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.