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/

May 082015
 

This Chex Mix recipe has been passed down through the generations. I don’t know where it originally came from, but my grandmother, mother and I have all made it throughout the years. It makes tons so it’s perfect for parties. I even make a batch to take camping and keep the leftovers in the freezer for movie nights.

I tried making Chex Mix in my 18 quart roaster because I didn’t have a pan big enough to hold all the ingredients, but condensation settled on the lid of the roaster and dripped back into the mix. I was afraid it would get soggy, so I finished it in the oven using the pan from the roaster.

Chex Mix
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Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Spanish peanuts
  2. 1 lb cashews
  3. 12 oz box Rice Chex
  4. 12 oz box Corn Chex
  5. 12 oz box Kix
  6. 12 oz box Cheerios
  7. 1 lb bag straight pretzels, broken or mini pretzels
  8. 1 lb butter
  9. 3 cups salad oil (I used olive oil)
  10. 4 teaspoons celery salt
  11. 4 teaspoons savory leaf
  12. 4 teaspoons season-all salt
  13. 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  14. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  15. 3 teaspoons chili powder
  16. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250°
  2. Mix peanuts, cashews, Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Kix, Cheerios and pretzels in 15+ quart pan.
  3. Melt butter in medium size bowl. Add salad oil, spices and Worcestershire.
  4. Keep spice mixture well stirred. Spices settle quickly.
  5. Pour spice mixture over cereal and stir gently.
  6. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Stir every 20 minutes.
Notes
  1. Don’t like nuts? Try adding Cheese-Its, Goldfish or other favorite snacks instead. The version in the pictures has Cheese-Its and no nuts.
  2. Play with adding different ingredients to change it up!
  3. Sesame Sticks also make a great addition.
  4. Broken Melba Toast is good, too.
  5. I left the measurements in teaspoons so it’s easier to cut the recipe in half.
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.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Sep 092014
 
Hoisin Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Tablespoons soy sauce
  2. 2 Tablespoons peanut butter or black bean paste
  3. 1 Tablespoon honey
  4. 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  5. 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  7. 20 drops Chinese hot sauce
  8. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Oct 182011
 

Don’t waste leftover bread and save money. Use heels, french bread, leftover hot dog or hamburger buns. Cut bread into cubes in a bowl, spray them with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil and season with garlic powder, parsley and basil or oregano. Then bake on a cookie sheet @ 250 degrees until they are crisp and brown.

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