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Easy Homemade Kettle Corn

homemade kettle corn
Okay who doesn’t like sweet and salty kettle corn?
One of my favorite things to get at the fair or ball game is kettle corn. But having to wait for a special event for this tasty treat just didn’t seem right anymore. ‘Enough of the waiting let’s do this at home!’

Well 5 minutes later and we’ve got Kettle Corn! Seriously this is my new favorite treat to make in my kitchen.

Easy Homemade Kettle Corn

I mean easy, 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and just a little elbow grease. If you’re like me you hate exercising, just throw all of these in the pot and shake shake shake for a few minutes, burn a few calories and get rewarded with a perfectly sweet and salty treat. It’s a win win :) -or at least it is in my book.

Easy Homemade Kettle Corn
 
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Sweet and salty popcorn your kids will love! Seriously, I had 5 little ones devour this.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves/Makes: 6

Ingredients
  • 2 Tbs Peanut Oil (or Sunflower Oil, or Canola Oil)
  • 1 Tbs Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ⅓ Cup Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup Popping Kernels

Directions
  1. Throw all ingredients into a large 8 QT thick bottomed pot with secure lid. Turn heat to high and cover.
  2. Put on oven mitts to protect your hands and begin to shake pot continuously holding the lid on tight (about 3 minutes). Shaking keeps the sugar from burning and heat to distribute evenly.
  3. Once kernels begin to pop shake pot vigorously until popping slows down. (only about a minute of popping).
  4. Remove from heat immediately, leave lid on for a few more seconds for the last couple of pops, then pour into a large bowl.
  5. Add more salt to taste.

Corn Recipes

As we begin a new month and new season here at Cookin’ Food we want to expand our horizons. So we’ll be hosting a link party every Thursday to feature your creations. Our hope is to inspire Good Times in every home, by sharing your gifts and talents with others. Please join in the fun, tell your friends, visit the other blogs, and let the Good Times roll!

Easy Kettle Corn

homemade kettle corn

Perfectly Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn in 5 minutes!

To kick off the party we’ll share some of our recipes this week, but in the weeks to come we’ll feature some of our favorites that you link up.

Corn Recipes from Popcorn to Cornbread

mom's-popcorn

Easy Homemade Popcorn

Ghosts Almond Bark Popcorn

Spooky Almond Bark Popcorn Ghosts

Festive Popcorn

Fall Popcorn for Parties

CaramelCornCandybar

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

cornbread

The Best Cornbread

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Mexican Sweet Corn Cake

Biscuits and Gravy

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Biscuits and Gravy

Okay I promised Sausage Gravy for those delectable biscuits, so here it is!

For years growing up the only thing I would order for breakfast at restaurants was biscuits and gravy. I’m sure that contributed to my waist line, but I couldn’t help myself. It was and still is one of my favorite comfort foods, warming to the body as well as the soul.

So when I asked Memaw for her secret recipe she handed it over gladly, and I was surprised just how easy it was to make.

Classic Biscuits and Gravy

Only 5 ingredients! Just how Memaw used to make it in the heart of Minnesota at the restaurant. Thick, but not too thick. Peppery, but not too much. A savory breakfast to fuel your day.

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
 
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Memaw’s sausage gravy recipe, a classic white gravy perfect over biscuits.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients
  • 1 lbs Breakfast Sausage (pork or chicken)
  • 2 Tbs. All Purpose Flour
  • 1+ Cups 2% or Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper

Directions
  1. Ok start with your pan on high heat. Brown the sausage into tiny bits. If your sausage came in casings remove from casings before cooking.
  2. Once the sausage is cooked, browned (not burned), whisk or use a good wooden spoon to stir in 2 tbs of flour into the sausage drippings. Scrape up the bits on the bottom of the pan and work the flour into a paste.
  3. Then slowly whisk in your milk to the flour and sausage until the flour is dissolved. Bring the gravy to a boil to thicken. If the gravy is too thick, slowly add milk by the tablespoon until it’s the consistency you want. Hint: it should not boil and spit everywhere that’s too thick.
  4. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. I use both liberally.
  5. Enjoy over our buttermilk biscuits!

Biscuits

Try Our Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe!


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Best BLT

Dressing Up Dinner in a Flash: Making the Best BLTs in 1-2-3!

You may be thinking, ‘Um, BLT? Isn’t that just throwing Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato on bread?’ No, no, nooo…Don’t just do that! I mean you can, but if you want an awesome BLT and some great flavor you’ll want to read this! I’ll show you a couple quick steps to making the BLT your favorite sandwich, and I swear it will only take you an extra 60 seconds!… These steps are so great, they made my hubby -who hates fresh tomatoes on anything- devour these BLTs!

