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Cooking with Susie Q ~ Week of November 11, 2019

I think many of us may need to slow down, take a look around, and decide what’s really important. Is it the big gift? The big tree? Or maybe it is the family that we surround ourselves with or the friends we have made who are part of our family. Enjoy the food, enjoy friends and enjoy your family. Enjoy the Season! 

 Carmel Snack Mix (great for gifts or sharing)

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup white corn syrup

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup almonds  (you can use any combination of your favorite nuts)

1 (12 ounce) package crispy corn and rice cereal

Directions: Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Spray a large roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium-size microwave safe bowl, mix butter, white corn syrup and brown sugar. Place the mixture in the microwave and cook 2 minutes, or until butter melts. 

Place the cereal, pecans and almonds into the prepared roasting pan. Pour the melted butter mixture over the cereal and nuts and mix gently until the cereal and nuts are coated. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. As the snack mix is cooling, be sure to continue to stir so that the mix will not harden in one big lump. 

White Chocolate Snack Mix

1 (10 ounce) package mini twist pretzels

5 cups toasted oat cereal

5 cups crispy corn cereal squares

2 cups salted peanuts

1 (14 ounce) package candy-coated milk chocolate pieces

2 (11 ounce) packages white chocolate chips

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions: Line 3 baking sheets with waxed paper or parchment. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine mini pretzels, toasted oat cereal, crispy corn cereal squares, salted peanuts, and candy-coated chocolate pieces. Set aside. 

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chips and oil on medium-high for 2 minutes, stirring once. Microwave on high for 10 seconds; stir until smooth. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well. Spread onto prepared baking sheets. Cool; break apart. Store in an airtight container. 

Do you have any requests? Is there a recipe you have been looking for or remember from your younger years? Can I help you find it? Do you have any recipes that are special to you that you could share with us? Please contact me at susieqcooking@ainop.com or c/o Pioneer Times, P.O. Box 456, Houlton, Maine 04730.

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