Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Best Carmel Popcorn

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup corn syrup
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
5 quarts popped popcorn

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place popped popcorn in very large bowl.
2. In saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour over popcorn, stirring to coat.
3. Place in 2 shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely on wax paper before breaking into pieces.

Beer and Brown Sugar Steak


  • 2 (16 ounce) beef sirloin steaks
  • 1/4 cup dark beer
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat grill for high heat.
  2. Use a fork to poke holes all over the surface of the steaks, and place steaks in a large baking dish. In a bowl, mix together beer, teriyaki sauce, and brown sugar. Pour sauce over steaks, and let sit about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 the seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder; set aside for 10 minutes. Turn steaks over, sprinkle with remaining seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and continue marinating for 10 more minutes.
  3. Remove steaks from marinade. Pour marinade into a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook for several minutes.
  4. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill steaks for 7 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. During the last few minutes of grilling, baste steaks with boiled marinade to enhance the flavor and ensure juiciness.
I think I'm still in denial that winter is approaching and want to continue to use my grill! This was one of our favorite steak marinades we used this summer- and don't freak out -- all the alcohol cooks out!