It’s that time of year again. Children are being released from their school-prisons for summer vacation, everyone suddenly owns a bike, and the weather is warm enough that you can wear that maxi skirt but cool enough that the pit stains on your favorite grey t-shirt won’t be super drippy. It’s summer time! Join me in celebration by opening your front door to let in the fresh air, and then ceremoniously closing it right back up to catch up on your favorite binge-worthy shows. Because, let’s face it - America won’t forgive you if you aren’t “current” with the latest Game of Thrones death (SPOILER ALERT: THEY ALL DIE FOREVER).
But, wait! You haven’t the appropriate snack to pair with your fave telly obsesh?! It would seem as though you’ve come to the right place. Because there’s nothing more American than watching TV with a trough of popcorn attached to your maw. And I’ve got the perfect popcorn recipes to go with the best that Netflix Instant/HBO Go/Hulu Plus has to offer.
Orange Is The New Black: Cayenne and Smoked Paprika
Oooooh, girl! Things are getting spicy in the latest season of OITNB. Catch up with Piper and her incarcerated gal-pals with a full-bodied snack worthy of these three-dimensional characters that can kick back. And when I say spicy, I’m not just talking about some hot hot sex in the chapel (I’m lookin’ at you, Nikki Nickels). Get this recipe from Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap, now available to download online.
Sherlock: Salt and Vinegar
Those cheekbones. That logic. Those. Cheekbones… !!! Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legacy is alive and well, and so is my lady-boner for the latest installment of Sherlock. Get into the spirit with some salt and vinegar popcorn, and perhaps a pint of your favorite lager to toast the boys from across the pond. Check out this recipe from none other than The Food Network.
Game of Thrones: Rocky Road
Guys… guys… guys! I know… I know. It’s hard out there for a Game of Thrones fan. The ups, the downs, the Red Weddings, and the Hound. Always the fucking Hound. Shhhhh… shhshhhshhh… let the somm soothe your George R.R. Martin woes. Munch on some marshmallows, chocolate, and pecans and let it all melt away like a sweet, sweet popcorn dream.
Pretty Little Liars: Homerun Sugar Corn
Some of us are grown-ass women watching idyllic white teens deal with unrealistic high-school murders, all with incredible fashion sense. No shame, people. No shame. Suffocate the taste of Lucy Hale’s stupid, infant face with something just as sweet - classic Homerun Sugar Corn from popcorn.org. (Yes, popcorn has it’s own website.)
Frasier: Fancy Pants Popcorn
If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just want to forget the ever-present urgency of “now.” Sometimes, you want to forego your civic duty of ingesting as many current episodes of today’s hottest entertainment, and live in a simpler time. I’m talking about the mid-nineties to early 2000s. Back when nothing hurt, and everything could be solved with a classic cut at Roz’s promiscuity. That’s right, the blues are callin’… tossed salad and scrambled eggs, and every episode of Frasier is available on Netflix Instant - hopefully until the rest of eternity. Snuggle up with your America’s best Freudian egomaniac while munching on some very fancy kernels. Feel free to pair with your favorite brand of sherry, whatever that is…