Green Pea Hummus and Pink Popcorn


No, not together. (Mike just peeked over my shoulder and said “ew, that sounds disgusting.”)

I think this has been one of my best days ever, to date. The only improvement might have been a nap and/or sleep in (went to bed at 1, Lou desperately wanted out at 3:30, and again at 4, and W was up at 6:30). I spent hours this morning at Beano lingering over coffee (a latte, then a mocha made with Bernard Callebaut chocolate) with s revolving door of friends – old and new, coming to collect sourdough starter. Stopped at the Greek grocery store for shredded kafati (phyllo pastry) to make nests (even though the Mini Eggs are long gone) and at the Mexican grocer’s for queso fresco (fresh cheese) for a Mexican-themed birthday party I’m cooking for tomorrow night.

Came home, pulled on my wellies and dove right into clearing out the yard. Both neighbours were out chatting over the fence as we raked up layers of squishy apples and dog poo, and the remnants of what appears to have once been a Nerf soccer ball and several hundred small plastic toys. But underneath all the crap we found green shoots poking through. Strawberries coming back. And chives. We burned old leaves and dried-out pea plants and paper and twigs, I got a blister from raking, and W ran naked (except for his rubber boots) through puddles. I cleared a new space out back for rhubarb. We all got much-needed doses of vitamin D. Lunch off the porch was green pea hummus scooped up with torn chunks of canopy-sized whole wheat pita I picked up at Kalamata grocery, washed down with berry smoothie (W), Grasshopper Pale Ale (M) and icy Prosecco (me). (Did you know you can buy it in individual-serving bottles? OK, it might be two servings, but enough for me to pop the top and drink straight from the bottle in the back yard. I’m not a beer fan.)

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And then we came in, bathed and made pink popcorn. When I was a kid, we had a very 70s cookbook of “popcorn cookery” that contained disgusting recipes for popcorn cereal and crushed popcorn “shake n’ bake” chicken. But it also had a recipe for something called popcorn pastels; fruity candied popcorn made in rainbow colours using Jell-O powder. I loved popcorn pastels. I still think of it once in awhile, and so this year when I found wee candy bags with bunnies on them at the dollar store, I became determined to make pink popcorn to fill them with for our Easter egg hunt.

It must be pink popcorn though, not blue or green, and not popcorn balls, which are harder on the teeth and tend to lose their appeal halfway through. You can’t munch on them like popcorn – by biting into one you make a commitment to finish it, whether or not it’s a good idea.

Pink Popcorn


Yields1 Serving

Lots of popped popcorn - a big bowl (around 15 cups or so)
2 cups sugar
1/2 small box red Jell-O gelatin powder
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking soda


Put the popped popcorn in a large bowl, carefully picking out any unpopped kernels. (I do this by popping into one bowl, then lightly scooping out the popcorn with my hands into another, leaving the unpopped kernels in the bottom.) Preheat the oven to 250F. Line one or two rimmed baking sheets with foil.


In a medium saucepan (with room for the mixture to at least double in size), bring the sugar, Jell-O, water and butter to a boil. Once fully boiling cook for 4 minutes without stirring, swirling the bowl occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and soda. Pour over the popcorn and toss with tongs to coat completely. Spread out onto the baking sheets and bake, stirring once or twice, for an hour.


Set aside to cool.



 Lots of popped popcorn - a big bowl (around 15 cups or so)
 2 cups sugar
 1/2 small box red Jell-O gelatin powder
 1/2 cup water
 1 Tbsp. butter
 1 tsp. vanilla
 1/4 tsp. baking soda



Put the popped popcorn in a large bowl, carefully picking out any unpopped kernels. (I do this by popping into one bowl, then lightly scooping out the popcorn with my hands into another, leaving the unpopped kernels in the bottom.) Preheat the oven to 250F. Line one or two rimmed baking sheets with foil.


