Archive of Alexis Murphy

Alexis has written 30 article(s) for InMenlo.


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My Great Aunt Nita’s Dilly Crackers are a legend and a must have for the 4th of July!

It’s a traditional snack that no one can resist and you can not get more all American than a recipe from a special relative in her 90s.

Pictured is my Great Aunt Nita with her siblings and parents; my grandmother Georgia is on the right of the Uncle Sam Hat.

I’ve freshened up her original recipe slightly for the summer, by adding fresh dill, but the rest is right off of her hand written recipe card.

The only thing better than having her crackers for the 4th, is having them while lounging in the pool!

Aunt Nita’s Dilly Crackers for Summer

2- 9 ounce packages of Oyster Crackers
1 cup vegetable oil
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing
2 tablespoons Dill Weed
2 teaspoons Garlic Salt
Fresh chopped dill for topping

Combine all ingredients but the fresh dill in a bowl and spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake in 200 degree oven for one  hour, stirring after 30 minutes. Let cool and add fresh dill to taste.

Editor’s note: Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy has a website and you can also follow her creative thoughts on Instagram.

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Playful patterned platter of hot dogs – Memorial Day BBQ

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Memorial Day snuck up on me this year and instead of stressing over what to serve, I’m opting to keep it simple and traditional, with a touch of whimsy. With a wave of the magic mustard wand, our weekend hot dogs are going from drab to designer. It’s amazing how just a pop of yellow can […]

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Festive ways to use chocolate rabbits for Easter

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It all started during Easter years ago. My kids received so many adorable chocolate bunnies that I thought there has to be something more to do with them besides nibble off the ears. Bunny Milk became a fun tradition that we still look forward to. It seems as though chocolate rabbits are multiplying more than ever. The […]

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Bring on the green and make cream o’ spinach soup for St. Patrick’s Day

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When you have the last name Murphy, March is a time of luck and leprechauns, celebrations and of course, clovers. Everything seems more glorious and green, not only in our surroundings but in what we eat. I am kicking off the season with a special pot at the end of the rainbow — Cream O’Spinach Soup. It’s […]

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Lady Bird Ding Dongs, our tribute to Sacramento

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The Golden Globe nominated film, Lady Bird, is lovely, quirky and sentimental. It is about a young girl’s love/hate relationship with her hometown of Sacramento. As it turns out, the city is not just a backdrop, but one of the stars of the movie. If you are from California, you know our state capitol often gets a […]

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Merry Christmas cheese tree to wow your guests

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Cheese platters are a crowd pleaser. Cheese platters are easy. Cheese platters are delicious. Cheese platters should never be boring! I keep lots of cheese on hand during the holidays. It seems like someone is always stopping by or we need to bring something over to a friend’s house. Turning Christmas Cheese into Christmas Trees is my favorite way […]

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Five fun things to do with gumdrops – even on a busy December weekend

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Gumdrops just make me happy. They are bright, colorful and festive any time of year.They are also one of the most versatile of all the goodies in candyland. Here are some of my favorite ways to use them. Yellow gumdrops with a sprig of rosemary make instantly festive pineapples. Much more convenient than a trip to Hawaii! Gnome […]

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Snacks to eat while watching the Academy Awards on TV this Sunday

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Editor’s note: We’ve come to count on Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy for showing us how to make celebrations and holidays special. Here she takes on the Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday night (2/26). Oscar Night has always been one of my favorites. The stars, the fashion, the movies and most importantly, festive […]

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Super Bowl hot dogs make perfect game day snack when filled with super food

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An event as epic as the Super Bowl needs Super Food. This year we are keeping it simple and vibrant by kicking things off with “super food” topped hot dogs. A quick rush to the Menlo Park Farmers Market to intercept fresh greens was all it took. Loaded with vitamin C, calcium and carotenoids, my bunch of […]

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You’ll go nuts for these Christmas crackers

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It’s not Christmas until my great aunt Nita sends us a batch of her infamous “Dilly Crackers.” Totally delicious, totally addictive. This year I whipped up a few batches to give out as gifts and enlisted a crew of NUTS to watch over the CRACKERS. Aunt Nita’s Dilly Crackers 2-12 ounce packages oyster crackers l-1/4 cups vegetable […]

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Shaking up Cinco de Mayo with two fun desserts

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We are shaking up Cinco de Mayo with festive fiesta Maraca-ron and and baking up pretty Piñata Cupcakes that I know will be a big hit! Store bought macarons are instantly transformed into maracas. Get the easy directions here. Then take a swing at Piñata Cupcakes. So simple to make with fruit leather and boxed cake mix. All the information […]

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