These last few months have been busy ones as we prepared for and delivered our 3rd child, Eleanor Akemi Kahn! My mom and in-laws came to help and stay with us for over a month combined and we are so thankful. Amongst the millions of things my mom did for us while here, she whipped up this cute Halloween costume for Ellie in a matter of hours. We bought some felt scraps for about $2 and she made a pattern from a Martha Stewart picture we found online. Now I have one more test taster for my kid friendly recipes! Speaking of tasting, I like to nibble on Ellie's cheeks but now I do really want to just EAT HER UP!
My mom and I also experimented with a great Japanese party and kids snack made with Crispix or Chex cereal. This is a great recipe because it is nut-free. We call it Crispix Arare (arare means rice cracker), kinda the Japanese version of Chex Mix but better! There are lots of recipes out there so we approached it a la America's Test Kitchen and used different amounts of sugar vs. brown sugar, butter vs. margarine, we added cinnamon to one recipe and not the other, we changed up the usual pan used for cooking and opted for a big roasting pan and voila...we came up with what we think is the best tasting recipe.
1 box Crispix or Chex Cereal
1/4 C Butter
1/4 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Vegetable Oil
1/4 C Corn Syrup (we like Karo brand)
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce (low sodium)
3/4 of a jar of Nori-Gomi Furikake (see picture below - make sure to get the plain variety, not the one with wasabi or Japanese plum) Preheat oven to 250 Degrees. Put the cereal in a large roasting pan - it's important to use a large roasting pan so that it is easy to stir the mixture completely once it's heating. In a medium saucepan, heat on low - butter, brown sugar, oil, corn syrup and soy sauce until melted. Pour the mixture over the cereal to coat. Sprinkle the Nori-Gomi Furikake over the cereal mixture and combine. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Empty into a brown grocery bag when done and shake bag lightly to break up the clumps and cool - about 2 minutes. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!