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8 Tips for Popping the Largest, Fluffiest Popcorn

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8 Tips for Popping the Largest, Fluffiest Popcorn

Having popped one or two batches of popcorn in my time, I'm very pleased to share the following tips that result in voluminous kernels each and every time.

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Is Popcorn kosher for Passover?

Is Popcorn kosher for Passover?

Everyone knows that a crusty baguette is out of the question on Passover, but what about [pop]corn, beans, peanuts, and rice?  If you grew up in an observant Ashkenazi family, you likely refrained from eating these banned foods-- referred to as kitnyiot-- during the holiday.  But in 2015 the Rabbinical Assembly, the governing body for Conservative Judaism, declared that kitnyiot should in fact be kosher for Passover. And yet, we're still not seeing Orville Redenbacher in the Passover section of supermarket!  So, are kitnyiot kosher for passover or not?  I turned to Rabbi Shaye Cohen (a.k.a. my dad!) of Newton, Mass for clarification.  "It's a strange custom...

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A Spectacular Easter Dessert

Chocolate Sunset Easter Orange Recipe

A Spectacular Easter Dessert

As you may know, we at Ava's are big fans of chocolate, orange and caramel and we're turning to our favorite trio in this show-stopping holiday dessert: Bergamot Pavlova with Chocolate Cream, Fresh Orange & Bergamot Caramel. This memorable dessert has it all: Pillowy soft meringue, lush folds of cream, juicy fresh fruit, and for the final flourish, a caramel popcorn garnish.  You can simplify if you like-- don't feel like making bergamot caramel? no problem! -- but we hope you'll be emboldened to tackle it all.  It sounds a lot more complicated than it is, and when the components come together, it's an exercise in complimentary flavors and textures,...

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Matzo Crack

Passover Recipe

Matzo Crack

This legendary recipe has many monikers: matzo toffee, matzo crunch, caramel matzo crunch, matzo butter crunch, matzo crack. My favorite is matzo crack, for obvious reasons. It isn't hard to figure out why it's *that* addictive, with its layers of crunchy matzo, buttery caramel, and rich chocolate, all punctuated by sea salt. I dare say it's the perfectly constructed salty-sweet, and I also dare you to stop eating it once you start. As ubiquitous as this recipe is, there are ways to make your version stand apart.  This is absolutely the place to showcase outstanding chocolate, premium nuts, and a superior finishing salt.  With...

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Caramel Popcorn Sundae Recipe

Caramel Popcorn Sundae Recipe

To celebrate the end of the Somerville Winter Farmers Market season, we're pairing up with our friends at Tipping Cow for a delicious treat that's right at home in any weather -- even in a March snowstorm! Behold our decadent Caramel Popcorn Sundae: lush vanilla ice cream topped with caramel popcorn from yours truly and small-batch caramel sauce of your choice. We're partial to Fat Toad Farm's amazing lineup of goat milk based caramel sauces, but if you'd rather skip buying the sauce and get straight to eating, this super-quick homemade sauce will do the trick quite nicely.  To Make Sundae:  1 Pint...

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