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Snacks on Snacks on Snacks: Jam Thumbprint Cookies

I don’t know what my deal is, but I’ve been really craving sweets this weekend. We’re having people over in a little bit to watch the season finale of Mad Men, so I have an excuse to make dozens and dozens of cookies that I wouldn’t otherwise have made. It’s way too summery for hamantaschen, but I think we could make some jam thumbprints, right?

I only ate 6 while writing this.

I only ate 6 while writing this.

Right. After the jump, check out my five-ingredient summer remix cookies.

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Snacks on Snacks on Snacks: Homemade Tortilla Chips

Let’s talk about tortilla chips. I can and will eat them all.  When the dude comes around at the Mexican restaurant with the fresh bowl of them, I have been known to lunge wildly toward him.

All these chips are belong to me.

All these chips are belong to me.

So toasty. So crispy. So good for shoveling tasty dips into my mouth. Want to make them yourself? Oh, you can. You can and you should.

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Introducing Miss Jennie Benedict (and other delicacies)

Hometown hero.

For the humans watching at home, the Derby is a marathon, not a sprint (not for the horses. For the horses, it’s over almost as soon as it starts). You need to have sustenance throughout the long day of standing around wearing a big hat and frittering away money on games of chance, so don’t be foolish: plan ahead and make some tasty treats for yourself. One of the snacks I’m sharing with you today is a Southern delicacy, and the other is a Louisville original. Pimento cheese and Benedictine are both great snack spreads that are good on crackers/white bread and are just two or three bites max. You’re going to be very, very busy, as I said, daydrinking and gambling, so you don’t want your hands to be occupied with something as silly as foodstuffs. Hands are for juleps. Continue reading

Snacks on Snacks on Snacks, Part Deux: Poptarts

I thought,” you know? This has been a good week. I love y’all a ton. Y’all deserve TWO snack recipes. Y’all deserve my poptart recipe.”

Get in my mouth, heavenly beings.

Get in my mouth, heavenly beings.

In grad school, there was this amazing bakery that had homemade poptarts sometimes, and whoa, were they good. I would buy all of them when they made those. When I moved away, I just figured out what to do. You can make any kind of poptart your little heart desires. Look after the jump for the starting point.

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Snacks on Snacks on Snacks: Popcorn 4 Ways

I love love love popcorn (shut it, haters), and I feel like it’s having a major moment recently. I’ve been seeing it at fancy restaurants, so I hacked their versions to bring you these:

From left to right: tea kettle corn, parmesan rosemary truffle popcorn, preparedness popcorn, and duck fat popcorn.

From left to right: tea kettle corn, parmesan rosemary truffle popcorn, preparedness popcorn, and duck fat popcorn.

All these recipes assume you know how to make popcorn already. Let me remind you in case you forgot. Get a big stock pot out, and pour just enough of a neutral oil (I like canola) to cover the bottom of the pan. Put three kernels in the oil and place all that over a burner on medium heat. When the first kernel pops, pull this off the burner and pour just enough popcorn into the bottom to exactly cover the base of the pan. Put a tight-fitting lid on top, and keep it off the burner for 30 seconds. Put it back on the burner, and stay close by. It’ll pop pretty quickly. When you have more than 3 seconds between pops, take it off the burner, remove the lid, and do what you see fit. Use what you reap in these recipes.

This is a fail-safe popcorn-makin' scheme, so rest easy.

This is a fail-safe popcorn-makin’ scheme, so rest easy.

Recipes after the jump!

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You Should Know How to Do This: Whipped Cream

You should know by now that Cool Whip is something that grosses me out. Come on, it HAS to gross you out, too. Right? Right. When I was a kid, we had this fancy whipped cream maker, so I thought making whipped cream was this HUGE undertaking that required specialized equipment. I was incorrect. Here’s what you need:

BOOM.

BOOM.

Well, that and like, two other tiny things you definitely already have.

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The Most Duh

[Ed. Note: I accidentally scheduled this for the wrong day! It was supposed to be an accompaniment to this post. Mea culpa.]

I was over on Fab the other morning, and they had this pretty slate cheese board for sale, marked down to $20 (originally $30).

Look how fancy!

Look how fancy!

What a nice housewarming gift! Except that that took less than 1 minute to make, and well under a dollar.  Continue reading