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We LOVE popcorn. The snack was a staple in our apartment when we lived together, and we would often eat it while we watched movies with our favorite toppings (hot sauce for Sarah and Italian dressing for Caitlin). Caitlin and her sister Holly came up with a great way to test popcorn pairings: They pour various condiments and other refrigerator goodies into mini muffin tins so they can sample multiple combinations. Sarah’s dad taught her how to make popcorn over the stove before she moved into her first college apartment (see the video below for the how-to). She has it down to a near science now and often pops a big bowl right as company arrives.

We’re offering two new recipes to try this Popcorn Day, but also be sure to check out our previous popcorn recipes:

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Asiago and thyme popcorn

Like cheese popcorn but hate the powdered stuff? This is a great, classy alternative

Do you like cheese popcorn but hate the powdered stuff? This is a great, classy alternative

by Sarah Steimer

Make about 6-8 cups popcorn. While the popcorn is still warm, spray or drizzle with olive or vegetable oil to lightly coat. Finely grate about 1/2 cup Asiago cheese. Add the cheese and about 2-3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves to the popcorn. Add a pinch of salt. Gently toss and serve.

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Brown butter, rosemary and lemon popcorn

I loved the way the butter crackled and bubbled in the pan when I removed it from the heat and tossed in the rosemary. That step made for super-crispy flecks of rosemary. Don't be tempted to add the lemon zest to the butter. It's much more delicate and could burn.

I loved the way the butter crackled and bubbled in the pan when I tossed in the rosemary. That step made for super-crispy flecks of rosemary. Don’t be tempted to add the lemon zest to the butter. It’s much more delicate and could burn.

by Caitlin Saniga

Pop about 6 cups of popcorn. Place 3 tablespoons butter in a small pan and cook over medium heat until it turn light brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary. Pour the butter over the popcorn. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon) over top and finish with a few grinds of salt and pepper. Toss to coat and serve.

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by Caitlin Saniga and Sarah Steimer

Included in the box Caitlin sent Sarah were mocha chocolate chip cookies, rosemary shortbread cookies, a couple of sticks of peppermint mocha biscotti (recipe here) and orange-almond biscotti (recipe here).

Included in the box Caitlin sent Sarah were mocha chocolate chip cookies, rosemary shortbread cookies, a couple of sticks of peppermint mocha biscotti (recipe here) and orange-almond biscotti (recipe here).

We love making cookies for the holidays and sharing photos and recipes of them on the blog (most notable was our 2010 Holiday Dozen guide). We often email or text each other to rave about how good the other’s photos look, or to say how good our own cookies tasted. On a few very rare occasions, we’ve been able to try each other’s creations. This year, we decided to send cookies directly to one another so we didn’t have to be too jealous when the pictures and recipes hit the Web! 

Below are the recipes for the cookies Caitlin sent to Sarah this year. She got sick before she could finish a third batch, which would have been some sort of crunchy pignoli cookie. Oh, well! There’s always next year, right?

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Rosemary shortbread cookies

Caitlin: I had just inherited a robust rosemary plant from a family friend, so I was ecstatic when I found this cookie recipe that included the herb. The flavor intensifies over time for this cookie. Delicious!
Sarah: I fully expected the mocha chocolate cookies to be my favorite — for obvious reasons — but these ended up being my top pick. The cookie is flaky without being dry, and there is literally just the right amount of rosemary in it.

Rosemary shortbread cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar for decoration
Rosemary shortbread cookies

Caitlin:  I haven’t tried this trick yet, but I’ve heard that you can save time by rolling out cookie dough between sheets of wax paper or parchment and placing it on a baking sheet before sticking it in the fridge to chill. I’ll definitely be trying this the next time I make cutouts!

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and 2/3 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour, salt and rosemary until well blended. The dough will be somewhat soft. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Use small cookie cutters to make cutouts. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the tops.

Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden at the edges. Cool on wire racks, and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from: AllRecipes.com

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Mocha chocolate chip cookies

  • 2 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ground espresso
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Mocha chocolate chip cookies

Caitlin: I wonder if Sarah realized there was a sparkle of cayenne in this recipe. I added a few heavy shakes at the last minute.
Sarah: Again with the great texture! Chewy and crispy in all the right spots.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing after each addition to make sure they are well combined.

In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, cayenne and ground espresso.

With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix everything until the ingredients are fully combined, but do not overbeat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in chocolate chips.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a teaspoon, drop rounded balls of dough on the sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

Recipe adapted from: Food 52

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So one of the best things Caitlin sent was actually a baggie of Chex mix. One night in college while we decorated and made cards for Christmas, Caitlin made a big batch of the mix and I probably ate almost all of it. She also sent along a recipe book on seasonal pies and a French baguette-scented candle. I could have happily curled up in this box. Too bad she fattened me up with those biscotti before I even had a chance to try.