In a medium saucepan (with room for the mixture to at least double in size), bring the sugar, Jell-O, water and butter to a boil. Once fully boiling cook for 4 minutes without stirring, swirling the bowl occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and soda. Pour over the popcorn and toss with tongs to coat completely. Spread out onto the baking sheets and bake, stirring once or twice, for an hour.


Set aside to cool.

Pink Popcorn

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86 comments on “Green Pea Hummus and Pink Popcorn

  1. supersu
    April 11, 2009 at 6:12 am

    easter this year will be lamb as per your post a few days ago…i am off to the farmers market here in edmonton and hope mine looks half as good as yours!

    have a great weekend
    happy easter

  2. A
    April 11, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Hey I’m first today! Well I’m making the veggies for Easter dinner. Mom always asks for us to help with the dinner at her place but then proceeds to make everything leaving nothing left to prepare but the veggies. Which by the way, she’s already bought. Doesn’t leave much room for originality. Being that we are having ham and scolloped potatoes, I thought a veggie with a fresh sharp flavour might be nice. Something to cut the heavines of ham and scollop. Any ideas? Asparagus perhaps. Cupcakes for dessert as it’s my sons Bday.(and eggs and bunnies)

  3. Jenn
    April 11, 2009 at 6:45 am

    I just have to contribute dessert to Easter dinner and I’m making apple dumplings, a really yummy but not healthy recipe using Mountain Dew, Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough, and lots of butter. Happy Easter!

  4. ladyloo
    April 11, 2009 at 7:10 am

    I remember pink popcorn at the convenience stores when I was growing up. Like pink caramel candy.

    We weren’t able to go spend Easter with either of our families this weekend, and I don’t have anything planned to cook for a special meal for just the two of us. But it looks like I might just be making french onion soup because every night I think I’m going to make it, some other social obligation comes up.

  5. Cecily
    April 11, 2009 at 7:19 am

    This year we are doing Easter brunch! On the menu is broccoli and cheddar frittata, dutch baby, bacon, and of course loads of chocolate!!!

  6. Carolyn
    April 11, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Easter Dinner x2 this year. I cooked for my mom-in-law and step son last night — spinach salad with no-knead bread, then caesar chicken, with roasted potatoes and beans, and roasted cauliflower. Finished it off with a strawberry jelly roll. I spent most of the day in the kitchen getting it all ready, but it was delicious! Today we’re off to my brother’s place and I’m brining a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake!
    I just weighed myself this morning — down 20 lbs! I need the blender to make smooties to help me lose the last 5!! HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

  7. Christina
    April 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

    This year we are spending Easter with my brother and his wife (who also happens to be my best friend!!) and their 2 boys which is sure to be a great time. They are bringing 2 rotisserie chickens they are doing on their BBQ and I’m providing the rest of the meal. I was thinking of doing a potato dish but haven’t come up with one yet and then a big spinach salad (One from Best of Bridge with bacon, cauliflower, green onion, mushrooms and grated hard boiled eggs … one of my favs) and broccoli maybe some fresh buns. Desert will definitely be something chocolate as Lent is over and I can eat chocolate again … YAY!! Any idea’s for a potato dish anyone?

  8. Dorothy
    April 11, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Thought I was preparing dinner for 17 but now it is just 10 people. Already purchased everything for dinner so will go ahead and cook turkey (I might brine it) a spiral sliced ham with brown sugar mustard glaze, and thanks to you your lemon roasted potatoes. Also various veggies and others are bringing ichiban salad,burnt barley(delicious) and scalloped potatoes.Dessert is strawberry shortcake made with cream biscuits and lots of Serviceberry Farms strawberrries which we picked and froze last summer. I can’t bear to use those strip-mined California strawberries as they are not half as flavorful as the ones from Serviceberry. Happy Easter!

  9. Mary
    April 11, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Will be making turkey tonite, but off to friends for tommorows Easter meal. Tastes even better when made by someone else. Love the pink popcorn idea, will have to try. Have had sweet potatoes on sheperds pie twice now and will not go back to regular, it is delicious. Would love a new blender.

