August 13, 2011

Ranch Seasoned Pretzels

 Otherwise known as crack-for-the-sober.

But before we get to the pretzels, I have a question for you.

Can anyone tell me what this is?

Anyone?   Anyone??  (Bueller....Bueller?)

I wouldn't know either if I wasn't there for the construction process.  And no, it's not an elephant coffin.  Or a polar bear coffin, considering we live in Alaska. 

I do lovingly refer to it as an elephant coffin.

Scott doesn't like that so much.

Okay.  I'll tell you.

It's a fish box.

In Alaska, fishermen can dip-net.  On a good day of dip-netting, if the limit is high, one fisherman can get up to 40 salmon.  Salmon are big.  Coolers are expensive.  Big coolers are even more expensive.  Hence, the box.

This particular model was built from scratch for under $100 (or so I've been told).  It's purpose was to bring fish home from the Copper River.  Due to a series of unfortunate events, no fish were brought back from the Copper River.

Scott and I have really ironic luck.  Not that I really wanted 40 salmon anyway, but that's not the point.

Anyway, we have now have an elephant coffin that will most likely reside in our yard...until we move again.  Could be years.  There's no room for it in the 3-car garage.  Scott has a lot of hunting/fishing/boating/Army equipment that takes up the garage real estate.  Plus, we have a really big trash can.

I'm full of excuses.

For example, it was raining one day, so instead of leaving the house/exercising/walking to the mailbox, I watched Extreme Couponing for 3 hours and made these pretzels.

Enjoy!  The more dill you add, the better they taste. 

P.S. If you're in the market for an elephant coffin....

P.P.S.  If you're one of those animal rights people, I'm kidding.  

Ranch Seasoned Pretzels

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp lemon pepper
2 tsp dill weed
1 dry Ranch Seasoning Packet
3 cups of pretzels (I use the thick sourdough kind and break them up.)

In a bowl, whisk together the oils and seasonings.  Spread the pretzel pieces onto a baking sheet (I cover it in foil first to eliminate clean-up).  Pour the seasoning mixture over the pretzels.  Toss them around so they're evenly covered.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, but watch them carefully.  They start to smell delicious when they're just about done!

 Shared at:
Fresh Food Friday
Delightfully Inspiring Thursday
Savory Sunday 
What's Cooking Wednesday 

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