Monday, February 23, 2015

Seasoned Popcorn - Oh My!

I adore barbecue potato chips, but potato chips are yikes, scary to eat.  But oh the barbecue, mmmmm....  The other day I bought smoked paprika for the first time and it gave me crazy ideas.  We have a family friend who makes garlic pepper popcorn that we love and copy at home, what if I could make barbecue flavored popcorn?  All the yummy barbecue flavor without the yuckiness of potato chips.  Voila!  Here it is.  In addition I've gathered a recipe on making the perfect butter flavored popcorn that isn't soggy, a ranch flavored popcorn that is my husbands favorite and I'll add the garlic pepper corn just for fun.

Here is a quick how to on stove top popped corn.  But don't actually pop it until you mix your seasoning together, then set it aside and shake your popcorn.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Soaked Whole Wheat Bread Updated

I keep learning so my recipes keep being revised and so I'm here, yet again, to make changes to this post.  If you are interested in the science behind this change you can read about my experiment at my other blog LearningtoLoveCucumbers.blogspot.com.  The gist of the other post (which is a pretty funny read if you have the time) is that you can soak things in sugared water but adding salt OR oil slows things WAY down.  Here are the revisions based on my science experiment.

Combine

2 1/2 c. hot water
2 T. lemon juice

Friday, November 15, 2013

Name Them Different

Cookies are my favorite baked good.  I doubt that's a surprise if you've looked at the recipe categories.  They are just easy, it's a dessert in serving size and they are an easy conversion for me.  But, one thing I've learned over the years of converting recipes and altering ingredients.  Sometimes it doesn't come out tasting exactly like the original, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.  

Chewy Granola bars

Chewy Granola bars
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hotdogs and the ICK Factor

Hot dogs have never been my favorite thing to eat, but my family really likes them.  I can take a half a hot dog smothered in sauerkraut, dill pickles, mustard and ketchup, but they've never been a food of choice. I've always known they were gross. I remember people saying 'If you saw how they make hot dogs, you'd never eat another one."  I just ignored them and gagged the hotdogs down when I fed them to our family.  Sometimes those things come back to bite you and this might be that kind of time.

Tortilla Soup

One of my sweet friends brought this soup to us many years ago when our youngest was born (he's 11) and I fell in love with it.  I've tried many recipes through the years and this Tortilla Soup recipe is my favorite.

Choosing Fruits

Fruit is best in season and the bonus is they are also less expensive in season.  My friend Andrea asked me to add a note to the blog about what's in season when.  This list is based on my personal experience living in Northern Utah. It may vary where you live. I am also not addressing the organic issue much here, just availability.

Coconuts:  I don't know if they have a season but I can get the freshest, least expensive coconuts in the January to June months.