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Super Bowl of Snacking – New Orleans Style

This year the Super Bowl is on February 3rd in New Orleans.  Super Bowl parties are always a great snacking event. This comeback for New Orleans puts us in the mood to explore snacking Super Bowl and New Orleans style.  For starters we went to the New Orleans Newspaper, The Times-Picayune, for some great local recipes. Rather than print out all of the recipes, we are providing a brief description and a link:

This recipe was suggested last year for the Saints and Lion’s game.  Chicken wings from New Orleans favorite Emeril Lagasse.

A crawfish bisque eggroll will offer the New Orleans seafood flair to your Super Bowl snacking.

New Orleans native Thelma Lewis brings us a classic “Pone” with sweet potato, butter, and cream.

Eula Mae Dore, a cook for a New Orleans family, shares this classic popcorn ball recipe from her cook book.

And, to close out our New Orleans snacking theme, we are bringing you a Buttery Cajun Popcorn recipe (below) from A Taste of Home. It tastes great and is a wonderful low calorie option weighing in at just 83 calories per cup:

Prep/Total Time: 15 min. Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients

12 cups air-popped popcorn

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons lime juice

4-1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

4 to 5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Place popcorn in a large bowl. Combine butter and lime juice; drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat. Combine Cajun seasoning and cheese; sprinkle over popcorn and toss to coat. Yield: 3 quarts.

No matter who wins the Super Bowl, your guests will all be winners with some super snacks – “nawlins style.” Enjoy!  

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan.  Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.


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The Real Smell of Fall

Smell that?  It is the smell of caramel apples, and to us at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn that is the quintessential smell of fall. It goes right along with the smell of leaves burning and a hint of cedar – no doubt from your sweater that you had packed away for the summer.

When caramel apple season arrives you can be sure that at least once or twice this season a package of three caramel apples will find its way into our grocery bag or be added to the order at the convenience store quick stop. 

Our favorite caramel apple starts with a crisp, tangy apple like a McIntosh or a Granny Smith. Smother it in a smooth bright, not too thick caramel, roll in some salty peanut bits and speared with a sturdy wooden stick that holds the last lick of caramel and apple to savor as a final taste.  Be honest, you suck the caramel and apple juice out that little wooden spear like it is marrow from a bone.

Making your own caramel apples is really not too hard and can be just the idea for a fun evening activity that gets the whole family involved.  Here is a simple recipe  for making your own caramel. Yeah, you could melt the prepackaged caramel candies – but that would be… just wrong.   Don’t forget the wax paper, sticks, and of course, apples (nuts optional). 

If you haven’t tasted it lately you should know that our caramel-flavored popcorn is a favorite at Cravings, stop in for your next treat. 

Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. We welcome visitors to our store and our website.  Enjoy our unique naturally seasoned flavors and vintage sodas, and when you can’t come in person know that we will ship your favorites to you anywhere nationwide.

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Liquid Popcorn with Caramel Froth is a liquid popcorn treat.
Check out this tasty idea from the website MolecularRecipes.com
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I love Cheerwine.  It's a southern soda pop treat that is as refreshing as it is tasty.  Cheerwine and Krispy Kreme doughnuts may make my head explode.  Check out this blog post from CookBookAholic

If that makes your mouth water, you can get a bottle of Cheerwine at Cravings Gourmet Popcorn & Soda Pop Market in Old Town Lansing.
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Teaching kids to cook is great bonding time that creates memories for a lifetime.  Check out the blog from What A Dish!
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If you are an adventurist, then homemade soda pop just might be your thing.  It's an old school thing that modern conveniences have given us no reason to continue.  But for a fresh and refreshing beverage on a warm day, try making a natural drink that will make you feel good.  

Check out amazon.com for great books and read this freep.com article for more great ideas. 
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One of the best parts about making popcorn at home is the ease that you can make a unique snack with robust flavor and do it in a healthy way.  This recipe from The Curvy Carrot blog is a tasty example of what you can do with simple spices, coconut oil and your imagination.
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