mixture on top of a bed of mixed greens. Scrumptious! Tastes like summer!

  56. jacquie
    August 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    oh i “need” a cast ironj skillet 🙂

    i’m just enjoying all the fresh fruit that is available right now – yummy.

  57. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious
    August 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    This is brilliant! I do often make just a week’s worth of granola, but never on the stovetop. That’ so much faster! Will have to try it asap.

  58. Dana
    August 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Well, I was looking for rhubarb recipes because I am literally being grown over by rhubarb (want a plant?) and found a Rhubarb Daiquiri recipe on Under the High Chair. Seeing as my husband is away in Golden for the weekend, I thought it might be kind of fun to have this in the fridge when he comes home (if it lasts that long).


    I put in the lower of the recommended range of rum and probably could have cut back on the sugar a bit. But it is fantastic!! The right combo of sweet and tart. I really like it!

    Looking forward to Harvest Fair!


  59. Barbara
    August 28, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I bought an ice cream maker last month and have been experimenting with it. Last night was unsweetened cantelope sorbert, the night before I tried pomegranate sorbet. Also yesterday we had dried blueberries made in the dehydrater, so yummy. I don’t have a cast iron skillet and would love to learn how to season it.

  60. Joanna
    August 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    As it’s super cold at the moment, I’m really tempted to say tea. But that’s not really cooking…..

    The highlight of this summer’s food has been grilled pizza. Thin and chewy crust with those crispy spots covered with the simplest sauce of pureed italian canned tomato and basil. We top them with whatever’s on hand – pesto, cooked bacon, sauteed mushrooms, peppery arugula…..and finish with a few shards of parmesan. Second best meal of the summer is the “pizza” omelette the next morning, made with the leftover toppings.

  61. Robin (Hippo Flambe)
    August 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Dinner last night was an excruciatingly belated birthday “party” for my boys. Somehow I hoodwinked them into agreeing to have a fancy pants (for VT) dinner out with a family we love be their birthday “party.” It was amazing delicious and fun.

    After dinner we went home and I canned jam in preparation for a no added pectin jam workshop I taught today. I think it went really well as all the attendees, who said they were scared of canning at the start talked about what they would make first when they got home.


  62. Jen T
    August 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I tried crispy fried froggs leggs at Rouge. Interesting to say the least. Also enjoying the cherries, peaches and other fresh fruits that are coming out. I have been eating beet tops or swiss chard with vinegar and butter and salt. I wish fall harvests wouldnt end so quickly.

  63. Jennifer M
    August 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I have had A LOT of really delicious s’mores around the campfire this summer. Gotta try that s’more pie…

  64. Hettar7
    August 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Everyone should own more than one cast iron skillet. I love cooking in them. I will have to get some of my own, not pre-seasoned I agree with you there too, when I get my own apartment.

    The best thing I remember eating all summer is a homemade pasta sauce I made. I cut up tomatoes added olive oil, herbs, and pepperoni and cooked it till everything blended together and cooked down just a little. Ate it over pasta and was in heaven for a night.

  65. Alina
    August 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Another delicious-looking skillet recipe! I loved the jam(it was so easy I made it twice…)

    I just got back from a trip to Tuscany with a good friend, visiting her family-more than anything I miss the pecorino cheese we ate almost every day with delicious, crusty, nutty, rolls.

  66. Amber
    August 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    The best thing I made this summer was fruit cobbler. I’d never tried a cobbler before, but was inspired to try something easier than pie but different than crisp. It was DELISH!

  67. Robyn in Mountain (Ontario that is)
    August 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    We dined out at Kelly’s Landing for lupper. It looks like a corner store until you go down stairs and it turns into a quaint little restaurant with a deck patio that looks out onto the water in Manotick — lots of boats going by kept us entertained. We had incredible calamari to start and then we both had the seafood boxty with some nice cold draught to quench our thirst — yummy! It was too hot to cook today 🙂 The best thing I’ve made this summer, was my roasted red pepper dip — perfect with broccoli and sesame breadsticks. It can be turned into a great sauce for pasta.

