Last weekend I hosted a baby shower to celebrate Erin & Cameron’s upcoming arrival. I baked and crafted to my heart’s content and more… I love Amy Atlas’s dessert tables and put together one to surprise Erin, who is a huge sweet lover! Links to the recipes are at the end of the post.
Lusciously Lemon Cupcakes
Very Berry Macarons
Cake Pops (stay tuned for a whole post on these suckers)
Making popcorn from “scratch” is so easy, it amazing to me that someone thought it necessary to make a microwaveable version (full of processed crap). Especially, because it can be a healthy, high fiber snack, if you don’t add too much butter.
Here’s my “recipe” for a perfectly popped batch…
Heat about 2-3 tbsp of oil (sometimes I use corn oil, and sometimes I splurge with truffle oil) in a large pot with a tight fitting lid. Heat over high heat until very hot. Add 1 cup of popcorn, cover and shake vigorously across the burner. Leave the heat on high until the popcorn begins to pop, which usually takes about 30 seconds. As the kernals pop, continue to shake vigorously – this helps prevent popped corn from burning and keeps the unpopped corn on the bottom of the pan. Keep shaking until the popping subsides, usually about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, dump into a bowl and salt. Toss with butter or parmesan or truffle oil, if desired…
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5. – The Washington Post Toward Greater Whirled Peas The Post has has tested my favorite kitchen gadget to find the best of the best… the immersion blender! If you’ve never used one, I highly recommend running right over to your local Williams-Sonoma as it is something you can live without no longer!
4. – NY Times The Dairies are Half-Pint, but the Flavor Isn’t Small dairy farmers unable to stay afloat selling to the large producers are turning to making small batches of butter, cheese and creme fraiche.
3. – Chicago Tribune Food Movies that Deserve an Oscar “Tinseltown is abuzz. Top designers are working overtime dressing the actresses, and ballots marked with X’s are pouring into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, all for Sunday’s Academy Awards. Among the categories, Best Picture … Best Original Screenplay … Best Use of Food in a Film …
Oops. They’ve forgotten that last category — again!”
2. – LA Times Who’s Got Pop? Newpaper food sections are winning my attention this week, first immersion blenders, then from farm to table dairy products and now, my favorite snack in the whole world…. POPCORN! The LA Times tested 5 different popcorn testers and compared all the others to my favorite popper – THE WHIRLEY-POP!
1. – The Seattle Times Martha Pays $50 Million to Add Emeril to Empire And last, but not least, my favorite (this really was a week of favorites) Martha Stewart – is adding to her empire by buying Emeril’s line of cookbooks and kitchen products!
As a child, I remember my mom making caramel corn balls to give out to the few trick-or-treaters that came to our house on Halloween (living in the country was not conducive to obtaining copious amounts of candy when returning from trick-or-treating especially because the houses are far enough apart that my dad always ended up driving us from house to house).
Back to the caramel corn – my sisters and I would wait impatiently for the caramel to cool enough for us to eat whatever pieces of popcorn weren’t being made into balls. My mom would butter up her hands with a stick of butter as she was finishing stirring the popcorn into the caramel so she could shape the popcorn into balls without having the scalding caramel sticking to her hands. When I made her recipe last week, I decided to forgo dealing with the burning sticking caramel and just spread the popcorn on a cookie sheet. Read on for the recipe!