Classic Party Mix
It’s the holiday season. (Doubt I needed to tell you that fact.) This fact is making me crave favorite flavors and classic recipes. Anyone else with me on that?
I just so happened to be pulling out 26 years of Christmas tree ornaments while I was making a pot of homemade turkey-noodle soup. Homemade egg noodles are the epitomy of comfort for me. I have been making homemade noodles with family members on both sides of my family for as long as I can remember. It’s a prized method and it’s somewhat therapeutic to knead the dough, roll it out and dust the cut noodles with flour. As I was doing so this time, I told Paul that I could actually smell my Grandma’s house. The nostalgic property of food is most-likely be the bottom line of my obsession with it. There is no doubt that this time of year the nostalgia is heightened!
So back to my ornaments…my Christmas tree ornament collection might be my most prized possession. It’s long been a tradition in my family for everyone to exchange ornaments. I have years of ornaments from my parents, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, my sister and my nephews, and now my husband. They all represent hobbies, milestones, dates and interests. I realized that someone could tell a lot about who I am and what makes me, well, me just by looking at this collection. I can tell the story of my life through my ornaments Each year I look forward to giving away ornaments to the people that I love and I’m always anxious to see what I will add to my collection. It is one of the things that I would want to race to grab if our house was in flames. What is your most prized possession? What tradition do you most look forward to this time of year?
After sharing my classic chili, I wanted to share another ‘back to basics’ recipe that I crave this time of year, classic party mix (for some reason, I don’t really crave it any other time!) The salty, buttery flavors make me salivate just thinking about it. I got together with my mom and sister to make cookies for the food blogger cookie swap (post coming Monday!) and this was a must on our menu as well. We don’t do anything special with the recipe, just classic flavors and delicious holiday tradition.
Classic Party Mix
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
A classic recipe for Chex Party Mix.
3 cups rice chex
3 cups corn chex
3 cups wheat chex
2 cups mixed nuts
1 cup pretzels
12 Tbs. salted butter
4 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp. seasoned salt
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
Heat oven to 250°F. Add butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder to a large roasting pan. Heat in the oven until butter is melted. Stir to combine.
Slowly add the cereal mixture until well combined and coated.
Bake one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Spread in a single layer over paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Use any combination of cereal that you like; if you prefer to leave out the wheat chex, do so, just use 9 cups of cereal.
Recipe adapted from Chex
A few of my favorite ornaments: a boat that Paul made me (that’s a story for another post); a Starbucks cup; and a mixer, of course!