RECIPE: Curtis Stone’s Giftable Granola

12/16/2015 at 04:25 PM ET

Curtis Stone - Giftable Granola
Quentin Bacon; Inset: REX/Shutterstock

Curtis Stone’s Giftable Granola
Makes 7 cups
½ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup (packed) golden brown sugar
¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
1 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1 cup whole almonds
Nonstick cooking spray
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup golden raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small heavy saucepan, stir maple syrup, brown sugar, butter, orange zest, cinnamon, and cloves over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a simmer.

2. In a large bowl, toss oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds with syrup mixture to coat. Spray a heavy large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Transfer oat mixture to baking sheet, forming an even layer.

3. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until mixture is dry. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Continue baking for 10 minutes, or until granola darkens slightly. At this point, granola will still be soft, but becomes crunchy when cool. Cool granola completely.

4. Break granola into pieces and store in an airtight container.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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