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Salted Caramel Corn

This year, my husband and I were both separately “suckered” into buying some Boy Scout popcorn, not knowing of the other’s purchase. (I couldn’t help it, the Scout came to the door and he had a lisp. “Of course, I’ll thupport the Boy Thcouth,” I thought. It was just too cute.) So, we have lots … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving! Orange Cranberry Delight

I’d like to share one of our favorite appetizers. It’s a cream-cheese based spread laced with orange, cranberry and toasted pecans. Serve with a sweet cracker or Nilla Wafers. Here, I served it with Wheat Thins Stix in Honey Wheat. Happy Thanksgiving to all! Hope you have a delightful time around the table. Orange Cranberry Delight … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Bars with (like Cinnabon) Cream Cheese Frosting

What’s new in the KrausnicKitchen? Well, we just put our house on the market. It is such an exciting time, but preparing our house for sale has occupied much of our time and energy. I hope to be in full “cooking” mode in January when we move into our new kitchen, I mean, house. Here … Continue reading

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Pot Stickers

Pork-and-Chive or Turkey-and-Scallion Pot Stickers

Yesterday, I was shocked to find out that our first born has a loose baby tooth and a permanent tooth peeking through! What a shock! First Kindergarten begins and now this? To celebrate this bittersweet moment, I cooked her favorite meal: Pot Stickers. These are modified from Martha Stewart’s Pork-and-Chive Pot Stickers with Soy-Ginger dipping sauce. I … Continue reading

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Second Annual Cherry Jam

For the second year, our local grocer offered 11-pound cherry flats for around $1 per pound. This year, I bought 22 pounds, knowing that I could use my recently acquired canning equipment (thanks mom) to preserve the fruit. Whew! It was a bit overwhelming. I was buried in pits, covered in splatters, and I have a repetitive wrist-motion … Continue reading

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Chipotle Black Bean Burgers and Chili Sweet Potato Fries

Speaking of burgers…here is another tasty one. It’s budget friendly and it’s the perfect pantry meal for the end of “grocery week.” Simply keep roasted red pepper, black beans, corn (frozen or canned) and chipotle peppers on hand and you can have dinner in a flash! If you want a complete meal, try a side of Chili … Continue reading

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Basil Chicken Burgers with Pesto Mayonnaise

Recently I discovered that my favorite local French-inspired bakery sells baked goods at our local grocer. I quickly picked up a pack of ciabatta rolls without a plan for how to use them. But who needs a plan when you have the Interweb? I found these Basil Chicken Burgers with Pesto Mayonnaise, which were moist, flavorful, … Continue reading

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Chicken Stew with Biscuits from Barefoot Contessa

I found this recipe while looking for a big-batch chicken dish. At the time the only produce I had was onions, carrots, and frozen peas. I stumbled upon this one by the Barefoot Contessa. It’s a thick chicken stew topped with gorgeous golden biscuits. In true form, Contessa uses butter, heavy cream, half-and-half, whole milk, and … Continue reading

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Happy Barbacoa Birthday

This week KrausnicKitchen.com turns 1! As I look back, I’m so thankful for this blogging experience. It has been a useful tool in my own meal planning. Obviously, I’m not tracking everything that I cook, as that would be a long, mundane list of flops and mishaps. I’m simply posting the dishes that are deliciously … Continue reading

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Creole/Cajun Andouille Sausage in a Slow Cooker

Creole vs. Cajun? Hmmm…I’m not sure of the proper label for this one. (I need to read up on the difference between the two.) Regardless of how it’s classified, this big-batch meal is a flavorful hit, which features andouille sausage, red peppers, black beans, and a rich tomato sauce. It’s best served with a starch, such as rice, … Continue reading

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“From-a-mix” Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

About this time of year, many of us find ourselves baking cookies, brownies, and bars to bring to end-of-the-year events. I went searching for some easy treats and found a brownie mix cookie. It reminded me of an old recipe from a friend, a chocolate cookie made from a cake mix, all sandwiched together with … Continue reading

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Balsamic Strawberry Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion and Applewood Smoked Bacon

Back in the day, I loved this little pizza-by-the-slice place because it had a huge list of unconventional toppings. I’d order the “International” slice, which allowed me to choose five toppings. I usually chose bacon, corn, capers, onions and broccoli. Yes, broccoli. (Really, it becomes roasted on top.) All this to say, I like my … Continue reading

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America's Test Kitchen Tortilla Soup

Bohemian Soupsody: America’s Test Kitchen Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is the final post in our soup series. So far we’ve brought you soups featuring carrots, lentils, mushrooms, and sausage & kale. Carrot-Ginger Soup with Cashews Smoky Lentil Soup with Bacon Mushroom Soup with Thyme Lighter Zuppa Toscana         The Soupsody Grand Finale is one of our favorites! It’s Chicken Tortilla … Continue reading

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Stacked Vegetable Enchiladas with Roasted Red Peppers, Sweet Potato and Tomatoes

I know I’ve mentioned several times that I love roasted veggies. This dish highlights four of them, red peppers, tomatoes, corn and sweet potatoes. It’s a quick assembly, layered like lasagna and it’s vegetarian too. Overall this dish is a bit of extra work because you have to roast the veggies before hand. So when I … Continue reading

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Like Zuppa Toscana from the Olive Garden

Bohemian Soupsody: Lighter Zuppa Toscana Inspired by the Olive Garden

Soup #4 is a make-at-home version of Zuppa Toscana from the Olive Garden. We don’t go there often, but if we do I actually go for the soup, salad & breadsticks meal over every other dish. And that is mostly because of this soup. It is creamy and combines sweet Italian sausage, potatoes, and kale. … Continue reading

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