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Recipe Remake: Crunchy Caramel Corn

 

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I’ve been making this caramel corn for years now, and it still hasn’t let me down. The results are consistently good and it couldn’t be easier. My step-dad loves this popcorn so much that I started making it for him for Christmas. This past holiday, I stuffed a 3-foot tall stocking full of caramel corn… and included some gift certificates for more batches of it throughout the year. He cashed in one of the gift certificates recently and here are the results. It was so irresistible that I ended up making two batches – one for him, and one for Mike and me. We may or may not have eaten the entire batch in just a few short days.

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Feel free to use more or less popcorn. I’ve started to use closer to 8 quarts of popcorn so that the caramel is a bit lighter and you get the occasional piece that isn’t 100% coated in caramel. Use just 6 quarts for a very in-your-face sweet, sweet caramel corn.

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Crunchy Caramel Popcorn
makes 6 – 8 quarts

3/4 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 – 8 quarts air-popped popcorn

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Line three baking pans with foil or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to boil, unstirred, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla.
  3. Pour popcorn onto baking pans, dividing evenly between three pans.
  4. Pour caramel in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Stir gently, breaking up large pieces. Serve immediately or store in air-tight container.

 

Tips for clean up – soak the pot and utensils in hot water. The sticky caramel will melt right off and there will be minimal scrubbing required. The foil in the pans will give you a quick, easy clean up. Just crumple up and toss!

 


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Fresh Pineapple Salsa

I’ve been loving the spring weather this week. All the snow is gone and the temps have been warm enough for me to run in a tee. Mike and I are hoping to take advantage of this weather by going on a nice, long hike and with the pups this weekend and then grilling out after. Fingers crossed that the forecast is wrong and that it doesn’t rain!

This pineapple salsa is sweet with the perfect amount of heat. It’s super versatile, too. I ate it with chicken, with pretzel thins, and even just straight-up with a spoon.

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Fresh Pineapple Salsa

1/2 pineapple peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
salt and pepper, to taste

  1. In a large nonreactive bowl, stir together pineapple, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, lime juice and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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Hoisin-Lime Chicken with Zucchini

This recipe involves a little bit of planning since you have to prepare a marinade, let it cool, and then marinate the chicken for a few hours, but the results are worth it. Once the marinade is prepared, and the chicken is in the fridge, the rest is easy – grill and enjoy!

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Hoisin-Lime Chicken with Zucchini

2 1/4 cups hoisin-lime sauce, divided (recipe below)
1 tablespoon sambal oelek
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, plus more for garnish
4 zucchini, halved lengthwise
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups of hoisin-lime sauce and sambal oelek in a large non-reactive container or bowl. Add the chicken and scallions and toss well. Cover and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for 2 – 24 hours. Turn the chicken at least one time. Thirty minutes before cooking, add the zucchini and toss to coat.
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Spray with nonstick spray. Remove chicken from marinade and grill, turning once, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F, about 8 – 12 minutes.
  3. Remove zucchini from the marinade and cook, tuning once, until brown, about 8 minutes. Discard the marinade.
  4. While chicken and zucchini are being grilled, pour marinade into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until thickened.
  5. Slice the zucchini and chicken diagonally and arrange on a serving platter. Drizzle with reserved 3/4 cup marinade and garnish with additional sliced green onions, if desired.

 

Hoisin-Lime Sauce

1/4 cup canola oil, divided
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
2 cups hoisin sauce
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Stir in lime juice.
  2. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend, drizzling in remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil and the 1/4 cup chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cool completely before using.

 

recipes from Ming Tsai


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Potato Pancakes with Ginger-Apple Scallion Cream

I’m back with another recipe that uses that delicious ginger-apple chutney I mentioned last week. I love potato pancakes – usually smothered with applesauce and in my past life, butter. Occasionally, sour cream would make its way onto my plate, too. This is a wonderful take on that – the potato pancakes are topped with a dairy-free sour cream mixed with the chutney and it is so, so, so good.

