Jun 032016
 

This salad is especially good when using garden tomatoes. Wonderful addition to backyard BBQs, picnics and gatherings.

I try most recipes first without salt and add it later if needed. This salad seems to need the salt. You could probably do without it if using home grown tomatoes, but I haven’t tried it.

Sometimes I have to adjust the herbs depending on how strong the basil is. My basil is stronger some years than others, so if you grow your own basil, you might want to take a taste test before serving and add more if needed.

Tomato Macaroni Salad
Serves 8
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces macaroni noodles
  2. 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  3. 2 green onions, chopped
  4. 1 cup cubed or shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  5. 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped or 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  7. 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  8. 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni as the package directs. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Mix/toss together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours or until chilled.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

Tomato-Macaroni-Salad

May 292016
 

Spaghetti is an easy meal for my husband to take to work with him, so I make quite a bit of it. With my current obsession with the crock pot, I decided to see what would happen if I added the uncooked noodles directly to the slow cooker and cooked them with the sauce. I expected to wind up with a gooey, nasty mess but was shocked to find that it turned out great. The noodles were plump and filled with flavor.

I haven’t found a jarred spaghetti sauce that I like, they’re all too sweet or bland, so I played around with tomato sauce and spices until I came up with something that I thought tasted pretty good. Not sweet, tons of tomato flavor and just a tad spicy. If you like the jarred sauce, you can always replace the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste and spices with an equal amount of your favorite sauce. That should be somewhere around 85 ounces of sauce.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti
Serves 10
Write a review
Print
Cook Time
4 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds Italian pork sausage or hamburger or a pound of each
  2. 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 cups chopped onions
  4. 16 ounces (2-3 cups) sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
  5. 1 green bell pepper (optional)
  6. 3 cans (15 ounce) tomato sauce
  7. 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  8. 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  9. 1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes
  10. 1 can (12 ounce) tomato paste
  11. 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried basil
  12. 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  13. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  14. 1 teaspoon pepper
  15. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  16. 1-2 cups beef broth
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage/hamburger, garlic, onions, mushrooms and green bell pepper until browned. Drain.
  2. Empty 2 cans tomato sauce into slow cooker.
  3. Break spaghetti noodles in half and place on top of sauce. Cover with last can of tomato sauce.
  4. Add sausage/hamburger mixture on top of noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. On top of cheese, add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and herbs and spices.
  6. Cook on high for 3 hours. Stir well and add 1-2 cups beef broth depending on how thick or thin you like your sauce. Cook for remaining hour or until ready to eat.
Notes
  1. If you like your sauce thinner, you can always add more beef broth or water.
  2. This recipe fills a 6 quart slow cooker. If your largest size is 5 quart, consider waiting to add the sausage/hamburger mixture until you are ready to serve.
  3. If you don't like your spaghetti spicy, make sure to leave out the crushed red pepper flakes.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Slow Cooker Spaghetti

Update: June 21, 2016
I tried this recipe with rotini instead of spaghetti noodles, but I didn’t like the way it turned out. The rotini was mushy and didn’t hold up well. I think the rotini might have been too “thin” and a thicker noodle type would have worked. I doubt I’ll try it again with rotini or noodles like it.

Update: July 13, 2016
I tried the recipe this time with macaroni noodles and it worked wonderfully. Noodles weren’t mushy this time. I had to add 2 cups of beef broth, 1 wasn’t enough. The noodles soaked up all the liquid making it an even thicker dish. It was more like Spaghetti Macaroni Casserole. I will probably make it this way from now on because macaroni would be easier for the hubby to eat at work than spaghetti noodles.

I’m going to try it with penne next.

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/

Mar 272015
 

It’s been chilly here the last few days, so I decided some goulash would hit the spot. It’s a great chilly weather food and with the one pot instructions, it’s easy!

Every time I make this recipe it’s a little different than the time before. Sometimes I add chili powder, cayenne pepper and/or cumin if I’m wanting a little more spice. Parsley often makes it into the pot and I’ve even tossed in some kale for something different.

My husband doesn’t care for most peppers, so I have to find different ways to make up for the missing flavor. It’s a little bland with out the peppers, but easy to spice up and make your own.

