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 “Introducing Miss Jennie Benedict (and other delicacies)”

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!

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Snacks on Snacks on Snacks: Picking a Perfect Cheese Plate

It's intimidating, I know.
It’s intimidating, I know.

When I was in college, there was this fancy cheese counter at the fancy grocery, and the boy who worked there was SO. CUTE. I spent way too much of my college student budget at that place, but it was totally worth it because that guy became my boyfriend!

JUST KIDDING. He had no idea what my name was, but he did teach me some cool stuff about cheese and now I am pro status at picking out the perfect cheese plate for any soiree. No matter where you live, your grocery store probably has a nice selection of cheeses, so take this advice with you when you go to reach maximum satisfaction level with your selections. Many of the nicer shops have a little remainder bin in the case, so you can try really small portions of new stuff for a pittance. This is my recommendation to you, unless you’re throwing quite the party. My suggestions are after the jump.

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Snacks on Snacks on Snacks: Roasted Chickpeas

These were supposed to be for the airport, but they didn't make it.
These were supposed to be for the airport, but they didn’t make it.

Today is the day! I’m going on vacation! I whipped up these this morning as a plane snack, but I don’t think they’re coming.  Roasted, crispy chickpeas: under a dollar, way healthier than chips, and utterly satisfying. Bingo. You could easily, easily make these Tex-Mex or curry spiced or anything your little heart desired; these proportions should give you a guide as to how much to add.

Crunchy Chickpeas

1 can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Drizzle the beans with oil, add on your toppings and toss well. Spread out onto a lined jelly-roll pan in a single layer and bake for 1 hour at 425. Reach into the oven about every 15-20 minutes to stir things around and make sure it’s all getting mixed up. Serve at room temperature.

Snacks on Snacks on Snacks: Kale Chips

Sundays are a sort of non-day. If you come to my house on a Sunday, the odds that I am, you know, dressed-dressed are low, and the odds that I’m going to make you anything fancy at all are approaching zero. I will, however, have the most amazing snack spread out. This week, I bring you kale chips. Despite what Julieanne says about kale, your husband will not leave you and you will not shrivel up into a pile of dried leaves if you try out these chips (I’m serious. Girl HATES kale.).

Behold: The Snack Gods have deemed you worthy of TWO flavors, sesame and garlic.

Kids, this could not be easier, and they are way tastier and cheaper than the bag kind, and you won’t have to feel embarrassed about getting deliveries from Nuts.com. They also have a lot of sodium to keep them shelf stable, but maybe you don’t care about that and just want to eat a lot of kale chips without anyone finding out.

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