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 122015
 

When I took the first bite of Curried Pork, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like it. The more I ate, the more I liked it. Spicy and just a little sweet, this recipe is a flavorful balance.

If you’ve never tried curry before, this is a good recipe try.

I like it best with smoked pork shoulder. I only cook it for 4 to 5 hours since the smoked pork is already cooked. The smokey flavor adds another dimension to the taste that I really enjoy.

Slow Cooker Curried Pork
Serves 8
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Total Time
10 hr
Total Time
10 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cubed
  2. 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped
  6. 1 medium apple, diced
  7. 3 Tablespoons curry powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  10. 2 teaspoons chicken Better than Bouillon or granule equivalent
  11. 1 Tablespoon flour
  12. 2 cups hot cooked rice
  13. Apple wedges for garish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Brown pork in hot oil. Transfer to slow cooker and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Add onion, apple, curry, paprika, and oregano. Mix bouillon and 1 cup of water. Pour over pork.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Turn to high. Blend 2 Tablespoons cold water and flour. Stir into pork. Cover and cook until thick, about 15 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice and garnish with apple wedges.
Adapted from Abby Knox
Adapted from Abby Knox
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

Slow Cooker Curried Pork

 

Sep 192014
 

I was looking for something to do with the frozen carrots I had, when I found this recipe on Eating Well. I decided to adapt it to a slow cooker to see how it turned out and I really liked the results.

Healthier, spicy, tasty and easy! I didn’t find it hot. It had a nice bite to it and was very far from bland.

Makes a great side dish for many different meals.

Slow Cooker North African Spiced Carrots
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Ingredients
  1. 12oz bag frozen carrots
  2. 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  3. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 teaspoons paprika
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  7. 1/4 cup water
  8. 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  9. Salt, to taste (optional)
  10. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 2 Tablespoons dried
Instructions
  1. Coat inside of 2 quart or less slow cooker with olive oil. Add all ingredients and cook on high for 45 minutes. Turn to low and cook an additional 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. My tiny 1 quart slow cooker doesn’t have a high setting, so I cook it for 4-5 hours or until the carrots are tender. Stir about once an hour.
Notes
  1. Using blanched carrots? Check a little earlier for tenderness.
  2. Using fresh carrots? Cut into 1/4 slices and add an hour to cooking time.
Adapted from EatingWell
Adapted from EatingWell
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Slow Cooker North African Spiced Carrots

 

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