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Our Family Granola – “It Sticks Together”

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This is the Greatest Granola Recipe!
Our Family Granola is hearty and nutty,
with a little sweetness and lots of clusters!
Our Family Granola clusters

“…It sticks together.”

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup creamy unsalted almond butter
1/4 cup butter
4 1/2 -5  cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup unsalted almonds (raw or roasted), chopped coarse
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (raw or roasted)
(Additional 1/2 cup unsalted chopped nuts or seeds of choice: pecans/walnuts/chia seeds – OPTIONAL)
1 cup raisins

1/2 cup dried sweetened orange slices, chopped into pieces (or mango/cranberries/apricots)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line a baking sheet (approx. 9 x 13)* with parchment paper or foil & nonstick spray.
Melt butter, almond butter & honey over low heat, stirring to combine.  Remove from heat.
Whisk maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla & salt into a large bowl.
Whisk in oil.
Stir in butter/almond butter/honey blend.
Fold in all the oats and nuts one cup at a time until combined and coated.
Transfer oat mixture onto the baking sheet.
Spread evenly and compactly, pressing down mixture with a stuff metal spatula.*
Baking note

Bake 35-40 minutes until lightly toasted, rotating pan once halfway through.
Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 1 hour to set.
Break granola into pieces as desired.
Fold in dried fruit.

Give Our Family Granola a try and make it Your Family Granola, too!

Our Family Granola - 1 page recipe

I didn’t set out to make Our Family Granola a tribute to Trader Joe’s, but that’s
where I found many of the delicious products that went into this recipe.



EASY RECIPE: Homemade Hot Braised Shrimp

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Here is the ultimate flavor combination to create Hot Braised Shrimp at home, and it’s so easy! Also called Szechuan Shrimp, Hot Braised Shrimp is a delightful blend of shrimp, onion, garlic, ginger and spicy tomato flavors, stir fried to succulent perfection.
Recipe for Hot Braised Shrimprip

Having lived in Los Angeles for over thirty years, I have a short list of favorite Chinese restaurants I frequent according to the dishes I feel they each do best.  I know where to go when in the mood for everything from Chinese Chicken Salad (City Wok in Studio City) to Dim Sum (Ocean Seafood in Downtown LA), and I used to head directly to Ho Toys in Silver Lake/Los Feliz area for a big plate of Hot Braised Shrimp.  However, since Ho Toys closed years ago, I have searched in vain for a dish to compare with theirs – UNTIL NOW (pats self on back).

Please give this recipe a try yourself, and let me know what you think!



2 pounds shrimp (raw, peeled & deveined)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon ginger (finely chopped)
½ onion, diced
1 – 2 Tablespoons cooking oil

½ cup water
1 Tablespoon rice wine/sake
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1-2 teaspoons chili bean paste
4 -5 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons water mixed with 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Sauté onions in oil until tender, 5-10 minutes.
Add garlic & ginger and sautée 2-3 minutes.
Add shrimp and braise, 2 minutes.
Remove shrimp and set aside.

Combine all Sauce ingredients in pan.
Stir to thicken.
Add shrimp to finish cooking, approx. 2 minutes.

Serve with rice.

Hot Braised Shrimp over rice



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Eve’s “Super-Swirl” Whole Wheat Cinnamon Bread Recipe

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When you want Amazing Taste and Beautiful Presentation:
Please try my “Super Swirl” Whole Wheat Cinnamon Bread Recipe

This Cinnamon “Super Swirl” Bread gets its Super” status from extra layers of sweet & buttery cinnamon sugar filling throughout the loaf.
What a delicious difference

Here’s the recipe – PLEASE ENJOY!
Cinnamon Super Swirl Recipe