savory oyster crackers

savory oyster crackers

Happy New Year, HungryTexan-verse! We have a lot up our sleeves to keep your mouths watering and tummies full in 2013. Just in case you woke up this morning reaching for the holy trinity of manymanymany ounces of water, a gatorade, and a grande iced coffee; popping ibuprofen; and scarfing a Five Guys egg & cheese faster than a 10-second countdown to midnight, with the looming knowledge that in a few short hours you need to function like a human and put your best, “I-have-slain-my-hangover” foot forward at New Year’s Day festivities…here’s an easy breezy recipe for savory oyster crackers that all the guests at the party will love munching on! Here’s one of my Mimi’s delicious holiday staples that you’ll nom by the handful.

You’ll need:

1 & 1/2 bag of oyster crackers

1 package of ranch dressing mix

1 tsp garlic salt

2 tsp dill weed

1/2 cup of a neutral oil (I used canola)

Since reading might be a little much right now, here’s a picto-recipe & the captioned cliff notes.

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Combine oyster crackers & all seasonings in a large bowl. Once seasonings are evenly distributed, mix in 1/2 cup of oil. Start nibbling immediately.

Stay tuned for the full works on all the recipes you need for a traditional Texas New Year’s Day feast!

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white chocolate walnut fudge

white chocolate walnut fudge

Looking for a last minute holiday treat for your Christmas festivities? Whip up a batch of this super simple white chocolate walnut fudge and you’ll be a hit. You need 6 ingredients and just over 6 minutes (plus time for the fudge to chill), and you’ll have a delicious non-cookie, non-chocolate sweet treat that will easily travel and makes a great gift!

Ready, set, fudge!

1 1/2 bags white chocolate chips

1 can sweetened condensed milk

2 generous tsp of vanilla

1/4 tsp baking soda

a big pinch of salt

3/4 to 1 cup chopped walnuts (pecans would also be yum!)

white chocolate fudge steps

In a true (or makeshift!) double broiler, melt your chocolate chips. Stir continuously to facilitate the melting until the chips are all beginning to soften & get creamy. Add your sweetened condensed milk & vanilla. Keep stirring until it’s all melty, combined, delicious white goop and stir in your soda & salt. Once everything’s all mixed, remove your white-chocolate wonder from the heat & stir in your walnuts. Quickly pour into a parchment-lined pyrex & then chill. Once until the fudge is frigid and solid, cut into your desired sized pieces & enjoy!

Variation: You could easily use this same base for a peppermint bark! Substitute the walnuts for crushed peppermints or candy canes & swap 1 of the tsps of vanilla for a tsp of peppermint extract! Yum!