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National Popcorn Day is January 31st

Sacramento : CA : USA | Jan 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM PST
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How will you celebrate National Popcorn Day, January 31 in Sacramento? Monday is National Popcorn Day. Here's how to make curried popcorn tastier by melting cheese over it. What events will take place in Sacramento for National Popcorn Day tomorrow? That depends on what you do tomorrow for National Popcorn Day.

It falls on Monday, a workday. So you'll have to create an event in your home. Popcorn is a simple snack synonymous with watching movies and fun nostalgia. In Sacramento, you could listen to the Sacramento Moms Like Me web site for many different ideas of what to do when you can celebrate a national day almost every day of the year.

Curried Popcorn with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Also there's a Greek-style popcorn recipe at the CD Kitchen website. And if you like Italian popcorn, there's a recipe at: Rachel Ray's website where you're invited by the Food Network to see that recipe at the website, Zippy Italian Popcorn Recipe: Rachael Ray: Food Network. Also for more popcorn recipes for National Popcorn Day, see: Italian Popcorn Recipe - Allrecipes.com.

People in the USA eat about 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year. That's about 54 quarts per person. Popcorn is said to have been created in India and China more than 5,000 years ago, as a game where kernels were popped over sizzling hearths. The game consisted of trying to catch the kernels in mid-air. But only in the 1980s did popcorn become available in stores prepared for modern microwave ovens.

What makes a quality popcorn? It's how much moisture is in its kernel. Food scientists sometimes even measure the expansion ratio of the kernel using math formulas. Chefs look at food processing procedures.

Pocorn industry researchers study storage and handling at home as well as in transit and in the plant. It goes back to the genes in the corn kernel and whether the corn kernel is or is not genetically modified by scientists in the seed form or whether the corn is organic or full of pesticides while growing on the farm. So it's all a history of how our food is produced before it reaches your home.

There's National Popcorn Day celebrated on January 31st of each year. And then there's National Popcorn Month, celebrated in October. Caramel Popcorn Day is April 7th. You can see why popcorn days are celebrated at least three times annually. The idea is how to prepare popcorn using healthier substitutions for the toppings and fixings. Also see, Happy National Popcorn Day! Here Are Five Things You Never Knew.

Want more dessert-style popcorn? Try this recipe for caramel popcorn, home-made at: Saida Online. It's a Lebanese-style popcorn site. Or try nut butter popcorn. Or pour melted caramel over your popcorn. Instead of the usual poporn recipes for various nut butter popcorn recipes calling for familiar or traditional ingredients such as: 1 cup light corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup peanut butter, and 2 quarts popped popcorn, how about substituting healthier ingredients your body really needs, such as almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter full of a lot of Omega 6 fatty acids?

Try some nuts that contain more of a balance of omega 3, 6, and 9 in various proportions...such as the almond or cashew butter. Or mix pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almond butter, and cashew butter in some amounts together in a blender or food processor and use in place of commercial peanut butter.

Instead use almond or cashew nut butter. Or use sesame tahini in small amounts to roll into the popcorn and then roll in black sesame seeds or chia seeds. And instead of the cup of sugar and cup of corn syrup, just leave out the sweet stuff from the popcorn. Keep the corn and nuts, and ditch the sugar and corn syrup. Don't use peanuts. Use a handful of walnuts or some almonds and walnuts mixed with sunflower seeds and sesame seeds or some pumpkin seeds.

In stead of sugar or syrup, substitute a healthier alternative such as pureed banana for the usual recipes you find online that call for sugar/corn syrup mixture to pour over popcorn. If you don't want to puree a banana on your popcorn, use dried fruit such as pitted dates, figs, nectarines, raisins, currants, apricots, or any dried fruit you like instead of sugar or corn syrup over popcorn.

Remember to brush your teeth after eating caramel or nut-butter and dried fruit puree popcorn. How about making National Popcorn Day an afternoon to enjoy a healthier popcorn snack? Here's a recipe for National Popcorn Day, with a taste of International Popcorn Day.

Curried Popcorn for National Popcorn Day with Feta Cheese

Serves/Makes 6

Overnight soak in a covered jar in your refrigerator, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil with sliced black pitted olives, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic (powder or minced chopped garlic), 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon of curry powder, pinch of black pepper. Optional: salt to taste, if desired.

Ingredients:

1 cup unpopped popcorn

1/2 cup shredded Greek feta cheese

1/2 cup shredded Greek kasseri cheese

1 tablespoon oregano

1 tablespoon basil

1/2 cup extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil flavored with garlic, curry powder, black pepper, turmeric, and 1/2 cup of pitted olives, sliced in half



Directions:

Pop the popcorn in a hot air popper. Put 1/4 of the popcorn in a large bowl. Sprinkle over the freshly popped, warm popcorn the feta and kasseri cheese, oregano, basil, and one-quarter of the jar filled with that extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil which you've marinated overnight with the curry powder, turmeric, black pepper, olives, and garlic.



Repeat for the remaining quarters.


By seasoning every quarter at a time, it keeps the wonderful curried seasoning taste through the whole batch of spicy popcorn. Instead of butter, you're using olive oil. If you don't like olive oil, you can substitute the olive oil for walnut oil, sesame seed oil, or macadamia nut oil. Some people like grape seed oil or rice bran oil. Choose the flavor of the oil you like most before you add the curry spices, garlic, and pepper to marinate the oil.

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