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You can turn popular popcorn into a sweet or savory gourmet treat

Popcorn is a centuries-old simple food that has gone gourmet. Though technicallly not popcorn, dried hominy is soaked, fried and sprinked with chili-spice. (Renne Brock/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Popcorn is a centuries-old simple food that has gone gourmet. Though technicallly not popcorn, dried hominy is soaked, fried and sprinked with chili-spice. (Renne Brock/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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Popcorn is one of America’s great snack foods. Delicious, aromatic and noisy, it is the perfect nosh for popping into the mouth, mindlessly, while watching Hollywood fluff, sporting events and circus clowns. “Popcorn,” writes food historian Betty Fussell in her book “The Story of Corn,” “is a truly indigenous fast finger-food that links all ages, places, races, classes and kinds in the continuing circus of American life.” Moreover, Fussell says, popcorn is the “oldest known ...


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