Smoked Maple Bacon Popcorn

Happy International Bacon Day! In honor of this magical day for people around the globe, Marie Teckmyer, owner of Happy Hour Collection, and I have collaborated to bring you recipes utilizing this much beloved icon of the pork world.

If you’ve ever made caramel corn, you know that it’s easy to make and that, more importantly, it usually yields a ton. The caramel itself can be a little tricky if you’ve never made it before, but this recipe skips that step, making it even easier. Thanks to the sugar found in maple syrups, you can actually substitute it for the water and the sugar (and typically vanilla) you would usually use for a caramel. It will still look and taste like traditional caramel corn, except it has the additional subtle flavors of maple and, in this case, smoke. 

I got the syrup I used in this recipe from Marie’s store here in Cleveland called Happy Hour Collection. If you’re from the area I would definitely recommend going in to pick some up, because you’ll probably find several other things you didn’t even know you needed in your life. At least, I always do.

If you aren’t close to Cleveland you can still buy the syrup online here. I quickly became a little obsessed with it and have been trying to use it in everything lately.  Marie actually has a recipe for a bacon old fashioned on her blog that uses this syrup. She also has a great explanation of fat-washing alcohols, so if you’ve never tried that before check out her post to find out how to do it. Fat-washing is pretty easy and gives you a lot of room for creativity in your cocktail making. Continue reading Smoked Maple Bacon Popcorn

Welcome!

Hello there! A little about me, you ask? Sure. I’m Nathan. I’m a full-time college student in Ohio, studying to become a food photographer. I grew up with a mother who cooks very well, and a large part of my childhood was spent sitting on kitchen stools watching and helping where I could. I fully credit my mom for my love and understanding of food today. The woman worked and managed her own busy schedule, as well as chauffeured around two involved children,  yet never once served us Hamburger Helper or frozen pizzas for dinner. Like many families, food was what brought us all together at the end of a long day, so it was important to her.

Today, I have my own chaotic schedule of classes, work, and extra curriculars. I also have the typical poor college student budget and tiny kitchen. Oh, and I live in a small, Whole Foods-less town. We just have one or two generic supermarkets. Tragic, I know. Still, I aim to never cook like a student. So I am probably a lot like most of you. We just want real food we can make on a normal day (Preferably without the “15 Minute Quick fix” meals in which two store bought components are slopped together and deemed dinner).  In this blog, I will be posting recipes for some of the things that I actually make as I make them. Some will be simple and classic. Others will be more bizarre and experimental. But all of them will be attainable and easy for others with normal schedules, budgets and grocery selections.