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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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