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Posted on: March 8, 2007

Finally finished Crunchy Cons. I had a few quotes in the book marked for blogging… unfortunately Brendan pulled out my sticky notes! So, I guess you guys will just have to read it for yourselves. Overall I do recommend it, although it’s not perfect. It’s a very motivating book for those of us who have crunchy ideals, but don’t really do much about them.

Then I read a review from a magazine that Chad gets called First Things. The article, called “Hold the Granola” (lol), it makes a couple good points:

“Dreher develops his case primarily through recounting the lives of people who in a variety of ways manifest the crunchy-con sensibility. This makes for a book rather longer than it need be,” I had to skip some parts because I thought it was dragging on.

“The most important issue, however, lies in the way the book’s discussion of the family as the mission-minded intersects with religion.” His point is that family shouldn’t be the #1 deciding factor in everything, but rather God/Jesus.

“There is much that strikes me as on-target in Crunchy Cons, along with a good bit that strikes me as misguided or ill informed, but where the book goes awry has less to do with substance than with tone.” I do agree that Dreher is extreme in his criticism of non-Crunchies (mainly through the quotes he uses from those people who’s lives he recounts), but honestly the tone of the reviewer himself bothered me a lot more.

Speaking of Granola… here’s a yummy recipe for you!

from More-With-Less Cookbook
Basic Dry Cereal Formula

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Combine in large bowl: 7 cups dry ingredients, including:
at least 2-3 cups rolled oats, plus other grains and nuts as desired:
wheat germ
whole wheat flour
wheat bran
wheat grits
soy flour, grits or roasted beans
grape nuts
sunflower seeds
sesame seeds
pumpkin seeds, roasted
fresh grated or dried coconut
dry milk solids
chopped nuts
spices– cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
Combine seperately and pour over dry ingredients:
1 cup liquids, including as desired:
brown sugar (use 2T. water with 1/2 cup sugar)
melted butter
melted margarine
peanut butter
milk or cream
Bake in large greased baking pans 30-60 minutes, stirring often. Do not overbrown. Crunchiness depends on proportions and baking time. For a chunkier cereal, allow to cool undisturbed, then break into pieces.
Add when cool, as desired:
chopped dates
dried apples
other fruits

I made it last night and it turned out great! I used 3 1/2 cups oats, 1 cups pecans, 1 cup soy nuts, 1 cup puffed rice, 1/2-1 c (don’t remember) 9 grain cereal, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup half-and-half (yeah that’s more liquid than it asks for– I think it needs it), and dried cranberries.


1 Response to "Review"

This is a great recipe! Can’t go wrong.

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