Saturday, February 23, 2013
Tired of buying bags of kettle corn at the store? I switched over to using my hot air popper to make popcorn with a bit of popcorn oil and a few shakes of kettle corn seasoning and that was pretty good for a while. Then I ran out of kettle corn seasoning, and couldn't find a place to buy it. That brought me to the internet because I was sure that I could make my own. It's just salt and sugar, right?
Instead what I found was this super easy method of making kettle corn in the microwave. It's quick and there's no pot to clean at the end. However it does take a bit of experimentation to figure out how long to microwave it. Listen carefully the first time you make it--when the popping slows so that there's 1-2 seconds between pops, hit the stop button and record the time. Warning: addictive!
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Good Bolognese sauce takes time, right? Well, what if you used a slow cooker to cook down the sauce? That is the question I asked myself as I created this recipe. I was tired of watery meat sauce, but I also didn't want to have to babysit a sauce for a couple of hours each time I made it.
This makes a nice, thick, flavorful sauce. You could add 1/3 cup red wine to the mix to give it a stronger flavor. Serve it warm over hot al dente pasta with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan. Add a salad and a side of crusty bread for a perfect weeknight supper. This sauce can also be made ahead and keeps well in the refrigerator or freezer.