  68. Robyn in Mountain (Ontario that is)
    August 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    P.S. Julie, please provide the cast iron pan PSA. It’s one of those daunting items that I’ve never picked up, but would really like to. Please share your wisdom. Cheers!

  69. Cassie
    August 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    That looks delicious! Makes me want to take the granola I just bought back to the store and make my own.
    My favorite summer dinner has been whole salmon on the BBQ. So simple: lemons, butter, dill and a whole wild sockeye salmon. Wrap up in tin foil, and BAM dinner!

  70. Tyrel in Edmonton
    August 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Though it may not have been the best thing I’ve had all summer (or maybe it is…), tonight’s meal was fabulous. Jerk pork loin with habanero salsa, served over steamed wild rice. Coconut black beans and some corn on the cob on the side. Both recipes courtesy of Meredith Phillips’ “Date Night Cookbook”.

    Dessert was warm blackberry pie sundaes courtesy of “the Carefree Cook”, Rick Rodgers. AND featuring farmer’s market blackberries!

    Oh heaven!

  71. Sarah
    August 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Been canning up a storm for the last 10 days after my mom brought home a jar of homemade jalapeno jelly, and caught the canning fever! My first ever attempt at canning was the red pepper jelly, a recipe given by a friend’s mom, and then jalapeno jelly.. then grape jelly and, tonight, it was peach jam. Oy vey.. Im truly enjoying canning although my 3 kids, (16, 14 and 12) goes, “Jam again? ” I told them to hush up since Im enjoying this new hobby.
    A cast iron pot would make a great addition to my kitchen, for sure! My husband absolutely loves cornbread and whines that it doesnt taste the same as cast iron pans do. Told him to eat and enjoy whatever s in front of him LOL

  72. ajdoula
    August 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I love my cast iron pans! They are consistently my ‘go-to’ choice. I prefer to find old ones (from estate sales)- they’re heavier and have been seasoned over the years.
    Haven’t had time to cook dinner the past two days – picked up 90 lbs of tomatoes at the market on Friday, so have had an orgy of canning. Almost done – salsa tomorrow.

  73. joanne
    August 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Best food of the summer: snap peas eaten off the vines, saskatoons off the bushes on a long hike,steamed beans 2 hours from the garden with butter, new potatoes with nothing on them. ( I never knew how good new potatoes could be) I do granola every 2 weeks or so with maple syrup…. breakfast of champions.

  74. Erica B.
    August 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Best food this summer: Fish tacos at a stand in Kelowna on the beach, shakes from D Dutchman Dairy (Thanks to your recommendation!), strawberries picked at the Jungle farm… Asparagus & rhubarb from Edgar farms – the former eaten fresh picked in a late snow, and later roasted for dinner, and as part of a crustless quiche. the rhubarb straight up with a palm full of sugar like when I was a kid then baked into the Big Crumb Cake from smitten kitchen… Homemade basil spinach pesto…

    Love love love summer for the produce and the fun in the kitchen – can’t wait for September though since it means the girls will be back at school and hopefully get back to a regular bedtime! 😉

  75. Erica B.
    August 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    PS: please don’t enter me into the draw – I’m already a proud owner of a lovely Lodge Cast Iron skillet.

  76. Jennifer
    August 28, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Breaded Fried zuchini… and squash sauted in canola oil with salt and pepper.. Fresh garden potatoes who knew they would taste so different when you grow them yourself. i just thought potatoes were potatoes.. snap peas. i am learning how to can jam and green beans. My first year at gardening. about to can my first salsa or tomato sauce.. i can’t wait.

  77. Laurie in Burnaby
    August 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I collect caste iron skillets and pans and dutch ovens that other people don’t want. Sometimes they are so rusted you’d think that they’re beyond help. All I do is scrub the rust off with a wire brush, and then start seasoning. You wipe them with an oil soaked paper towel (use cheap oil) and heat. Then cool them off, wipe them down, and see whether they need another seasoning or can be used right away. If one has been put in the dish-washer, oil it again and start over.