One Pot Goulash
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs hamburger
  2. 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 medium onion, chopped
  4. 1 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  5. 1 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  6. 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  7. salt and pepper to taste (I use 1 Tablespoon of pepper)
  8. 12 ounces wide or medium egg noodles
Instructions
  1. In a large pot cook hamburger, garlic, onion and bell pepper (optional) until hamburger is no longer pink and onions and bell pepper are tender. Drain. My splatter screen comes in very handy here.
  2. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Fill one of the tomato cans with water and add to the pot.
  3. Add salt, pepper and any other spices. Stir.
  4. Heat to boiling. Add egg noodles. Reduce heat to medium and cook until noodles are tender.
Notes
  1. Feeds… lots. Best guess, 8 or more servings. I always have plenty to freeze for a quick meal later.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
One-Pot-Goulash02

Sep 252014
 

I remember loving my mother’s Pork Marengo as a child, so when she passed down some of her recipes to me this was one of the first I tried my hand at.

I’ve modified the recipe slightly over the years and sometimes add more mushrooms and tomatoes than listed here when I have extras that need to be used. It’s even better with fresh tomatoes.

You can substitute canned mushrooms for the fresh ones, but it’s quite a taste difference. I try to avoid canned mushrooms because they have that “canned” taste, but sometimes it’s just more convenient.

Slow Cooker Pork Marengo
Write a review
Print
Cook Time
8 hr
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut in 1 inch cubes
  2. 2/3 cup chopped onion
  3. 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
  4. 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  5. 1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
  6. 1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon granules
  7. 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  10. Pepper to taste
  11. 1/3 cup cold water
  12. 3 Tablespoons flour
  13. cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Add undrained tomatoes, chicken bouillon, marjoram, salt, thyme and pepper to slow cooker. Stir well.
  2. Brown half of pork cubes, onion and mushrooms at a time in hot oil. Drain. Transfer meat mixture to slow cooker. Stir.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Turn to slow cooker to high. Blend cold water slowly into flour and stir into pork mixture. Cook uncovered on high 15-20 minutes or until thickened. Stir occasionally.
  5. Serve over hot rice.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/

porkmarego02

Oct 212011
 
1 cup chopped green pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley 1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 2 (16 ounce) cans peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
chopped parsley for garnish chips for dipping

Over medium heat in large skillet, cook green pepper, onion, parsley and garlic in oil for 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomatoes, thyme and pepper cooking for 10 minutes more. Cover and chill. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve as a dip with tortilla or other desired chips.

Oct 172011
 

Serves 6

Ingredients

1/2 C Olive Oil 1/2 t Black Pepper
1/4 C Red Wine Vinegar 4 Lge Beefsteak Tomatoes, Chunked
1 T Sugar 1 Lge Green Bell Pepper, Chunked
1 t Salt 2 to 3 Green Onions, Sliced
1 t Garlic Powder 1/4 C Chopped Fresh Basil

Instructions

1. Combine first six ingredients in large bowl. Mix well with a whisk.

2. Add remaining ingredients and toss until evenly coated. Serve immediately. Can also be covered and refrigerated.

  • You can use some tasty french bread for sopping up the dressing left in your bowl.
  • Cucumbers are great in this also.
  • Can use dried Basil instead of fresh. About 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons.
  • I have also added a little dry Parsley

 

 

Oct 102011
 

This is a great recipe to make with the kids!

Shortening 8 oz pizza sauce
All-purpose flour 1-2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella, cheddar, or other favorite cheeses)
1 package refrigerated biscuits Toppings: any combination of favorite pizza toppings (e.g. sliced pepperoni, chopped green peppers, onions, hamburger, Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes)
  1. Heat oven to 425. Grease baking sheets with shortening.
  2. Sprinkle cutting board with flour.  Pull biscuits apart and use rolling-pin to flatten biscuits until about 4 inches across. Place on baking sheet.
  3. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons pizza sauce onto each biscuit. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of cheese. Let everyone top with favorite toppings.
  4. Bake until crust is brown, about 10-15 minutes.

Get creative!  Try BBQ sauce instead of pizza sauce with chicken, red onions, a slice of provolone and  jalapeños.  Alfredo sauce, shrimp, mozzarella, onions and chopped broccoli is very good, too.  Ketchup, mustard, american cheese, pickle relish, onions and hot dogs for the hot dog lover.  You can use Grands biscuits for thicker crust, or larger crust if you flatten it out more.  Bake for 15-20 minutes if you use Grands.

Comment and let us know what combinations you tried!

%d bloggers like this: