Entries Tagged as 'alpana'

Homemade Granola

February 23rd, 2010 · 13 Comments

A while ago Alpana recommended to me Alton Brown’s recipe for homemade granola. I got around to making it and I might never buy granola in the store again! It’s so delicious. Not overly sweet, a a slight taste of saltiness, crunchy and completely customizable. And so easy to make. I’ve been eating it on my Greek yogurt every morning. I’ve heard it’s also good as a snack by itself or as an ice cream topping!

Alton Brown’s Granola
From: Food Network

Cook Time:1 hr 15 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 6 servings

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds (I used whatever nuts I had in the cupboard – pecans, almonds, pine nuts & walnuts)
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 oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins (I used a mixture of raisins, golden raisins and dried cranberries)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

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

In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

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Crack Onion Dip

August 28th, 2009 · 4 Comments


Alpana posted the recipe for this onion dip on her blog in the spring of this year. She said that the dip was so addictive it deserved to be called “Crack Onion Dip.” Of course I needed to try it out. I’ve made it at barbecues a few times over the summer and no one can ever stop eating it. My new go-to dip.

Crack Onion Dip

2 large yellow onions
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup good mayonnaise

Cut the onions in half and then slice them into 1/8-inch thick half-rounds. (You will have about 3 cups of onions.) Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cayenne, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 more minutes until the onions are browned and caramelized. Allow the onions to cool.

Place the cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth. Add the onions and mix well. Taste for seasonings.

Serve at room temperature.

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Warming the House

May 18th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Killian gave us these awesome aprons for a housewarming gift.

Killian watching the Cubs game.

Eric is our friend and Realtor and hadn’t seen our place since we purchased it.

Out on the deck: Sophia, Dallas, Cousin, Megan, Kristin, Chris, Paul, Kate, Alden, Jess, Scott, Trent, Ed, Eric

Paul & Alden, chillin’

Cousin & Dallas

Trent & Ed

Ed & Eric

Kate, Megan, Sophia, Scott, Paul

Dallas & Sophia

Jess & Rachelle, greeeeeen

Jen & Chris

Quinn & Kristin

Alpana, Charles, Alden

The apron went back on at about 1 a.m.

Finally, six months after we moved in, Dallas and I had a housewarming party. We had between 25 and 30 friends over for tons of food and drinks. Some people came over in the early afternoon to watch parts of the Cubs game with us. After that we spent lots of time on our deck above our garage because it was a gorgeous sunny day. When it got too cool we headed inside. There was a short round of Rock Band. Others started a card game that lasted well into the morning hours.

Thank you to everyone for helping us celebrate our new home. We are thankful for having such great, fun, generous friends and for being able to spend time with you all.

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