  10. Monique
    April 11, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Your hummus sounds perfect!

    And all my little grandchildren would love the popcorn.. well the older ones:)

    I really enjoy your recipes. Thank you.

  11. Laura Flowers
    April 11, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I love the pink popcorn picture and I am guessing it tastes great too. Being a popcorn fanatic, this is a recipe I have to try!

  12. Sandi
    April 11, 2009 at 7:55 am

    This year I am bringing the buns and dessert. Hot cross buns with huckleberries. With a fluffy lemon cheesecake.(that I make in the blender)but one can’t have to many lol. We are going to a Easter Egg hunt at our local farm.
    Happy Easter to all

  13. Jenn (in niagara)
    April 11, 2009 at 7:57 am

    WOW pink popcorn…that is sooo cool! i LOVE pink! 🙂
    so as for all holidays i have many feasts coming from divorced, our first easter dinner was last night, good friday, we had a potluck: sweet potatoe casserole(with pecan topping!),hash brown potatoe casserole,roasted root veg (mildly curried and made in the crockpot yay),honey glazed meatballs, and spiral ham, variety of buns; desserts were black bean brownies cut into easter eggs and decorated! lots of chocolate and candy, and paska (spelling right?)
    tomorrow is the other half which is quite simply, chinese takeout!!!!!!! v.egg-cited!!!! plus a birthday cake for my mom!
    i dont even have a blender so that would be cool to win….;)
    happy easter julie, and fans and families 🙂

  14. Joni
    April 11, 2009 at 8:15 am

    We’re doing a combo this year: belated birthday party for me and Easter Brunch all in one. I believe we’re having ham, scrambled eggs, fruit dip and my Mom’s butterhorns (which are to die for and I’m not sure how I’ll be able to eat anything else… except my sister in law, of Buttercream Bake Shoppe, is baking my birthday cake. I’m not sure I’ll be able to move by tomorrow evening!). We’re also decorating Easter eggs today for our hunt, so I’m sure the rest of this week will be filled with egg salad… recipe ideas for that Julie?

  15. Elaine
    April 11, 2009 at 8:22 am

    We’re having prime rib, cheddar beer bread (your recipe!), roasted vegetables, salad and cinnamon apple cake for dessert.

  16. Rachel
    April 11, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Easter this year is a bit different, as the parents are out of town, the sister is indisposed, and I’m hesitant to go anywhere else because exams are just around the corner. Usually there’s a turkey, stuffing, green beans, a meat curry and fish curry, some type of Indian vegetable, rice, naan and salad. I think I will just be roasting up some cauliflower, and maybe some cabbage. And hopefully I’ll find a way to use the homemade mayonnaise I made yesterday. And I’ll have to find something for dessert!

  17. Britt
    April 11, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Yesterday some friends and I got together for a delicious brunch potluck! We had a wonderful mix of food from eggs and oven roasted potatoes to cinnamon buns and fruit salad…and plenty of mini eggs of course!!

  18. Jen T
    April 11, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I don’t have to cook Easter dinner this year as my lovely sister has invited me and my husband up to Edmonton for some free food. She will serve turkey, lemon roasted potatoes, asparagus and all the extras. I didn’t ask what was for dessert – chocolate will do though. Happy Easter everyone!

  19. Jan
    April 11, 2009 at 8:47 am

    The hot cross buns I made turned out great. We’re having turkey for Easter dinner with Yorkshire pudding (my family loves yorkshires)

  20. Kathy H
    April 11, 2009 at 8:52 am

    We had our “official” celebration dinner last week (due to other family commitments), so I’ll tell you about that meal; my sister and brother-in-law roasted an awesome turkey with all the traditional go-withs–stuffing, potatoes and gravy, turnip puff, salad, cranberries, creamed corn. I made a raspberry trifle (home-grown, frozen berries) for dessert. It was as perfect a meal as is humanly possible!

