We’re smack dab in the middle of the busiest time of the year. Everyone’s traveling to visit relatives and loved ones, and many of us have spent entirely too much time in the car lately. I don’t know about you, but one of the only good things about long road trips to me are the snacks! Growing up, trail mix was a road trip staple, and now I always have a snack mixture beside me when I’m traveling.
I chuckled to myself the whole time as I prepped for this recipe. “Trail mix isn’t a recipe,” I thought, “I’m literally just tossing nuts with fruit and candy.”
The more I considered it, the more I began to realize that homemade trail mix is the epitome of what makes a good recipe. Why? As I browsed our site for my perfect trail mix combination earlier this week, it was nowhere to be found. I couldn’t find a recipe made with banana chips, dried cranberries, cashews, peanut butter M&M’s, and butterscotch chips. Should I put together a trail mix recipe from the site with ingredients I didn’t care for? Of course not! No one had to tell me to trade out the almonds for cashews or the dried apricots for cranberries, and the same applies to any recipe.
Every cook relies on solid recipes that will help them create quality dishes again and again, but recipes are just the framework. Good cooks also understand the best recipes are adapted and modified to fit each individual’s tastes and preferences. That’s the beauty of cooking, isn’t it?
“I left out mushrooms because I don’t care for them.”
“White rice is all I have in my pantry, so I’ll just make do.”
Every time you pull out a recipe, you are in the driver’s seat. You get to decide if you’ll add in mushrooms or make that extra trip to the store. The same goes for trail mix. Ask anyone to name the ingredients in their perfect mix, and you’ll get a million different answers. This post is titled “YOUR favorite trail mix” because your tastebuds are unique. Never get too hung up an ingredient list or recipe instructions. Who knows, experimenting with your favorite flavors could just lead to an amazing discovery!
Happy New Year from us at MyRecipes, and remember to always #CookWithConfidence!