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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Food gift idea:little orange squares.

Oh the Cheez-it. 
 I love Cheez-its.
 I love them even more wrapped up in a neat little goody bag.
     Food gifts are the best and nobody rocks some food gifts like my mother-in-law. She was a teacher for a bunch of years and probably received a wide variety of holiday gifts. And some of them were probably food related,some good and maybe some not so good.Oh bless that child's heart... they meant well.
      Well one of the recipes in her food gift recipe file is already legendary in my house( she also makes amazing fudge,more on that later) and she even makes them for me every now and then. It doesn't even have to be a holiday,thank goodness.I don't know how I've lived this long without this fantastic,dry-ranch-dressing coated, cheezy-oh-so-cheezy little square of salted and perforated cheezy goodness.      
        That many adjectives they must be good.

    I will share this recipe with you only on TWO conditions: 1. Please make at least one batch of these for your friends this holiday season. You'll be coolest kid on the block,no lie. 2. Before you make at least one batch for your friends,make a "run-through" batch for yourself . Remember to pace yourself when taste-testing this goodie. Enjoy!

Cheese Nips 
(you can make up your own name if you want.)
makes 1 and 1/2 gallon ziploc bags
1 1lb box of cheezits or cheese nips.
**I couldn't find that size box so I used two like 13-ounce boxes.It made quite a bit,but the dressing amount will cover all of it and be enough.**
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 pkg dry Original Ranch Dressing Mix
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1. Pour cheese nips in a large mixing bowl. In a medium bowl whisk together the rest of the ingredients. Then pour the dressing mixture all over the cheese nips. Toss to evenly coat the crackers. Spread out in a single layer on baking sheets. Let marinate at least 2 hours up to 8 hours,stirring occasionally. Then store in gallon ziploc bags,tossing occasionally to coat even better.
*These are better with time,so make them at least the night before you package them or give them out.*

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