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Posts Tagged ‘Popcorn’

Popped Corn Toppings

Posted by terrepruitt on March 11, 2019

What do you like to put on your popcorn? What is your favorite popcorn topping? I love popcorn and lately I have been putting a little bit of butter, olive oil, salt, and nutritional yeast. The butter gives it that rich flavor. The olive oil helps the nutritional yeast stick. The nutritional yeast gives it a nice flavor and adds a little bit of protein.

I have really been loving this lately. And it got me thinking . . . . there are so many things that can be put on popcorn . . . . I was wondering what your favorite thing is.

My husband doesn’t really like popcorn and I find that kind of surprising because popcorn is one of those things that I think of as EVERY ONE liking, but he doesn’t.

A few wiki facts (many copied directly):

–Archaeologists discovered that people have known about popcorn for thousands of years.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes, Cambrian Yoga & Cardio Dance, CYCD

–The term popped corn first appeared in John Russell Bartlett’s 1848 Dictionary of Americanisms.

–Since popcorn remained fairly inexpensive during the Great Depression, the popcorn business was a source of income for many farmers . . . including the Redenbacher family.

–Americans ate three times as much popcorn as they had before when candy production was reduced by sugar rations during World War II.

–In 1981, General Mills received the first patent for a microwave popcorn bag.

–When referring to multiple pieces of popcorn, it is acceptable to use the term “popcorn”. When referring to a singular piece of popcorn, the accepted terminology is kernel.

–Popcorn as a breakfast cereal was consumed by Americans in the 1800s and generally consisted of popcorn with milk and a sweetener.

I didn’t know popcorn was eaten as a breakfast cereal.  Did you?

So what do you like on your popcorn?

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Ooooo! Popped Corn!

Posted by terrepruitt on August 21, 2014

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classesIn 2009 I posted a blog post about cooking popcorn in a pot.  I was pretty smug because I could do it.  And it came out really good.  I could use a tiny pot, the smallest one we have, and end up with at least two good sized bowls of popcorn.  I think I jinxed myself!  I have had an almost impossible time popping popcorn in a pot.  Hmmmmm . . . . it just occurred to me that maybe my popcorn is old.  Does that make a difference?  Actually, I should say, my popcorn IS old, does that make a difference? I am not a fan of all the “stuff” they put in microwave popcorn.  Also, I actually not to use my microwave that much.  I use it, it is convenient, but if I can I would rather use another appliance.  But apparently I can’t any longer.  Sigh.  I don’t know what it is.  Probably old popcorn.  Now that I think of that I will have to buy new popcorn.  I have been wanting popcorn though, but not wanting to try to cook it because of my awful results I have had.  Today, I found some microwave  popcorn I thought I would try.

Have you ever gone into a grocery store and thought about buying something, then changed your mind and not bought it.  But then on the way home you are thinking about having it when you get home.  You are looking forward to making it and eating it or opening the package and eating it or whatever . . . just having it.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classesThen you get home and you realize you didn’t get it?  That is sort of what happened to me.  I was looking at the already popped bagged popcorn . . . ya know like Smartfood or something.  But I didn’t want to buy that because I try to avoid Canola oil.  I saw one that used Olive Oil and I was going to try that, but it said it had pepper in it . . . .and you know (perhaps) that I don’t like pepper.  I knew that it would be too hot.   So then I started looking at the popcorn to see if there was some organic kind.  And I saw the organic popcorn that you microwave.  Really?  Just a few ingredients so I thought I would try it.

It was late, I went out for coffee after my morning Nia class, and I was hungry.  As I was putting my bags in the trunk I looked at one bag that had a few items in it.  Then I looked at my other bag and I thought, “What?  Where is my popcorn?  Did he put all my veggies on the bag?  How is that possible that all of the veggies and that puffy bag of popcorn fit in one bag with room still?”  So I moved the lettuce which revealed the BOX of microwave popcorn and thought, “Well, I guess I won’t be eating any of that on the way home!”

Anyway . . . the popcorn was really good.  I think.  I popped well, and wasn’t greasy.  It didn’t have any “butter” on it.  I liked it.  According to The USDA Agricultural Research Service’s web site there is 31 calories in a cup of air-popped popcorn.  The package from the popcorn I bought says the same thing(-ish).  You can see the rest of the nutritional info from the package in the picture.  The National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference says:

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Energy/kcal     92
Protein     2.88g
Fat     1.01g
Carbohydrate     18.70g
Fiber, total dietary     3.6g

Calcium, Ca     2mg
Iron, Fe     0.64mg
Magnesium, Mg     31mg
Phosphorus, P     72mg
Potassium, K     72mg
Sodium, Na     1mg
Zinc, Zn     0.83mg

Thiamin     0.049mg
Riboflavin     0.068mg
Niacin     0.467mg
Vitamin B-6     0.059mg

Cholesterol     0mg

So for a snack food it is relatively low in calorie and high in fiber.  Low in fat and cholesterol.  Of course, cooking it in oil and adding butter adds more calories and fat.  I like it both ways.  Sometimes I want light and salty and sometimes I want a heavier snack so the butter is better.  But, as I said, I haven’t been able to cook it properly in a long time so I have not had it in a long time.

My husband doesn’t like popcorn.  Not even the smell.  So I usually try to have it while he is not home.

What about you?  Do you like popcorn?  Do you microwave it?  How about the grocery store . . . do you think about eating something you were going to buy then didn’t (and forgot you didn’t buy it)?