  21. Stacey
    April 11, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Easter this weekend — well, it seems to be a three day cook weekend. Friday night we had BBQ Salmon, Mussels and Shrimp. Tonight is a potluck dinner at the cousins…I am bringing some roasted root vegetables. Pulled that one from your recipes….and tomorrow I am hosting Easter Dinner here. Roast lamb and all the fixings. I think I need to go back to work for a break. That is how the weekend is playing out.

  22. Ellen
    April 11, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Well, I don’t personally celebrate Easter so I’m not making a whole spread. I do plan on baking something with the vanilla beans I just bought and going down to our excellent farmer’s market and picking up some fresh spring veggies. 🙂

  23. Cheryl
    April 11, 2009 at 9:10 am

    A few families are gathering for dinner tomorrow night. My mum-in-law is baking ham and I’m in charge of dessert. I think I’m leaning towards something with lemon and the oh so not local organic strawberries I picked up. But they are wonderfully sweet, almost as if they were actually ripened in the sun.

  24. Janice
    April 11, 2009 at 9:11 am

    oh dear. i’ve had a duck in the freezer, so that will be the attempt for sunday. and on monday, a friend hosts “chineaster”…a whopping feast of homemade chinese…we will contribute nasty fortune cookies to that one. have a great weekend!

  25. robin
    April 11, 2009 at 9:24 am

    that would surely be a great day for me too. what a sweet story! may i ask where you found the bottles of prosecco? it will be on my grocery list as soon as i know! lol thank you!

  26. Donna
    April 11, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Easter Monday I am cooking turkey, bread stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, mini potatoes, mixed vegetables, home made cranberry sauce. Brother is bringing a salad, mother in law is baking buns. Dessert – undecided
    Sunday’s dinner will be a small ham.
    My blender is 30+ years old. It tries hard, but I could use a modern replacement .

  27. Buddiegirl
    April 11, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Friday, we had dinner with friends and I brought a spinach and strawberry salad with toasted walnuts and a raspberry/walnut oil vinaigrette. We also ate pork roast, baked potatoes, green beans, the salad and then warm date squares with vanilla ice cream.

    We are having our Easter dinner today at my parents house because it is the only day everyone can get together. We will be having ham, scalloped potatoes, parsnips, broccoli, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole (my contribution) and fresh fruit with dip for dessert. Oh and hot cross buns, because it isn’t Easter without them. I like hot cross buns toasted with lots of butter, but I will have to take a couple home if I want to eat them that way.

    Happy Easter to everyone!

  28. Kate
    April 11, 2009 at 10:36 am

    We are having dinner at our son and daughter-in-laws. Rachel is cooking. Salmon with Balsamic reduction, broccoli salad, lemon roasted potatoes, a yet to be determined dessert and I am contributing roasted brussel sprouts and double peanut butter cookies. I broke my glass blender container. Have the base still as I have a mini-container to whip up dressings, etc. Would be great to have a “full sized” smoothie maker!

  29. The Inorganic Gardener
    April 11, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I’m eating the pea humus as we “speak”! It’s superb!!! It combines two of my favourite foods (peas and humus) and I think I might be an addict already :OS

    Not so stuck on the pink popcorn idea though……


  30. Kathy
    April 11, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Easter dinner (well, lunch technically) is on Monday at the in-laws. We’re in charge of salad–so we’re bringing fresh herb salad from Costco with additions (strawberries and cucumber). Likely it will be ham, potatoes, veggies, possibly fruit soup and paska but it’s a surprise at this point…no-one knew last week when we spoke.

  31. bruleeblog
    April 11, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Had giant shrimp stir fried with zucchini and onions for Good Friday. Tonight is Mexican. Who says you have to have turkey/ham/lamb on Easter? 😀

  32. Susannah
    April 11, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Going to my mother in laws tomorrow for Easter dinner and our contribution is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting which my little guy helped me make this afternoon. Love the idea for the popcorn going to use that for the next school party. Happy Easter.