    Every time you use it, wipe it out and oil it slightly (I have a paper towel square that’s used several times for this)

    If something stains (leaves flavours behind) wash with soap, rinse well, and reseason.

    I cook eggs in my heavy caste iron before any non-stick pan, because once it’s well seasoned nothing sticks. 🙂


  78. Maria
    August 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    It has been the summer of fruit caseloads. My favourite thing to make has been your buttermilk raspberry cake, we’ve done it with all kinds of fruit, and then I found a similar recipe for buttermilk cupcakes and snuck pieces of peach in it – yum with a blog of whipped cream!

    Sad to say I sold my large cast iron skillet a number of years ago at our garage sale when at the time all I was interested in making was KD. Major regret.

  79. Linda
    August 29, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I have been successful at growing Thai basil for the first time ever. Must have been the abundant rain we have had.

    I made the most amazing fresh shrimp salad rolls in rice paper using this great herb. Hopefully I can successfully bring it indoors later this fall.

  80. Brenda
    August 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

    This summer has been one of the best food-wise! The gardens have exploded and we’ve had to get very creative trying to use everything up. The dinner that stands out in all our minds so far was the green bean salad. Lightly steamed fresh beans, herbs, grape and yellow tomatoes…all from the garden…tossed with sauteed almonds, garlic, dried cranberries,fresh feta from a friends farm and a light balsamic dressing to finish it off. YUM!! You know it’s good when the kids (17, 15 and 11) ask for it again and again. :o)

  81. Joan
    August 29, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I’m not sure what my favorite “at home” meal has been, but my husband recently bought a “Green Egg” grill and everything we’ve cooked up has been awesome. Would LOVE a cast iron pan. Just found your site today and am very excited about this recipe and others! Thank you.

  82. Brigitte
    August 29, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Dinner is now how to use potatoes, carrots, zucchinis from the garden…

  83. Kathleen
    August 29, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I think that yes… your skillet granola could change my life!

    Last night my parents came over to help the kids celebrate their kitty’s birthday. I did up a shrimp boil with shrimp, Taber corn, kielbasa, little red potatoes, and onions and poured garlic butter over the whole thing when it was on the platter.

    we had apple pie for dessert with ice cream and it could very well have been our best meal of the summer.

  84. Kat K.
    August 29, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Last night was fresh vegetables (from farmer’s market that morning) frittata made in my old cast iron skillet. Madagascar spinich, tomato, red bell pepper, jalapena pepper, onion, free range eggs, Mrs. Dash, organic bacon, chedder cheese (not organic, just grocery store), kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper. This was fast, tasty, and easy. Cooked on a glass topped stove.

  85. kaela
    August 29, 2010 at 8:56 am

    And I just made a big, oven batch of granola yesterday; but we run out often. This method is a must try – and would be fabulous in a new cast iron pan! 🙂

    My best meal of the summer? That’s a tough one, but we have been reveling in tomatoes this season, after last year’s blight. Cucumber-tomato-feta salad is an every-other-day indulgence; and always fabulous.

  86. Belinda
    August 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I’m actually seasoning a reconditioned Griswold skillet as I make jam this morning…good timing!

  87. Kathryn
    August 29, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Wow. Some kind of synchronicity here. The last thing I made was granola! For the very first time. I imagine I could transpose the recipe to a skillet & that would be a lot simpler (more control too, I suspect) – I may have taken mine out too soon.

    Right now, the kitchen is fragrant with tomato & garlic — I am oven-roasting (in 30 degree weather) some lovely roma tomatoes bought at the farm gate.

    Thanks again.

  88. Kitty
    August 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

    We have been cooking with what we pick from the garden: ratatouille, roasted tomatoes, fried peppers, summer squash casserole, sauteed green beans, fried okra and onions, eggplant sandwiches, pear crisp, pear cake, pear ice cream, pear & ginger and many other things. Soon it will be time for fried green tomatoes and the winter squash is almost ready.

