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Chex Mix

So, usually when it comes to Chex Mix, I go with the traditional recipe from the back of the box – the old stand by.  And I do still love it.  But since I think like a food blogger and not a normal person, I decided to see what else was out there in the way of riffs on Chex Mix.  I must be feeling rebellious today.  This version is spiced up with cayenne pepper and curry powder and it’s definitely an edgier, more daring flavor combo, but what can I say … I’m an edgy kinda gal.

Not really.  I’m not edgy at all.  I’ll add “get edgy” to the lengthy list of self improvements I should make in the new year.

If you’re already feeling edgy and you’re into rocking the traditional Chex Mix boat, whip up a batch of this yummy stuff in time for entertaining folks this weekend.  :-)

Merry, merry!

CURRIED PARTY MIX
Makes about 12 cups
SOURCE:  epicurious.com

6 cups mixed Chex cereals (rice, whole-grain, and corn; Chex Cereals are on sale)
1 1/2 cups sesame sticks
1 1/2 cups small thin pretzels
1 cup pecans (Pecan halves are on sale)
1 cup roasted peanuts
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter (Land o’ Lakes Butter is on sale)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons curry powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 250°F.

In a large roasting pan toss together cereals, sesame sticks, pretzels, and nuts. In a small saucepan melt butter with soy sauce over moderately low heat and whisk in curry powder, sugar, cayenne, and salt. Drizzle butter mixture over cereal and toss well.  Bake mixture 1 hour, stirring well every 15 minutes or so.  Transfer mixture to a bowl to cool completely. Party mix keeps in an airtight container 1 month (not that it’ll last that long).  :-)

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Leah Damron is an avid home cook who believes in using the freshest ingredients available, and she challenges herself weekly to create meals out of (mostly!) sale items. If Sendik's ever gave a title for "Biggest Fan", she believes she would win, hands down. Leah lives in greater Milwaukee with her husband, three children, and her big black lab, Daisy."

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