  33. Ada
    April 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I am cooking a turkey dinner this weekend. We weren’t home for Thanksgiving or Christmas this past year, so I missed cooking one (or, actually, I missed the week of leftovers).

  34. Avery
    April 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I believe my MIL is making a ham, but we’re contributing the salad: roasted pears with toasted pecans and blue cheese over field greens. I have to admit I’ve never been a fan of blue cheese, but I respect that with pears its a powerful combo! Pink Elephant popcorn has always been a guilty pleasure of mine (I gave it away in loot bags at my birthday parties as a child)… but its been hard to find others that share my enthusiasm. Perhaps home-made pink popcorn would change their minds!!

  35. Sheila S.
    April 11, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I’m making a Guinness Chocolate Cake with Bailey’s Frosting for the German Easter Brunch!! What’s better than an Irish Car Bomb Confection for a bunch of graduate students living in Boston? The cake is, in fact, sitting on my desk, wrapped in plastic to stay fresh, waiting to be frosted.

  36. Beverley
    April 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Love “Pink Popcorn”… must try that recipe out, I am sure the grandchildren will love it.

    Going over to our son and daughter-in-law’s for Easter Dinner and my contribution is Paska (not homemade 🙁 ) We are having turkey, mashed potatoes with cream cheese and garlic, salad, and the menu goes on and on and on !!! I can hardly wait.. OH how I love turkey especially the sandwiches the next day!!!

    Happy Easter to you and your family.

    PS..Julie, do you have a recipe for Paska? I could start practicing for next Easter 😉

  37. Vivian
    April 11, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Seeing as I am a singleton for Easter this year, a lovely stuffed free-range chicken breast as a stand-in for the turkey should do nicely, perhaps with rice and a few spears of fresh steamed asparagus. Can’t forget the Chinese Five Spice Acorn Squash with Currants either. I’m also wondering just how I got so old, never having had a blender?!

  38. Anne
    April 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    It will be turkey and all the trimmings I made two different dressings one rice and pork the other a tradional bread with lots of onion and celery then of course salads, potatoes, peas, gravey…mmmm can’t wait

    Happy Easter

  39. Lorissa
    April 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I am attempting a small maple glazed ham, which I’ll be taking over to my mother-in-law’s. also making a red pepper dip tonight, and a pumpkin pie for dessert.

  40. Barb
    April 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Hmmm. The only thing I have really planned so far is golf in the morning amd watching the curling in the afternoon. Bought lots of veggies today so maybe I’ll make the roasted vegetable cobbler someone suggested a while back. Was also thinking of a ham stew with cornbread dumplings. I’ll have to see how inspired I am come suppertime. (Just me to worry about this weekend.) Enjoy your day!

  41. Ellen
    April 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    That hummus looks fabulous – too bad it turns the hummus green, though. My 10 year old son loves hummus, but hates peas … I don’t think I could count on him not to notice. The popcorn doesn’t appeal so much – I guess it’s the colour more than anything for me. We’re doing a ham-roast potatoes-veggies-crabapple sauce dinner, with chocolate cake for dessert.

  42. Elaine
    April 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    The hubs and I initially invited two of our friends over for a moderately low-key Easter dinner, but I found myself with an 11-lb. lamb leg (gah!) and people clambering to come over.

    So it’ll be a lamb feast–if that leg even fits in my oven–with potatoes, asparagus, salad, roasted garlic, and a flourless poppyseed cake for dessert. I’m hoping that the guests bring wine, because this girl just shelled out 50 bucks for this giant hunk of sheep.