    My Mom always baked in a cast iron skillet: cobbler, crisps, cornbread, upside down cakes, casseroles etc.

    This granola recipe has already been sent to the printer and I will be making it as soon as I can beg or borrow a cast iron skillet.

  89. AnnieD
    August 29, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I have discovered the wonder that is BBQed pizza. I usually make pizza from scratch every Friday night. Then I decided to grill it on the BBQ and it changed everything. I don’t think I can ever go back to baking it in the oven. The grill marks, and the smokiness. It’s all so delicious. I couldn’t stop eating it. The fresh picked cherry tomatoes on top didn’t hurt it either.

  90. Nicki
    August 29, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I had an avacado and turkey sandwhich with multigrain sour-dough bread in San Fran. So delish. Mmmmm, missing it already.

    Love the granola idea. So going to try it out. Thanks for the heads up on it!

  91. Janice
    August 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I made a Quinoa chocolate cake. Gluten free and REALLY good! Everyone in my house had it and agreed it was good 🙂

  92. Sue (London, ON)
    August 29, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Free Stuff Fridays!! YAY… I’m not a cook. I’m a baker and hands down the best thing I’ve discovered this summer when it was too darn hot to turn the oven on, was making cookie dough, scooping it out onto cookie sheets as if I was going to bake, then putting them into the freezer on the cookie sheets. Once frozen I put them into ziploc bags and then pulled them out to bake as needed. Seems like such a simple thing but it made my whole summer!
    I’m so curious about cast iron cooking. Thanks Julie!

  93. Carol
    August 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    We eat a lot of granola. I normally make it in big batches, but I love this idea. Sometimes you just want something different. Thanks for the tip!
    Yesterday we had friends over for a picnic. We cooked cut up potatoes, onion, green pepper and mushrooms with a little olive oil and seasoning salt over the open fire in our skillet. My skillet is small, but we managed. I’s really like to have a bigger one. Thanks again!

  94. eroica
    August 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I have made a lot soy-ginger-sesame dressing from Mollie Katzen’s Get Cooking. I LOVE the dressing and have used it on green salad (with seared tuna), coleslaw (about a pound ) and even noodles (need 2x the dressing). I always use and handful of scallions and cilantro with it. And I’ve never made the chicken salad!

  95. Jan @ Family Bites
    August 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    We’ve been eating a fab corn and cheddar chowder all weekend…totally delicious!

  96. Pattie
    August 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I just discovered your blog and love it. I’ll be making the granola this week. I’ve been making cold soups thi past week, taking advantage of the gobs and gobs of cucumbers I’ve been getting this year as the result of 3 seeds being put into an 18″ pot. Let’s hear it for container gardening!

  97. Robert Bauter
    August 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Thankyou for this revelation! This is a recipe that can help with my quest for healthier eating. I am tinkering with it now. Sadly the only cast iron I have is a griddle.

  98. colesangel
    August 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I love my cast iron and Dee from Alabama is right…cornbread YUM! totally comfort food. but everything else is good too.
    best thing i’ve eaten this summer…the blackberries I picked about a week ago –some of them ended up making it home :). best thing i’ve made recently…homemade cheese sauce for my macaroni when i needed serious comfort food…my dad taught me and it’s the best cheese sauce ever.

  99. janet
    August 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I am intrigued by this skillet granola. Especially during the summer when I would rather not have my oven on!

    I don’t have a cast iron pan, though.

    My best recipe this summer was hands down this Turkish bulgur and pomegranate salad: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/turkish-bulgur-pomegranate-and-almond-salad/

    I recently visited Turkey and fell in love with its cuisine. It is nice to bring it back home, too.

  100. Susan Walter Sink
    August 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Plan on using this for a high school cooking program! It’s so easy and allows the kids to adjust to their taste! Thank you.

