Sunday, December 16, 2012

Welcome guest, Melissa Bourbon Ramirez


Okay, no, that’s not what Christmas means to me, but when I think of the holidays, I definitely think of food.  Cookies, sausage bread, soup, tamales, posole, caramel apples, Brad Pitt’s mother’s egg bake (yes, that’s what it’s called… I found the recipe years ago in a magazine.  It is, apparently, one of Brad’s favorite dishes, and we still use this basic recipe every year), and, wait for it…
Caramel Corn.

Sweet goodness.  Crunchy goodness. 

There’s just nothing better than this awesome treat, better still because I’ve had the recipe now for, yikes, 30 years!  I first learned to make it when I was in high school home ec class.  Yes, back when there still was high school home ec. 

It was good then, and it’s good now.  And we make it every year, give mountains of it away to friends, and basically just gorge. 

And we love every minute of it.

The best part is that it’s so super easy to make.


Pop about 8 cups of plain old popcorn.

In a pot, melt 1 stick of butter.  Add 1 cup of brown sugar and ¼ cup of light corn syrup.  Next, add ½  tsp vanilla, ½  tsp salt, and ½  tsp baking powder.  Cook, stirring, until mixture becomes light and fluffy.

Pour over the popcorn and mix it well.  Bake at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time.

That’s all there is to it!  It’s the tastiest treat, and I bet it will become a family favorite!

To celebrate the season, I’m giving away a copy of Deadly Patterns, a holiday-themed Magical Dressmaking Mystery!  Just weigh in here by giving us your all-time favorite holiday treat and you’ll be entered to win! 

The Lola Cruz Christmas Story, a short Lola Cruz mystery novella, is free on Kindle, Nook, and everywhere books are sold!  My gift to readers J

Happy holidays, everyone!   

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Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can't believe she's lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.

She is the Executive Marketing and Publicity Director with Entangled Publishing, is the found of Books on the House, the co-founder of The Naked Hero, and is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin's Minotaur and Entangled Publishing. A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL (Penguin), and two romance series with Entangled. Visit her at, on Facebook and on Twitter @melissabourbon 


  1. Welcome, Melissa! Love caramel corn and can't wait to make this for the family. The will love it. And your series (multiple) and the publishing, as well, must keep you hopping. Keep on dreaming.


  2. Yum, yum, yum! One of my favorites, yet I've never made it. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Melissa. What a great idea for a gift!

    ~ Krista

  3. I love caramel corn..not good for the teeth, but very enjoyable. Plan on making this. thanks for the recipe.

  4. Love that your recipe doesn't require a candy thermometer! Sounds delicious. And thanks for visiting the kitchen!

  5. Hi Melissa! I used to have a microwave recipe but this sounds easier. I'm going to try it when the kids are here for the holidays!

  6. My favorite Christmas recipe is Fantasy Fudge - the old recipe made with marshmellow creme and chocolate chips. I've been making it for 45-50 years!

  7. It's always fun to visit the kitchen! Thanks for having me today. This recipe is definitely a keeper, and it makes for GREAT gifts!

  8. My favorite holiday treat is Grandma's Cheesecake. One of my cousins has the recipe. Yummy.

  9. My stomach growled just reading the recipe! I'm trying this one for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

    A family favorite around here is my husband's grandmother's cream cake...I make it every holiday. Not a pretty cake but oh so rich.

  10. Thanks for the recipe...yum. My favorite holiday treat is homemade divinity with pecans....don't make it that often anymore. It was one of my Daddy's favorite candies and with him gone just isn't smart to make it just for me. LOL

    Thanks for the giveaway. Merry Christmas

    1. Kimberley, you are the winner for Melissa's giveaway. Hope you get this message. Posted a congrats on my Wednesday post. Need your snail mail address. Write me at avery at averyaames dot com.


  11. My family love my bananna pudding. Can't wait to try your recipe for Caramel Corn.

  12. One of our favorites is my mom's coconut peppermint Christmas cookies. It's the only time of year she makes them, and EVERYONE wants them. My niece once hid the box they were packed in, hoping no one would realize they weren't out, and she could take them home! We actually had them last night at our holiday dinner with our big extended and mixed up family!

  13. Melissa, welcome to MLK! this is making my mouth water. How do you store if you don't eat it all in one sitting?