November 18, 2003  
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Popcorn recipes that satisfy

We're all in for the long haul: exams have started again before they were even over. And we all know what that means: marathon study sessions with severe snack-attacks. In an attempt to avoid the reoccurring nightmare of the Frosh 15, popcorn is a healthy option to curb that craving - popcorn is like sex: it's satisfying, but only for a little while. So in an attempt to enhance the staple snack food of every starving student, here are some fun ways to spice up your late night study sessions with things you didn't even know you had in your kitchen cupboards.

Kung Pow Popcorn

Preheat your oven to 250 F. Spread popcorn on a non-stick cookie sheet. Mix together one tablespoon of soy sauce, two teaspoons of lemon juice, one teaspoon of spice and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder. Drizzle over the popcorn and coat evenly. Bake 10 minutes, tossing once.

Hot Tamale Popcorn

Put the popcorn in a large bowl and lightly coat it with butter. Combine one tablespoon dried Mexican spiced salad dressing mix with 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried thyme and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Sprinkle over popcorn. Toss to evenly coat. Lightly coat with more butter. Toss again and serve.

Italian Stallion Popcorn

Preheat oven to 300 F. Spread popcorn on a non-stick cookie sheet. Mix together one teaspoon of dried Italian herbs, 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and one teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over popcorn and bake for 10 minutes, tossing once.

Passion Punch Popcorn

Toss popcorn in a large bowl with 1/4 cup of butter, three tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of raspberry Kool-aid drink crystals. Drizzle with honey and toss. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of icing sugar. Toss and serve.

Spicy and Sweet Popcorn

Preheat your oven to 300 F. Spread popcorn on a non-stick cookie sheet and lightly coat with butter. Combine two and 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of orange Kool-aid drink crystals. Sprinkle over popcorn and toss. Bake for 10 minutes, tossing once.

-Ashley Audrain



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