Taste of Home

I recently stumbled across the saying “Cooking is love made visible”, and it fits perfectly with how I’ve been feeling lately. While Labor Day weekend isn’t normally a time I spend in the kitchen, that wasn’t the case this year. After working abroad for a lengthy period of time, my daughter will soon be back in the states. I just can’t wait to greet her with a taste of home!

A Taste of Home: Chef Carrie's Granola
A family favorite that is easily shared to spread the love!

All she wants is American food, and all I want is to share with her the foods that make life so special and carry with them that unique feeling of home. I love to tease her about some of her favorites. Generally speaking, that’s anything that involves carbohydrates. But I am more than ready for her: I’ve made scones, malted chocolate chip cookies, olive oil granola, and her favorite banana-chocolate-walnut coffee cake.

I am so excited to have her home and can’t quite believe that she will soon be in the kitchen just hanging out. And I get to show her this affection by preparing these favorite recipes and dishes. I hope you all get equal opportunities to be both the cook and receiver in this lovely exchange of what makes life so special. Below is one of our favorite granola recipes. It’s bursting with the flavors of fall (but is also customizable for your favorite tastes) and makes a great gift to share with friends & family.


Chef Carrie’s Granola

6 cups rolled oats
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
2 cups raw sunflower seeds
2 cups coconut chips or shreds
3 cups pecan pieces
1½ cups DLM 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1 cup DLM Pure Olive Oil
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix everything together in a large bowl. Spread granola in an even layer on two rimmed sheet pans. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until granola is well toasted. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Variations
Add dried blueberries

Replace dried blueberries and pecans with:
pistachios & dried cherries
sliced almonds & currants
macadamia nuts & dried mango
chocolate chunks & walnuts

Notes
This recipe can be easily divided in half.
Store in an air-tight container.
For longer shelf life, add the dried fruit per serving.
Try as a topping for yogurt!