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 🙂
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.
frida: “rawr! rawr! rawr!”
me: “what? you want an ear rub?”
frida: “raaaaaawr! raaaaaawr!”
we’re still harvesting the bounty from the labors of the cosmos organicos garden collective so frida had her first chance to survey the splendor!
you can see ongoing work after the fire on the organic valley headquarters in the background. hopefully when we plant next year all the work will be done!
you see this face? that’s frida being super happy that i won’t let her about and half eat all the bell peppers while i’m trying ot pick them 🙂
the way i figure it, if you’re going to go get some 14 and 16 footers for the treehouse from your amish sawyer and you have the opportunity to use a trailer made from a 1938 dodge truck from marv who lives down the street who got it from his father, well, it’s a no-brainer – it’s The Way It Must Be Done.
you can 8 footers just fine without a trailer with the old ford but 14 and 16 footers are looooong. i thought i’d be able to keep the trailer gate closed but they boughed enough that they were resting on the roof of the galaxie which wasn’t going to work, so i had to improvise with what i had available.
looks totally legit.
i wasn’t 100% sure i was going to make it home without incident but i drove slow and stopped a few times to make adjustments and made the trip without losing the load 🙂
having frida tag along makes the adventures all the more fun! she didn’t go out to the sawyer but she was veeeeeeery happy to hop in and help me return the trailer to marv.
frida is still trying to figure out what that thing is that’s always attached to my face and occasionally pointed in her direction.