Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Whatchamacallit Popcorn

You can bet I'll be making this..

Whatchamacallit Popcorn
Makes about 8 cups
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels (makes about 6 cups popped)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • *optional 2-3 cups chopped Whatchamacallit candy bars
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
How to Make
  1. Preheat oven to 250°
  2. Line a large jelly roll or roasting pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl make your popcorn in an airpopper popcorn maker. Set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and let boil on medium heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.
  5. Pour peanut butter caramel over top the popcorn and before mixing sprinkle the Rice Krispie cereal on top.
  6. THEN mix everything together, making sure the popcorn and cereal get coated in mixture.
  7. Spread popcorn into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  8. When popcorn is done spread it out onto a parchment lined counter to cool, breaking apart large pieces.
  9. Sprinkle chopped candy bars evenly over top.
  10. Melt chocolate chips in a heavy zip-top container in 30 second increments, squeezing after each, until melted. Snip off the end of the bag and drizzle over top popcorn and candy bars.
  11. Allow chocolate to set completely.
store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 (16-oz.) package farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
1 pound fresh broccoli 
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

2. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

3. Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using tip of a paring knife. Peel away tough outer layer of stems, and finely chop stems.

4. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes, and stir to coat. Cover and chill 3 hours. Stir bacon and pecans into salad just before serving.

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