15 Ways to Eat Your Popcorn

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This is a reprint of my column that ran in yesterday’s issue of the Record-Eagle. “I don’t understand all these things people are doing to popcorn.  Why bother?  Popcorn is perfect with just a little salt on it.”  Thus said my father while we chatted on the phone a couple weeks ago.  At the time…

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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[First published in November 2009] I’ve received lovely notes from many of you inquiring after my absence here.  First, let me thank you all for caring enough to ask.  Second, let me explain why I’m reposting this. My husband and I have visited his Aunt Patti in the Houston Heights area the last couple years…

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Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

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A.) It’s rainy. B.) It’s chilly. C.) My husband was on a business trip this week meaning that I parented our five boys solo. D.) My husband got in from that business trip at 1:30 a.m. this morning. E.) I’ve been canning like a maniac for weeks on end. F.) I have a hole in…

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Sweet Black Cherry Pie Filling

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I used to think I despised cherries. This was some high-heresy for a girl raised awfully close to ‘The Cherry Capital of the World’.*  Why I thought cherries were gross I can attribute to two reasons: A) I didn’t like the whole spit-the-pit thing.  I was a tidy child. B) The only way to eat…

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Black Forest Truffle Tart

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I’m just going to go ahead and say it now because I’ve been biting my tongue for nearly a month now; I don’t like hot weather. It makes me sweat.  And sweating makes me cranky.  Ergo, heat makes me cranky. I don’t mean the lovely warmth of a kitchen where bread is baking on a…

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Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt

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Hot days require cold things to eat.  That is the law in my house.  I decreed it.  And so it was written. There is nothing quite like ice cream to relieve the heat from the inside out, but The Evil Genius is still on his crazy “I want to be healthy!” kick.  And so, loving…

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Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers and S’Mores Bars

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Oftentimes, the ordinary things are the ones that bring the most pleasure; a cool breeze on a hot day, sitting quietly next to your kids on the couch, studying puffy white clouds in a cerulean sky, eating the first sun-warmed berry of the season or curling up to sleep at night between cool, clean sheets….

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Celery Soda

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I have to admit that Celery Soda is not exactly a normal sounding recipe.  While watching Alton Brown whip together this recipe on Good Eats, my first thought was, “Celery WHAT?”  My incredulity notwithstanding, the idea took hold. And boy did it ever take hold.  My brain kept trying to imagine how a syrup steeped…

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