Sarah: So one of the best things Caitlin sent was actually a baggie of Chex mix. One night in college while we decorated and made cards for Christmas, Caitlin made a big batch of the mix and I probably ate almost all of it. She also sent along a recipe book on seasonal pies and a French baguette-scented candle. I could have happily curled up in this box. Too bad she fattened me up with those biscotti before I even had a chance to try. Rude.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Use what you have! Some options: beets, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, fingerlings, carrots, rutabega.

Use what you have! Some options: beets, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, fingerlings, carrots, rutabaga. The more colorful, the better!

  • 1 medium turnip, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 1 medium parsnip, scrubbed, trimmed and peeled
  • 1 medium sweet potato, scrubbed and peeled
  • 5 red skin potatoes, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and seeded
  • olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Chop the vegetables into 1/2-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil lightly over the vegetables and toss to coat. Add the rosemary, garlic and a some good grinds of salt and pepper. Transfer the vegetables to a large glass baking pan. Roast in the oven, stirring every 10 minutes or so, for 30-40 minutes, or until vegetables soften and turn golden. Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings.

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by Caitlin Saniga

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Notice the missing left crust of pizza? There was no time to take a photo while I was shoveling that piece into my mouth.

  • pizza dough
  • olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium sweet potato, scrubbed and thinly sliced
  • 5-6 red-skin potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, leaves removed
  • 6 ounces buffalo mozzarella, torn into small pieces
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A friend said she tried a similar recipe with purple fingerlings. Can you imagine how pretty that would be? Now I’m picturing sweet potato, purple fingerling and beet pizza. Stunning, I bet!

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Place the pizza dough in a well-oiled mixing bowl, and cover with a towel. Place the bowl in a warm (or room-temperature) spot, and let sit for an hour to rise.

In the meantime, warm a medium pan over medium-low heat. Add a generous amount of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once it’s warm, add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes, or until the onions are translucent and golden-brown at the edges. Season with salt and pepper.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the potato and sweet potato slices about 5 minutes, or until soft (but not mushy).

On a floured surface, roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin. Make sure it’s a shape and size that will fit on whatever baking sheet or stone you plan to use. If using a metal baking sheet, lightly flour the surface before transferring the dough to the pan. Brush the dough with olive oil, and scatter half of the onions across the surface. Arrange the potatoes over the onions, and top with the mozzarella, rosemary and the rest of the onions.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and brown and the crust is golden. Serve hot.Makes about 4 servings.

Recipe adapted from: Spicy Icecream

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by Caitlin Saniga

This soup made me a believer in beets! And I think it could do the same for anyone! While beets provide some subtle undertones and a very vibrant color, they’re nicely balanced with a lot of other flavors: orange, garlic, toasty almond and rosemary. Sounds like an unlikely combination, I know. But it’s brilliant. Promise.

  • 7 medium beets, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and trimmed
  • 1 spring rosemary
  • 1/2 quart heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup toasted almond slices
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • rosemary sprigs, for garnish, optional

Place the beets in a pot withe garlic and rosemary. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the beets are tender, about 6 minutes.

Strain the beets and garlic and set aside the liquid. Discard the rosemary. Place the beets and garlic in a food processor and puree, adding the reserved liquid a little at a time until it is almost soup consistency. Add the cream, honey, vinegar and orange zest and pulse. Refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour before serving.

Serve chilled and garnish with toasted almonds, oranges, feta and rosemary sprigs.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe adapted form: 202 Market recipe in The Roanoke Times

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by Sarah Steimer

I didn't know what to expect with this soup, but I ended up loving it. I'm not sure of the best way to explain it, but it's earthy without tasting like - well - dirt, thanks to the sun-dried tomatoes.

  • olive oil
  • 4 large or 6 smaller parsnips (4 cups) cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 5 medium-sized carrots (2 cups) cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 large onion (1 cup) diced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil), roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • balsamic vinegar (optional)

Heat oil in a dutch oven or sturdy pot over medium-high heat. Add parsnips, carrots and onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Ad 3/4 cup broth and cook for 10 minutes, or until the broth is evaporated. Add the remaining 5 1/4 cups broth, along with 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, oregano and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a brisk boil. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

Puree in a blender or food processor a few cups at a time until smooth.

Add remaining chopped tomatoes. Serve immediately, drizzled with balsamic vinegar if desired and served with a crusty bread. We had it with a great whole-wheat baguette.

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe adapted from: Vegetarian Times

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by Sarah Steimer

Last time I went home to Pittsburgh, my mom suggested we try making this dip. By we she meant me.

  • 2 cans chickpeas (15 ounces), drained
  • 1 small jar roasted red peppers (6 ounces), drained well and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 stems fresh rosemary, leaves stripped from stems and chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Combine chickpeas, roasted red pepper, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a food processor. As the processor is running, stream in the olive oil. Blend until it reaches a (fairly) smooth consistency.  Serve with tortilla chips and vegetables.

Serves eight to 10 (or probably more). I halved the recipe and my guess is that it made 1 and half cups of spread or so.

Recipe: Rachel Ray

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