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Easy Holiday Food Gifts

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Chocolate Truffles for Holiday Food GiftsFood gifts are always welcome, but even more so during the holiday season.  Every year the holidays arrive faster and faster.  No matter how I try, there is no way to slow them down.  When I was a little girl, time could not go by fast enough.  Now that I am no longer a little girl, it goes all too fast.

Many of us, including me, have people on our gift list that we want to remember. There is no better way to let someone know you appreciate them or what they do than with food gifts you make.  So I drew together a list of quick to make and wonderful to receive gifts that are not cookies.  Don’t get me wrong, I love making and giving cookies, but they can be time-consuming if you work or are just busy. Continue reading

Hot Curried Party Mix

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2017. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Finished PhotoOk, so Hot Curried Party Mix isn’t a pastry, but you do bake it.  This is a quick snack for anytime but well suited for News Years Eve and the Super Bowl.  (I know I am a little early. – just saying’)

I wonder how many “party mixes” have been concocted since someone first thought of them. Almost anything snacky can be combined and held together with some kind of a binder. The greatest thing about these is how easy they are to prepare. Be sure to make this Hot Curried Party Mix a minimum of one day ahead – a week is better. Stored in an airtight container, this will last a month, if you can keep out of it.

The amount of cayenne pepper in this makes a very zippy snack. If you prefer a milder version, cut the amount by half.

5 cups Chex cereal (rice or corn work the best)
2 1/2 cups mini pretzels
2 cups roasted peanuts (8 ounces)
1 1/4 cups chow mein noodles
4 tablespoons butter melted
1 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with a non stick spray.

Combine the cereal, pretzels, peanuts and noodles in a large bowl.

Whisk the butter, soy sauce, curry powder, cayenne, mustard, salt and honey together. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix together very well. I use a gloved hand to do this as it is pretty sticky. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

Yield: Approximately 1 1/4 pounds which doesn’t sound like a lot but is.  I doubled it once and hardly had a bowl big enough to hold it all.