Apr 222016
 

Easy, creamy and disappears like magic!

This is a great recipe for large meals, holidays and potlucks. At potlucks, I’ve never had leftovers and sometimes didn’t even get a bite of it because it was gone before I got my food.

Want to make it extra special? Try adding ham and mushrooms, ham and broccoli or top with crumbled bacon. Even hamburger and green beans are yummy in this versatile dish.

Hash Brown Casserole
Write a review
Print
Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom, chicken or onion soup
  2. 1 cup sour cream
  3. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  4. 1 (30 ounce) bag frozen hash brown potatoes
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped
  6. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  7. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir soup, sour cream, butter, potatoes, onion and cheese in a 9x13 casserole dish. Season with the black pepper. Sprinkle evenly with the crushed corn flakes.
  3. Bake for 1 hour or until the mixture is hot and bubbly.
Notes
  1. Try adding ham and mushrooms for a yummy entree.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Hash Brown Casserole

Apr 082016
 

This recipe is the marriage of two of my husband’s favorite things, deviled eggs and potatoes. After he came home from work, I handed him a plastic container with the deviled eggs that wouldn’t fit in the container I used for the rest of them and told him, “Because I love you.” Watching his eyes light up made my day. But when I told him that because of the added potato there was a lot of leftover filling he could eat with crackers, he asked me to marry him again.

I didn’t manage to fill them all pretty without a piping bag and tips. I also failed at keeping the paprika on just the filling, but no one seemed to care. They disappeared fast.

The extra filling is especially yummy on Wheat Thins Tomato and Basil crackers.

Potato Salad Deviled Eggs
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 12 eggs
  2. 1 large potato
  3. 2-3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  4. 1 Tablespoon mustard
  5. 2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  7. paprika for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place the eggs in saucepan in a single layer. Fill with water to cover the eggs. Bring water to a boil. Cook eggs for 15 minutes once water is boiling.
  2. While the eggs are cooking, cut up potato and cover with water in a saucepan. Boil potato until tender. Drain, place in a bowl and mash. Let cool.
  3. Drain eggs and fill pan with cool water. Add ice to help eggs cool faster. Peel eggs once cold.
  4. Slice the cooled eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop out and reserve yolks.
  5. Once mashed potato is cool add egg yolks and mash together. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, relish, salt and pepper until well blended.
  6. Stuff each egg half generously with potato salad and sprinkle with paprika. Cover and chill until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. Amount of mayo, mustard and relish will need to be adjusted based on size of eggs and potato. Consistency should be thick and creamy.
  2. You can use a plastic bag, like a quart size plastic bag, to fill the eggs by cutting the corner off the bag and using it like a piping bag for icing.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Potato-Salad-Deviled-Eggs

Mar 162016
 

Like many households, every St. Patrick’s Day we have our traditional corned beef dinner. It’s one of our favorite meals I’m sure in part because it’s such a rarity. While I have Irish roots, I’m not sure if that’s what started the tradition or if was the sale on corned beef around St. Patrick’s Day. Either way, it’s been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember and I continued the tradition once I was on my own.

I’ve coupled the meal in the past with grasshoppers (a creamy adult drink), green bread and many different green colored desserts, but corned beef is the only staple. 

Simple, easy and delicious! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Slow Cooker Corned Beef
Write a review
Print
Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 pound corned beef
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 3 potatoes, thick sliced
  4. 4 large carrots, thick sliced
  5. 1 medium onion, thick sliced
  6. 1/4 to 1/2 head of cabbage
Instructions
  1. Place corned beef in 5-6 quart slow cooker and cover with water.
  2. If there was a spice packet included with the corned beef, sprinkle over meat.
  3. Arrange potatoes, carrots and onion, in that order, on top of meat.
  4. Place cabbage, 1/4 or 1/2 depending on size and what will fit in your slow cooker, on top. Placing the cabbage on top keeps it out of the liquid and helps keep it from getting too mushy.
  5. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Notes
  1. Sometimes I use baby carrots instead of thick cut carrots. My local grocery store often has a coupon for a free bag of baby carrots around St. Patrick's Day.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Slow-Cooker-Corned-Beef

Jan 152016
 

I found this Puppy Chow Popcorn recipe posted on My Happy Place and knew I just had to try it. Everyone seems to love Puppy Chow and I was planning on making caramel corn and cinnamon popcorn this Christmas, so I figured while I was making… why not?

I added slightly more of everything versus the recipe, so I thought a repost was in order.

Enjoy!

