Month: May 2011
Spanish Plaza, New Orleans, LA
I love granola. But, I am particular, so I made up my own. If you favor crunchy, simple deliciousness, then you must give this recipe a try. Feel free to substitute any nuts you may have on hand. Same goes for the raisins, any dried fruit will do. I’ve sprinkled mine on plain yogurt (Atlanta Fresh is the best!), strawberries, and drizzled with some local honey. Now for breakfast, I feel like I am treating myself to dessert!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- ¼ cup flax seed
- 1/2 cup shredded sweet coconut
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup canola/vegetable oil
- 1 cup raisins
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. Combine both mixtures and pour onto sheet pan. 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. Store in an airtight container.
1 TBSP Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP red wine
4 basil leaves, chopped
Medium ball of fresh mozzarella, cubed
Balsamic Glaze, for garnish
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add garlic and sauté until golden. Add tomatoes and sprinkle with salt. Stir. Gradually add balsamic vinegar and red wine. Lower heat, toss in chopped basil. Plate serving of salted fettuccine. Top with cubed mozzarella, and cover with sauce mixture. Heat from sauce will warm the cheese. Garnish with balsamic glaze and fresh basil. Enjoy!
I purchased this storage cabinet years ago, when my tastes were entirely different. Years of moving, and a little help from my dog Rocco, left it in desperate need of some reconditioning. After a light sanding and a coat of primer, it already started to look better. I chose Martha Stewart’s Aegean Blue and some adorable red and coral pulls from Anthropologie. Reimagine, success!
1 package of imitation crabmeat, shredded
2 TBSP mayonnaise
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1/8 onion, finely chopped
1 tsp cider vinegar
Celery salt, salt and pepper to taste
~Mix all ingredients together. Serve with crackers.
This is a simple snack, and relatively healthy. The crab is low in fat and high in protein. I use olive oil mayonnaise to reduce calories. Enjoy!