Add 3 or 4 kernels of uncooked popcorn to heated oil and cover with a lid. When kernels pop, add rest of popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds. This helps all the kernels reach the same temperature and pop at about the same time.
Place pan back on heat. Cover with a vented lid. Without a steam vent, the popcorn will be tough. When popping begins, shake pan continuously over the burner until popping slows to several seconds between pops. Pour popcorn into a bowl and salt lightly.
Buttered Hot Chili Sauce
- 3 Tbls. butter
- ½ tsp. chili powder
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste.
- ¼ tsp. oregano
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp. onion powder
Melt butter in a small pan over low heat. Use the popcorn pan if desired. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir until bubbly. Dribble over popped corn and toss with two forks. Serve. Keep fire extinguishers close by!
Makes about 2 to 2-1/2 quarts popped corn.
Comment: This is my own version of Texas Hot Chili Popcorn.
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If you like Sassy, Danger and Mystery … you’ll love my novels! I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT. It’s available at your nearest Barnes & Noble Bookseller, on my website, Amazon, B&N.com and more! For your convenience, it’s also available for Kindle, the Nook and most other eBook readers.
Book Two of the Silki series, CANYON OF DOOM, launches soon! Here’s a brief synopsis:
Stealing money isn’t the aim of the Mesa Redondo bank robbers. They want the mysterious metal object Silki and her best friend Birdie discovered in the bogs at Canyon Daacha. With Birdie headed up to Kayenta for the rest of the summer, Silki navigates wide-eyed and solo through a whirl of thievery, scary characters, lost artifacts, and a shadowy stranger Silki dubs “Amber Eyes.” Against a backdrop of Monsoon season floods and quicksand, Silki’s plight is complicated by the hateful slurs of a rebellious cousin her family must rescue before it’s too late. Soon, Silki finds herself smack dab in the middle of a plot stretching all the way back to World War II and reaching right into the very soul of her own family.
Watch for it Summer/Fall of 2013!
I can’t wait for you to meet my new illustrator, the Drawing Hands!
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Jodi Lea Stewart grew up smelling cedar berries and cow manure on a mega-acre Arizona cattle ranch wedged between the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribe Reservation. Her friends were Native American and Hispanic, with a few Anglos thrown in for good measure.
Her pastimes were singing to chickens, climbing giant petroglyph-etched boulders, hanging on for dear life in the back end of rattley old pickups driven over terracotta roads so washed out they qualified as mini-Grand Canyons, and riding one of the orneriest horses God ever put on the planet.
Traumatized beyond repair, she now writes novels in the hope of neutralizing all that craziness.
Before giving her heart to full-time fiction, Jodi cattle-prodded herself through journalism, western magazine writing, college humor writing, album-cover design/liner notes, electro-mechanical drafting, and into a position of managing editor/chief writer of a Fortune 500 corporate newsletter.
Oh, she went on to earn that dreaded BS in Business Management too, but she was pretty much an expert on one part of that degree already.
Jodi Lea Stewart now lives in Texas and New Mexico with her husband, two standard poodles and two rescue cats.
Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT is Jodi’s first novel.
Book Two in the series, CANYON OF DOOM, debuts Summer of 2013. Book Three in the series, VALLEY OF SHADOWS, hopes to come out of hiding sometime in 2014.