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National Popcorn Day is January 26th

January 26, 2010

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freshly made popcorn with homemade toppings is always a fantastic fun tasty treat!

Yes popcorn! January 26th is National Popcorn Day.

Popcorn happens to be one of my all time favorite treats which I share that I indulge in at least once a week. Great source of fiber to boot. I prefer mine to be air-popped and recently shared an article here and on ehow.com in how to make your own microwaved popcorn using simply a clean brown paper lunch bag, but what about toppings?

Recently my sister sent me for the holidays, home-grown organic popcorn from Michigan. I was so surprised at how white in color this particular popcorn was and there obviously are different types of corn varieties out there, and making fresh popcorn at home is not only cheaper, but healthier than that from microwavable popcorn – just saying…

Popcorn Making Tip:
With the toppings below, it is always best to have a large bowl so that it is easier to toss the popcorn. And by letting your melted butter cool down before drizzling over your popcorn will prevent the popcorn from withering or shrinking due to the wet butter. Let’s get popping!

The toppings are what really make popcorn great. Here are a few of my favorite choices and how to’s:

Rosemary and browned butter popcorn topping for 5 cups of popcorn:
3 tablespoons FRESH minced finely Rosemary (more or less depending upon how you love rosemary)
3-5 tablespoons butter, slowly melted.

Add rosemary to melted butter and let butter brown slightly – then let it cool down for five minutes before drizzling over your popcorn.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn with Cayenne and Cinnamon:
1 teaspoon cayenne & 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon added to your melting butter, then drizzle over popcorn.

Your very own Kettle popcorn:
To melting butter, add 2 teaspoons of white sugar, let sugar dissolve in melting butter, then cool slightly, then poor over popcorn.

Italian Popcorn:
Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan and Italian seasonings over your just buttered popcorn for an added twist.

These are just a few that I switch back ‘to and fro’ depending upon how I am feeling that particular day when in need of a freshly made popcorn treat!

Also to note this day in history, on January 26th:

National Popcorn Day
National Peanut Brittle Day
Australia: National Australia Day
St. Timothy’s Day, patron against stomachaches

1788 Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor.

1838 The first state temperance law was passed in Tennessee.

1861 Samuel Slocum died. He invented a machine to make pins with solid heads and a machine for sticking the pins in a paper holder for sale.

1875 The first battery-powered dentist’s drill was patented by George F Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1932 William Wrigley, Jr. died. He started out as a traveling salesman at the age of 13, selling soap for his father’s company. He had a series of sales jobs, one of which gave chewing gum as a premium. Customers liked the gum better than the product, so he was soon marketing his own gum, Juicy Fruit in 1893, and later that year Wrigley’s Spearmint. An advertising genius, his company became the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.

2007 Food writer Sharon Tyler Herbst died. Author of ‘ The Food Lover’s Companion,’ ‘The Joy of Cookies,’ and more than a dozen other books.

Souce for this day in history: http://www.foodreference.com/html/html/january26.html

Chow Ciao for Now ~Chef Maven

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