In an effort to lighten up I love making popcorn for dinner. This is especially nice on a day when lunch was particularly heavy. Such a day presented itself a few days ago. I was looking for a way to make the popcorn a little special compared to the standard microwave popcorn that is super easy.
I air popped the popcorn and then made a yummy garlicky spicy butter. Very satisfying.
Spicy Garlicky Popcorn Air pop 1 cup of popcorn kernels
3 tbsp butter 1 clove of garlic minced 1/4 tsp finely crushed red pepper flakes salt to taste (about 1 tbsp)
In a small sauce pan slowly melt the butter on simmer. Once the butter is melted add in the garlic, red pepper, and 1 tsp salt. Simmer on very low to infuse the butter with the garlic for about 2 minutes. Drizzle the garlic butter over the popped popcorn. Toss the popcorn with your hands or utensils to evenly distribute the butter.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.