Monday, February 7, 2011

Impromptu Kettle Corn

Well dear friends, it was inevitable.  I am sick.  I (not so) secretly blame my boyfriend, since he was coughing and sniffling far earlier than I was (darn him for being so cute that I can't resist his kisses, even when they're germ infested).  So to get to the point of my story, when I'm feeling under the weather I live by the motto, "Feed a cold, starve a fever."  Don't ask me where I heard it, but it works like a charm every time.  So since my temperature is completely normal, I hereby commence stuffing my face.

After devouring leftovers from Super Bowl Sunday (including dinner and dessert), I decided I wanted popcorn.  But not just regular popcorn.  Kettle corn.  More specifically, the kind that comes in the red bag with the white letters!  But of course, no such luck having any in the house.  So Typhoid Sara officially has to improvise.

Enter one bag of microwave popcorn.  I stuck that in the microwave for 2 minutes and poured 3/4 cup of water and 3/4 cup of sugar in a little pot and turned the heat up.  I let it boil gently for about 8 minutes (or long enough for me to eat a bowl of soup), until it coated the back of a spoon.  I turned off the heat, poured it carefully (very hot sugar = bye bye skin) over the popcorn in a large bowl and shook it up to coat everything.  Voila!  Instant kettle corn, minus the fuss and the money (and everything I used was already in my house).  This is my kind of snack!  I would post a picture, but really it just looks like shiny popcorn - not very interesting to look at.  I think next time I make this I will sprinkle the top with cinnamon.

In other words, no frills AND the sick girl got a yummy snack with very little effort.  I love when the simplest recipes come together.

Now if only the puppies would stop trying to stick their noses in the bowl. :)

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