But first, let’s talk about baseball. What a World Series, huh?! Unlike football, which I only watch for the Herbstreit sightings, I actually like baseball for its own sake. I think the World Series is very exciting, and even when I don’t care which team wins (as was the case this year), I like to pick one anyway so I can be either jubilant or heartbroken at the end. Sadly, I pledged my allegiance to the Rangers this year. My heart bleeds for you, Ron Washington! Don’t let this setback dampen your endearing dugout enthusiasm!
The World Series requires snack mix, of course. And while you can certainly pick up some standard snack mix at your nearest Git N’ Go (or comparable establishment), I think it’s fun to customize your own with your fave flavors.
The original recipe for Chex mix, as you may know, involves Chex, pretzels, nuts, bagel chips, Worcestershire sauce, butter, and a couple other dry seasonings. But you can color outside the lines and go without a recipe, as long as you retain four basic elements:
- 1) 10-12 cups crunchy stuff, the bulk of which should be Chex or its cheap-o generic equivalent
- 2) about 8 tablespoons flavorful liquid ingredients, at least half of which should be fat (melted butter is highly recommended)
- 3) about 3 teaspoons dry seasonings
- 4) baking at a low temperature (I go with 250) on a large sheet pan, stirring every 15 minutes until it’s as brown as you’d like
For example, here’s what went into my “Game Six Chex Mix” (actually consumed during Game 7, but I like rhyming recipe titles):
- 8 c. Chex
- 2 c. rye bagel chips
- 1 c. dry-roasted peanuts
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp melted peanut butter
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp ground ginger
I melted the butter and peanut butter together in the microwave first, and then whisked in the tamari, vinegar, and dry seasonings. Then I poured that whole concoction over the crunchy ingredients in a big mixing bowl, tossed it all together, and baked it on a sheet pan at 250 for 30 minutes, stirring once. Easy-peasy, huh? Try perfecting your own combo some time soon, so you’ll be ready for Opening Day next spring.
This week I’ll be subbing as an elementary school secretary, interviewing for another job, and trying really, really hard to stick to a training plan for a 10K I’m doing with a couple of friends in 3 weeks. I hope you all have good stuff going on as well–see you again next week!