  101. Carmen
    August 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I made your browned butter bliss with sour cherries from my mom’s tree, seriously great! I’ve also got chickpeas in the oven roasting to make your recipe with Swiss chard, my favourite summer meal with chard from the garden!

  102. barbara
    August 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    i would love to try a iron skillet. this summer i have enjoyed garden fresh vegetables and kabobs on the grill. i can’t wait to try your skillet granola!

  103. lou
    August 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    because I am 5 months pregnant with twins and experiencing the worst all day sickness of my life, my cooking has come to a complete stop as everything makes me want to throw up. I would love the pan to hopefully cook future meals for my growing family. Love your site.

  104. M Carlson
    August 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Some use of iron in the morning can be considered weight bearing exercise.

  105. molly
    August 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    No. Way.

    I’m pretty sure you’ve just changed my life. (Which always, no matter what I do, starts with mornings.)

  106. Julia
    August 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I have been doing a kitchen renovation all summer (actually 2 kitchen reno’s, but that’s another story)doing ALL the work myself and have been living pretty lean. Since May I have been making due with a hotplate, a toaster oven and a George Foreman Grill. The best things I have eaten this summer have been made for me by people who love me. My sister has kept me going with muffins and homeade granola bars, my running partner Jeannie nearly always sends me home with cookies and tonight I came home to find a plate of Iraqi food, chicken and biryani left in my porch from my lovely friend Muna. A new cast iron frying pan would be a wonderful addition to my new kitchen which will hopefully be done by the end of September. I read your site everyday (keep posting!) and I’m gathering ideas and dreaming about the wonderful things I will be able to create!

  107. JulieVR
    August 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    You guys! Wow. You’ve inspired me for the next couple months! At which point it of course won’t be summer anymore…

  108. Annie Ozsarac
    August 29, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Burgers were my big thing this summer. Living in Turkey, I don’t get a good north American burger until summer time. So I ate my way through lots of burgers (and lobster) this summer in Halifax, PEI and Seattle. The best were by far Red Mill Burgers in Seattle. Though we made some pretty tasty ones here last night. I add olive oil to the burgers and spread my grandmother’s zucchini relish on the bun. Delish. As for recipes, I am trying a new dish tonight so I am not sure how it will go. I am taking a Israeli falafel recipe (you use soaked chickpeas, not canned, and it makes a world of difference) but using the end supply of mung and navy beans. I think I will use all cilantro (no parsley) and cumin. I love your blog and share it with all of my friends!

  109. rose
    August 30, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Lots of great meals this summer but the one dish that sticks in my mind is a cabbage side dish I had in Holland. It was a cooked shredded cabbage, bacon, curry dish with some creamy sauce to it and it was fantastic. Strong flavours but perfectly balanced. I wish I’d asked for the recipe….


  110. Lindsay B
    August 30, 2010 at 7:42 am

    We’ve been eating fish, fish & more fish this summer. Our favorite dish of all has to be salmon with a dijon, honey, maple glaze. We like to serve this with quinoa salad. Sometimes it’s greek inspired with tomatoes, cucumber, feta and black olives. Sometimes it’s a touch sweeter with lemon, apples, golden raisins and almonds. Always delicious. I’ve never had a cast iron skillet but have been meaning to get one and test it out.

  111. Robyn
    August 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I’ve got a new baby so we aren’t always making the fancy things we used to, but my parents came to visit and we made a lasagna with homemade pasta that was absolutely delicious! It is sooo worth the time to make your own pasta (especially with the Kitchen Aid mixer attachment since it’s so easy). Not very summery, but definitely delicious (and an extra one in the freezer!)

  112. Lisa
    August 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

    The most delicious thing I’ve made all summer is probably a chocolate mousse cake, but for actual meals, I made a fantastic glazed salmon.

