Good Popcorn!

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    Apr 20, 2020 1:47 AM GMT
    Just made some for my guy. A great big bowl, into which I dumped half a stick of melted butter, and a teaspoon of salt. He loves it! Even the chef himself admits I do know how to popcorn! LOL! For what that’s worth, which is about the cost of the popcorn itself.

    Earlier I grilled the last of our Omaha Steaks (another of my VERY minor, VERY hidden talents). And he made the sides of sweet potato and green peas. A nice meal for being in confinement.

    Later, as a nightcap, I’ll make him some hot chocolate (always with milk, never water), with peppermint schnapps, mini marshmallows, and whipped cream. I’d also include a small peppermint cane as a stirrer, but not sure we have any left over from the holidays, hafta check.

    Simple but yummy! Peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate is wonderful, and you can boost it with vodka and other things. But I like just the schnapps. If you live in a cold climate you should try it - you’ll thank me!

    - 1 coffee mug with 8 ounces milk, heated to near boiling. A microwave works well, right in the mug.
    - 1 packet of Swiss Miss powdered hot cocoa mix (we like the dark chocolate version). Stir in after the milk is hot.
    - 1½ shots of peppermint schnapps (or amount to taste). De Kuyper brand is most commonly available in the US.
    - top with mini marshmallows, whipped cream, add other liquors as desired.
    - a mini striped candy cane stirrer makes a nice presentation, and gives additional peppermint flavor as it melts, but difficult to find off-season.
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    Apr 20, 2020 11:45 AM GMT
    He loved his peppermint schnapps hot cocoa! And I did find a mini candy cane for it. I didn’t make any for myself, wanted to save more for him later.

    And the dinner was lovely, too. He likes his steak a lot more done than I do (rare-medium rare), so I take mine off the grill much sooner, and leave his there for him to decide when his own is ready (medium to well). So that I really didn’t cook both, just mine and started his.

    But open grilling allows that kind of personalizing, and certainly takes the heavy responsibility off my shoulders, of getting someone else's expensive steak just right. And with him being the critical master chef & gourmand I am doubly intimidated.

    I only attempt simple cooking tasks within my limited abilities, to spread out the workload so he never feels he’s being exploited or taken advantage of. He loves to cook, but I never want him to think I expect it, or that I would demand to be served like he’s the hired help, that he must do it all, while I sit on my ass at this computer or watching TV on our bed. icon_redface.gif

    And in truth I really don’t. Your relationship has degenerated if you ever think or act in that manner. But it can start with routine daily activities like cooking, or doing laundry, house cleaning, etc, that can degrade into unequal patterns.
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    Apr 20, 2020 1:22 PM GMT
    Incidentally, the popcorn kernels I’m using are “Pop-Secret JUMBO Popping Corn.” Usually it’s Orville Redenbacher’s, but those were all gone from the store shelf when I needed more, at the beginning of the coronavirus panic.

    I’ve since gotten 2 big jars of the Redenbacher’s (on a 2-for-1 sale!), but they’ll stay unopened until the Pop-Secret is gone. Frankly I don’t notice any taste or popping difference, both the same, almost all the kernels of both brands pop in our machine.

    For oil I’m currently using coconut, because he wanted to try that, read that it was better than the Redenbacher-branded safflower oil we had. Again, I notice little difference. I haven’t tried peanut oil. To me popcorn’s popcorn. I dunno, I suppose this is why he’s the chef and I’m not. icon_redface.gif

    For butter I just melt a half stick (4 ounces) of sweet salted butter in the microwave (I prefer Land O Lakes butter, actually believe I can taste a better difference versus others. Or perhaps a prejudice because I lived up there for over a decade?), to pour over the popped corn. That I put in a large Tupperware bowl, filled from our Waring electric popping machine.

    But first I add a teaspoon of salt on the dry popcorn, put the lid on the Tupperware, then shake it vigorously in every direction. There’s special popcorn salt, I think a more powdery grind and more expensive, but I just use everyday Morton table. Next comes the liquid butter, with the same vigorous shaking.

    I serve it in the same plastic Tupperware bowl, it’s just for our home TV watching. Any unfinished gets covered with the lid and keeps well for about a day or 2.

    The lid has a hinged vent. I believe a Tupperware brand exclusive feature, to allow microwave reheating without excess moisture loss or splatter with some foods. If he wants that just-popped warmth.

    Having been a shamelessly spoiled child myself, I try to apply those same “lessons” with him. He seems to approve. And nothing less than he deserves, unlike the unworthy spoiled little brat I was.
  • LJay

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    Apr 22, 2020 7:33 AM GMT
    Try Orville's in a brown paper bag in the microwave. It pops up beautifully with no added fat. Then you are free to garnish as preferred. I use a 5# size bag and about 1/3 cup of kernels. Takes less than three minutes in my nuker.