Monday, July 1, 2013

Texas Treats: Cowboy Crunch

Happy July 1st friends!

July tends to be one of my favorite summer months. Why? Because July means travel, juicy watermelon, and days spent by the pool! This Thursday, July 4th, we will get to celebrate the freedoms we've been afforded from America's battle for independence, and our ongoing battle to keep these freedoms. Because of this, I'd like to say a special thanks to all of our military, government leaders, teachers, public service workers and fellow countrymen for their services to our great nation.

This Independence Day, I'll be traveling to Waco, TX to celebrate the good old US of A with my college buddies and Delta Sigma Pi fraternity brothers. The following week, I will be taking a few days off from my fabulous internship at RankHammer to visit my family in Western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania family reunion 2012

With all this travelling, it's hard to avoid gas stations and airport fast-food lines; which is a total bummer because that stuff is unhealthy and not to mention EXPENSIVE! When I was a kid, my mom always tried to bring food from home to avoid all the junk; delicious homemade things like chex mix, tuna salad, fruit salad etc. So I'm excited to share one of our family favorites with you: Cowboy Crunch.

Cowboy Crunch is a yummy, healthy and easy-to-make alternative to high-fat, overpriced convenience store picks. It's great for travelling, school lunches, or just anytime that you're craving something with a little tang and crunch! Plus, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry!

cowboy crunch seasoning mix ingredients

Plus Plus, my grandma invented it, so you know it's packed with love and wisdom and all the other great things grandmas give us.

Cowboy Crunch

cowboy crunch: ranch pretzel and cracker mix


1 bag of oyster crackers (or other small, plain cracker)
1 bag of pretzels (sticks or twists, doesn't matter)
1 packet of dry ranch dressing seasoning
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 cup olive oil
NOTE: do not add salt. There is plenty in your ranch seasoning mix!


Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well incorporated. In a separate large bowl, dump in your pretzels and crackers. Next add your combined seasonings and the oil (if you think it looks too dry, add more oil...but trust me, a little goes a loooong way). Now its time to get your hands dirty. Mix everything together with your hands until all of the pretzels and crackers are well coated with oil and seasoning. Now dump everything into a big pan (I used a 13x9 in glass pan).

Bake in the oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool, then store in a gallon size Ziploc bag for up to 3 weeks.

That's all folks. One of the easiest and tastiest trail mixes you'll ever make, and your family will love it! For questions, comments, and concerns, email me at, or leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Bon Appetit,

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