Dana Slatkin

Curried Popcorn

Curried PopcornDuring the holidays, spontaneity rules in my house. Absent the relentless school routine, the last days of the year take shape organically, as a true vacation should. The only rules? No rushing or stressing allowed.

But I confess to being a little challenged on vacations. Though the break from lunchboxes and dinner parties is welcome, this Farmgirl needs to keep busy. Too much time away from my kitchen and I start to get disoriented.


So here’s my method for vacation reorientation…invite a steady stream of drop-ins, have a ready stash of party-food, and exhale.

This popcorn was a big hit at last week’s holiday cooking class. The recipe is based on one by Aarti Sequeira (the Food Network’s endearing Indian expert), but the method is vintage Farmgirl. Start the spices and corn in a little coconut oil on the stove, melding all the flavors, then save yourself some sweat by doing the popping in the microwave.

I’ve been giving away tubfuls for gifts. And my popcorn bowl in the kitchen keeps disappearing. Luckily, replenishing it should give me plenty to do all week.

Looking for more party food? Try my Savory Mushroom Pate, Warm Brie-Stuffed Dates, Momed’s Avocado Hummus, and Endive with Blue Cheese and Fig Jam.

There are still a few days left to enter the December Cooking Contest for a chance to win our best kitchen swag ever!

The 90210 Farmgirl will be on vacation until January, but there are plenty of recipes to peruse here. You can always reach me here. If you’re in the mood to shop, don’t miss the Farmgirl Store. And be sure to check out my 2012 schedule of cooking classes here. Treat yourself or a friend!

Wishing you and yours delicious holidays and much joy around the table.

Photo credit: etsy.com

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