Puppy Chow Popcorn
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 12 cups popped popcorn
  2. 2/3 cups creamy peanut butter
  3. 2/3 cups chocolate chips
  4. 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. If using an air popper to make popcorn; 1/4 cup of unpopped kernels should make about 12 cups popped popcorn.
  2. Melt the chocolate and peanut butter in a small bowl. Start with 15 seconds. Stir. Keep heating in 10 second increments and stirring until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth. Shouldn’t take more than a couple of times. Make sure not to overheat or it will turn lumpy and bitter-tasting.
  3. In a large bowl, pour chocolate mixture over the popcorn. Mix well, trying to coat as much of the popcorn with the chocolate mixture as possible.
  4. Add powdered sugar and toss until everything is evenly coated. I usually add half the powdered sugar and toss, then add the rest and toss. I seem to make less of a mess that way.
Adapted from My Happy Place
Adapted from My Happy Place
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

PuppyChowPopcorn02

Dec 312015
 

Many of us eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day. I used to cook dried black-eyed peas with some fatty ham and jalapeño which is good, but I wanted something a little more exciting. After playing around with some recipes online, I came up with this dish. Even my husband, who doesn’t like beans or peas, enjoyed it.

Adding tomatoes symbolize health and kale to symbolize money to the black-eyed peas (prosperity or coin) and ham (forward movement or positive motion), should make this year very lucky! Luck aside, it’s a tasty rendition of a traditional dish.

New Years Black-Eyed Peas
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 lb bacon or fatty ham, diced
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 2 15-oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  7. 3 cups water
  8. 1 Tablespoon beef Better Than Bouillon or crystal/cube equivalent
  9. 1/4 cup jalapeño peppers (from jar), chopped
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  13. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon honey
  15. 1 bunch kale leaves, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  16. 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  17. 2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot at medium heat. Add the bacon or ham and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, water, bouillon, black-eyed peas, jalapeño, vinegar, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir, then cook uncovered over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and kale. Cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice with grated cheese on top.
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

Dec 212015
 

I’d never mixed white almond bark and peanut butter before, so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. It was amazingly wonderful. Easy, sweet, salty and crunchy! And toffee. I love toffee.

I’m thinking about playing around with the recipe some more and seeing what I can do to make it look a little more “Christmasy” next time. It tastes great, but looks a little bland.

I’ll be making this again this year, but I have to make it at the last minute and give it all away so I don’t eat it all myself.

Christmas Crunch
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound white almond bark
  2. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 4 1/2 cups broken pretzel pieces
  5. 1/2 cup toffee pieces
Instructions
  1. In double boiler (or in microwave), melt almond bark. Remove from heat.
  2. Add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add broken pretzels and mix until all pretzels are coated.
  4. Spread on foil covered cookie sheet. Should be thin so it's easier to break later.
  5. Sprinkle with toffee and smooth with spatula.
  6. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to harden.
  7. Break into pieces and enjoy!
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Christmas-Crunch02

Jan 092015
 

I make this a lot around Christmas and often give it as gifts. I haven’t done anything creative with the packaging yet, but I’ll post pictures when I figure out something I like. For now, I just use pretty tins I’ve collected over the years. Eventually I’m going to run out, so I better come up with something soon.

Puppy Chow freezes pretty well, so leftovers always go in the freezer to be enjoyed later. It’s especially yummy frozen in the middle of the summer.

Be very careful, it’s addictive!

Puppy Chow
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1 cup chocolate chips
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 9 cups Rice Chex
  6. 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Place Rice Chex in large bowl.
  2. Place 1 cup of powdered sugar in gallon ziplock bag.
  3. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for one minute. Blend thoroughly.
  4. Add vanilla to peanut butter and chocolate mixture. Stir well.
  5. Pour peanut butter and chocolate mixture over cereal and toss evenly. Make sure all cereal is coated.
  6. Dump half of cereal into gallon bag. Add last cup of powdered sugar and dump in remaining cereal. Shake until cereal is well coated.
  7. Pour cereal on waxed or parchment paper to dry.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

PuppyChow

 

Jan 042015
 

This is the one recipe I make every single Christmas. Homemade caramel popcorn tastes so much better than what you buy in the store and it makes a great gift.

Toss in some drinks, healthier snacks (or more unhealthy snacks) if you like, and a movie to give the gift of family movie night.  One year, I made baskets with homemade movie night goodies for each family for Christmas. The hardest part was trying to figure out what movies they didn’t already have.

Caramel Popcorn
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 8 cups popped popcorn
  2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 6 Tablespoons butter
  4. 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1 cup peanuts or pecans (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Use air popper to make popcorn per the directions on the popper or make on the stove in oil. Do NOT use microwave popcorn or seasoned bagged popcorn.
  3. Dump popcorn (and nuts) in a 9×13 inch pan. Remove any unpopped kernels.
  4. Measure brown sugar, butter or margarine (I think butter tastes better), corn syrup, and salt into saucepan.
  5. Over medium heat, cook brown sugar mixture until butter melts and everything is well mixed. Continue cooking until mixture starts to boil.
  6. Stop stirring when mixture starts to boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from burner. Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour over popcorn and gently stir the popcorn until coated.
  8. Put pan in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan and stir. Put pan back in oven and bake 7 minutes.
  9. Remove caramel corn to a piece of parchment paper to cool.
Notes
  1. I suggest using butter only. The taste difference is worth it.
  2. Tip: I usually wait until the caramel popcorn is cool enough to touch, then start gently breaking the kernels apart. If you cool it in a bowl, the kernels stick together in large clumps and you’ll have more to break apart.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
%d bloggers like this: