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Katie Lee Joel Whips Up Holiday Treats

DSC_7422 copy.jpgJust in time for the holidays, gorgeous cookbook author Katie Lee Joel hosted a festive Mix and Mingle event at the Betty Crocker Kitchens in Minneapolis, MN on December 2nd. At the event, Katie mixed and mingled with guests, announced Original Chex Party Mix as America's favorite recipe and discussed budget-friendly holiday entertaining.

Here are some of her awesome tips:
Q: What's the most important thing to keep in mind when entertaining for a variety of taste buds and ages?
Including your smallest guests in your gathering is so important - and fun!
It's nice to serve a snack that is a crowd pleaser for all ages. Cater to their varied tastes by offering foods with a variety of flavors. For instance, some friends may like a salty party mix while others prefer a sweeter version. If you are serving veggies, you could offer several dips like light ranch or spicy red pepper.

Q: What are some simple recipes for at home entertaining that will still impress guests?
The key is to keep things simple and casual so that you can relax and have fun.
I like to serve items that can be made ahead of time so that you don't feel rushed on the day of the party.

Chex Party Mix made with Chex cereal is the ideal make-ahead snack as it is easy. You can make it in the microwave in just 15 minutes, but your guests will be "wowed" by the great flavors of this homemade snack. Chex Party Mix offers many flavorful recipe options- so there is sure to be one to please everyone's taste buds.

Q: What are some creative and inexpensive host / hostess gift ideas for party guests?
I love to send guests home with a bag of goodies--fudge or Chex Party Mix are favorites as they keep well. As a dinner or weekend guest myself, I like to bring it as a gift in a pretty bag or a Mason jar with a homemade label. It's affordable and makes a big impression.

Thumbnail image for kj.jpgIf you'd like to order Katie Lee's book for the holidays then click here.

And here's a fabulous snack recipe compliments of Betty Crocker...

The Original Chex® Party Mix
Start to Finish: 15 Minutes
3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup bite-size pretzels
1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1. In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.

2. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

24 servings (1/2 cup each)

1 Serving: Calories 140 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 2.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 280mg; Total Carbohydrate 16g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 3g
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 6%; Iron 30%; Vitamin D 4%; Folic Acid 30%
Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 1/2 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: 1
2008 © and ®/TM of General Mills

Posted in: Blog, Role Mommy Recommends on 12/12/2008

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