i saw a passing reference on twitter to bacon popcorn and i wondered how on earth i could get to my age and have never of heard of or tried two of my favorite things together.
and since we semi-regularly make bacon we have little containers of bacon fat sitting around, so bacon popcorn could be a great way to use up the grease.
1/2 cup bacon grease
1 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
0.5 stick organic valley pasture butter
1. i really don’t need to tell you how to make popcorn in a pan, right? probably not. but just in case you’ve forgotten, here you go. melt the bacon grease in a large – at least 6 quarts – pan. throw in a test kernel. when it pops you’re ready to add the rest of the popcorn.
2. add the rest of the popcorn and shake the pan back and forth constantly so the unpopped kernels stay on the bottom and eventually pop.
3. when the popping slows down to almost stopping, remove from heat.
4. melt the pasture butter in a small pan. you could use a lesser butter but trust me you want to pair up the bacony flavor with the delicious pasture butter flavor.
5. put the popcorn in a paper grocery bag and slowly drizzle a small amount of melted butter over the popcorn. shake. add salt to taste. shake some more. repeat until the butter is gone.
i’m sure there are plenty of ways to fancy it up with powdered cheddar cheese or bacon bits but the basic recipe is excellent with it’s subtl-ish bacony flavor combined with the taste of the extradordinary pasture butter. definitely a keeper.
frida was veeeery interested in what i was doing while heating the bacon grease
and holy waaa, she’s growing fast! she’s already gained about 15 pounds over the past six weeks since we brought her home.
she’s about 35 pounds but still thinks she’s a lapdog
and we find out the answer to how many of driftless folk school finnish sauna fundamentals class can fit in The Snowdeal Sauna.
ALL OF THEM!
see, that’s why you build a 3 bencher. because you never know who might come over for a visit.
i really enjoyed getting a chance to tell them about building the sauna and answering a few questions during their tour of local saunas. of course, they were forced to endure my stories about pulling out 40 cedar logs WITH MY BARE HANDS out of the upper peninsula of michigan cedar swamps, Adventures in Pouring Concrete, collecting genuine upper peninsula sauna stones from The Top Secret Sauna Stone Spot, trenching 150 feet with a ditch witch and eventually raising the snowdeal sauna with a small army of yooper relatives. a perfect captive audience!
also, it’s totally not at all intimidating to have the guy who wrote a lovely book on saunas ( that’s a bearded mike nordskog sitting on the top bench on the left ) sitting in your sauna
“do you want to ship the chest freezer to your house?”
“no, i think i’ll just put it in the trunk of my car.”
“sir, we don’t recommend people attempt to take home freezers in their car trunk. they never fit.”
“i think it’ll fit just fine. in fact, i bet there will be plenty of room to spare.”
well i knew he had the skills to make the squirt A team and apparently he convinced the coaches during tryouts, because he made the cut!
he said he didn’t care which team he ended up on, but his eyes lit up when i told him he’d be playing on the A team.
he’s playing with a group of really good skaters. it will be neat to watch them develop as a team over the season. i’m sure he’s going to learn a lot about the game and have a ton of fun along the way.
a year ago odin was an 8 year old trying out to play with 9 and 10 year old “squirts” and he made the squirt B team. this year, now that he’s 9 and has a season of playing with the older squirts under his belt, the question is whether or not he has the skills to make the squirt A team.
the day of tryouts has finally arrived! i think he definitely has the skills to make the A team, but there’s a big difference between 9 and 10 year old skating skills, so who knows. on the one hand i think he’d do well as one of the better B team players and would thrive as a leader on the ice. on the other hand, he pushes himself when he’s around better skaters and he could learn a lot by being on the A team ( he’s in the red socks ).
he has a pretty good perspective on the whole thing and claims to be relatively unconcerned with which team he ends up on. it’s neat to watch him have the inherent motivation to just do his best and be happy with whatever happens.
i remember soon after odin ( née eric snowdeal iv ) was born almost 16 weeks early his doctors told us gravely that if he lived the first week the single greatest threat to survival was hospital-acquired infection and even worse antibiotic resistant acquired infection. sure enough within 2 weeks we were already dealing with bugs in his system. luckily for us, and odin, he survived. many are not as fortunate.
so whenever i see news on antibiotic resistance, it’s very personal. and i really can’t imagine what it’s like in a neonatal intensive care unit 9 years later as the situation continues to worsen.
frontline is doing a piece positing the question, “has the age of antibiotics come to an end?” prompted by the cdc sounding the alarm and warning “urgent health threat” and “potentially catastrophic consequences”. more people die in the US each year from antibiotic-resistant infections than from HIV/AIDS. every year. i don’t even want to know the exact number of premature infants that die every year.
we know non-organic agriculture plays a role in developing drug-resistant strains of bacteria and that non-organic agricultural accounts for 70% of antibiotic use ( including, shamefully, “antibiotics of last resort” ).
the national organic standard does not allow antibiotics use in the production of organic foods.
please folks, think about the choices you make and the implications they have. there is a high cost to cheap food.
up until about 10 years ago you couldn’t pay me to eat brussels sprouts but for whatever reason my taste buds changed and now they’re one of my favorite vegetables. fresh from the garden, steamed with a generous dollop of organic valley pasture butter.
kris and odin do not share my love of brussels sprouts which means i get them all
and, yes, they really did get their name purportedly because of their popularity in .
some years you get great weather when you visit the local pumpkin patch and some years, not so much!
and this year instead of grandparents, we brought frida so instead of tromping around the pumpkin patch together in between rain showers i took one for the team and wandered around the farm while kris and odin got wet and picked pumpkins
i briefly thought the bigger pig might be grumpy but it was all good.
the goats were all “HEY! COME BACK! I THINK WE CAN HAVE FUN!”
the rabbits were all “nope. nope. nope.” frida really, really wanted them to make a run for it
MOAR PIGGIES! i think frida was not so happy that i wouldn’t let her get in the pen and slog around in the mug.
i planned on getting a bunch more pictures of odin and actual pumpkins and such but it started raining so frida and i made a break for the car. hi. ho. next year!
i’m bummed i didn’t get any pictures of our first flock of chickens who are now living out their years running around the pumpkin patch.
odin has always loved books and while he’s a quite a capable reader he’s always preferred to have us read to him than read on his own. that is, until he discovered the “percy jackson & the olympians” and he tore through the five books – more than 1,500 pages in total – mostly all my himself.
after nine years, it’s a bit bittersweet to have him not quite as interested in having us read to him, but fun to see him love to read and caught up in the story.