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Celebrate January 19th – NATIONAL POPPED CORN Day

Posted on January 19, 2016

National Popped Corn day 2Popcorn is one of Americans’ favorite snack foods, so it’s no wonder those kernels have their own holiday. Today, January 19th, marks National Popcorn Day, and what better way to celebrate it than to indulge in the irresistible treat.

Light, fluffy, and jam-packed with flavor, popcorn has been a popular snack-time favorite for centuries. Although commonly associated with movie theaters and sports stadiums, more than 70 percent of popcorn is consumed in the home, and the United States leads the world in annual popcorn production and consumption. Only one type of corn—popcorn—has that distinctive ability to pop, and the popping occurs when the kernel is heated to a temperature of nearly 350 degrees. The high temperature affects the starch and moisture inside the kernel, increasing the internal pressure until the hull of the kernel bursts open and voila! Popcorn!

Fun Facts About the Popular Snack

Popcorn Timeline:

1519 – Explorer Hernán Cortés is introduced to popcorn while exploring Mexico

1893 – At the World’s Columbian Exposition, Charles Cretors introduces the world’s first mobile popcorn machine.

1914 – The American Pop Corn Company, maker of Jolly Time popcorn, is founded.

1930s – Depression-era families turn to popcorn as a budget-friendly treat.

1944 – Orville Redenbacher begins growing popcorn.

1945 – Percy Spencer and the Raytheon Manufacturing Company file a patent for the microwave cooking process.

1945 – Movie theater consumptions accounts for more than half of all popcorn eaten in the United States.

1959 – Frederick C. Mennen begins marketing Jiffy Pop in a convenient aluminum foil stove-top cooking pan.

1978 – The hot-air popcorn popper is invented and allows consumers to prepare low-calorie, low-fat popcorn at home.

1983 – Microwave popcorn bags become widely available and produce $53 million in retail sales.

2003 – Jolly Time produces its 1 billionth bag of microwave popcorn.

2014 – Americans annually consume 16 billion quarts of popcorn

Today, we rely heavily on microwaveable popcorn, which was introduced in the 1980s.

National Popped Corn day

Corny Facts About Popcorn

. The top popcorn-producing states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.

. Most of the popcorn consumed worldwide is grown in the U.S.

. If stored correctly, popcorn kernels can last for millennia. Archeologists have unearthed kernels that are still popable in ancient Peruvian tombs.

. Popcorn is packed with healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin B and protein. It also contains about 1 gram of fiber per cup, which has more iron than an egg.

. When eaten plain (without any butter, that is), popcorn accounts for just 30 calories per cup.

 

Popcorn Recipes

There’s nothing better than fresh, homemade popcorn.

Ingredients

1/4 cup of coconut or canola oil

2/3 cup of popcorn kernels

3 tablespoons of butter

Directions

  1. Add the oil and three popcorn kernels to a large pot.
  2. Cover and cook over medium-high heat on a stovetop until all three kernels pop.
  3. Take the three kernels out of the pot.
  4. Add the rest of the popcorn kernels.
  5. Cover and take the pot off the heat.
  6. Wait 30 seconds.
  7. Put the pot back on the heat and cook, shaking the pot occasionally until the popping slows down.
  8. After about 2 minutes, take the lid off the pot to let the steam out. This keeps the popcorn nice and crisp while it continues to pop.
  9. Toss in melted butter or spices of your choice and enjoy.

 

The best thing about making your own popcorn is you can add whatever flavors you like. There are dozens and dozens of flavors, from anise to watermelon. Here’s a sampling:

  • Buttered Popcorn.
  • Caramel Corn.
  • Cheese Corn.
  • Chocolate-Covered Popcorn.
  • Kettle Corn.
  • Spicy Corn.
  • Wild Frontier of Flavors.

Popped Corn

Here are some ideas to add a “Zing” to your popped corn:

  • Add melted butter, a drizzle of honey and a pinch of sea salt for a classic flavor.
  • Drizzle popcorn with olive oil rather than butter for an even healthier treat.
  • Add some garlic and parmesan cheese for a flavorful, salty bite.
  • Kick regular popcorn up a notch by tossing in some cayenne and cumin.
  • Either drizzle maple syrup or sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar on fresh popcorn for a sweet treat.
  • Use popcorn instead of cereal when making Rice Krispies treats as a tasty twist on a childhood classic.
  • Easy Cheesy Corn. Mix 2 teaspoons finely chopped or snipped thyme into melted butter and drizzle over the corn. Toss to blend. Sprinkle with 1 cup grated quality parmesan or cheddar cheese. Taste and add up to 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus pepper. Toss to blend.
  • Taj Mahal Munchies. Mix 2 teaspoons curry powder into melted butter and drizzle over the corn. Toss to blend. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each kosher salt and sugar. Toss to blend. Then 1/2 cup each of coconut, golden raisins and sliced almonds. Toss to blend.
  • Wasabi Popcorn. Mix 2 teaspoons of prepared wasabi into melted butter and drizzle over the corn. Toss to blend. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to taste. Toss to blend.

NARFE Holiday Lunch Catered by Ranch Events

Posted on January 19, 2016

War Memorial Building in Balboa Park

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Associations or (NARFE) selected Ranch Events to cater their Holiday lunch. Thanks to Event Planner, Ramon Salido, NARFE was extremely happy with their event. They were so pleased with the food and service, Ramon received a gracious email that stated the following:

Ramon,

Thank you for providing an excellent catering service at our Holiday Luncheon. The food was great, the presentation was very nice as the tables were decorated in red table throws with complimentary green napkins, and we got some 110 people (seniors, who tend to be a bit persnickety) served in 25 minutes.  We did have two carvers (as requested) and Scott’s suggestions, the Event Captain, on the line layout were right on. Many thanks to Scott and his crew. We will be using Scott’s layout for next year so the luncheon service should run even smoother.

Ed Jahn
Treasurer, NARFE Chapter 4
Holiday Luncheon Coordinator

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