Kats’ Kitchen

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Mushrooms May 5, 2016

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Side Dish,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 7:00 am
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I randomly purchased Squash Spaghetti Squash at the store.  It sat on my counter for a week or two.  Sometimes I do that.  Buy something with no plan to make anything specific.

I saw it every time I went in my kitchen (which is lot!) until a day came that I decided to search for a recipe and throw something together.  I also had spinach and mushrooms to use up that day (which I love) and added those ingredients in my search.

I found this Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Mushrooms, threw it together fairly quickly and had a delicious lunch!  It was light and full of flavor.

I will make it again, when I decide to randomly buy another spaghetti squash.  I do like to plan, although I like to be spontaneous also…sometimes it’s easier to buy a bunch of stuff I enjoy eating or want to try cooking with and do exactly what I did here.



Shredded Wheat Snack Mix December 30, 2014

Filed under: Appetizer,Miscellaneous,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 4:32 pm
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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoys their New Year.

This snack mix is a salty one, really easy to put together and I love the flavor of it.  Enjoy!

shredded wheat

Shredded Wheat Snack Mix

4 cups shredded wheat cereal (spoon size – I got mine from aldi so not sure if it’s the right sz or not.)

2 cups popped popcorn

1 cup small pretzels

1 cup mixed nuts

1 envelope Italian salad dressing/recipe mix

1/4 cup butter/margarine, melted

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Preheat oven to 300.  In a medium-large bowl toss cereal with popcorn, pretzels and nuts.  Sprinkle evenly with salad dressing mix.

Mix butter, Worcestershire sauce & garlic powder.  Drizzle evenly over cereal and toss to coat.  Place on a 10x15x1 inch baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly toasted.  Stir after 15 minutes.

Recipe from Kat’s Kitchen Binder (unsure of where original came from)


Strawberry Lemonade July 11, 2014

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This is a tasty refreshing drink for this time of the year.  My daughter and I whipped it together…patiently waited for the strawberry mixture to cool and then drank it all!  Good thing we only made 1/2 the recipe.  

Straw Lem

Strawberry Lemonade

1 lb strawberries, cut small (I blended the straw mixture so didn’t cut them extremely small)

6 lemons, juiced

3/4 cup sugar

6 cups water


Cook strawberries, sugar, 1 cup water and 1 lemon rind on high until it JUST started to boil.  Remove from heat and let cool.  

In a pitcher mix the remaining 5 cups of water and lemon juice together.   

When the strawberry mixture is fairly cool, blend in blender or using an immersion blender.  Add this to the pitcher and mix thoroughly.  Taste and add more sugar/lemon if necessary.

Sip and enjoy!

Recipe from Six Sisters Stuff


Great Caramel Corn Mix October 26, 2013

Filed under: Miscellaneous — stacielk @ 4:34 pm
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I have a love/hate relationship with snack mixes….as I do with sleep (but that’s another story, we won’t go there right now).  I LOVE snack mixes!  Usually the sweet ones are my fav, but I won’t pass up the salty ones.  I despise snack mixes because it is very very difficult to keep the hands out of the bag/container/bowl once they got their first handful of the stuff.

One of my fav (sweet) snack mix that a good friend of mine introduced me to is the Chex Mix posted on a previous post.  You can find that here, I have made that one a number of times and love it!  Below is another great snack mix, but instead of the sugary/buttery flavor the Chex Mix has, this one is caramely.  I wanted to mentioned one other thing before getting to the recipe, the nice thing about snack mixes is that you can create your own with what you have in the house.  From popcorn to any kind of cereal to pretzels and (small) crackers to any type of peanut, dried fruit, candies, etc. the options are endless!  If you find a great combo, I would love for you to share it with me!


Great Caramel Corn Mix

10 cups of popcorn

1 cup mini pretzels

1 cup party/cocktail peanuts

1 stick unsalted butter, cut in pieces

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.  Mix the popcorn, prezels and peanuts in large roasting pan.  Set aside.

Microwave the butter in a large microwave safe-bowl until melted, about a minute.  Stir in the brown sugar and corn syrup and microwave until the mixture begins to boil, about 2 minutes.  Carefully stir, then microwave 2 more minutes.

Add the baking soda to the sugar mixture and stir until it begins to foam.  Carefully pour over the popcorn mixture in the roasting pan.

Place the roasting pan in the oven and bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.

Recipe adopted from Food Network Magazine


Merry Christmas! December 17, 2012

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I know I have been slacking lately on my posts…and not sure when I’m going to be able to post on a regular basis, but for now, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season!  I leave you with some marshmallow snowmen my daughter and I made spontaneously with stuff we found in the house, always fun memories!


Merry Christmas!


Chicken Salad and Chex Mix November 7, 2012

I’ve made a number of chicken salad recipes.  This K-N-D Chicken you see under the meatballs is super good and a go-to of mine, but I also love love love the sweetness of grapes in a chicken salad, so I really enjoy the recipe below because of that.  The original recipe calls for fresh parsley and whipping cream.  I would highly suggest using both of those ingredients in the recipe but they are optional.  Nine times out of ten I make my chicken salad on a whim and don’t have fresh parsley or whipping cream in my house, so I skip the cream and use dried parsley, still really tasty but those two ingredients bring the chicken salad to a new level!

Becky’s Chicken Salad

2 1/2 cups diced and chilled cooked chicken

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup sliced, seedless grapes (I use purple)

1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 T chopped fresh parsley (1 T dried parsley may be substituted)

1 tsp salt

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, optional, see above

In a medium bowl, whip cream to soft peaks, if using.

Combine all the remaining ingredients together.  Stir in the whipped cream.  Chill and serve.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

This chex mix recipe was discovered by my good friend over at favoritefamilyfoods.  This recipe can be changed many different ways by adding pretty much any snacky ingredient you have in the house.  My absolute favorite addition in this mix is oyster crackers.  Something about them make them mmmmm…so good!  Below is my version of the recipe.

Chex Mix

5 cups corn chex cereal (rice, wheat, life cereal, etc.)
2 cups pretzels (if they are the sticks I break them in half)
2 cups oyster crackers
3/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
In a large bowl combine all ingredients except butter/margarine and brown sugar.  In a sauce pan over low heat, melt butter.  Add brown sugar.  Cook and stir until dissolved.  Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Pour over cereal mixture and stir to coat.  Divide mixture in half and pour onto 2 cookie sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 minutes; stir and rotate cookie sheets, then bake for 8 more minutes. Spread on a paper bag or wax paper to cool.

Recipe adopted from favoritefamilyfoods


Taco Mix April 30, 2012

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This doesn’t need much intro.  Instead of buying those taco seasoning packets, I’ve started making my own using this recipe.  I use 2 T per pound of meat and it seems like the perfect ratio.  As mentioned in the Chicken-Taco Cornbread Pie, I used 3 T and it was a little spicier than we like it – even for my husband, which is a shocker, so I will reduce that to 1.5-2 T next time I make it.

Taco Mix (T=tablespoon & t=teaspoon)

2 T chili powder

1/2 t garlic powder

1/2 t onion powder

1/2 t red pepper flakes

1/2 t oregano

1 t paprika

1 T cumin

2 1/2 t kosher salt

2 t pepper

Mix all ingredients together.  Mix 2 T mix with 1 pound of meat.

Recipe from Beth (Tried & True)