Kats’ Kitchen

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)

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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!

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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

 

Strawberry Margarita Freeze April 15, 2008

Filed under: Other Desserts — stacielk @ 6:38 am
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This dessert would be great on a warm summer day, but it can also be enjoyed on a colder, not quite spring-like, night at about 10 p.m., which it was last night!  My mom and I headed over to the salon in our friends house to get new hairdos and I brought a dessert just because. :)  It was a late night for me considering it was a Monday, but worth it!  My mom and I both love our new dos (I’m sure we could use some styling practice yet) and dessert was icily refreshing.  Next time I would crush the pretzels up a bit more, run them through a food processor so they it is more of a crumb, but other than that I don’t think I would have changed a thing!  I left it in the fridge last night to see if it would hold up, it did sink around the edges, but I think it will still taste good.  If you are not a strawberry fan, I’m sure this recipe would work great swapping out the strawberries with raspberries or blueberries or any other creative flavors you come up with!  Maybe even chocolate…maybe…I’d have to think through that one.

Strawberry Margarita Freeze

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 pkg cream cheese (1/3 less fat)

3/4 cup sugar (a bit less)

1 1/3 cups orange juice

1 cup crushed strawberries

1 8 oz tub cool whip, thawed (cool whip free)

Mixpretzels and butter;press firmly onto bottom of 9-inch spring-form pan.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.  Gradually add orange juice, beating well after each addition.  Stir in crushed strawberries.  Add whipped topping; stir with wire whisk until well blended.  Poor over crust.

Freeze several hours or until firm.  Remove from freezer; let stand in refrigerator about 15 minutes before cutting into slices to serve.  Store leftover dessert in freezer.  

I should have tried to shave off that little bubble to make it more attractive huh?