Category: Food & Drink


By , April 11, 2019

We’re experiencing an odd shift in the family’s popcorn making lately: we’re starting to make retro-popcorn.

By that, I mean that we’ve stepped away from our most frequent methods for making popcorn, and returned to older methods.

When I was a kid, we traditionally ate popcorn for Sunday night dinner. Part of the evening’s entertainment included watching the process of making popcorn.

Like most American homes in the 1960s, we had a clear plastic domed hot plate popcorn popper. A parent poured popcorn into a puddle of vegetable oil and plugged the hot plate into the household electricity. The element heated the oil, and eventually the popcorn popped. My brother and I watched carefully for the first kernels to pop, followed soon after by all the rest.

Whirly-Pop popcorn popper

One of three Whirly-Pop-type popcorn poppers we have on the homestead (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Azure Standard Affiliate!

By , March 9, 2018

For years, we’ve ordered some of our bulk goods through Azure Standard.

Azure started on a family farm east of Portland, Oregon that went organic in the early 1970s. They started operating what is commonly known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a concept we’ve advocated for a long time (see Community Supported Agriculture). They expanded as they sought out organic and non-GMO products their customers requested that the farm couldn’t provide, and eventually, they became the largest independent natural and organic food distributor in the U.S.!

Apples and Azure Standard logo

Azure Standard has some nice backgrounds for their Facebook page (Image: Azure Standard).

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