It is time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal day! Woo-hoo! What is the Secret Recipe Club? It’s a lot like Secret Santa, but with recipes. Each month you are assigned a blog. After selecting a recipe from that bloggers repertoire, you make and post it on reveal day. It is a great way to find fun recipes and blogs. I like how it gets me to actually sit down and go through another person’s blog. Blogs are a lot of work and take time to put together. Instead of skimming through just the new stuff (as is usually easier when we see a new blog) it is fun to really sit down and go through what else the blog has to offer. Fun stuff!
This month my assignment was Heather’s blog, Join Us, Pull Up a Chair. I love the yummy variety of things on her blog. SO many yummy, yummy things, like Crunchy Quinoa Salad, Cranberry Chutney, Garlic Scape Pesto, Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting, Quinoa Pizza Bites, German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars and Italian Chard Soup. Swoon! I wanted to pick something I could bring to the holiday celebrations that are happening now. As my kiddos love popcorn, we made a Christmas variation of Heather’s Valentine’s Day Popcorn. Because of our allergies and how we roll, I don’t use microwave popcorn, so adapted the recipe to cook in our Whirley Pop popcorn popper. I also wanted to avoid food dye so we could share this with friends who can’t eat food dyes, so replaced the color with 100% pomegranate juice. It worked like a charm! And the very subtle pom flavor mixed nicely with the vanilla. To make everything a bit more seasonal, I tossed in dried cranberries. Thanks for the inspiration, Heather! I can’t wait to try more recipes from your blog.