Friday, February 26, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Dazed and Confused

Let me tell you this.  The older you do get the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin' man.  L-I-V-I-N.

Wooderson knew his stuff, man.  S-T-U-F-F.

There are high school movies.  And there's Dazed and Confused.  Director/Producer Richard Linklater (Waking Life, School of Rock, A Scanner Darkly) took a coming-of-age film, planted it in the 70's and turned it into a cinematic rite of passage. 

The cast (Ben Affleck is great as O'Bannion, the paddle-happy Senior whose calling in life is to instill fear in the backside of every Freshman boy), the soundtrack, the desperate measures taken to zip up high-waisted jeans...they come together to create a smart, funny flick.

It's only appropriate that we put together something easy.  Laid back.  Crunchy.

Homemade Granola! (thanks again, Alton Brown.)

Here's what you'll need:

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashews
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut and brown sugar.


Do you know how difficult it is to pose bagged items for a food family portrait?  I spent entirely too much time trying to get them to cooperate.  I should start buying everything in boxes or canisters.  Or just trust that you know what these basic ingredients are and not worry myself into an ulcer.

In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup, oil and salt.


Now that's what I'm talking about.  That's how food items should pose.  You can tell the syrup, oil and salt are boys.  Or colleagues.

Pour the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and give it a good toss.


Pour the granola out onto a large sheet pan and spread it out evenly.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes so that it browns evenly. 

Your kitchen should smell like heaven at this point.

Remove the pan from the oven and pour the granola into a large bowl.  Add the raisins and mix well.


Store in an airtight container.  After you've poured yourself a bowl.

Yowza.  This stuff is goooooood.

You will never want to buy boxed cereal EVER again.

Plain, with milk, sprinkled over Greek yogurt.  Take your pick.

Easy.  Summer breeze-y.  Like Seals and Croft.

Now me and my loser friends are gonna head out to buy Aerosmith tickets. Top priority of the summer.


  1. Slow baaaake. Take it eaaaas-ay. We'll never buy cereal again. I'm thinking that the syrup, oil and salt are definitely colleagues. morton's appears too feminine to be a boy.

  2. "Say man, you got a granola bar?"
    "It'd be a lot cooler if you did."

    You guys know that Steven Tyler is currently suing Aerosmith for looking for a replacement singer?

    My how times change.

  3. Homemade granola? You are hardcore. YUM!

  4. Hi Ali, thanks for checking out my new little blog! I love beer and baking too! Also, you have definitely inspired me to bake some granola this weekend, haven't done that since high school! I love your blog, it's great!

  5. Good stuff, Ali! Coincidentally, I tried my hand at making my own low-cal, high-protein granola; a sort of cobbled-together recipe from a few I'd seen on the internet, and I used many of the ingredients from Bear Naked's Peak Protein granola. I used almond oil instead of canola, dried cranberries instead of raisins, agave nectar instead of maple syrup, no added sugar, and I added vanilla, cinnamon, textured vegetable protein, wheat germ, almond slivers, sunflower kernals, and whey protein powder.

    Turned out well, and is a pretty good energy snack for before/after the gym.

  6. Jon, that sounds ridiculously yummy. I'm glad you listed the ingredients you used because I'm interested in making a healthier version, now that I've familiarized myself with homemade granola.

  7. Dazed & Confused is the best!

    I love high school girls. I get older, they stay the same age.

    BTW, I'm in the middle of going back to read your old posts.

  8. I like how you used Mortons salt. I love Morton's salt it's super yummy.