The Best BLT

Step one to creating this tasty sandwich is to toast your bread. And I use sourdough for mine, but you can use your favorite bread! And then use whatever condiment you like best. For me it’s a light spread of Mayo, for my hubby it’s Whole Grain Dijon Mustard. (Oh and put the bacon in the skillet, as that’s the only thing you have to cook!)

Step two is first finding the best -perfectly ripe- on the vine tomatoes. Then slice your tomatoes about 1/4″ thick and season them up. Yes, that’s right season your tomatoes! Who would have thought? I liberally salt and pepper both sides of each slice, and then I give a light sprinkling of garlic powder to each side as well. the best tomatoes paired with a bit of flavor really makes this sandwich sing, yummm!

Step three is dressing your greens. Yes you can just through iceberg lettuce on any old sandwich and call it good. But that’s not good if you want great! So start by using a fresh bag of baby greens or other variety of dark leafy greens as your lettuce. Then add about 1-2 Tbs to taste of Rice Vinegar (or apple cider vinegar works great), and a little fresh cracked pepper. Then once your bacon is cooked take 1 Tbs. of the bacon drippings and spoon in over your lettuce. Toss your greens really well and make sure they’re to your taste. This way you can use all of those tasty greens on your sandwiches and then eat what’s left over as a salad on the side! Genius! And oh so good!

Then all that is left to do is assembling your sandwiches. Put as much bacon, lettuce, and tomato as you want on yours. And if we’re having these for dinner I will add a slice of cheese to mine like provolone, swiss, or cheddar. Enjoy your new and improved BLT’s and tell your friends!

Also, all of these little tips can help wake up any mundane sandwich. Try them out for your next packed lunch and I promise you won’t be disappointed! Yay for warmer weather and fresh produce!

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topped with slivered almonds

Triple Berry Cobbler

It’s peak berry season around here so I had to make something good with all of these fresh berries around. I ran to my local farmer’s market last week and got 3 pints of berries for just $8, and food out here is expensive, that was easily more than half off what I could find at the store. You should really check your farmer’s market out if you haven’t already. They’ve got some great stuff, and you can make some amazing deals. I like to run to mine in the last 1/2 hour each week and see what I can pick up with just a few bucks in my pocket. I’ll keep going to the very last dollar. Like last week, I got a couple huge, locally and organically grown zucchini for $1, it was totally worth it.

While trying to decide what to make with these lovely berries I was reminded of a camping trip several years ago. We really wanted to make cobbler but all we had was a can of blueberries and pancake mix. My mom and aunt Tammy went to the little gas station we were camping next to and were able to find sugar, but that was it. So with a dutch oven, berries, and some sweetened pancake mix they made some of the best cobbler I’ve ever tasted. It was so simple and good. So, I thought I’d try to make a slightly healthier version using very ripe fresh berries, some buttermilk, and almond meal. I basically made homemade whole wheat pancakes and poured the batter over the fresh berries. It turned out very good, wholesome, filling, and I didn’t feel guilty about eating it for dessert and breakfast the next day.


…and 30 minutes later…

5.0 from 2 reviews

Triple Berry Cobbler
 
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A fresh, sweet, and satisfying dessert, that brings all the flavors of summer to your table. Use your favorite berries that are in season to create the perfect after dinner, picnic, or camping treat that is perfect for all ages.
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Serves/Makes: 10

Ingredients
  • 1 Pint Blueberries
  • 1 Pint Blackberries
  • ½ Pint Raspberries
  • ¼ Cup Sugar (for Berries)
  • ½ Cup Flour
  • ½ Cup Almond Meal (or whole wheat flour)
  • ½ Cup Buttermilk
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Rinse fresh berries and place in a bowl with ¼ cup sugar, stir, and set aside.
  3. Combine all of the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl with a spoon to create the cobbler topping.
  4. Spray an 8″ pie dish or 8×8″ baking pan with baking spray. Place the prepared berries on the bottom and top with the cobbler batter evenly.
  5. Bake for approx. 30 minutes.

Tips
Almond Meal and Whole Wheat flour can be substituted for eachother in nearly any recipe.

Use fresh and very ripe berries for this dessert for the best flavor.

Enjoy the Cobbler with ice cream or whipped cream for an added treat.

topped with slivered almonds


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