Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chicken. Feed.

That is right. I said Chicken Feed.  I am gonna go ahead and bet that about 3 of you know what I am talking about, and that is because you are my mom, sister, or biff.

I told you last night about the Christmas Fairy herself, Edna Mae Parrott, and now let me tell you, sister had a claim to fame.  If food had legs, this would have walked her 90 pound butt to hollywood and they would have given her a food show based on the excellent stature of her hair, and her chicken feed.

Oh, and of course, her excellent manners.  Well who am I kidding there are a babillion wonderful things about my great grandmother Edna, who we affectionately called, Mom.  But, back to the chicken feed.

Every year, every single woman in my family goes to the grocery store, buys all the cereal she can get her hands on, and goes home to make chicken feed, the way it's supposed to be made, not this "from a bag" shit.  

It may look like chex mix to you, but trust me, this is a whole new world of snacking.  This, is the down home, do it better version of chex mix. It's chicken feed.

It earned its name from it's likeness to the chicken feed our farming relatives would feed their chickens.

And it earned it's spot on this blog, for being one of the only family recipes, along with chili and peach cake, that I have. 

So thanks, Mom, for the best snack a girl could want, for holiday memories wrapped up in you, and for reminding me where I actually did get this cooking bug from.

Edna's Chicken Feed

(makes 2 roasting pan sized batches)
2 sticks butter
2 cup vegetable oil
2 table worchestershire
2 table garlic powder
2 table seasoning salt
1 table garlic salt
1 box of Rice Chex Cereal
1 box of Corn Chex Cereal
2 boxes (cause it's the best part) of Wheat Chex Cereal
1 bag of pretzels
1 box of Cheerios
1 large container of mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, whatever you like)
1 container of salted peanuts
1 box of cheezits

Take the butter, vegetable oil, worchestershire sauce, garlic powder, seasoning salt, and garlic salt and heat in a pan until all the butter is melted and the spices have partially dissolved (around 10 minutes) 

We use disposable roasting pans for this.  Go ahead and mix all of the other ingredients together until well combined.  Then you are going to evenly coat both pans full of cereal in the sauce.  Toss VERY well, and put in a 275 degree oven for 2 hours, tossing every half hour.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Chicken feed, in Edna's everyday china.

Do you know any recipes from your great grandmother?  




  1. Oh my gosh. That looks like our "trash" except cleaner looking. You should've seen my poor Yankee husband's face when I told him I was making trash and Rotel dip for Christmas our first year. Love Edna's chicken feed!

  2. I love snack mixes, and this looks great. I also love the idea of using mixed nuts, as well as the Cheezits! Thanks for the recipe. I am going to make a batch of this!

  3. I just made this for family Christmas tonight and New Year's party later this week...I have a TON of it now! :) It's yummy!