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Popcorn puts fun in fall party treats

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Updated: September 25, 2012 11:18AM



The Chicago-based Popcorn Board offers two interesting recipes — Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn Bark and Popcorn S’Mores — for Swap Shop reader B.E. of Elk Grove Village who requested snacks for a popcorn-themed October event for adults and children.

Dorothy F. Doherty of Chicago shares a spicy, raisin-studded Applesauce Cookie recipe (from Greg R. Gillespie’s 1001 Cookie Recipes) for E.L. of Waukegan.

Pumpkin spice mix and a texture-inspired combination of popcorn, mini marshmallows, pecans, cereal, salted pumpkin seeds (or shelled sunflower seeds) and cranberries provide the appeal for adults in the Pumpkin Pie Spice Popcorn Bark. Popcorn, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and teddy-bear-shaped mini graham cookies bring youthful fun and flavors to Popcorn S’Mores. Both recipes would be worth an encore as goodies at a Halloween party.

To create 20 Popcorn S’Mores: In medium saucepan, combine 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, and ½ cup corn syrup. Cook over high heat for 5 minutes; remove from heat and stir in ½ teaspoon baking soda. In large bowl, combine 10 cups freshly popped popcorn and a 10-ounce package of miniature marshmallows. Pour sugar mixture over popcorn to coat. Gently stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and, even more gently, stir in 2 cups teddy-bear-shaped mini graham cookies. Spread mixture evenly into greased 15x10-inch pan. Let cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container.

Requests

I would appreciate a recipe for what I think was called Lane Cake — a white cake with a filling of coconut and bourbon. I would love to bake it for several holiday get-togethers.

S.F., Lake Zurich

Please help with a recipe for chuck roast and vegetables wrapped in aluminum foil before roasting. I have lost my mother’s recipe and only remember it took forever to roast, but always turned out tender and delicious. B.P., Joliet

Several years ago you published a great recipe for a from-scratch cheese soup with beer — it was my husband’s favorite. I’ve been unable to duplicate it since I lost the recipe.

M.A.O., Chicago

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