Food

The Hunt for Kettle Corn

I have a stupid sweet tooth.

I love sugar. I love sugar more than a grown man probably should. I am not a man of low sugar ratio candies, I am a man of high sugar ratio candies.

Sugar Ratio – The amount of sugar in comparison to the other ingredients in the candy
Example: Dark Chocolate has a small sugar ratio, being mainly chocolate and then sugar to stop it from being bitter. SweeTarts have a high sugar ratio, being mainly sugar with some flavoring added to stop it from just being sugar.

So that said, I also love popcorn. Normal popcorn. Butter popcorn. Cheddar popcorn. Caramel popcorn. Vanilla popcorn. Kettle corn.

Kettle corn is one of the best variants of popcorn, and by that I mean the sweetest.

When a CineMark was built right next to my house and offered kettle corn instead of buttered popcorn I completely switched my movie theater eating habits. No amount of movie theater buttered popcorn could convince me to switch.

I’ve used microwave butter popcorn, but do you know what is better than that? Microwave kettle corn.

Do you know what is better than microwave kettle corn? Stove-top popcorn.

Do you know what is terribly tedious to make? Stove-top kettle corn. You have to stir it, you have to add just the right amount of sugar, just the right amount of oil, just the right amount of corn, and just the right temperature.

If any of those factors aren’t perfect the sugar will slag, or the popcorn will burn, or there will be too many kernels left.

Just recently, one of my roommates got a stir-crazy popcorn popper. If you don’t know what that is it’s just a popcorn popper that automatically moves around the kernels. This prevents the kernels from burning and the sugar from burning and everything from burning (unless your careless or you just like things burning).

So after popping some popcorn in it I looked up a kettle corn recipe and lo and behold I found one readily available. Here it is if you have a stir-crazy and like kettle corn.

Ever since I found that recipe I probably make kettle corn at least once a week. Sugar is good and on popcorn it’s amazing.

I Missed Pork and Bean Day

Pork and Bean day is July 13th.

On that day I cut up onion, I cut up bell pepper, and I cut up a whole package of hot dogs. Then, after all the prep, I opened my pantry…BUT ALAS no beans.

Pork and Bean day came by and I missed being a part of it (don’t worry I still made a created a nice meal with what I had prepped).

I love beans. My roommates and I eat way too many beans. If you are going to college don’t believe rice is the only thing in the world you can eat. It is an amazing staple but adding beans to rice will make your whole world seem a little brighter.

Pinto, Navy, Black, Refried, Lima, Bush’s. It doesn’t matter they are all good.

The best part about beans is that they are filling and they don’t take a ton of prep. If you are using dry beans you are either going to have to soak them or boil them and then add whatever sauce you want before proceeding to slow cook. If you are using canned beans like Bush’s beans they usually have their own sauce, so you can immediately start slow cooking them.

I love Bush’s Baked Beans (I wish they were a sponsor), and I usually prefer to add onion and bell pepper to them. That said though I add onion and bell pepper to almost anything I cook so, I’m not sure my advice is holistically valid.

I’m not missing bean day next year and I hope you don’t either.

My Favorite Food

Vermicelli.

I thought about doing an elaborate intro, maybe having a story coupled with some witty punchline, but neigh, vermicelli is to be treated with respect and honor.

What is vermicelli?

It’s a rice noodle that does well to be served cold, but what really makes it great is if you top it with carrots, and mint, and nuts, and onion, and cucumbers, and sprouts, and finally a nice grilled meat, like pork or shrimp (why not both?). All of that is then smothered in fish sauce. It is one of the best things ever created

When I first had vermicelli, I didn’t like it. I can make excuses and say that I just wasn’t feeling down to try new things that day, but I know what the real reason was. I won’t deny that when I was young I was a really picky eater.

I didn’t like onion, I didn’t like tomato, I didn’t like mint, I didn’t like cucumber, I didn’t like avocado. Over the years my pickiness has gone away, in fact it wouldn’t be entirely wrong to say that it reversed. I have started eating straight avocado. Every dish I cook now probably has onion in it. In the past few years I can’t think of a food that I don’t like.

Back to the vermicelli though, I really love it. It’s hardy, it’s tasty, it’s not absolutely unhealthy (though I won’t deny, with all that fish oil it probably isn’t the healthiest). I know this seems like a very strange rant, but if you haven’t had vermicelli, I would suggest you try it.