Operation Popcorn, May be yes, May be no

June 1st, 2016

So for the month of May it is down to the wire.  The flavor of the month is Chocolate Dipped Banana, and yes Hey Popcorn guys sense of humor just keeps on giving doesn’t it?  So with the help of my daughter Morgan, we concocted a plan.  Banana chocolate chip oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches.  And just for a little added bonus, rolled in chocolate dipped banana popcorn.  I have to say that we road tested those ice cream sandwiches, and yes they are delicious.  So check out next month, heaven only knows what Hey Popcorn Guy has in store for us next, always with a twinkle in his eye and a laugh….thank goodness.  Until next month, check out Hey Popcorn Guy on Facebook and see what flavors he is highlighting and where he will turn up next.

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

3 medium bananas, mashed

2 cups quick cooking oats

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.  Add to creamed mixture and combine.  Stir in mashed bananas, oats and chocolate chips.

Grease baking sheets.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.  I actually baked these in a jelly roll pan with a silicone liner, for approximately 20 minutes and let them cool.  Then cut them with a biscuit cutter to get the round shape.

 

Operation Popcorn, April Fool’s

April 21st, 2016

20160421_174222

 

This month Hey Popcorn Guy dropped of the flavor for this month’s challenge and it’s no April fool’s!  Honey Mustard is the flavor this month.  My daughter Morgan came to visit with our new granddaughter Willow for a few days and so we were throwing out ideas as to how to utilize the honey mustard popcorn in a recipe and Honey Mustard Meatballs was the winner.  So this month’s challenge was made by Morgan Kubash, and they were tasty.  Served alongside mashed potatoes, oriental style veggies, it was what’s for dinner!

Honey Mustard Meatballs

3 cups Hey Popcorn Guy Honey Mustard Popcorn

10 Ritz Crackers

1 pound hamburger

½ medium onion, chopped

1 Tablespoon Honey Mustard

 

Pulse together honey mustard popcorn, Ritz crackers and medium onion together in a food processor, pulse until the consistency of bread crumbs. Mix into the hamburger, with the honey mustard, just until incorporated.  Form into small meatballs, place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes.  Serve with honey mustard cream sauce.

 

Honey Mustard Cream Sauce

 

4 Tablespoons butter

4 Tablespoons flour

3 cups milk

4 Tablespoons Honey Mustard

¼ teaspoon season salt

Pinch of black pepper

1 teaspoon dill

 

Place butter in a pan to melt.  Once the butter is melted, add flour and whisk into butter and cook for approximately one minute.  Add milk and continue to whisk until thickens.  Add honey mustard, salt, black pepper and dill.

Operation Popcorn Easter

March 21st, 2016

In preparation for our own version of March Madness, Hey Popcorn Guy messaged me at the end of February and let me know that he would be delivering the next challenge soon.  He did sound in the message a tad bit on the devilish side, however I hoped for the best and was pleasantly surprised.  Grandma La La, Hey Popcorn Guy’s better half, dropped off the challenge a few days later, she said it reminds them of Spring.  So being that Spring brings Easter time I thought why not make an edible candy bowl for all those sweet treats.  Any holiday that offers up candy is one I can get excited about so here is the recipe for our edible candy bowl using Citrus Blend popcorn compliments of Hey Popcorn Guy!

1/3 bag of 10 oz. bag of marshmallows

3 Tablespoons butter

6 oz. white chocolate chips

Melt together in a sauce pan the marshmallows, butter and white chocolate chips.  Once melted turn off the heat and add the bag of Citrus Blend popcorn and stir to coat.  Pour into a plastic bowl and with buttered hands, work to form the shape of the bowl.  Let set up.  Remove from the plastic bowl once cooled and fill with your favorite candy.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Operation Popcorn, Take 2

February 13th, 2016

The second delivery of popcorn was dropped off earlier this week, and if people perhaps have been fooled into thinking “Hey Popcorn Guy” doesn’t have a sense of humor, rest easy, because he does.  Which was demonstrated in the flavor of popcorn that he brought me to work with….Black Cherry & Red Cherry.  I know right?  He is thinking perhaps that I have more imagination then I really do, however let’s give it a go.  This was a bit of a head scratcher for me and I was up against the ropes for awhile, I’m not gonna lie, then the creative process took over and a recipe was born.  The bars are really tasty and I hope when you find yourself with some Black Cherry & Red Cherry popcorn from “Hey Popcorn Guy” that you will give this recipe a try!

Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Base Layer

1 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal

1 1/2 cups Black Cherry & Red Cherry Popcorn

5 oz. large marshmallows

1/4 cup butter

 

Second Layer

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

 

Top Layer

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup milk chocolate chips (this recipe would be amazing with dark chocolate)

 

You will need a 13 X 9 pan, butter the pan well.  Place the marshmallows and butter in a pan. Place pan on medium heat and begin to melt, continually stirring.  Once the marshmallows and butter have melted together, stir in popcorn and crispy cereal. Press out on the bottom of the 13 X 9 pan , allow to cool.  While the cereal layer is cooling, place softened cream cheese, whipping cream and powdered sugar in a mixer and whip until combined, and then whip for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.  Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cereal mixture with a spatula.  Melt together in a bowl the chocolate chips.  You can use a double boiler, or what I did was melt it in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between.  Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, stir together once more and spread onto the cheesecake layer.  At this point you can refrigerate the bars, however I did not, I allowed them to cool on the counter and then cut them into squares.

 

Celebrating in Style!

February 13th, 2016

 

Bring your sweetheart, a group of friends, or fly solo!

