Saturday, April 23, 2011

Homemade Flavored Popcorn

How amazing is flavored popcorn?
This weekend, Amanda and Christian visited Steve and I. We had a great weekend and while they were here, we stopped in a tasty little flavored popcorn shop on the downtown mall.

They had amazing flavors- everything from Sour Apple to Crabbie Corn to Dill. We sampled a few and the purchased a bag. Yum!

Which got me to thinking (aka Googling); how can I make this stuff? We have a Whirley Pop, so I knew I had the "popping" part taken care of. So, this weekend I experimented with two different flavors:
Kettle Corn and Ranch Flavored Corn.

First I made the Kettle Corn- it turned out great and was very easy.
Then I tried to make the Ranch the same way and... it burned and smoked our whole house. Yuck! I tried again and the same thing happened... What was I doing wrong?  I figured it out and on the third batch, it was AMAZING.
Without further ado, the recipes:
 
Kettle Corn
Ingredients:
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used the butter flavored popcorn oil)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernels

Directions:
Layer sugar, salt then unpopped kernels in a measuring cup. Heat oil in pan (I used our Whirley Pop, which makes the popping way more predictable) on medium high heat. Throw 3 kernels into the oil and wait for all 3 kernels to pop- this is how you know the oil has reached the correct temperature.  Pour the layered measuring cup of kernels (top), sugar and salt (bottom) into the Whirley Pop and start spinning the crank. It takes about 1-2 minutes for the corn to start popping, and then about another 1-2 minutes for the kernels to finish popping. Take the Whirley Pop off the heat when you hear the kernels start to slow down... and keep spinning the crank the whole time! When the corn comes off the heat, it will sort of stick together, but as it cools, a nice glaze forms on the corn and the kernels break apart easily.
Variation: You can also add any flavor of dry JELLO mix in with the sugar to make colored and flavored corn!


 Ranch Flavored Popcorn
Ingredients:

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used the butter flavored popcorn oil)
2 tablespoons Ranch flavored dry powder mix
*1-2 tsp black truffle oil
1/3 cup unpopped popcorn kernels


Directions:
Heat veggie or buttered popcorn oil in pan (I used our Whirley Pop, which makes the popping way more predictable) on medium high heat. Add 1-2 tsps of black truffle oil- *this is the secret ingredient that makes this to die for! Throw 3 kernels into the oil and wait for all 3 kernels to pop- this is how you know the oil has reached the correct temperature.  Pour the plain (do not add the Ranch powder to the Whirley pop at this step- you will have a smokey, burnt mess... I speak from experience) kernels into the Whirley Pop and start spinning the crank. It takes about 1-2 minutes for the corn to start popping, and then about another 1-2 minutes for the kernels to finish popping. Take the Whirley Pop off the heat when you hear the kernels start to slow down... and keep spinning the crank the whole time! After the Whirley Pop is off of the heat, but still on the stove, open the lid and add the Ranch powder to the hot and still buttery popcorn. Shut the lid and spin the crank and shake the Whirley pop until the popcorn is well coated with the Ranch. Serve hot- it's amazing.
Variation: Any spice or flavoring that you like can be subbed for Ranch- I think Old Bay or Garlic Salt would be delish!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Breaking Ground

Last Sunday when the weather was gorgeous, Steve and I planted our first flowers outside our home.

As I have mentioned, this summer, I want to focus on glamming up our yard. We took our first steps last Sunday.

We found these beautiful looking blooms at Costco during a trip back to Richmond a few weeks ago, and I had to have them. Ever since my friend Corbin's wedding, I have loved Peony's. She used them in her bouquets and I absolutely fell in love with them. I love the look of the bloom and also the amazing fragrance! Calla Lily's have always been one of my favorites, so I couldn't pass them up.
Here are the flowers we chose:
 


I really hope that they bloom! Despite my best efforts, I have never had the greenest thumb... but I am so hoping this turns out differently. I read the directions, we planned out where to plant them. I watered them copiously after we planted. I mean, we put forth the effort. Crossing my fingers...

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