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How to Make Movie Theater Popcorn at Home!

Mr. Dee-lish Popcorn Wall Decal

As Joe explained on National Popcorn Day, it is possible to get that movie theater popcorn taste right at home. It requires just four things: A kettle style popping machine. You could also use a Whirley Pop. The popcorn needs to be stirred, and the bottom of the kettle scraped, during the popping process to [...]


Weekend DIY: Make Your Own Rock Candy

Colored Rock Candy

When I was a kid, fall trips to local museums meant a bag lunch and a few coins in my pocket to pick up a souvenir. But, as with most museum shops, candies were also an option, and the one I remember buying most was rock candy. Later, I’d make this delicious sweet in science [...]


Celebrating National Pie Day

Apple Pie Vintage Tin Sign

Apple Pie. Made with fresh-cut Romes and two Granny Smiths (to add some tartness), cinnamon, sugar and butter. In a flaky crust made with lard, not shortening. That’s my favorite homemade pie. And today is the perfect day to bake one. It’s National Pie Day, after all. According to the American Pie Council, there are [...]


There’s Nothing Funny About Me and My Coffee

Coffee Shaking Tin Sign

I love coffee. I love the smell of it brewing, and its bold flavor. For many, coffee was an acquired taste, but I remember sneaking sips of my mother’s when I was quite young, and I simply fell in love. American film director David Lynch once said, “Even bad coffee is better than no coffee [...]


Popcorn: Movies Wouldn’t Be The Same Without It

Buttery Fresh Popcorn Tin Sign

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a single theater memory that doesn’t include popcorn. The fondest? All include those enormous popcorn buckets, not the bags that have (in many theaters) replaced them. I can’t tell you how much popcorn one of those buckets holds, but my wife and I own four of [...]


Cheesepocalypse? Say it isn’t so!

1950s Velveeta Packaging

I didn’t think anything of it when I clicked on #Velveeta–a trending topic on Twitter today. Needless to say, imagine my surprise when I learned that Kraft Foods has announced that there’s an honest-to-goodness Velveeta shortage. Me? I didn’t think such a thing was possible. I mean, not that I’m questioning the amount of actual [...]


When It Comes To Eggs? Nog Makes the Grade

1950s Egg Nog Ad

Eggs. Sure, they’re a food staple and a fave for many worldwide. Me? I’m not one of those people. For yours truly, when it comes to eggs, they’d better be cooked into brownies or a cake, because that’s about the extent of my yolking around. That said, however, I recall a Christmas gathering my parents threw, circa 1975 or [...]


Top of the Pops: America’s Ongoing Infatuation With Popcorn

Popcorn Machine - Street Vendor Style

October is National Popcorn Popping Month! Discovered thousands of years ago, popcorn dates back to before 3600 B.C. in what is now Peru. Some believe popcorn was developed by American Indians, but researchers have found no evidence to support that. It wasn’t until the 1840s that popped corn garnered the title of “snack food,” when it was [...]


Hosting a Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Party

Zombie Arm Bread!

Although this is a Halloween post, its roots go back to December 2012 – specifically December 12. Chances are 12/12/12 was just a normal Wednesday for you, but it also was: the last sequential date we’ll see for 88 years; the day most people expected the Mayan apocalypse to occur (technically 12/21/12, but why quibble [...]


The Great Pizza Debate? There Isn’t One

The Best Pizza Round Tin Sign

In honor of National Pizza Month, Joe confesses he’s a pizza snob, and takes us for a taste around the country. If you’re a fan of fine dining and a connoisseur of gourmet cuisine, you understand that there’s one universal truth: Nothing beats good pizza. Unfortunately for anyone who was raised outside of New York [...]


It’s National Coffee Day!

Early Bird Coffee Wall Decal

It’s not like coffee drinkers (which counts for about 85% of Americans) need a special day to celebrate. But we sure wouldn’t mind getting a free cup of joe while we reminisce about the past. September 29th is National Coffee Day, and that means lots of coffee shops are giving us freebies, including Dunkin’ Donuts, [...]


Guinness Milkshake

Guinness Shake

I’m a sucker for trying just about anything new, even if it sounds kind of gross. When my husband and I heard about the Guinness Shake at Red Robin, we both went, “What???” Now, Joe is also a taster of all kinds of weird things (he had to try all the Harry Potter Jelly Bellies [...]


Cherries Jubilee!

Cherries Jubilee

Created by Chef Auguste Escoffier in honor of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration, this dessert was created sometime between 1887 and 1897. There’s some conflict over whether it was the Queen’s Golden Jubilee or Diamond Jubilee for which this sweet cherries concoction was made, but there’s no argument that it was presented because cherries were her [...]


It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Cake Time!

PB & J Cake

My father-in-law was a long-time PB&J fan. Every year he’d volunteer to help host events for kids, and every year the committee would turn down his plea to serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, in fear someone allergic to peanut butter would mistakenly bite into one. So, when he passed and we celebrated his life, [...]