It’s almost Halloween you guys and as a tradition, I watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” every year.
I love how Linus and Charlie Brown argue about if the Great Pumpkin or if Santa Claus are real. Very astutely Linus states, “If it’s one thing I have learned never to discuss: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.”
I adore Linus, not just because of his clever one liners, but because he represents innocence and unwavering hope, no matter what. Don’t we all need that sometimes? A little hope and belief in our dreams?
Like the hope that the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series. If you’re in Chicago tonight or Belize…yes, I said Belize you are watching Game 4 of the World Series tonight. Hoping and believing, like Linus.
So the Belize thing…apparently in the 1980s, Belize managed to pirate the signal from the Chicago television station, WGN. A whole generation has grown up in Belize with an almost spiritual reverence for the Cubs and they are going nuts now! Did you know that?
Come on Cubs! The people of Chicago and Belize are depending on you!
Finally, I have this unwavering hope and belief that you are going to love this recipe I have for popcorn today. I too promise you a real spiritual experience. It’s buttery, nutty, sweetened with honey and just enough salt to make it all come together like magic in your mouth.
It’s the brown butter that’s the sexy little secret making this popcorn so special.
Anyway, call this popcorn what you wish. I call it “le popcorn avec le beurre noisette et le miel” but you can say “brown butter with honey” and it won’t matter. It will be amazing. It will be what you turn to, to sweeten up movie night or watching the Cubs, LOL.
So how do we make this religious batch of popcorn?
Brown Butter, Honey and Salt Popcorn
Serves 2 (or one person having a spiritual experience)
3 tablespoons popcorn kernels
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
First pop your popcorn in an air popper. This will take less than 5 minutes. Set the fluffy white popcorn aside.
Next, carefully begin melting your butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Watch it carefully as it melts…slowly it will begin to bubble and you will see the milk solids separate. It’s these milk solids that will start to brown. You want to swirl your pan slowly as this happens until the milk solids have turned into a nice nutty color.
Once the butter browns, turn off the heat and add your honey to the butter and stir. You should now have a light brown liquid. Pour it carefully over your popcorn, add a teaspoon of salt and stir to coat. Finish by topping it off with the final teaspoon of sea salt flakes.
Turn on the Cubs game or “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. Eat, pray and watch.