This granola needs really only two reasons to justify its making. One, Ina Garten makes is, which in itself should be enough cause for absolutely anything. Ina Garten jumped off a bridge today? Oh no, she just used enough butter in the span of two hours to necessitate a defibrillator. Well that must be okay then. Where’s the butter?
The second, and perhaps more subtle reason for making granola is that, yes it’s granola. Which falls under the cereal family and if there is one family of food that transcends just one meal—i.e. breakfast—it’s cereal. Cereal is high up on my list of favorites, not outpacing bacon, but coming close. Cereal is really good any time of the day, whether it be a designated mealtime or simply a loosely defined snack time. Cereal is good eaten dry—a contested fact but it’s true, I promise—with milk, with chocolate milk, by the handful, without and silverware. Cereal is good from Ziploc bags, from the box, and from the common bowl. And while I’ll through down and defend Fruit Loops, Captain Crunch, POPS, and Honey Bunches of Oats anytime (the list goes on and includes, of course, Cocoa Puffs, Cheerios, Chex, Lucky Charms, High Fiber Fish Food, Alphabits, French Toast Crunch…), the ultimate cousin of cereal, Granola, is a worthy challenger.
Granola, in context of Berkeley, CA, is the stuff that rains down from the sky and is invariably organic, made with locally-sourced ingredients, and homemade. Stereotypes abound, yes, I make my own granola. And it’s delicious, none of that mass-produced Bear Naked stuff with a white powdery covering and taste. Nutty and toasty, homemade granola can be filling, sweet, salty, and crunchy all at the same time. To lessen the latte-drinking, flannel, and Prius associations, comes Ina Garten to the rescue. Because her granola can go uncontested. Not only is it granola, it’s Ina Garten’s. So by definition, it’s good anytime of the day because it’s a cereal, and it’s just plain delicious because Ina Garten says so.
But yes, sometimes, I do throw it in the air. (Reminiscent of the true Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.)
Recipe on the following page.