  43. mmac
    April 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Julie — your day sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us. Today we’re having lamb shanks in the slow cooker, inspired by your roast lamb but adapted since I had shanks in the freezer. And your lemon roasted potatoes. Tomorrow, something citrusy-spicy with shrimp and scallops over spinach. Felt like a perfect spring flavour fest. And boy, could I use that blender. Our can barely make a smoothie with overripe fruit. Crushing ice has never been one it’s skills.

  44. Tyrel
    April 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Easter dinner this year will be served for two. The menu:
    – barbecued turkey (what a great way to warm up the grill for its first appearance of 2009);
    – asparagus with gremolata butter;
    – flax seed buns
    – mom’s blender chocolate mousse with lemon cream (do not use your food processor – I think our kitchen looked like yours may have after the chocolate bowl balloon explosion);
    – and to drink, Gato Negro Sauvignon Blanc

    Hope you have a fabulous Easter!

  45. Avery
    April 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Made the hummus this afternoon; its great! Ruby loved it too 😉

  46. angiebean
    April 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    For the first time, I made a Pizza Gain or Easter Pie. It’s my grandma’s recipe and she always leaves out something on purpose, so I was a little nervous to make it. You use a regular pie crust and fill it with equal parts of diced: basket cheese (similar to farmer’s cheese), procusitto, super sod salami, peperoni, and ham. Add eggs and cover with another pie crust. Bake for one hour and serve cold. It’s a heart-attack in each bite but very tasty. I brought one into work at 8:30am and it was gone by 10!

  47. rita
    April 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    just wanted to write a quick note to say that the pink popcorn looks so fun and so pretty! i will definitely have to try that 🙂

  48. Nancy G
    April 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Love the pink popcorn–very fun! My grandma used to make that when we were kids.
    I’m serving Easter brunch. Spiral ham, oven baked french toast, strata and fresh fruit. If I’m really ambitious, I plan to make a batch of hot cross bagels before everyone arrives.
    Really enjoy all your great ideas! Happy Spring Julie!

  49. Jenn
    April 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    O my soul! I would love to have a blender:D

    I believe we’re making an Asian-Caucasian(?? don’t know what else you’d call it) dinner. A big turkey using a Thai glaze that we all love, stir-fried brocolini with toasted walnuts, plain rice, mashed potatoes and a turkey soup (made with the drumsticks of the turkey)^^For desert, I think I’m going to make cream puffs with chocolate centers.

    Cheers! Happy Easter!

  50. Val
    April 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Baked ham, potato salad, green vegetables (haven’t decided which yet), strawberry & yogurt parfaits. Mmmm. Almost the same thing every Easter for the last 40 years. Ahh, the classics. ;o}

  51. Rose
    April 11, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Julie
    We’re doing our first Easter turkey this year. My daughter and I both prefer it so I just went with it instead of ham. We’re having 14 for dinner and the others are bringing veggies. For dessert I’m doing my Mom’s old standby……jello whipped together with whipped cream. Pretty pastel colour and so yummy.


  52. robyn
    April 11, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I had NO idea that’s how you make pink popcorn! I’m definitely going to try it.

    Our Easter dinner will be at Keith’s parents house, although I’m not a huge fan of their turkey dinners… that mean? I think I only enjoy my mom’s! 🙂

  53. Tagyn
    April 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Love the idea of the pink popcorn!
    Having family over for full turkey dinner.
    Have you checked out Bakerella´s blog? I am going to make some of her beautiful cake pops for dessert. (Bakerella does a demo on Martha!!!)
    I could really use a new blender, my husband broke ours making margaritas and the new season is fast approaching!
    Happy Easter

  54. Sue (London, ON)
    April 12, 2009 at 4:18 am

    We prepared dinner, buffet style for 12 people. Ham, candied yams, curried cauliflower, ceasar salad and lasagna! I made an Eater Bunny shaped cake that FLOPPED about 2 hours before guests arrived! Fortunately my sister-in-law arrived with lovely home-made treats.
    Happy Easter!