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POPCORN, A Thing Of My Past

Posted by terrepruitt on June 21, 2014

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaMy niece was here visiting for a week, but because she is family she doesn’t really get treated like a guest.  It is my stance that she is here visiting ME (and my husband) so I drag her along to all of my Nia classes, my yoga classes, and all the things I have to do.  She is completely capable of staying at the house and relaxing as if on vacation, but — nope, she is here for a visit so I make her visit.  She got out of going with me one day when her uncle took her to the beach.  THEY were visiting.   At the end of the week, my dad came to pick her up and we were waiting for my husband to get off of work so we could all go to dinner.  My dad looked at one of my clocks, then at his watch and he said, “I always look at MY watch.”  Then he said that my clock was fast.  We started talking about how we can’t call POPCORN any longer.  Then I realized that my niece probably doesn’t even know what that is!  So I asked her, she had no idea.  Awwwww.  Sometimes it is sad when things I had all my life are unknown.  The conversation led to, “When did it stop?”  So, of course, I looked it up.  And — guess what?  I found all kinds of information I didn’t know.  This post is about POPCORN or the Speaking Clock!

When I was young if you wanted to know the EXACT time you called 767-1234, or 767-2676, which spells POPCORN.  Now, I grew up in a house with a lot of clocks (probably why I have a lot in our house), but they were set at least 10 minutes ahead of time — I am sure my parents had a reason for that, but I could NOT tell you WHY (but my dad still does it).  Not only were they not set to the correct time, most of them didn’t match.  So, I basically never really could figure out what time it was, so I called POPCORN a lot.

It was also interesting because after a power outage the line would be busy!  Apparently a lot of people were trying to find out what time it was!  My internet search revealed that AT&T stopped the Speaking Clock in California in 2007.  I remember when it stopped.  I remembered it was a hot topic in a lot of my social media feeds, but I didn’t remember the year.  All of the information in this post is from Wiki.  Wiki says that in the United States it was not known by the name “Speaking Clock.”  That is nice for me to know because I don’t remember it ever being called that.  The information states it was typically called “Time of Day.”  I just remember we called it POPCORN.  Although the 767 prefix was just for Northern California.  (Wiki calls the prefix “exchanges”)

Quick Wiki facts:

–France had the first speaking clock service, it started on February 14, 1933
–Not all speaking clocks are a free call, sometimes services charges apply
–Some counties have speaking clocks in more than one language
–Some services supply local time and local weather

The following countries have speaking clocks:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados,Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France Germany, Greece, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand,  Ukraine, United Kingdom,

Norway had the service until 2007.  Also, it could be that some of these services have since been ceased.

Ha.  Cool.  I never really thought about other countries having a speaking clock.  Seems like a lot of the States in America have stopped the service due to the use of cell phones.  Not many people using their cell phones to CALL to see what time it is.  And cell phone clocks don’t need to be set.  I used to carry the phone (not a cell phone) from clock to clock and set the time to the EXACT time according to POPCORN.  I just was kind a little surprised the other day by the thought that my niece didn’t even know what it was.  I am so happy that Deb Wong thought to video tape it and put it on Youtube for those of use that want to hear that familiar voice to see it!  THANKS Deb!

So . . . do any of you local remember this?  Miss it?  How about you all living not local (to me)?  Do you have a Specking Clock?  Do you use it?


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Popcorn – Cooked In A Pot

Posted by terrepruitt on October 15, 2009

Recently I had a friend over and she made me laugh so hard.  I was making popcorn for us and she kept saying things like, “If this works . . . .” “I can’t wait to see if this works.”  “Are you sure this is going to work out?”  It made me laugh.  I had a pot and I made a HUGE bowl of popcorn.  I didn’t take pictures at the time because I didn’t think I would blog about it, but then I made some more the other day and it reminded me that popcorn can be a healthy snack.

Ever cooked it on the stove?

I use a pot that will net me as much popcorn as I want.  Remember a little pot will still net you a lot of popcorn.  Since I use different size pots I don’t measure per se.

Pour enough olive oil in the bottom of the pot to cover from 1/2 to 3/4 of the bottom.  You don’t want so much oil that the whole bottom of the pot is covered, then you will just end up with oily popcorn.

Let the oil get hot.  Then pour enough popcorn in to fill the bottom.  I usually let it make about two “layers”.  Then put the lid on.

I realized that I was not good at making popcorn in a pot until I got pots and pans with glass lids.  I always wanted to SEE if the popcorn is popping, so I would lift the lid.  And that would take the heat out of the pot and the popcorn would burn before it popped.  But with a glass lid I can let all the heat build up in the pot, which allows the heat to build up in the kernel and then POP!

I DO move the pot around, shaking it.  I have a glasstop so I lift the pot up to shake it, but if you have a stove that you can move your pot around while it is still on the heat that is even better.

HAVE A BOWL READY!  Because once the pot gets full and the popcorn starts pushing the lid off you need to start pouring.  So just keep putting the popcorn in the bowl, return the pot to the stove, let more popped corn fill the pot, pour, pop, pour, pop.  You might be able to turn the stove off in between that, it all depends on your stove and your pot, but you will get the hang of it after a couple of times.

Re-reading this before I post makes me want popcorn.  Do you like popcorn?  How do you cook it?

After I am done, I just salt it, I don’t use butter.  But if you do, you can just melt it in the pot you just used to cook the popcorn.  And if you do use butter, the calories and the fat content of the snack does go up.  But, I think that butter is better than the “butter” they use at the theater.  What is that stuff?  Ewww.

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