Deck the Halls with Amazing Flavor!
This is the time of year when families and friends gather to share stories,
gifts, and, most importantly, food! Make your guests happy this year with a
variety of foods everyone can enjoy with very little work on your end. Who
says the holidays have to be about slaving in the kitchen all day? There
are many simple to prepare concession items which can have their recipes
"altered" a bit to make them delectable holiday favorites! Here are a
couple of good ideas:
Popcorn is good any time of the year, but when it's cold outside, people
cozy up inside for movie marathons and even video game tournaments.
Holiday Gourmet Popcorn
Popcorn has been a part of holiday celebrations for about as long as anyone
can remember. When I was just a little King of Popcorn, my siblings and I
spent a great deal of time stringing kernels of popcorn together to decorate
the tree. To this day, I still hang popcorn on my tree every year as
tradition. Though, as my lovely wife pointed out last year, the tradition
is probably not about the popcorn so much as the act of sitting down with my
family and cooperating in a shared activity. And, once again, my beautiful
wife is correct. The times I spent stringing popcorn with my family are
also some of the most endearing memories I have of the holidays while
Popcorn Balls: Amazing Legendary Confectioneries
The legend behind the invention of the popcorn ball is a pretty tall tale.
In fact, it's right up there with Paul Bunyan's giant blue ox and Pecos Bill
somehow having the ability to lasso a tornado. But, those stories are as
American as the popcorn ball itself, so it only figures the origin of the
popcorn ball should be as extraordinary.
References to popcorn balls appeared in writings as far back as the 1840's.
However, the first published recipe is attributed to New York cookbook
author E. F. Haskell in her "Housekeeper's Encyclopedia", first distributed
in 1861. And, the recipe hasn't changed much since the popcorn ball's wild
burst of popularity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
But, this facts are not nearly as intriguing as the fantastical tale of the
first popcorn balls. Hold on to your hat.
Nacho Regular Blog Entry
Way back when I was in College (and long before I was the "King of
Pop..corn"), I was a cook at the famous "Nacho Mama's" Mexican restaurant in
Savannah, GA. While I was employed there, I learned how to make fresh
nachos from scratch. And, when I say "fresh nachos from scratch", I mean
it. We hand-flattened our own corn tortillas, fried them up to a crispy
golden brown, and served them with whatever toppings our customers desired.
It was a long process, fraught with literally hours of work including the
mixing of ingredients, the pressing of the tortillas, drying, cutting,
frying, and, finally, presenting the final product. Heck, cutting them into
triangles was even dangerous. I almost lost my left thumb one time!