  55. Leah
    April 12, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Chocolate bunnies for breakfast, lunch & supper! I was going to BBQ a turkey but Easter Brunch at a downtown hotel won out. Hopefully everyone will still be full until tommorrow, no supper required!

  56. moncher
    April 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Thinking of trying my hand at making a savory Italian Easter pie.

  57. Becca
    April 12, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Ham, I think … but confess my mind is more on dessert, perhaps ricotta pie? I’m enjoying exploring the good recipes here, tho the site’s been a little confusing. Discovered the Free Stuff Friday thing last week, but haven’t seen an announcement of winners. How does it work? Could someone clue me, please — point me to page indicating winners for the Apr 3 Friday, for example? Evidently wasn’t me as didn’t get an email but who did win the cookbooks? Now I have to get back to thinking about dessert. I’ve never made pasha ….

  58. DJ
    April 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

    My daughter and I made a vanilla pound cake in a lamb shaped mold and then iced and decorated it. My aunt is making “cala lilies” which are a flat cookie that you mold into a cone shape while it’s warm and then fill with whipped cream. Oh I am salivating just thinking of them. We grew up with both of these deserts being made every Easter by my Grama (who is 95 and still going strong). And since we can’t just live on chocolate and deserts, we also have ham, potatoes, a few veggie dishes and my husband makes butter fan tan buns as well. Obviously the sweets are the part of easter dinner that mean the most to me! MMMMMMMMMMM I can’t wait.
    Happy Easter everyone

  59. Margaret L
    April 12, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Turkey and all the trimmings, spinach quiche, plus homemade apple pie and chocolate dipped strawberries. Ya just gotta get Bernard Callebaut’s dark chocolate for these babies.
    To die for!

  60. Natalie (Michigan)
    April 12, 2009 at 10:14 am

    ….. roast beef, sweet potatoes, asparagus, NO KNEAD BREAD, strawberry crisp…mmmmmmmmmm

  61. rea
    April 12, 2009 at 10:45 am

    SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER–chicken and fennel stew with a slice of chewy bread; salad; cheeseball and crax; some chocolate cake and fruit for dessert; a couple of glasses of a white wine called ‘conundrum’.

    SUNDAY NIGHT DINNER–turkey roll and stuffing; roasted sweet potatoes/beets combo and lotsa gravy; lemon tartlets with as much whipped cream as i can balance on little pastry moons.

  62. Carol SB
    April 12, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Oh, wow, you guys all sound like you’re having a wonderfully delicious weekend. As are we!
    The guiness Choc. cake, Sheila, sounds amazing. And you gotta love the name. Strawberries are de rigeur for this weekend, aren’t they. Good to see so many of us featuring them on our ‘treats’ list.
    Easter Brunch: out on the deck of my next-door- daughter, with her fiancee making eggs to order; sauteed peppers; sausages; croissants… we’re bringing the HX buns; fruit salad; coffee, baileys; bubbly for the mimosas…
    Happy Easter, all.
    -Carol SB
    p.s. Julie– I have a blender… save my luck for another week please!
    thanks for the ‘s our dough starter, I’ll start using it this week! Can’t wait.

  63. Allison
    April 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Love the pink popcorn. I make something similar at St. Patty’s day, but instead of pink, it’s green. This year we did brunch – smoothies, a strata, swartzie’s potatos (got to love the Best of Bridge!) and a family tradition – a bunny cake. Happy Easter.

  64. Cheryl
    April 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Had a big gang of rellies for brunch on Friday — fruit kabobs with honey-lime yogurt dip, bacon & egg frittata, baked ham, tortilla pinwheels with home-made salsa, oven frites, cranberry-orange scones and hot cross buns. Brownies for dessert. It was all delish, heavy on the carbs but oh well, I sent large helpings of ham home with everyone, and the house was ours again by 3….brunch is the way to go from now on…way less work and people don’t stick around too long after the meal! Hope you had a great Easter too!

