Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Home Cooking - Smells Like the Holidays

The wafting scent of turkey soup followed me from the house to Tom Thumb this morning, apparently a "seller" there as well, the lady ahead of me in the check-out had purchased a quart of theirs.   The air was heavy with the same aroma that permeated my own home, having simmered our turkey carcass for most of Sunday evening.  I'm a turkey soup traditionalist - a must have at the holidays when an easy home meal is desired.  It's such a waste not to squeeze the most out of the deliciousness of Thanksgiving, and the flavor delivers on the promise of the odor. 

Also today I'm making a batch of my Grade A Snack Mix to send to a few of the boys in the Class of 2009 - a week ago or so we (The Moms) had a meeting to pack 29 finals study-aid boxes to ship to our freshmen.  There were a few boys who did not have a mom to represent them at the party, so I'm making an extra batch of my treat to send them for their finals and including notes from some of their old teachers within.

So much holiday goodness comes to us through our sense of smell, and while there are many, many good turkey soup recipes out there, there is only ONE Grade A Snack Mix recipe to make your home smell delicious.  And it makes a terrific holiday gift for friends, neighbors or hostesses.

1 stick (8 TBL) butter
4 TBL Worcestershire sauce
3 TBL Sevy seasoning
2 tsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. Garlic powder
1 tsp. Onion powder
1 tsp. Cumin
8-10 shakes (1/2 - 1 tsp?) Tabasco (depends on how much heat you prefer)
3 generous cups Corn Mix cereal
3 generous cups Rice Mix cereal
3 generous cups Wheat Mix cereal
1 1/2 cups pretzel sticks
1 1/2 cups peanuts (optional - you can also substitute Cheez-Its for non-nut eaters)

Heat oven to 275 degrees, put butter on sheet tray and let melt.  Add Worcestershire, Tabasco and seasonings to butter on sheet tray, stir for a few minutes and allow salts to dissolve.  Spread butter mix evenly over sheet tray.  In bowl, mix remaining ingredients and pour over butter mixture.  Stir delicately to coat all with butter mixture.  Place in oven, stir and turn mixture every 20-30 minutes for about 90 minutes to 2 hours - coated cereal should be crunchy, not soggy.

One batch makes approximately 7 zip-lock sandwich bags full of mix.

1 comment:

Kelly @ EvilShenanigans said...

Snack mix is so handy to have during the holidays. Guests drop by with no notice? If you have snack mix you're prepared! That and a good stash of cookies in the freezer and you can manage just about anything as far as guests!