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September 12, 2010 · 41 comments

It’s kinda clever, don’t you think?

At first I wasn’t sure how to go about this. How to ease into the big favor I wanted to ask all of you. Then Erin mentioned a candy recipe, and I thought, huh, maybe that is the way…

So here’s the favor. Homeroom–you know, the mac + cheese restaurant we’ve been trying to open for months and months–is up for an award by the website DailyCandy. They nominated us as one of the top four new food businesses in the US. Can you believe it? And if we win, we get $10,000 to put toward the restaurant, plus a trip to NYC for a small business seminar. And believe me, we really need the money (small business advice would be nice too).

But we can’t win without votes from you. So, as a favor to me, even if you’ve never had our mac and cheese, please vote for homeroom on the DailyCandy site, or through their facebook page. And in return, I promise to keep churning out creative recipes using all kinds of local, seasonal goods.

And if you live nearby, come to the next Underground Market because if we win this thing, we’ll be giving away 200 free portions of mac and cheese. Kind of like a thank you for voting for us.

I know what you’re thinking. Who am I ask to ask a favor, when I haven’t posted a new recipe since August 18th? You’re right. Please don’t hate me. I love writing local lemons, and wish I could spend more time here. But I keep getting this feeling, you know, the one you get when things pile up around you, when everyone needs something from you, when everything is due all on the same day. It’s been happening to me a lot lately. My head spins round and round and I just can’t get things done quick enough. I hate it. I hate feeling unproductive…

But I will keep plugging away, and although I may not post as often as days past, it makes me happy to know you’re still here. Listening to my rantings, taking down my recipes, and giving me your support as I open my first restaurant. So please vote, and leave a comment below letting me know you did.  You don’t have to leave a comment, but if you do, it’ll make my day that much sweeter.

Speaking of sweet, I made this crazy concoction of honey-sweet caramel corn. The caramel recipe is from Chez Pim. There are loads of caramel recipes out there, but this one uses honey, and doesn’t require light corn syrup. Score. Summer’s sweet corn melts into the caramel and crunchy course fleur de sel adds just the right amount of savory.

When the caramel sets, cut it into small squares, wrap in parchment paper, and eat one every day from now until September 29th.  Why? Because every time you eat a piece of candy you’ll remember to vote for homeroom in DailyCandy’s small business contest (yes, you can vote once per day!)

Thanks everyone, I owe you one!

Honey-Sweet Caramel Corn

1 ear of corn, kernels cut off the cob  *make sure the corn is completely dry!
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup honey
4oz unsalted butter, room temperature and diced
fleur de sel

Add sugar and honey into a large pot. I used enameled cast iron. Turn on the heat and let the sugar and honey melt and cook until caramelized. It should be a dark brown color. This takes about 7 minutes. Shake the pot if necessary to get all the sugar crystals to melt, but don’t stir.

While the sugar is cooking, bring the cream to a simmer.

When the sugar reaches the color you like, whisk in the butter until well mixed, then add the warmed cream, whisk until smooth. Let the mixture cook until the temperature reaches 260F or 125C – about 10 minutes. (You will need a thermometer for this.)

Pour the hot caramel onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a Silpad. Sprinkle the corn and fleur de sel on top (again, don’t forget to make sure the corn is dry). Let cool in the fridge for a couple of hours. Cut into small squares and wrap in packets of parchment or waxed paper.

Where I Shopped:
Corn and honey: Temescal farmers’ market, Oakland
Fleur de sel: Star Grocery, Berkeley

Vote Homeroom!

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Alejandro September 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm

This was delicious.
I have been voting every day to make it happen. Thank youuuu!


Megan Gordon September 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Ohhh, I didn’t know I could vote more than once. I’ll vote everyday, too :)


phyllis grant September 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

i’ll vote for you right now! and this recipe looks great. we’re so excited to come to your restaurant when it opens.


Dana September 12, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I voted!


Janet September 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm

You know I’m gettin my vote on, every day!

The recipe looks delicious, too! Very clever indeed.


Erin September 12, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I voted :)


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 13, 2010 at 3:37 am

Going to vote now!


Caitlin September 13, 2010 at 4:30 am

I voted!


Kerry September 13, 2010 at 4:40 am

Have voted for you – good luck!
And don’t sweat it about the lack of recipe posting. We all know you’re busting your butt over Homeroom :) Wish I lived a little closer so that I could try some of that mac & cheese!
All the best


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 13, 2010 at 6:38 am

Yum… That candy looks yummy… and I’m happy to vote for Homeroom :)


Maria September 13, 2010 at 6:45 am

Love this recipe! Good luck! You have my vote!


Anna September 13, 2010 at 8:31 am

I voted! Good luck!


clara September 13, 2010 at 9:07 am

of course!!! i voted!

love love LOVE your site. as a former bay area resident who VERY reluctantly left (and would go back in a heartbeat), your site, your recipes, the homeroom project.. they make me smile every single day, which is how often i’ll be voting!!


Barbara | VinoLuciStyle September 13, 2010 at 9:39 am

Love something so unique; just saw a dulce de leche cake the other day with corn…makes sense as sweet as great corn is!

Voting now…and on my calendar each day; good luck!


Chez Us September 13, 2010 at 9:41 am

What a great idea for candy corn – love it!

Did not know we could vote more then once …. on my way!


Janet Rudolph September 13, 2010 at 9:55 am

Love this recipe! Can’t wait to make it!


bethh September 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

hmmmm. I’m skeptical about the corn ingredient, but looks like a great recipe! And of course I voted for you!


Nicole September 13, 2010 at 10:24 am

Voted! Best of luck! This caramel corn looks phenomenal!!


MaryB September 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Voted. This caramel corn looks incredible!!


The Hungry Crafter September 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Voted. And seriously, no worries about how frequently you post on the blog — you are opening a business!!!! That’s huge! Good luck, and I will keep voting for you.


Angela@spinachtiger September 13, 2010 at 6:46 pm

You got my vote!


Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox September 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Oh yum! Good luck!


Julia September 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I voted for you guys!! Good luck!


The Food Hunter September 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

you got my vote!


Dana September 17, 2010 at 8:37 am

This sounds much better than the other candy corn!


Peggy September 18, 2010 at 4:44 am

This sounds so delicious! And I just found out about the whole voting thing, but rest assured, you’ll have my vote until I can’t vote any longer!


Diane September 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Voted! :) Good luck.


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I’ve only just discovered your blog – this looks so enticing. I look forward to reading more of your blog and finding even more inspiration.


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