  113. Lyndsay
    August 30, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I am a new follower of your blog, and I LOVE it! I have been checking everyday all summer long.. my co-worker introduced me to you! I have been experimenting all summer with your awesome and easy recipes!! I have been making NAAN bread for everyone.. my little brother requested it for his birthday, and my boyfriend who usually never likes anything ethnic loves it dipped in curry! Your potato tomato curry and Naan have been a huge hit! I have also been making a lot of carrot cake with garden carrots.. and also your potato green bean salad was a hit too!! Your Peach Bran muffins were so good as well! Oh my! I am a new university grad so my kitchen doesn’t have the best appliances or tools.. so a new cast iron skillet would be awesome! Anyways – LOVE your blog!!

  114. Rachael
    August 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Dear Julie,

    I think you may have just changed my breakfast life as well. I love granola, but due to soy and dairy allergies – eating store/bakery brands is next to impossible. This is great!!

    The most recent thing that I ate and swooned for was the sausage pizza and ‘Italian’ salad I had at Delancey’s in Seattle, where we were visiting over the weekend. We arrived about 7ish and waited until 9pm…and yes, it was worth the wait! The salad was so fresh and zesty, with whole grain croutons (sp?)- delish. The pizza was thin crust, slightly chard – with that roasted marshmallow-esque flavour. The tomato sauce is fresh and not soggy. It was wonderful!

  115. Kathleen
    August 30, 2010 at 10:30 am

    fresh sauted mixed veggies and old fashioned mac & cheese

  116. amelia
    August 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’ve been eating a lot of fresh fruit this year and trying to have enough in the house to make a cobbler/crumble/something baked with fruit, since there have been so many recipes on lots of different blogs. I would L.O.V.E a cast iron skillet, I’ve been thinking about buying one for awhile and even tried to talk my sister into lugging one home for me from Texas!

  117. Lara
    August 30, 2010 at 10:45 am

    The best thing I’ve made recently was Potato Salmon Cakes, YUMMY.

    Good cast iron skillets are hard to find, in fact I haven’t yet. Thanks for the chance.

  118. krista
    August 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

    yesterday I made ratatouille-was awesome
    hummus-I will never every buy it again, so easy and so much tastier!

    breakfast was almond flour pancakes (plain, banane/pecan/raisin, and blueberry

    AND….these were the BEST—deviled eggs made with avocado instead of mayo…well I added a dollop of mayo as it needed it…have to be eaten right away but this is not a problem! sprinkled a bit of sweet paprika on top

  119. Rebecca
    August 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The VERY best thing that I’ve made all summer is the Chocolate Peanut Butter cake via Smitten Kitchen! I love to read all sorts of food blogs and regularly follow Deb’s along with lots of other great food writers. Food blogs are certainly the current source of my eating inspiration – the only trouble, I often forget to print off the recipes and then I can never remember where I was reading about this great recipe for fritta or that great recipe for muffins…

  120. Lindsay
    August 30, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Ok, so we’ve been addicted to your puffed apple pancake, minus the apples (hubby’s allergic). We have been making it plain and filling it with the best fruit of the season – rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, even sauted bananas on a day when no fruit was available. We have also been experimenting with adding chopped bacon and shredded cheese to the batter – YUM!
    And I would love a cast iron tutorial. I don’t have one because I don’t know what to buy, where to buy it or how to season it. I’m open to suggestions!

  121. Sam
    August 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I made a pork loin roast with chinese 5 spice powder (I’m lazy) and a few copped cherries. The rest of the chopped cherries went into cherry jam to top the pork roast – because you can make jam any time and thanks to you, I DO!! My husband said,”Ooh, fancy” and the kids ate it up. I had rice and corn as well as other raw veggies. But the best part is today my son had a ham sandwich with the rest of the cherry jam on it because “why can’t I have jam on my ham sandwich?” Why indeed! And it was perfectly fresh jam with nothing weird in it. YAY!! I don’t need an iron skillet, I have one. But I would LOVE a cast iron tutorial. Thanks for your site, I love it and you’re always making me look good (even when I give you the credit, people still give me the compliments!)

  122. Christy
    August 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    As a new bride with a husband in medical school needing lots of nutritious meals, I’ve been experimenting and trying out TONS of new recipes! You’re blog has been the inspiration for several!

