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Holiday Recipes

  1. Dec 11, 2005 #1
    My guess is none of you thought you'd ever see me asking if anyone on this forum has the recipe for something. Well, you were wrong. :rofl:

    Wondering if anyone has the recipe for the oyster cracker snack mix? I know it has dry Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and of course oyster crackers. That's all I know about it other than that they are INCREDIBLY good.
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    This is the REAL ORIGINAL recipe. I had to go dig up my 20 year old recipe file with the original cut out of a magazine, not a single version I found online was correct.

    3/4 cup salad oil
    1 pkg (1.0 oz) Hidden Valley Ranch Milk Recipe dry package (not the one you mix with buttermilk)
    1/2 tsp dill weed
    1/4 tsp lemon pepper
    1/4 tsp garlic powder (not garlic salt)
    12-16 oz plain oyster crackers

    (I use a large shallow roasting pan)

    Whisk together the first 5 ingredients. Pour over crackers, stirring to coat.

    Place on baking sheets (or shallow roasting pan) and bake at 275F for 15-20 minutes.

    Maked 11-12 cups.
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  4. Dec 11, 2005 #3
    Woooo Hooooooo!

    :smile: Evo you are such a dear! Thank you so very much! :!!)
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    You're very welcome, I love these!!!
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    I've never heard of those before, but they sure sound yummy! Now if only I had oyster crackers and dry ranch dressing around to make some. :rolleyes: Thanks for making me extra hungry (I just realized the cafeteria closes in 10 min, and it's going to be another 10 min before I have a long enough break to go get food :cry:).
  7. Dec 11, 2005 #6
    If you search the Archives using google, you'll find this thread cached:

    This method is superior because of it's simplicity.
  8. Dec 11, 2005 #7
    It seems I've started something. Are there any other tasty holiday treat recipes anyone wants to share?
  9. Dec 11, 2005 #8


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    So glad you asked, let me find my smoked almond pine cone recipe. :approve:

    This is sooooo yummy! And looks really cute!

    Almond Cheese Pinecone

    Serves/Yields: 16
    Category: Appetizers
    Difficulty: Easy

    1 1/4 cups almonds, whole
    1 package cream cheese -- (8 ounces)
    1/2 cup mayonnaise (Hellman's is best. DO NOT use Miracle Whip!)
    5 each bacon slices -- crisply cooked
    1 tablespoon green onion -- chopped
    1/2 teaspoon dill weed
    1/8 teaspoon pepper

    Spread almonds in single layer in shallow pan. Bake at 300 degrees, 15 minutes, stirring often, until almonds just begin to turn color. (I substitute smoked almonds and skip this step)

    Combine softened cream cheese and mayonnaise; mix well. Add bacon, onion, dill and pepper; mix well. Cover; chill overnight.

    Form cheese mixture into pinecone shape on serving platter. Beginning at narrow end, press almonds at slight angle into cheese mixture in rows. Continue overlapping rows until all cheese is covered. It will look like a pinecone. Garnish with artificial pine sprigs. (parsley is fine) Serve with crackers.

    Source: Blue Diamond Almonds
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2005
  10. Dec 11, 2005 #9


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    Tex-Mex dip

    (This is my favorite version of the layered dip) Please don't substitute some nasty avocado flavored dip for the guacamole layer. :mad:

    Tex-Mex Dip


    1 regular size can of Fritos brand Jalapeno bean dip
    2-3 med avocados, 1/4 lemon, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, salt & pepper (or 1 can frozen Calavos guacamole)
    1 8oz carton of sour cream (1 cup)
    1/2 cup Hellman's Mayonaise
    1 pkg taco seasoning (McCormick's or Lawry's works best)
    8 oz grated colby or cheddar cheese
    4-5 green onions (chopped)
    1-2 tomatoes chopped and seeded
    small can chopped or sliced black olives (optional)

    8"x8" serving dish

    1st layer: Spread one can jalepeno bean dip evenly over bottom of dish

    2nd layer: In separate bowl, mash together avocadoes, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper to taste (or use thawed guacamole) spread evenly over bean dip layer

    3rd layer: In separate bowl, mix the sour cream, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, and 1 package taco seasoning mix together. Spread evenly over guacamole layer.

    4th layer: Sprinkle chopped tomato, green onions and black olives evenly over top.

    5th layer: sprinkle with cheese, then bring it over to my house because I'm too lazy to make it and I really want some. :redface:

    Oh yeah, don't forget the chips. And as long as your coming over, bring some frozen margaritas.
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    All right, we need some special recipes for Christmas & New Year!! Come on guys, surely you have some favorites.
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    Here is a Secret Hot Wassail Recipe

    8 Quarts Apple Cider
    12 oz Orange Juice
    8 oz Pineapple Juice
    4 oz real lemon juice
    1/2 cup sugar
    3 cinnamon Sticks
    4 Whole Cloves

    Stir together the above ingredients. Simmer in a crockpot, or on the stove top. Makes 55 six ounce cups.
  13. Dec 11, 2005 #12
    I'm nearsighted from all this studying... I was certain you'd typed "crackpot".
  14. Dec 12, 2005 #13
    That would yeild 55 six ounce "cranks".
  15. Dec 12, 2005 #14
    Evo - That Wassail sounds good!

    "Then here's to the maid in the lily white smock
    Who tripped to the door and slipped back the lock
    Who tripped to the door and pulled back the pin
    For to let these jolly wassailers in.

    Wassail! wassail! all over the town,
    Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;
    Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
    With the wassailing bowl , we'll drink to thee!"

    /me takes a swig
  16. Dec 12, 2005 #15
    Sorry Evo, I'm the one asking for recipes because I'm totally uncreative when it comes to cooking. So I have nothing to add to this except what you've said in the above quote. :cry:

    They sound really good. Do you live close to me? :rofl:
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    I don't know, where do you live?

    Ok, here is another one of my favorites from when I was young.

    No cooking required, anyone can make these, you don't even need a kitchen.

    Rum Balls

    1 cup finely crushed Vanilla Wafers (Nilla Vanilla)

    1 cup confectioner's sugar

    1 1/2 cup chopped pecans

    2 Tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)

    2 Tbsp light corn syrup

    1/4 cup dark rum


    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

    Crush wafers into fine crumbs. In a large bowl, mix crumbs, confectioner's sugar, 1 1/2 c pecans & cocoa. Add corn syrup and rum and mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place on waxed paper so they don't stick before you coat them.

    Coating - Roll half of the balls in granulated sugar and the other half in chopped pecans. Makes 2 dozen.
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    No, just a talented amateur. But with the help of my mom, my roommate (who is a chef), and Food TV, I can fake it. :blushing:

    Well, I've lived 800 miles away from home cooking for the last 13 years, I spent most of that time single, and I have an Italian half that can't be happy without good food. My choices were to either learn to cook or wither away to nothing. What would you do? :tongue2:
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    Drop the pecans, make it 2 cups of rum, and I'm in! Serves one (for about an hour).
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