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Old Blighty Mustard Mix

Inspired by pub mixes (designed specifically to keep you drinking), this mix is an addictive blend of sweet and salty. The great thing about party mixes is that you can design them to suit your preferences. We like the sophisticated feel that the dried apples lend, but if you want to go purely savory, you can leave them out. Pretzel sticks would be a fine substitute for the potato sticks (but we’ve also just thrown a handful of potato chips in there with excellent results). Beer’s the thing for this one, so serve with a crisp pale ale.

Spicy Civil War Mix

This mix packs some of our favorite Southern-inspired flavors into one irresistible mix: Spiced pecans, meet Southern cheese straws. It’s a pretty spicy blend, and we like it that way, but if you’re heat sensitive you can always adjust the amount of Tabasco you use. Start with a tablespoon and increase from there. We like Duke’s Brand Shorty’s jerky for this, but thinly sliced dried chorizo would be delicious as well. Feel free to omit the meat for a vegetarian version, but we love its adult appeal.

Chocolate Overload Mix

We’ll take any excuse to eat cereal straight out of the box, especially when that means covering it with a sweet chocolate coating. You can use any combination of cereal as long as it equals 8 cups. Next time, we might try Corn Fakes, Rice Chex and maybe a handful of Wheat Chex to cut the richness. Studded with white chocolate chips, this mix would make a fine afternoon pick-me-up on a workday. For a real treat, enjoy this mix with a glass of protein-packed whole milk and your favorite kiddos.

Vanilla Caramel Kamikaze Corn

For the popcorn lovers in your life, this mix is a little like kettle corn with the volume turned up. Way up. The baking soda might seem unexpected, but it helps keep the corn from sticking in your teeth. Try it as an afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of unsweetened black tea. While there are many miso pastes available in most major supermarkets, we like to use white miso. It’s sweeter than red miso and it’s lighter in color so it won’t drown out the other ingredients in the mix. Look for it in the refrigerated section near the tofu and eggs.

Spicy Sesame Nut Mix

This mix is an explosive combination of flavors: sweet, sour, salty, spicy (but not too spicy), they’re all in here. It’s addictively crunchy, and pretty to boot. Just go ahead and make it. Gochugaru is the only ingredient that might be hard to come by. It’s available at Asian grocers and by mail order (but we can usually find it at Whole Foods). If you can’t find Gochugaru, or togarashi for that matter, just substitute a healthy teaspoon of crushed red pepper.

Back to Basics: Our Best Breakfast Recipes

You’ll be turning to these classics time and time again.

Zucchini-Parmesan Frittata

Though its peak season is summer, zucchini is available year-round—just be sure to pick out the best-looking squashes. They should be firm (not spongy), vibrant in color, and free of blemishes. Cooking the squash before stirring it into the egg mixture helps eliminate some of the moisture, and adds a nice crisp-tender texture to the creamy eggs and cheese. Though it bakes primarily in the oven, finishing the frittata under the broiler gives the top and outer edges a bit of crispness. Serve the dish with toast and fruit for breakfast, or with sautéed mushrooms for dinner.

Crispy Waffles

Thanks to a generous amount of melted butter in the batter, these waffles are extra crispy and buttery, and fluffy in the middle. The batter itself isn’t too sweet, so pile the cooked waffles high with fig preserves (our favorite), blueberry jam, maple syrup, powdered sugar, or even a smear of peanut butter. Here’s another tip: Heat up the waffle iron while you’re making the batter so you can start cranking out waffles as soon as the batter is finished. Not only does this lead to instant gratification, it ensures the waffles don’t lose their ability to rise.

Challah Cinnamon French Toast

The addition of fresh orange zest really makes this French toast pop, so don’t skip it. (We considered making it an optional add-in, but taste-testers insisted it be a must-have for this recipe). You can find whole loaves of challah in most large grocery stores, but a loaf of brioche will work just as beautifully. And while you may be used to simply dipping your bread into the egg custard, you’ll want to be sure to let the slices soak in the liquid. This makes the toast creamy in the centers and crispy on the outside.

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

These breakfast muffins are packed with fresh blueberry flavor, and they’re not too sweet (so they won’t get confused with dessert). If you like an extra crunchy muffin top, add more oats to the cinnamon-sugar streusel. Not a fan of almonds? Any nut, such as walnuts or pecans, will be just as tasty in the topping. While these are great as a grab-and-go breakfast, they’re especially tasty warm—consider whipping them up if you’re having guests over for brunch. To maintain a white batter, be gentle when stirring in the berries. If too many break and the juices mix in, the batter becomes gray or purple.