brown butter + rosemary + lemon + popcorn

rosemary, awesome again ::::

I started out with this blog about two years ago (already?!) wanting to be snarky, peppy, and fun. There are so many blogs that people scramble to tell their friends about because “it’s so funny!” or “so clever!” My snarkiness is short-lived: one cannot subsist on snark for extended periods. It turns into a bitter comedian’s routine, almost like Denis Leary when he hasn’t had a cigarette. It starts out kind of funny, then gets awkward and trite. The peppy voice I started with slowly evolved to my normal demeanor: seriousness. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the humor. I’m just not good at delivery. I’ll leave that for hyperbolic or captivating storytellers, like Eat.

And there are the professionals, like Mike Birbiglia. A comedian often featured on NPR’s This American Life  radio program with Ira Glass, and featured in The Moth: stories on stage.  He is also a normal person with normal problems. Almost. He sleepwalks. It’s not the benign, woopsie!-I-walked-into-the-bathroom-and-thought-the-bathtub-was-my-bed kind of thing. It’s jump-out-of-a-second-story-hotel-window sort of thing. Ending up in the Emergency Room in a strange city. Getting sutures. It is called REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. Birbiglia pokes fun at the complications surrounding his sleepwalking making for some great comedy routines, from the strange conversations he has with his patient girlfriend/wife in the midst of a walk, his harrowing window jumping experience, to explaining his ritual of sleeping in a tightly zipped up sleeping bag with mittened hands to prevent nightly wanderings, medicated with some Klonopin.

So he made a movie about it, naturally. Sleepwalk with Me  has been garnering strong praise on the indy film circuit, and the word of mouth is helping get mainstream recognition. Eat and I saw it and loved it.
Be snarky and peppy if you are good at it. Make a movie, if so inclined. Eat some good popcorn at the screening, seasoned with rosemary and lemon. Try not to sleepwalk out of hotel windows. We are lucky that Peach and Grub only talk in their sleep.
brown butter + rosemary + lemon popcorn recipe
Recipe type: appetizer
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  • 1 cup popcorn
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  1. Heat the popcorn and oil in a 1-gallon, heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. When the popcorns starts to pop, cover the pot tightly and continue to cook until all the popcorn pops, about 2 to 3 minutes, shaking the pot occasionally. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl.
  2. In a medium saute pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and cook until it is brown and smells nutty, shaking the pan occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the rosemary to the butter and pour the butter mixture over the popcorn. Toss well. Add salt, pepper and lemon zest. Toss well.

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