Monday, April 29, 2013

Pop Gormet Popcorn (Review)

On a recent trip to Marshalls with my 16 year old I found the most amazing treat.  There it was among the cell phone and mp3 accessories I found POP Gourmet Popcorn.  There as I waited on the line to check out along with the specialty chocolates and coffees I found a snack that makes my mouth water just thinking about it right now.  I had heard of this brand before but was never able to find it in any of the stores where I usually shop.

I had seen the company a few years back featured on Oprah a few years back.  She absolutely loved the white truffle bliss popcorn.

We picked up a few bags of Chicago Style and White Truffle Bliss.  For anyone who doesn't know what Chicago style popcorn is, it's a mixture of caramel corn and cheddar corn. It is absolutely amazing.  The popcorn simply melts in your mouth.  The flavors are true to what the taste is supposed be.  There is about four cups of popcorn in every bag so if you want to portion it out for a delightful snack this is perfect.  Now white truffle bliss, if you've never tasted truffle oil before this could be a hit or miss for some people.  Both the smell and taste will surprise you.  It's an acquired taste to say the least, but like Oprah I love it.  It is the most delicious savory popcorn I have ever tasted.  It's tossed in both white  truffle oil and white truffle sea salt.  The smell was so aromatic that I could never sneak and eat it as I usually do with my snacks(because my children are always lurking).  The taste is just divine.  My two year old would literally sniff and look all over the kitchen for the bags of white truffle bliss.  Now like her I'm always looking for POP Gourmet Popcorn white truffle bliss whenever I' m out.

POP Gourmet Popcorn is a Washington State based company.  The popcorn is all natural and is made from quality ingredients.  It's also gluten free, although it is made in a facility that processes nuts, soy, gluten and dairy.  So there is a slight allergen factor.

POP Gourmet Popcorn comes in a variety of flavors.  There are the classic flavors Gourmet Cheddar, Chicago Style, and Premium Caramel.  There are the savory flavors the Cascade Mix, Rogue Blue, and White Truffle Bliss. And of course the sweet flavors Chocolate Salted Caramel, Ultra Premium Caramel and Maui Waui.

The popcorn comes in resealable bags and retails for about 3 bucks.  You can find POP popcorn at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Hudson News, Alaska Airlines, Safeco Field, Value Drugs and Lazy Acres Markets.  Or you can purchase it online here .

Disclaimer:  This product was purchased by me for use by my family and myself.  All opinions are my own.

It's Been a While

I've been away from my blog for a while but now I'm back.  So much has been going on in my life at such a rapid pace.  We've survived Sandy, and voted Barack Obama back in office for a second term.  We mourned for Sandy Hook and found Nemo right outside our front door. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chicken and Sausage Skillet

There never seems to be enough time in the day for everything that needs to be done.  Cooking is something I love doing, but sometimes I just need something that tastes good, that my whole family will like, and that is good for them. But most importantly something that I can make on the fly.  This is something that I came up with to try and satisfy my family especially my harshest critics (my picky eaters).  It was a hit with them so now I'm sharing it with you.

1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
1lb smoked sausage (sliced)
1  14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1  12oz bag of frozen green peas
1  12oz bag of frozen corn
5  cups of chicken stock
1 1/2 cups of uncooked brown rice
2  Tbl  olive oil

Brown chicken in skillet for five minutes on each side.  Set aside a plate.  Combine chicken stock and rice, bring to a boil.  Add tomatoes, peas, corn, and sausage.  Season with salt and pepper.  Let simmer for twenty minutes, add chicken.  Continue to cook until almost all of  liquid is gone and rice is fluffy.  About thirty minutes.  Serve hot.