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LUSCIOUS JOYS

OK, so really… who does not love popcorn? Like, really?! I have been putting garlic salt on popcorn for years… and Parmesan cheese… and that Kraft sprinkle cheddar cheese. You don’t have to spend extra money buying those popcorn seasonings they sell in the grocery store (and they do have preservatives in them), which I am allergic to. Like, why not make your own? And it’s fun – just use your imagination! There are tons of different things you can put on popcorn. How about:

Garlic salt

Parmesan cheese

Thyme

Cumin

Oregano

Dry taco seasoning mix

Dry ranch-style seasoning mix

Lemon pepper

Italian herbs: oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, and crushed rosemary.

French herbs: marjoram, thyme, summer savory, basil, rosemary, sage, and fennel

Cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg

Just spray with a little cooking spray first, or be bad like me and slather with melted butter then add your seasonings.

OR – add a little spice to your life and try one of these truly luscious recipes.


Blazing Buffalo Ranch Popcorn

1 Tbsp ranch dressing or dip mix (from a 1 ounce package)

1 Tbsp seafood spice mix (or celery salt)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp powdered sugar (or sugar)

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp vegetable oil

6 quarts popped popcorn

Cooking spray (optional)


In a small bowl, blend ranch dressing mix, spice mix, garlic powder, powdered sugar and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle with vegetable oil and blend until well incorporated. Spray lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle seasoning mix over popcorn to taste and toss. Store leftover seasoning in an airtight container for future use, or until tomorrow because you will crave this snack and dream about eating it every single night!


Party Popcorn

1/3 Cup melted butter

1 tsp soy sauce

1-2 drops hot pepper sauce

2 quarts popped popcorn

2 Cups seasoned assorted snacks

1/2 package (0.56 oz.) bacon-onion dip mix


Add soy sauce and hot pepper sauce to 1/3 Cup melted butter. Put popcorn and seasoned assorted snacks in a large bowl. Pour butter/soy mixture over popped mixture and toss. Sprinkle with bacon-onion mix dip and toss again. Spread on a jellyroll pan and bake in a 350-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once. You’re going to like this!


Caramel Almond Popcorn Clusters

10 Cups freshly popped popcorn

2 Cups whole almonds

1 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 Cup butter or margarine

1/4 Cup light corn syrup

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp baking soda


Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Spray 15 x 10 baking sheet with non-stick spray. Mix popcorn and almonds in large bowl. Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in medium saucepan. Over low heat, stir mixture until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, almond extract and baking soda.

Pour over popcorn and almonds, immediately stirring gently to coat. Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet, spreading evenly. Bake 1 hour then cool completely. Break into pieces and store in airtight container. Need I say more?


Popcorn for supper – why not? At this moment, it sounds like a luscious idea.


Submitted by: Kathryn Hartwell