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I’m Ready to POP!

Today I found a kernel in my teeth that was leftover from celebrating yesterday’s obscure holiday of the day, Popcorn Lover’s Day.  Usually the silly days of celebration and recognition are lost on me, but it doesn’t take much coaxing to get me to enjoy my favorite snack food!  This is a holiday that I think should have fallen on the weekend when more people are seeing movies and have time at home to try out interesting popcorn recipes, so I’m going to grant you an extension and offer some tips to help make your next bowl of popcorn more satisfying!
The library has several books of recipes strictly devoted to popcorn:

Popcorn!  60 irresistible recipes for everyone’s favorite snack by Frances Towner Giedt.

The title says it all!

Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America by Andrew F. Smith.

The history, legends, and cookery of America’s favorite snack food.

The Popcorn Lover’s Book by Sue Spitler and Nao Hauser.

Popcorn over 100 different ways! 

One of my favorite ways to make popcorn is “lovingly” referred to by my husband as “Kelly’s Gross Popcorn” (it’s not my fault he doesn’t like hot sauce).  Prove his nickname wrong by making and enjoying this simple snack: 

Pop your popcorn.  Melt butter in a small dish in the microwave.  Sprinkle in hot sauce (as much heat as you can handle!). Pour over popcorn and generously coat the batch with nutritional yeast (this is an ingredient that you can purchase in bulk at natural food stores).  The finished product has a cheddary taste with a kick and is vegan if you use a non-dairy margarine like Earth Balance!

Want to add flavor but feel a little lazy?  You’re in luck!  Lots of companies are making popcorn flavors like the ones below that are ready to shake onto your popcorn for an instant flavor facelift!  My unexpected favorite is the Dill Pickle one. 

(picture via the Real Simple website)

Enjoy your popcorn!

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