I am delighted to turn my blog over to Paige Shelton today! She is getting ready to release her new book
BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE, the second book in her Dangerous Type Mystery series and is celebrating with an autographed book giveaway. She is also sharing a quartet of gourmet popcorn recipes …perfect for munching on while enjoying a great book or a movie! You can read my review located below the Rafflecopter link.
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Welcome to Cinnamon & Sugar, Paige!
The mystery in BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE, the second book of the Dangerous Type series, is centered around a murder that occurs during the Star City Film Festival. The fictional Utah town in the series is a lot like Park City, the place where the Sundance Film Festival originated. I’ve never heard of a murder occurring during the festival, but every now and then celebrities as well as festival attendees have a brush or two with the law. I’m glad there has never been real a murder, but the fictional “what if” was certainly fun to write.
When I was in college, I became friends with a woman who lived across the hall from me. Michelle. She’s probably the reason I finished college because, at the time, everyone was required to take a computer programming class and I was not computer programming inclined. Michelle, however, majored in it. Thank goodness for Michelle. We bonded over other things too; popcorn being one of them. I ate a lot of popcorn back then. Popcorn and Kraft Mac and Cheese done in my hot pot were my two main staples.
Michelle and I have stayed in touch, and though we live on opposite sides of the country we’ve had a chance to meet up again a few times in the last couple of years. She remembered my popcorn obsession, and was sweet enough to give me this book of popcorn recipes, PARTY POPCORN.
As I wrote BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE and the film festival atmosphere got me in the movie mood, I went through a number of the recipes, enjoying snacks as I wrote the story. Here are a few of my (and my family’s) favorites, though I might have made a few small changes from the book.
I’ve found that there’s nothing better than popcorn popped on the stove. However, in second place is Pop-Secret Homestyle microwave popcorn. It works great with all the recipes and is, of course, quicker than on the stove. I used Pop-Secret for these recipes.
CAKE BATTER This is pretty sweet, but it does not disappoint. This is a salty/sweet combo that doesn’t include chocolate, which I thought I would miss, but I didn’t. * 8 cups popped popcorn * 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted * 3 – 4 tablespoons yellow cake mix * 1 teaspoon salt * 1 tablespoon rainbow-colored sprinkles * Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernals. Whisk together the butter, cake mix, and salt in a small bowl. Drizzle over the popcorn. Use a large rubber spatula and gently stir to coat. Sprinkle the sprinkles over the popcorn and serve immediately.
CINNAMON ROLL * 8 cups popped popcorn * 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 3 tablespoons canned cream cheese frosting * Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernals. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Place the canned cream cheese frosting in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium power for 30 seconds or until melted. Stir until the frosting is smooth and has an even consistency. Drizzle the melted frosting over the popcorn. Sprinkle with the brown sugar mixture. Using a large rubber spatula, gently stir to coat. Serve immediately.
BACON TERIYAKI This next one is weird because it’s not sweet, but savory, and very rich. Though it’s not my favorite, my husband loves it. And it has bacon, so it’s obviously part of the “perfect” food group. * 8 cups popped popcorn * 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar * 6 tablespoons teriyaki sauce * 3 tablespoons light corn syrup * 1/2 cup cooked bacon pieces (cooked or the real bacon pieces in packages at the grocery store; I mostly used the packaged) * 1/4 teaspoon baking soda * Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernals. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, and corn syrup until the mixture reaches a slow bubble. Stop stirring and allow the mixture to boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat immediately and stir in the bacon pieces. Mix in the baking soda. Pour the teriyaki-bacon mixture over the popcorn. Using a large rubber spatula, gently stir to coat. Spread the popcorn evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake the popcorn for 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before packaging or transferring to a bowl to serve immediately. The popcorn may be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
SCOTCHEROOS This one has become one of our recent favorites. * 8 cups popped popcorn * 3/4 cup butterscotch chips * 3 tablespoons peanut butter * 1/4 cup milk chocolate melting candy * Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernals. Place the butterscotch chips and peanut butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until smooth and melted (this may take 5-10 minutes). Remove from the heat immediately. Pour the butterscotch-peanut butter mixture over the popcorn. Using a large rubber spatula, gently stir to coat. Spread the popcorn mixture on a large piece of parchment paper or a large silicone baking mat. Place the chocolate melting candy in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium power for 30 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth. If needed, heat for an additional 30 seconds. Transfer the chocolate to a zip-top bag or piping bag. Press all the air out of the bag and snip the corner off. Use this bag to drizzle the chocolate across the popcorn. Allow to cool until the chocolate drizzle had hardened, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to serve immediately.
The popcorn book is full of many delicious recipes, so if popcorn’s your thing you might want to check it out. We’ve really enjoyed it. If movies and murder mysteries are your things, you might want to check out BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE. Thanks so much for letting me stop by today, and happy popping! See you at the bookstores.
BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE, the second book in the Dangerous Type Mystery series by Paige Shelton, is a terrific addition to the series! I loved catching up with Clare Henry and her grandfather, Chester, at their family store, The Rescued Word. I would adore spending time puttering around this stationery, typewriter and book repair shop. Paige provides so much character to both the people who populate the shop and the town of Star City, Utah that I felt like I’ve been there and met them. She’s also not afraid to tackle controversial issues, such as polygamy, but does it in a sensitive manner so no matter what side of the equation you’re on, it’s not abrasive or insulting. I enjoyed getting a peek at a lifestyle that I know virtually nothing about. The connection between Clare and her boyfriend, Seth, is very sweet. It’s cute “watching” them push their glasses up at the same time and while he’s a numbers person and she’s a word person, they completely compliment each other. With the Star City Film Festival taking place and the town filled to capacity with stars and fans, the fast moving plot has plenty of room to pack in the suspects. It kept me turning pages late into the night and kept me guessing until the suspenseful reveal.
Be sure to read all the way through to the end of the book for a preview of book 3 in this series. But fair warning…if you read it you will be on pins and needles waiting for it to release!
I tried the Bacon Teriyaki Popcorn recipe when I found out that my granddaughter’s NCL group had an Asian-themed dinner planned. It fit the theme perfectly and was a hit!
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