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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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Baklava Granola: A breakfast dessert you can feel good about


Photo By: Blanche Shaheen/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Blanche Shaheen/Special To The Town Crier Baklava nuts, spices and sweets bring dessert flavor to a wholesome breakfast staple.

I make no secret of my sweet tooth. When my mother would make baklava, a popular dessert in Middle Eastern households, she knew I could scarf down a couple of pieces with coffee for breakfast during high school.

My metabolism has slowed over the years, however, and I just can’t get away with that anymore. I have been on a mission to transform some of my favorite desserts like baklava into healthful breakfast foods. I figure that if I eat my treat at breakfast, I can burn it off the rest of the day. Hence the birth of my recipe for Baklava Granola.

Granola often gets a bad rap – many store-bought varieties contain too much saturated fat, sugar and/or high-fructose corn syrup. Instead of saturated fat from butter or hydrogenated oils, my Baklava Granola features a nutritious dose of good fats from nuts and coconut oil. Coconut oil contains approximately 50 percent lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that boasts antiviral and antimicrobial properties, not to mention a fragrant smell and tropical flavor. Substitute any kind of nut or seed butter for the almond butter, which creates a rich binding agent for the oats.

My baklava is not as sweet as the store-bought options. Instead of adding a cup of sugar like many traditional recipes, I use a smaller amount of antioxidant-rich honey or maple syrup. Baklava is traditionally sweetened with honey, but substitute part or all of it with maple syrup if you prefer.

Pistachios, cinnamon and cloves round out the baklava flavor. I usually sprinkle Baklava Granola over a mixture of Greek yogurt and berries. My children prefer it as a more traditional breakfast cereal with milk.

I find that this recipe gives me much more sustained energy for my morning runs without the sugar rush of traditional baklava.

For a video tutorial on making Baklava Granola, visit this article online at losaltosonline.com.

Blanche Shaheen is a food blogger and journalist who lives in Los Altos. She is writing a Middle Eastern cookbook that shares heirloom recipes, cooking tips and family stories. For more recipes, visit feastinthemiddleeast.com.

Baklava Granola

• 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

• 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped

• 1/2 cup pecans

• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)

• 1/4 cup almond butter

• 1/3 cup maple syrup or raw honey

• 2 tablespoons coconut oil

 

Preheat oven to 250 F. In large mixing bowl, stir together first six ingredients and set aside. In small saucepan, stir together almond butter, maple syrup or honey and coconut oil over low heat. Once mixture is smooth, pour over dry ingredients in mixing bowl and stir until well incorporated.

Spoon granola mixture evenly on large cookie sheet and bake 45 minutes. Remove granola from oven and stir carefully to ensure even browning. Return to oven for another 45 minutes.

Cool before serving. Store granola in a container for up to two weeks.

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