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Potato Pancakes with Ginger-Apple Scallion Cream

1 cup ginger-apple chutney
1 cup dairy-free sour cream, purchased or homemade (recipe below)
4 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
4 large russet potatoes, peeled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons canola oil

  1. To make the ginger-apple scallion cream, combine the chutney, sour cream, and the sliced scallion greens in a small bowl. Stir and refrigerate until ready for use.
  2. Grate potatoes and transfer to a large strainer placed over a bowl or the sink. Using a spatula, gently press down on the potatoes to remove as much liquid as possible. Place potatoes into a large bowl and combine with sliced scallion whites, eggs, salt, and pepper.
  3. Preheat oven to 200°F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Drop 1/3 cup mounds of the potato pancake mixture into the pan and gently press down to flatten into a pancake about 4 – 6 inches in diameter. Cook until lightly browned on the bottom, about 3 – 4 minutes. Flip and brown the other side. Transfer cooked pancakes to a oven-safe pan and keep warm in preheated oven. Repeat with remaining potato mixture.
  4. Serve warm with a dollop of the ginger-apple scallion cream.

recipe slightly adapted from Ming Tsai

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Dairy-Free Sour Cream

14 ounce package firm tofu, well drained
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 – 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Place tofu, olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, vinegar, honey and salt into a food processor. Blend until very smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust with more lemon juice, if desired.

recipe slightly adapted from VegWeb


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Vegan Lentil and Kale Soup

I drift between longing for warmer spring weather and hoping that this cold lasts forever. There are times when I actually love the cold – for a few hours a week, I really, really appreciate the cold weather because I run faster and stronger in it. The warmer it gets, the more I slow down… and the more water I need to carry to counter my very unladylike sweating.

Another reason to love the cold? Soup. Big, steaming bowls of heart-warming soup.

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Vegan Lentil and Kale Soup
serves 4 – 6

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 stalks celery, diced
2 large carrots, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups dried green lentils
8 cups vegetable stock
1 – 15 ounce can light coconut milk
6 cups torn kale

  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in onions, garlic, celery, and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in garam masala, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cardamom, salt and pepper until well combined. Stir in lentils and vegetable stock. Bring soup to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 30 minutes or until lentils are cooked through.
  3. Stir in coconut milk and kale. Let simmer for a minute to warm the coconut milk and slightly wilt the kale. Serve immediately.

recipe adapted from the Good Food cart


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Chipotle Honey-Lime Pork Tenderloin

I don’t know if this is a problem other people have, but every single time I cook for something that calls for chipotles in adobo sauce I am left with two or three lonely chiles. I never know what to do with them and they often go to waste. This time, I planned accordingly. On the first night, I made chipotle quinoa chili. A few nights later, I used up the rest of the chipotle peppers in this delicious pork tenderloin.

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Chipotle Honey-Lime Pork Tenderloin

1 pound pork tenderloin
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
zest from 1 lime
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 – 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
1/2 tablespoon adobo sauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
cilantro, chopped

  1. Place the tenderloin in a shallow container with a lid to marinate.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together lime juice, lime zest, honey, salt, and garlic powder. Pour half the marinade over the tenderloin; reserving the remaining half of the marinade for the sauce.
  3. Pour chipotle chiles and adobo sauce over the tenderloin. Cover and allow to marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Remove the tenderloin 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  5. Heat canola oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Remove tenderloin from marinade and sear in skillet on all sides, about 3 minutes per side.
  6. Place skillet in preheated oven and cook for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  7. Once the pork’s internal temperature reaches 140°F, remove from the oven. Move pork to a cutting board and cover with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes or until the temperature  reaches 150°F.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare te sauce: pour reserved lime juice mixture and leftover marinade into the skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Allow sauce to reduce and thicken. Meanwhile, slice pork into 1-inch medallions. Serve sauce over the sliced pork and garnish with cilantro, if desired.

recipe slightly adapted from The Way to His Heart


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Chipotle Quinoa Chili

 

This chili is a breeze to throw together. It’s an easy one-pot meal that takes no time to cook. Instead of making a frozen pizza or grabbing fast food, put this chili into your weeknight menu rotation. It’s packed full of good-for-you quinoa, beans, and veggies and a small bowl will keep you full for a long time.

 

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Chipotle Quinoa Chili

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 chipotle chiles in adobo, minced
3 – 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with chiles
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
4 green onions, thinly sliced
optional toppings: cilantro, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, hot sauce

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Stir in chili powder and cumin and cook for a minute. Stir in chiles, tomatoes, beans, bell peppers, corn, and quinoa. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 25 minutes or until quinoa is tender, stirring once or twice.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in green onions. Top with your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!

 

recipe from Alida’s Kitchen, originally from Kraft