Archive for December, 2011
We were wandering the mall today and people watching. It’s Christmas, so many people shopping but so few smiling, in fact I could only engage one person in a smile in about two hours, interesting observation. Anyway the smells of the mall got to me, cinabon, the pretzel shop, the chocolate chip cookies, everywhere tempting dangerous food. I came home to a wonderful salad with greens, lime dressing and homemade guacamole and some delicious homemade soup Phil made with thanksgiving leftovers. As the evening wore on I felt my senses wandering back to the smells of Christmas shopping at the mall and decided to make a treat! So here it is, the bulk I will share with my gradeschool Sunday school class tomorrow, they will be shocked because I NEVER give them sugar!
Homemade Cracker Jacks
1 recipe of Uncle Phil’s organic popcorn, lightly salted
1 recipe of Honey Caramel Sauce
Uncle Phil’s Organic Homemade Popcorn
This was a real hit at our class. Microwave popcorn is extremely harmful to your health, the fumes alone are known to cause lung cancer. Make your own in minutes. One question came up at our class: “Is Organic Popcorn genetically modified?” According to the popcorn board, no popcorn is genetically modified at this time.
Heavy Pan with a handle and a lid or a Whirlypop Popcorn Popper
1 cup organic popcorn (never use non-organic popcorn)
1/3 cup grape seed oil or coconut oil or a combination
¼ cup earth balance or organic real butter
½ to ¾ tsp fine grind Celtic sea salt
Put oil in pan, turn on heat, put in earth balance or butter.
When butter is melted add popcorn and salt.
Shake pan or stir whirly pop continuously until it stops popping and pour into a large bowl or a clean paper bag immediately.
Honey Caramel Sauce
1/4 cup organic unsalted butter
1/4 cup raw local honey
2 Tablespoons organic cream or half and half
1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla
1. Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil or butter.
2. Have a very large mixing bowl or tub ready to mix the concoction in.
3. Combine everything except the vanilla in a heavy sauce pan. Stirring constantly over medium heat, cook until it is about 245-250 degrees farenhiet. It will be creamy and caramel-looking.
4. Drizzle the sauce over the popcorn, stirring or mixing with some large greased tongs until well distributed and most of the popcorn is lightly covered. Lay it out on the baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Store in a sealed container.