Don't you just love how certain smells or tastes trigger memories? This certainly happens for me quite frequently--especially when it comes to food! ;) I don't normally crave certain foods "out of season," but these little bits o' heaven are a year-round desire. My parents, sister, and nephew came to visit us for Christmas and with family comes comfort food. I saw that my sister had a baggie full of these favorite holiday crackers so I immediately stole the bag so I could enjoy them all to myself. Well, in walked my husband who inquired as to what was in the bag. I reluctantly told him that they were crackers that we had on hand every holiday season since the beginning of time. Since he found out that they were made by my mom, he knew they'd be delicious, so he stole the bag from me and downed a few handfuls. His eyes lit up and he said, or tried to say, "Moh my moff, you maff to make fese!" Unfortunately, I never got around to making them, and I thought all had been forgotten about his obsession with the crackers until a package arrived from South Dakota. Computer Man quickly opened it up; he discovered a hilarious birthday card for him, a fun new cookbook for me (a Valentine's Day gift), two jars of creamed honey (a particular brand only available in South Dakota), AND a bagful of Dilly Crackers! So, my mom deserves the credit for this posting. Thanks, Mom!
2 (12 oz.) packages/boxes oyster soup crackers
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 T dill weed
1 T lemon pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1 package Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix
Put crackers in a large bowl. Combine the rest of the ingredients in another bowl and then transfer to the food processor; blend thoroughly. Pour mixture over crackers and stir well. Bake at 200 degrees for one hour on a large sheet pan. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure even browning.