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Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - Cinnamon, Sugar, Nutmeg and Ginger add an extra dimension to buttered popcorn

by Barbara Kiebel on October 23, 2014

I love popcorn. Period. I even love movie popcorn with that awful butter. I love caramel corn and popcorn drizzled with white and dark chocolate. I even made popcorn once with a bourbon caramel drizzle. But the truth is that even though some of those sinful creations are FANTASTIC, the real nitty gritty is that I just don’t often take the time to make coatings that need a lot of monitoring or expensive thermometer gadgets to help me accomplish the task. In fact I love this simple recipe so much that when I do make popcorn I’m happy just to a big bowl of this next to me. The original recipe from an old cookbook of mine called it Sugar and Spice Popcorn but really it is all about spices we associate with pumpkin pie so I long ago started calling it Pumpkin Spice Popcorn but I promise NO PUMPKIN WAS SMUSHED for these kernels!

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Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Pecans and Cranberries

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Pecans and Cranberries is a delicious and beautiful Fall salad. October 21, 2014

Is the quinoa fad over yet? I have a tendency to try something once it’s lost it’s place as the foodie ‘darling.’ I can never quite get on-board with some of the over the top LOVE I see for some newly discovered foods so I watch and wait and I dig in when the mood […]


Apple Ciderfest Cocktail

Apple Ciderfest Cocktail October 17, 2014

I know, I now…it’s so NOT Friday but the day…no actually the entire week, got away from me. While my heart loves cooking and cocktail making and blogging about it, I still have some demands from my web business that take precedence and this was the week that was. Six words. ‘Host is going out […]


The Halloween Express – Rum, Espresso, Maple Syrup and Half and Half

The Halloween Express - Rum, Espresso, Maple Syrup and Half and Half October 17, 2014

OK, naming drinks is not my forte but I thought it appropriate to make a play on words on this night when we have to keep our mojo going far longer than we might normally want to. Yes there is espresso, in fact this Halloween Express has rum, espresso, maple syrup (YUM!) and half and […]


Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

Caramel Apple Monkey Bread October 14, 2014

First things first…some of you might be wondering, ‘What the heck is Monkey Bread?’ Monkey bread (aka pull-apart bread, bubble loaf and bubble bread) descends from traditional sweet, yeast rolls with centuries of history. Food historians tell us the first people to make sweet, buttery rolls with cinnamon were ancient Middle Eastern cooks. These recipes […]


Boiled Cider Syrup and a Ciderhouse Whiskey Cocktail

Boiled Cider Syrup and a Ciderhouse Cocktail October 10, 2014

In certain parts of apple country, most notably western New England and along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a long-favored tradition was the making of boiled cider. From the colonial period until the 1920s, wherever orchards proliferated, this syrup was a pantry staple, a general-purpose sweetener that cooks reached for in the […]


Creamy Hatch Green Chile and Cheese Soup

Creamy Hatch Green Chile and Cheese Soup September 30, 2014

It’s hard to believe we’re in our third month of ‘Progressive Eats’ and I hope you’re enjoying both this trip down memory lane with our virtual Progressive Dinners but are also visiting some great blogging friends of mine during the process. I’ve seen so many wonderful dishes and today is no different. Milisa, the gal […]


Denver Broncos Orange Shandy

Denver Broncos Orange Shandy September 19, 2014

Have you ever heard of a Shandy? It’s a cocktail that is a combination of beer and lemonade and it’s never really appealed to me. Probably due to that beer part since I’m not much of a beer drinker. Still, when Hornitas crafted a cocktail just for our Denver Broncos, I was tempted and took […]


Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing

Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese salad with Maple Dijon Dressing from Nordstroms Cafe September 17, 2014

I first posted this recipe for a Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing five years ago so it seems perfect for a Wayback Wednesday post. I was using a point and shoot camera on the verge of dying and only had pecans in lieu of my beloved walnuts. So it seemed […]


Honey Maple Dark Beer Bread

Honey Maple Dark Beer Bread September 15, 2014

I have a recipe I’m dying to make for homemade hamburger buns and I hope to get them done this week but I have yet to find the time to devote to that effort. Maybe when it’s colder and I’m stuck inside but right now we’re having some beautiful fall days and I’m craving both […]


Smoretini – A Childhood Favorite Revisited as an Adult Beverage!

S'mores Martini September 12, 2014

When I first considered including a cocktail every Friday for a series I had no idea what to expect but it’s become a tradition and one I love. Some days are more difficult to bring that drink to fruition and today was one of those days. Schedules and timelines coincided and I was without a […]


Bahlsen Waffeletten Espresso Cake with Espresso Chocolate Caramel

Bahlsen Waffeletten Espresso Cake with Espresso Chocolate Caramel September 8, 2014

  I’m grateful I was asked to bake a cake this week. For this first time in forever, my daughter does not live in the same town I do and her birthday is this coming Sunday, September 14th. September is actually the No 1 birthday month and the single most popular date for birthdays all […]


Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail

Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail September 5, 2014

It’s been almost three years since I started doing a cocktail each and every Friday and I’ve been pretty determined to keep on task. I’ve had nights when it was midnight before a post was completed and/or got myself up at the crack of dawn to do the same but today? Busted. Blame it on […]


Lemony Summer Squash Bread

Lemony Summer Squash Bread September 4, 2014

Put down the zucchini; there’s a new kid in town! Seriously why did I never think to do this before? I have been making zucchini bread for ages; probably ever since we had a huge garden at our first home which was at least 30 years ago and while we would occasionally have the same […]


Chicken Wings with Honey and Za’atar

Chicken Wings with Honey and Za'atar September 2, 2014

When I was asked to review Jamie Bissonnette’s new cookbook, ‘The New Charcuterie Cookbook‘ I was an absolute yes. Jamie is the chef and owner of Toro NYC, and Coppa and Toro Boston. He is a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Northeast award winner and winner of the Cochon 555 nose-to-tail competition. Jamie has also […]