J fell in love with the granola at Turtle Bay when we visited Hawaii. A recent note from the general manager reminded me to try to get the recipe because while travelling to Honolulu every time J wants the granola sounds lovely, that is absolutely not going to happen. Luckily for me, Danna is super nice and got me in touch with Ceci in the Food and Beverage Department. Ceci sent the ingredients and from there I was able to cobble together the recipe below.
3 cup oats (we used Quaker)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sesame seeds (we went with the ones from the bulk food section)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
about 3 cups tropical fruit trail mix (We used HyVee brand with papaya, pineapple, coconut, raisins and bananas, but left out the bananas)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the oats and nuts. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and honey. Combine both mixtures and pour onto a sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color and keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom (you may want to consider spraying the pan with your favorite cooking spray, just in case).
Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add fruit and mix until evenly distributed.
Somehow I was more obsessed with the fresh fruit in Hawaii and missed this granola completely, but it is amazing. Good with milk as a cereal, good on yogurt, ice cream and just out of the container.
I’m a recent convert to the deliciousness that is asparagus. I recently had the grilled asparagus at the Drunken Fish in St. Louis’ Central West End. They were delicious! I also figured they couldn’t be that hard to recreate. So when I saw a miso, wasabi and ginger salad dressing at the local grocery, I knew I had to try it. Luckily, this dish was slightly better than the one at the Drunken Fish.
Bundle of asparagus (about 8-12 spears is a serving)
1-2 tablespoons miso, wasabi and ginger salad dressing
Heat grill. Coat asparagus in dressing and let marinate while the grill is heating up. Toss on grill. Flip after about 2 minutes. Do this about 3 times for crisper spears, longer cooking for less crunchy. Remove from grill and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
This might be my new favorite side dish. The wasabi adds that tiny bit of heat that was missing from the original dish.