The winter holidays always bring images of popcorn to mind. Whether you are stringing it up on the tree or eating it out of a festive popcorn tin at Grandma’s, it is definitely an American comfort food that is a warm treat during cold weather. One of the most popular forms of popcorn eaten during the holiday season is the popcorn ball– some people would even say that they are a popular holiday food because you can eat them or use them as a Christmas ornament. Although for most Americans popcorn balls are associated with winter, according to legend they got their start during the summer.
Popcorn can be harvested in as little as 95 days. Harvest your popcorn when the kernels are hard and the husks have dried completely. Remove the ears and husks from the stalk and allow them to dry further by placing them in a woven cotton or burlap bag. After two weeks, remove a few kernels from the ears. Heat a few drops of cooking oil in an covered pan. Drop the kernels into the hot oil . If they pop fully, they are ready to use. Try this test every week after you have started drying them so that you will know when your popcorn is ready to use.
You may also find a real estate agent who will perform these services for you for a nominal fee. If you are staying in the local area, your buyer’s agent may help you with the sale of your home, and with a little negotiating on your part may even do it for nothing, since they are going to be compensated on the purchase of your new home (which you won’t be buying unless your current home sells).
I started my party hopping at the Burnett house. Several friends who returned from years past greeted me and offered to have me stay and enjoy myself for a bit. On the menu…rattlesnake. For those that have not had the luxury to try those “not so common” wild meats, well; you know the saying. Done over an open flame, it falls from the bone if grilled properly. To me it had more of a taste closer to turtle or alligator. It tasted nothing like chicken. Preferably, you want a slightly charred piece from the exterior close to where the skin would remain at the edge. A treat to the taste buds indeed.
The Northridge Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of the Northridge Fashion Mall from April to October. It is held every Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. between Macy’s and Borders at 9301 Tampa Ave. They have fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, arts and crafts and cooked food. The line for the Dallas Kettle Corn is always long so get there early to score a bag for only $5.
Just a few blocks from Broadway, Beekman Street Art District is an artistic village inside the city. Take a stroll and visit the art galleries. Or check out See You on Saturday, cultural events in the Beekman Street area on the first Saturday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. Free of charge. Free trolley rides are available to take you from the Broadway area to Beekman Street and back again.
Stale popcorn will leave behind many unpopped kernels, have hard hulls that can cause dental and digestive problems and simply not taste like fresh popcorn should. The freshest popcorns will come from merchants who specialize in premium gourmet popcorn. You can find many merchants online who often have sample packs to allow you to taste a variety of their popcorns.
Most people will be able to customize this snack to suit their tastes and budgets. Almost any type of flavor or seasoning can be found. Those who want this in a flavor that is not sold will be able to make it any way they want. Bags of ordinary kernels are very inexpensive. Gourmet kinds are available for those with more money to spend.