Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix

Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix

Posted on November 30, 2015

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Hi Friends! I’m back from my Thanksgiving hiatus. I’ve missed you! Tell me what you’ve been doing these past few days. Eating leftovers? Shopping? Making Christmas cookies? Decorating your house?

Me? I haven’t been up to anything particularly newsworthy. Mostly I’ve just been laying low, watching sappy Holiday movies and trying to re-group (and digest!) before all the Christmas madness starts. Sorry for being so boring. I’ll try to have something more exciting to report next time.

There is, however, one thing about today that isn’t boring. And it’s this Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix.

Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix | www.floatingkitchen.net
Let’s break it down: stovetop kettle corn (the only way to make popcorn, in my opinion), pretzels twists, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and Smokehouse Blue Diamond Almonds. What’s not to love, right? It’s a great combination of flavors and textures. And the Smokehouse Blue Diamond Almonds pack so much flavor, that additional seasonings aren’t even necessary here.

This snack mix is as easy to make as it is to eat. And it’s so much healthier than those pre-made store bought versions because you have control over the salt, sugar and fat content. Definitely do yourself a favor and start making snack mixes at home! You won’t regret it!

My Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix is perfect for any party or gathering. And it’s especially well suited for game day. Whether you’re heading out to the game, or sitting around the television at home, I guarantee you’re going to want a big bowl of this stuff in front of you!

Cheers,

Liz

Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix

Serves 8-12

Salty, Sweet and Smoky Popcorn Snack Mix

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups pretzel twists
  • 2 cups Smokehouse Blue Diamond Almonds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add 3-4 corn kernels, cover the pot and listen for them to pop. Once they have popped, quickly add the remaining 1/2 cup of corn kernels to the pot and sprinkle the tops with the granulated sugar. Immediately cover the pot and reduce the heat to low-medium. Shake the pot back and forth over the heat, making sure to hold down the lid, continuing to do so until the popping has slowed down considerably. Remove from the heat.
  2. Carefully remove the lid from the pot and transfer the popcorn into a large bowl. Add the salt, tossing the popcorn as you sprinkle it in.
  3. Allow the popcorn cool slightly, then stir in the pretzel twists, almonds, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. Serve and enjoy.
  4. This popcorn snack mix is best when enjoyed the day that it’s made, but it can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.
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  • Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria

Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria

Posted on November 23, 2015
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There are only a few days left until Thanksgiving, so I figured we could all use a cocktail right about now.

Also, at this late in the game I’m guessing you have your Thanksgiving menu pretty well squared away. Today probably isn’t the time to share some newfangled recipe for stuffing, green bean casserole or pecan pie. Nope. Today feels more like a cocktail kind of day. More specifically, like an Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria kind of day.

Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria | www.floatingkitchen.net

I firmly believe that sangria is the way to go when you’re hosting a big event like Thanksgiving. Because as much as I enjoy crafting individual drink orders for my guests, it can be a bit overwhelming when you have 80 billion other things to accomplish in the kitchen. So instead, I like to just set out a pitcher of sangria with some serving glasses and let my guests take care of the rest!

While I’m usually a red wine drinker, I actually prefer the lighter, more refreshing quality of a white wine sangria when I know I’m about to enjoy a rather heavy meal. And I think white wine pairs so nicely with apple cider, which is one of my favorite Fall beverages. This year I was lucky to get some freshly pressed cider from a friend. And when I say “fresh”, I’m not exaggerating. The time between picking the apples from the trees and pressing the cider was measured in hours, not days. This stuff was out of this world good.

Apple Cider Pressing | www.floatingkitchen.net

I won’t be back with a new recipe until after Thanksgiving. I think the internet is full of enough delicious stuff at this point. If you try out my Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria, make sure to virtually stop by and tell me about it! And if you have any other burning Thanksgiving-related questions, feel free to give me a shout out on social media. I’ll be lurking around the internet the next few days and I’m happy to help out if I can!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I appreciate you!

Cheers,

Liz

Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria

Serves about 8

Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 4 chunks
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup Elderflower liqueur
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco or other sparkling white wine
  • 1 apple, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 pear, cut into matchsticks
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the apple cider, ginger and rosemary to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. Then remove from the heat, cover and let the cider cool to room temperature. Transfer to your refrigerator to chill for about 1 hour.
  2. Strain the apple cider into a large pitcher or mason jar, collecting and discarding the ginger and rosemary. Gently stir in the elderflower liqueur, wine and fruit. Cover and refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
  3. To serve, divide the sangria into glasses with ice, making sure to add a few pieces of fruit to each glass. Enjoy!

Notes

1. If you want more ginger flavor, you can leave the ginger pieces in the sangria (just don't add them to the serving glasses!).

2. A few dashes of Angostura bitters is a nice addition to your glass, if you are so inclined.

https://www.floatingkitchen.net/apple-cider-and-elderflower-white-sangria/

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