    One meal that was a smashing success was rice noodles with a tofu, red pepper, and bean sprout light stir-fry with a peanut sauce and garnished with cilantro. It was YUMMY!

    We’ve also been canning peaches and pears – they look so lovely on the shelf!

    I would LOVE a iron skillet. I grew up with my mom cooking on hers but no one gave it to us for our wedding 🙁 🙁 so we haven’t scrounged up enough cash to buy one.

  123. Bobbie
    August 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    The yummiest thing I have been making this summer is one ingredient ice cream, made from Bananas. So good and you can even eat it for breakfast.

  124. Ivy
    August 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Two of my favorite Summer treats are scoops of vanilla ice cream eaten out of halves of melon (using the melon as the bowl), and Saturn peaches with evaporated milk and powdered sugar. 🙂

  125. ran
    August 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Love this granola idea! I am needing to make some, so will try this quick recipe. I’m the only one that eats it, so why do I need to make such huge batches?!?! Sometimes the answer is right in front of you, and you can’t see it. Love, love, LOVE! cast iron. We made blueberry cheesecake pies in our cast iron pie iron over the campfire this summer. So good!!!

  126. Susan
    August 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    My favorite dishes this summer? Anything using all of these delicious summer veggies that are coming from the garden!

  127. Sharon
    August 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I toast nuts and my steel-cut oats this way too. Alas, I use a lighter pan because cast iron is sooo heavy. Which is why we like it yes? But not for my wrists.

  128. Erin
    August 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Last night’s dinner was a left over salad as hubby was out of town and son had “lunch” at 4PM. But for desert… we made pumpkin spice oatmeal cookies. Now that was tasty!

    I have a cast iron skillet and it gets used just about every single day, so no need for another one. But I can’t wait to try the granola recipe tomorrow AM. Hurrah!

  129. Laurie in Calgary
    August 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    The best thing I ate this summer was an incredibly juicy delicious BC peach. One of many that we lugged home from Penticton after our holiday there. Made your roasted peach sour cream ice cream with them (yum!) and some freezer jam. Most of them were eaten raw, with the juice dripping down our chins (the best way).

  130. cj
    August 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    We’ve eaten a LOT of corn on the cob this summer and its been yummy but I have to say the recipe I’ve made the most has been your peach cobblah…made it at least 10 times since I saw it…every time company comes and definitely at least once every week that peaches are on for 77 cents a pound!

  131. Colleen
    August 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    The best food I’ve eaten this summer has been fresh fruit–strawberries from my garden and peaches from BC. Mmmm, better than candy. The best thing I’ve made this summer may have been zucchini brownies or naan bread or beet soups. They are in different categories so how could I choose a favourite? My husband is a better cook than I am, so the best thing I’ve had this summer was a curry he made while trying to teach me how to cook it myself (yet another meal he “helped” me with, hee hee).

  132. natalie - ga
    August 31, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Thank-you! It is my b-day today. I love granola. So, I made this for breakfast. How easy. What a treat. I moved into a house with a glass topped stove – can’t use the cast iron. Mine are in storage 🙁

    thanks again!

  133. CarrieMJh
    August 31, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Cast iron is great! would love to win it.
    I’ve been making fresh cherry pies. So good!

  134. Sharon
    August 31, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Can I do this just once? I don’t have a blog… .


    Happy Birthday, Natalie.

  135. JulieVR
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  136. Daisy
    September 1, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I just made a small batch of your skillet granola and it was so quick and delicious! I added fresh blueberries on top and had it with milk. Would probably taste even better with a cast iron skillet 🙂

    The best thing I ate this summer was a watermelon salad that my sister made. And every meal we had while camping – for some reason everything tastes better while camping!

  137. Aimee @ Simple Bites
    September 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Love this! I’m going to add it to my weekend link love.

    Last night was a leftover/clean-out-the fridge stirfry that was so satisfying and the boys devoured (not a normal occurrence around here).

