Let’s talk POPCORN! It is, after all, NATIONAL POPCORN DAY!
I dunno about your household but ours is all about popcorn. When the kids were little it was a standard snack. When I was a kid – (Yes, Virginia, even Mother Connie was a little kid 33 years ago.) Grin/Giggle – Sunday night supper was ALWAYS popcorn and milk.
For that matter, when I was little, most every night had a designated menu: Monday we ate bean soup and Jello salad. Tuesday we nearly always had pork chops with bread and cream gravy. I think you get my drift…you might say we were rather regimented. Grin
Popcorn is such a great snack, mostly because it is cheap. Half a cup of corn will billow up into a couple of bowls full, which can be devoured while the next half cup pops. It makes the house smell good. It can be flavored with salt or pepper or one of those “Mrs.Dash” spice mixes. You can sprinkle cheese over it. You can make caramel corn or cinnamon corn. You can even eat it with no topping whatsoever.
One of my mom’s favorite ways to use leftover popcorn – if we ever had any, which was not often! – was to use it to top off cream of tomato soup! Sorta like croutons for soup!
Popcorn is fabulous for stuffing May Baskets, too, but we’ll save that for another holiday!
The Normanator and I are very blessed to have organic popcorn and we keep it in the freezer. Someone advised me eons ago that if you do keep popcorn in the freezer, you should add a few drops of water to the container so it pops well. This organic corn pops so well that there are never any “old maids” because every kernel explodes into deliciousness!
What’s YOUR favorite way to have popcorn? I hope you can pop up a batch tonight, sit back and relax with your family in the coziness of your home. Maybe you could even have some apples with that corn. YUM.
Are you living on a dime? Do you use EBT cards from WIC or SNAP? Are you just plain frugal? Maybe you get goods from a food pantry or food bank. Perhaps you qualify for food commodities. In any case this blog (even though we are having trouble with “blogremlins”- monsters who mess with the webmaster and make everything look different and awful and boring ) is designed to help you S T R E T C H your food budget and food dollars as far as possible.
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The search goes on continuously to bring you food ideas you would actually create in your own kitchen! Maybe those blogremlins will finally leave and we can get back to business as usual. We can always hope.