Aug 072015
 

I’m not sure where July went. I blinked and it was August already! So, it’s catch up time again. I’ll start with a recipe I promised my daughter I would post…

I started making my own taco seasoning when I would run out of the packets of seasoning, but I never found the exact right mixture to continue making my own until now. I started playing with a base recipe and found an ingredient mixture that everyone seemed to like better than the packets. It’s easy to modify to fit your likes, so give it a try and let me know how you changed it.

Fast, easy and worth it!

Taco Seasoning
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  2. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  3. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
  6. 1 teaspoon paprika
  7. 3 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  10. 2 1/2 teaspoons corn starch, masa flour, clearjel, or flour
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container.
Notes
  1. Enough spice for 2 pounds of meat.
  2. Drain meat, add spices and 1 cup of water. Heat until thickened.
  3. You can add more or less water depending on how thick or thin you like it.
  4. Too hot? Try using less crushed red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. Not hot enough? Add more!
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

Jan 262015
 

Snack mix with a bite! If you like hot and spicy snacks, consider upping the cayenne pepper to 1 Tablespoon. I’m not that daring personally.

I made this for Christmas and it was a big hit! Everyone seemed to really like it, so I’ll be making it again soon.

If anyone has suggestions on what I could replace the nuts and sesame sticks with for a nut free version, I’d love to hear from you.

Snack Mix
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  3. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  4. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1 package dry Ranch dressing mix
  6. 1 cup olive oil
  7. 1 pound bag mini pretzels
  8. 1 12-oz can peanuts or cashews
  9. 1 cup sesame sticks
Instructions
  1. Whisk together Ranch dressing, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and olive oil.
  2. Pour 1/3 of the pretzels, nuts and sesame sticks in a container with a lid. Pour 1/3 of the seasoned oil over the top. Put the lid on the container and toss. Repeat until all ingredients are used and well coated with seasoned oil.
  3. Leave lid on and allow pretzel mixture to sit for 2 to 3 hours in container. Shake gently every 15-20 minutes.
  4. Line baking sheets with paper towels. Pour the pretzel mixture on the lined baking sheets and dry overnight.
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Sep 272014
 

Since the Slow Cooker North African Spiced Carrots recipe was a hit, I decided to try a sweet version in the slow cooker.

They turned out very good. The bite of the cayenne pepper added some needed spice with all the sweet.

Matches well with a good variety of meals. I serve it with spicy entrees often.

 

Slow Cooker Sweet Spiced Carrots
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Ingredients
  1. 12oz bag frozen carrots
  2. 1 Tablespoon water
  3. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  4. 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. Salt, to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. Grease 2 quart or less slow cooker with butter.
  2. Add all ingredients and cook on high for 45 minutes.
  3. Turn to low and cook an additional 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Notes
  1. My 1 quart slow cooker doesn’t have a high setting, or any setting for that matter, so I cook it for 4-5 hours or until the carrots are tender.
  2. Using blanched carrots? Check a little earlier for tenderness.
  3. Using fresh carrots? Cut into 1/4 slices and add an hour to cooking time.
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