    New favorite recipe? Prpbaby a simple fish cake from my Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook. Chopped tilapia, olives & capers, mayo breadcrumbs, then fried and baked. Served with homemade mayonnaise a-la this vlog:

  138. Deborah
    September 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Julie,

    I think you’ve already done the draw, but I wanted to share anyways.

    The best thing I made this summer was a sour cherry pie with the cherries off the tree in my front yard. I’m not a gardener, but this inspired me to maybe try a small vegetable garden next summer. My pie was amazing!

    Keep up the great work!

  139. Angie
    September 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I made an oven ratatouille that was fresh, easy and delicious. I looked at several ratatouille recipes, because of my eggplant from the CSA and tons of zucchini, herbs and tomatoes from my garden, and Maryana Vollstedt’s ratatouille recipe was the easiest to prepare and very delicious. I have four little girls (2 are picky eaters) so a big pot of pasta served a long side the ratatouille seemed to satisfy everyone.

  140. christina
    September 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Due to my son’s multiple food allergies, I have to make all of our own granola- cross contamination issue- anyhoo- I usually make it in the oven, in large batches (as you mention in your post)….. I just tried your recipe and POOF its awesome! I used gluten-free oats from Bob’s Red Mill, sesame & sunflower seeds, a dash of coconut, raisins and chopped dried figs- delish! I too LOVE my cast iron and make all my quick jams in it, so why not granola- GENIUS!

  141. Amy B.
    September 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    The basil blackberry crumble from Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Delicious! Thank you for the giveaway! I have been wanting a cast iron skillet but haven’t sought one out yet.

  142. Sara
    September 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    We just moved to Tennessee, and the peaches here have been so delicious! We have been eating them by the dozen and making lots of peach cobbler.

  143. Hettar7
    September 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Just made the granola this afternoon. It was very easy and tasty. It’s cooling now. Can’t wait to have it for breakfast tomorrow. I’m excited to have a recipe for a small amount of granola. I commented earlier, but I just wanted to let you know how the recipe came out.

  144. Rachel
    September 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    After getting my hands on mounds and mounds of free pears from my step-father-law’s pear tree this past weekend (ahhh how lucky!!), I proceeded to make a pear custard pie which is close to the best tasting pie I have ever had in my life!

    I just got my first cast iron skillet for my birthday this summer and I am completely in love!! I would love to own another! Thanks for the giveaway!

  145. Amanda
    September 8, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Hmmmm… I think the best thing I’ve made this summer was fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie. Sooooo crusty melt-in-your-mouth, sweet and tart deliciousness. Yum!

  146. Sandra
    September 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I made an incredibly wonderful fish recipe recently called Spanish Fish. The fish is cooked in a sauce containing of olive oil, smoked paprika, and lots of crushed garlic. I served it over basmati rice. Wow was it good. Another awesome summertime treat was when my sister brought be a baggie of wild mushrooms: chanterelles, bolete, and hawk wings. After sauteeing them, I made a quinoa pilaf.

    I’m a HUGE fan of cast iron and have been blessed to receive a few pieces from my father. What I wish for most right now is a large, deep skillet, like the one in the picture!!!

  147. rachel
    September 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

    we have been making lots of asian food and loving it all. We also love granola so I’ll be trying this out.

  148. Lora Lynn
    September 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    We have a friend who is a chef who cooks for us on Monday nights. He made a tarragon cream sauce to go over chicken that literally made me cry. Yum, yum, yum.

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    That looks and sounds awesome. I have a friend who has been looking for just such a recipe, thanks!

    This summer I has the best and yummiest pasta sauce at my Mum’s house, made with a packet of herbs and spices from Italy. I’ve also made yummy crisps with fresh fruit, I’ve roasted veggies, and made the usual homemade bread. Summer went fast, but at least it tasted good 😀

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    Just made this with flax seed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, unsweetened coconut, golden raisins, dried cranberries and almonds. Absolutely fantastic!!

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