Fall in a glass: Bourbon cider swizzler

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It was one of those days where I came home from work and did more work.

It’s been the bit of the norm as I faze out from working full time for the local newspaper and prepare to become a full-time freelancer. Nine hours in the office is followed by grocery shopping, three phone interviews, laundry, dishes, finally making dinner at 10 p.m. and realizing I haven’t done a single thing to unwind.

In those cases, make a cocktail. Continue reading

Crunchy oven baked shoestring fries

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I owe a lot of this culinary wonder to The Mister.

He is the official fry cutter in our household, making sure to ever so carefully slice them just right — all by hand, too.

There are plenty of things you can do to make these babies sing. We like to bake them, mostly because it’s less messy than deep frying, and secondly, we don’t want to bother standing over a boiling pot of grease all afternoon. Continue reading

Amish popcorn isn’t every color of the rainbow

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Indian or Amish popcorn is a bit deceiving.

You take a look at the colorful kernels and imagine you’ll get little blue and pink pillows to munch on.

It’s a lie.

But that’s OK because it’s still tasty. And I love popcorn just about all the time.

My favorite way to cook popcorn is as follows: 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Heat the oil, add 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels or enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover with a lid but crack to the some air inside. Move the pan around and around and around over the burner until the kernels start to pop. Keep them moving so they don’t burn.

Toss the completely popped kernels in salt. Continue reading

Sweet and spicy candied bacon

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I first discovered candied bacon while biting into a pretzel devonshire sandwich.

The pretzel bun was piled high with peppered, sliced turkey, honey mustard poppy seed dressing and fresh, raw broccoli. But perhaps the surprising star of the sandwich was the candied bacon. The sweet and spicy crust along with all the other amazing toppings on this sandwich, made it a dream. Continue reading