If the current cold snap has you in the mood to immerse yourself in a cinnamon and white chocolate-covered baking project, then I’ve got the perfect little number for you today. I would love to speak in depth about it, but I was taught not to talk with my mouth full. So I’ll just say (in between bites, of course) that this popcorn is a hit wherever it goes (slumber parties, bake sales, or your family room), it makes a perfect hostess gift, and it would be a terrific addition to any Thanksgiving dessert buffet.
I thought of changing the name of this recipe to “The Best Blueberry Muffin I Ever Made” or “Better than Coffee Shop Blueberry Muffins” or “Worth the Muffin Top Muffins” or just about any other title than what they’re actually called. This is not because I don’t think Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins sounds incredibly appetizing — I just didn’t want to frighten anyone off at the prospect of having to brown butter. It’s really not hard to do and it’s not scary at all, so I’ll just leave the title as is and encourage you to try a new technique today. No one wants to talk about muffin tops anyhow.
…. aka: Homemade Fiddle Faddle. I realize this doesn’t qualify as dinner. Well, it could qualify as a meal if you were in that frame of mind, and you know I don’t judge when it comes to that sort of thing. I’m probably going to get in a heap of trouble with dentists and orthodontists and cardiologists everywhere for even suggesting that you make this at all, but I think like a food blogger and not a normal person, so this is what I’m sharing with you today.
I don’t know why I got it in my head that I needed to make Fiddle Faddle at home. But I’m the stubborn sort (ask anyone) and when I get an idea, I can’t let it go until I give it a go. So I made my first batch of this popcorn yesterday afternoon. Only one thing went wrong (and it was my fault completely); I mistakenly over measured on the amount of popcorn required for the recipe. Thus, my popcorn:toffee balance was way off – by about four cups. That didn’t stop my girls from sneaking clusters of it every time they walked past where it was cooling on the island, but they BOTH said (without realizing I had messed up) “this needs more toffee stuff.”
It’s the very first school night of the year at our house; maybe it is at your place, too. Some moms I know are celebrating – the happiest ones seem to be the mothers of grade school kids. My teens and t’ween are kinda low maintenance these days, so I’m bummed to have school and homework back in our lives. But some dads I know aren’t too sad — one of my guy friends said this past weekend, “Why would you be depressed about school starting again? They need to go use their brains so they don’t live off me for the rest of their lives!” That made me laugh. I s’pose that’s one way of looking at things.
So, usually when it comes to Chex Mix, I go with the traditional recipe from the back of the box – the old stand by. And I do still love it. But since I think like a food blogger and not a normal person, I decided to see what else was out there in the way of riffs on Chex Mix. I must be feeling rebellious today. This version is spiced up with cayenne pepper and curry powder and it’s definitely an edgier, more daring flavor combo, but what can I say … I’m an edgy kinda gal.