Saturday, February 23, 2013

Homemade Microwave Kettle Corn

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

Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

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.