Archive for November, 2016

Notes From Dikki-Jo’s Kitchen
Sometimes I like to spend the whole night just making fragrant and snowy mountains of delicious popcorn. There is a mystical and fatalistic quality to this experience. For example this 1930’s recipe mysteriously surfaced in an old family notebook … for popcorn balls …. Just when I had a big batch prepared and was afraid I’d have to make popcorn strings for the birds in order to use it all up. If you love popcorn as much as I, then you might like to try this …

Grandmother Esther’s Easy Popcorn Balls
4 quarts of popped corn. Melt 2 Tbs butter, ½ C sugar, 1 C Karo (corn) syrup (the red label is light and not high fructose), 1 tsp cream of tartar, ¼ tsp baking soda. Pour melted mixture over the popcorn, stir very gently and shape into balls, with lightly buttered hands. Makes about 8 large popcorn balls.
Here is a quick party or dinner dessert recipe and it gives you an excuse to pop lots of corn. It’s kind of a meditative and Zen experience to indulge in this pastime of culinary excess.

1 16 oz package of miniature marshmallows
20 caramels
1/4 cup butter, cubed
10 cups popped corn
1 cup M and M’s candies
2 cups of peanuts

Melt marshmallows, caramels and butter, stir, pour over the popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Stir in candies and peanuts, press into a cake pan (a bundt works well). Let cool until firm, remove from pan with a serrated knife, serves about 7 hungry souls.

Gift Idea!

Popcorn treats make wonderful, welcome and inexpensive gifts which are certain to bring a smile. Slices of the popcorn cake and popcorn balls can be wrapped in colorful cellophane or foil and presented in a paper lunch bag decorated with humorous stickers and stamps.


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Worlds Around, Above and Within

Forever onward circles of the skies,
Spanning upwards, outwards more

And more
Star watered waves ending in quiet ripples \
Near the shore,
Magnificent trees which year upon year
Spread greener, reaching upwards more and more;

A rainbow jewel formed of dew,
Turns soon to frost and falls so soft and light,
The setting and always rising of the sun,
Fades away gathered gloom of night;

These natural things alive, they move
Then cease within a natural harmony of peace
They truly own and have shown
Inspiration to brighten disordered human life
And reveal another world nearby and yet so unknown.

C By Dikki-Jo Mullen
(This poem was written near Thanksgiving, 2016, with thoughts of the coming winter and darker, quieter days and the season of Advent ahead. and the welcoming of the Son/Sun, Solstice and Christmastide.)

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