Grayling will be bringing the full show to Winemakers Daughter for the Sweetheart Serenade this Valentines Eve! This is going to be a very special evening of music, fun, dancing and don’t forget…..WINE! Winemakers Daughter has really great wine and “nibblies” platters to eat. They also serve specialty beers and vintage soda pop! Mirrorless Productions will be there to film the event which is very exciting!! It’s going to be a night to remember!

Operation Popcorn

January 18th, 2016

Some of you may have seen one of my Breakfast with Judy video’s on You Tube several months ago, when we made Apple Cinnamon Mini Loaves using Crunchy Cinnamon Honey Pretzel Cookies, which is a product that is carried by Manawa’s own Brian Busby also known as “Hey Popcorn Guy”. At that time, Brian aka “Hey Popcorn Guy” offered me a challenge. Each month in 2016, Brian would choose a flavor of popcorn and drop it off here at Lindsay House Bed and Breakfast and I would utilize it in a recipe in some way. I agreed as I thought it would be an interesting challenge and a way to stretch myself as a home cook.
And so Operation Popcorn has begun. Brian has dropped off my first challenge for 2016 in the form of Tomato & Basil Popcorn. I must admit I have been scratching my head trying to figure out how I am going to utilize this interesting and somewhat challenging ingredient.

Stay tuned for the conclusion of our first installment of Operation Popcorn.

Operation Popcorn (4)

Tomato & Basil Chicken

2 cups “Hey Popcorn Guy” Tomato & Basil Popcorn
1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin

Place 2 cups of tomato & basil popcorn in a food processor with the chopping blade. Pulse until the popcorn is a fine crumb. Place in a pie plate and add panko bread crumbs, basil and kosher salt.

In another pie plate, crack 2 eggs and beat.

Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound until about ¼” thin.

Dip chicken breast in the egg and coat both sides.

Put into popcorn crumb mixture and turn to coat both sides with crumb mixture.

Place in a frying pan on medium heat with a pat of butter and a drizzle of Winemaker’s Daughter Shallot Garlic olive oil, or the oil of your choice. Fry until a golden brown on both sides and place on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes.

I served this with an Angel Hair Alfredo, and it was YUUUMMMYYYY!

Tune in next time for our next installment of Operation Popcorn!

Winemaker’s Daughter Cooking Demo

May 2nd, 2015

I am so excited to be able to do a cooking demo at Winemaker’s Daughter right here in beautiful downtown Manawa this afternoon at 1 p.m.  I will be making a version of a Kentucky Hot Brown, in honor of our Derby inspired brunch.  Jamie will be featuring a mint julep inspired wine cocktail.  My dish is called “Hot Buttercups” and has many of the classic Hot Brown elements and we are using a few ingredients carried at Winemaker’s Daughter to bring the dish together.  I have included the recipe here and we should be posting the video of the cooking demo within the next few days.  Happy Kentucky Derby day, and cheers to new ideas for brunch!

 

HOT BUTTERCUPS

Cheese sauce
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. flour
Salt and pepper
2 cups milk
¼ cup smoked Gouda cheese grated

In a saucepan, or deep frying pan, melt butter. Once butter is whisk in flour and cook several minutes. Whisk in milk and season with salt and pepper. Stir with a spatula continually until sauce begins to thicken, add grated cheese and continue stirring until the cheese is incorporated.

 
6 slices of white or wheat sandwich bread with crusts cut off
1 – 2 Tbsp. of butter, softened
½ cup diced roasted turkey breast
¼ cup diced cooked bacon
½ pound smoked Gouda cheese, grated (minus ¼ cup used in cheese sauce)
6 eggs, whisked
½ cup half and half
Bacon olive oil from Winemaker’s Daughter
Penzey’s Smoked paprika
Sliced or diced tomato’s for garnish

Butter the slices of bread and place butter side down into a muffin tin or small ramekin. Brush the inside of the bread with bacon olive oil or the oil of your choice. Add turkey and bacon and grated cheese to each muffin cup. Whisk eggs and half and half together and pour into muffin cups.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 16 minutes just until the eggs are softly set, you do not want to over cook them.
Place on a plate and drizzle cheese sauce over the top and garnish with diced tomato’s.

Enjoy!

The newest you tube video….Part 2!

May 1st, 2015

Now when your wondering what can I use that hollandaise sauce on, here comes the second part of the video.  My take on Eggs Benedict in two ways, one as a vegetarian option, and the second one using one of my new favorite things, spiced pork cutlets!

 

The Newest You tube video….Part 1!

May 1st, 2015

The newest you tube video is here, and this is just part 1.  Part 1 is the hollandaise sauce, and who doesn’t love a good hollandaise sauce, especially one that is really easy and foolproof.  I have used this sauce on egg dishes, crepes, Eggs Benedict and various other recipes.  I hope you will be able to incorporate this recipe into your repertoire and impress your family and friends, and if it doesn’t impress them, at least they will be well fed.

 

Drunken’ Junkin’ tour coming soon to Waupaca County!

May 1st, 2015

Perhaps your looking for something new and different to do right here in Waupaca County.  Here it is, announcing the Drunken’ Junkin’ tour right in the heart of Waupaca County.  Ladies it is more fun to share this time with friends, so gather up the gals and grab your tickets for the Drunken’ Junkin’ tour, complete with stops in Weyauwega, New London, Manawa and Iola.  Have fun seeing all the treasures at Gold n Country and seeking out the unique at Water Street Vintage, Back Again Furniture and a few sips at Winemaker’s Daughter and enjoying the quaint downtown shopping experience of The Flower Pot, Simply Inspired, Old Country Barn and a refueling at Oh My Goodness and complete with a tour and a takeaway of a beautiful Victorian Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Manawa, and so much more!

»