  65. Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!"
    April 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, thanks! I grew up with pink popcorn. It reminds me of my Grandpa when I was little, every time we went to visit him in Utah he would have it for us. I think he used to buy at the little store by his house.
    A child of the 70s also, my mom always made popcorn balls, lol.

    I’m saving this to my Favs!

  66. Linda
    April 12, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Easter at our house was on the Wednesday – had about 12 family (his) and my sister and brother-in-law from Vancouver Island. Dinner was ham,potatoes,buns, broccoli salad, caesar salad. Plus appys – cheese, etc. Dessert was your Chocolate Zucchini cake with berries and ice cream

  67. margaret
    April 12, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I only had to bring a salad to dinner tonight: mixed greens with fennel, asparagus, orange, pecans, with a citrus, grainy mustard dressing. Main course was a delicious vegetarian ravioli with a creamy sauce, mushrooms, cranberries, hazlenuts. Dessert: an orange nut tarte and strawberry rhubarb pie.

  68. erin
    April 13, 2009 at 7:06 am

    We had Easter on Saturday – ham, of course, scalloped potatoes, etc. On Friday, I made my first ever Easter Paska, from my Baba’s recipe, which turned out surprisingly well. It gives me new respect for how in shape she must have been! What with all the kneading!

    I used the leftover egg whites to make little meringue nests, then filled them with whipped cream and topped them with a few mini eggs, and a Peep. Just a bit to sweet…

  69. RMB
    April 13, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Saturday night Easter dinner with my in-laws: Ham on the BBQ, cabbage rolls, scalloped potatoes, cream corn, Caesar salad, Ambrosia salad, thin bread & Too Tall lemon cake.

    Sunday night Easter dinner with my sister: Spiral Ham, Shwartzie’s potatoes, oven roasted potatoes, steamed veggies, Orange & pecan salad, buns, white chocolate cheesecake and assorted chocolate eggs.

    All delicious!

  70. Manon from Ontario
    April 14, 2009 at 4:23 am

    THANK YOU JULIE, I’ve always wondered how to make pink popcorn.
    I will definatly make it for my B-day coming up this month 🙂


  71. Beverley M
    December 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Woah. I just discovered you have ANOTHER Beverley, with all her e’s and everything, posting comments on your bog! I’ll be Beverley M from now on. 🙂

  72. marsbars
    February 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Pink popcorn sounded very interesting but I’m gonna try it with grape jello and make purple popcorn…let you know how it goes.

  73. Shirley
    July 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I have to say that the pink popcorn recipe is just too unhealthy. Jello? 2 cups of sugar? What a way to have your kids bouncing off the walls. Sorry to be a party pooper.

  74. Judy
    September 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Just made your wonderful green pea hummus with fresh Edgar farms peas …..delish

  75. Sharla Muegge
    September 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Julie – do you use popcorn with or without butter on it? I’d assume without, but want to make sure… making this for my daughters birthday party next weekend. I find your blog absolutely delightful – I was quite disappointed by the comments of some of your readers though, some comments are just rude and are not necessary. I think you rock!

  76. JulieVR
    September 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Sharla – just start with plain popcorn – no butter on it! and uh oh – whose comments disappointed you? I think for the most part they are lovely!

  77. lindsey
    November 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    i’ve been looking for a popcorn pastel recipe for so long, this brings me back to my childhood. thank you so much.

  78. Shoni
    April 11, 2012 at 11:39 am


    I pinned you from Pinterest and made this recipe today along with another Pink Popcorn recipe I found in order to compare. The other did not call for baking and ended up soft and not crunchy, but I found yours became very grandular. Did I do something wrong? I was expecting it to become more of a smooth soft candy texture like a carmel corn?

    Thanks in advance…

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  81. Amy Neild
    July 30, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Is this dish delicious? I don’t like hummus but probably I cooked it wrong. Thanks for the recipe for making pink popcorn. I will try it next week when I will organize a themed party for

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