The Food Matters Project is back again. Every Monday from now until who knows when, I’ll be participating. Sharing bits and pieces of my food journey along the way. At least that’s the plan. However, Monday after next I’ll be ditching out to bring you a special announcement—Where in the world are we moving? Or not moving. In the meantime I’ll be biting my nails or eating (small) handfuls of this. Save me.

Homemade Popcorn. No fussy packaging or fake butter flavoring necessary. 100% the real deal. Made on the comfort of your kitchen stove. Happy popping noises included. Has the ability to convert a non popcorn eater like me. I’m smitten.

Food Journey Part 1: Food matters. As a car needs gas, our bodies need food. And just like a car, if you put the wrong gas in it, you can expect adverse outcomes. Healthy—a word loaded with many different connotations. Good and bad. My definition has changed over the years. Vastly. And I imagine it will continue to be refined. Today, my definition means pure. Unprocessed. Made from scratch. Moderation. Olive oil. Butter. Vegetables.Unbleached flour. Preservative-free. Wheat. Fresh. Cake. Fruit. I call myself purist.

But I haven’t always been this way. Fast food. Boxed food. Shiny wrapped food. Food has been a sore spot in my life. I’ve wrestled with it. Lost. Wrestled some more. And lost. Or should I say gained. A love/hate relationship describes it best. But since it’s Valentine’s week, I’ll end with love and save the hate for next week.

Love—homemade sea salt honey butter popcorn. For the full recipe, head on over to Cookie and Kate’s pretty little blog. To see what the other Food Matter’s participants did, head on over here. Beware—if you’re not already, you’ll soon be a popcorn lover. Move over Orville Redenbacher. Mark Bittman’s the new kid in town.

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Sea Salt Honey Butter Glaze

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  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • sea salt to taste


  1. Melt the butter. Add in honey and stir until combined. Add a couple dashes of sea salt.
  2. Pour over freshly made popcorn. Stir well. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  3. Enjoy. (In moderation. This part may be the hardest yet.)
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Last weeks Food Matters post: Chipotle-glazed Butternut Squash.

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