spicy dill popcorn

'I married you because you were funny now I just think you have ADHD.' Rich said to me Valentine's Day.

"Squirrel!' was my response which made him laugh like Muttley.


Sigh... my husband. He's so romantic. I think he has a point... here I am sitting at the computer the cursor blinking at an empty screen, trying to come up with anything for a post.

I should be doing:

- laundry
- cleaning the house
- getting ready for our long awaited 16 years after the fact honeymoon
- responding to some emails

Instead I am:

-pondering how surreal it was to meet Miss California and the two clowns that were following her around the Palo Alto VA hospital. Why didn't I bring my camera? And isn't a little creepy to have clowns at an adult hospital?
watching this on youtube
- chatting on facebook,
- buying shoes for a wedding
- fixing files on iTunes
- reading this (made me happy) and this (reminded me of a bourne movie)
- processing and posting photos and munching on popcorn
- drinking way too much tea in this mug

Do you see that? It has a little cutout to wrap your tea bag string around. Ingenious, Brilliant, Faaaaabulous!



Long story short... Last November, I invited myself to go with Amy from Very Culinary to meet Marcus Samuelsson at a cooking demo and signing he was doing in San Francisco. He was gracious, funny, and everything awesome... sweeter than the most perfect honey could ever be.

Also... shhh don't tell anyone... he quizzed the audience about how they made their Thanksgiving turkeys and when I told him what I do (other than bagging on the size of my turkey but whatever (eyeroll)... you feed 20-25 people and have one oven and do not have access to a professional kitchen... you'd use a big turkey too. it's my defense and I'm sticking to it) he said I know how to cook... or my technique was good... or that I knew what I was doing. I forget the exact words because I couldn't believe that came out of his mouth. I blushed, my ears started ringing, I might have even swooned a little.

Later on while he was signing books, he took time to talk to everyone and answered questions. He asked me where I learned how to cook, how long I had been cooking. No, I didn't mention my blog... I can imagine all the chefs who hear about people's blogs all the time. How we think we all are chefs, foodies, and whatnot. I am so not even in his ballpark and I know it. He's major leagues and I'm still playing t-ball.  Anyways, I was tongue-tied but secretly thrilled.

spicy dill popcorn: new american table by marcus samuelsson

makes 4 quarts

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
1/4 cup chopped dill
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Pour vegetable oil into a large dutch oven and coat the bottom. Add popcorn kernels and cover. Place the pan on medium high heat,

The kernels will heat up and start to pop. Shaking the pan often to prevent burning, allow kernels to cook until popping starts to slow down to 2-3 seconds between pops.

When the popping has stopped and kernels have all popped, remove pan from heat. Transfer the popcorn to a bowl and while still hot add the butter, salt, chili powder, dill, and cheddar cheese. Toss to combine.

Tasting notes:

First: Serve with beer... so tasty.

Second: Dill and popcorn are cousins of the peanut butter chocolate combo. It works so well together.

Third: Addictive.

Okay, so this isn't that spicy but I wouldn't add a hotter chili powder because it would overwhelm the dill and cheddar flavor.


Melissa said...

I don't think you should overdo the spice on popcorn in general - kills the flavor and lightness.

I didn't know Marcus had said all that to you. AWESOME.

Also, MUG.

Also, HONEYMOON!!!!!!!!!!111!!

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

OMG I love that mug! Spill it, I need to get one, you know me and my tea.

Popcorn sounds wonderful.

You need to go visit Amy's site. She is making everything I have bookmarked just like you do. It's a conspiracy I tell ya, lol.

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Deleted comment was me. Sorry, posted twice, trigger fingers, lol.

Amy said...

Ha. Silly rabbit. I think you were the one who finally convinced me to go. You were a great date!

I wrote about this after the fact and mentioned his thumbs up to your turkey prep. Impressive, indeed.

I hate tea, but I would start drinking it just to own one of those mugs.

Honeymoon. We never had one either. So excited for you.

Vickie said...

Wow - a lot of good stuff to digest and I'm still laughing at the opening line. Why have I never heard of dill and popcorn?? I have a Whirly Pop and buy gourmet, hull-less Amish popcorn and flavor it with everything known to man - but have never tried it. I almost went in to make a batch before responding. :)

I love the photographs - such wonderful color and composition and the teacup is marvelous! Have fun on your honeymoon. (and get off the computer)

tamilyn said...

I *heart* Marcus. Swoon.

Hope the Honeymoon is fantastic :)
However, I got pregnant on mine....just a word of caution....

ericka said...

Must make this popcorn. It looks sooo good!

oneordinaryday said...

Okay, this popcorn sounds awesome. When I read the title of the post, I was really scared you were gonna do some pickle-flavored popcorn. Eek. This, however, is definitely going to be enjoyed in my house.
BTW, my son does the "SQUIRREL!" thing to me all the time. LOL

Sammie said...

That mug looks AMAZING! I would love having a mug like that. Also- the popcorn recipe sounds like one my husband would adore.

LilSis said...

That combo of flavors sounds so yummy! I would never have thought to put dill on popcorn, but with the chili powder and a cold beer? Perfect!

Kellye said...

ok, so I laughed out loud on the Squirrel clip...had forgotten that!! for the popcorn recipe..I thought Thanks for the popcorn recipe,I thought I was te omly person who still made it stovetop...like Mom used to, before air poppers, and the Nazi's who invented THOSE things came into vogue. Ok, healthier smelthier!! LOL .. I think I shall read your blog - we have the same wit, and ADHD. scary, huh? :)