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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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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

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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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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