In QP Team Picks

Harvest in Nebraska

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This is a quick story of where our corn comes from. Four years ago Quinn Popcorn was an idea that would have never been realized if we couldn’t find the right partners. Kristy spent the first year of Quinn Popcorn in her attic, Quinn in lap, and phone to ear. She was talking to everyone in our food system, trying to pull together all the pieces needed to make microwave popcorn in an entirely different way. Corn was a linchpin. It was a time of 99% dead ends. One of those calls was to Grain Place Foods. Dave, the owner, took Kristy’s call and over the next few weeks they talked corn and organic farming for hours. On our way to visiting Grain Place Foods we admitted to our expectations. Family run, deep passion for farming and food, and happy people doing their life’s…

Don’t Eat Popcorn This Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Do you love Thanksgiving? Do you love popcorn? Well, we have created recipes that incorporate popcorn into all of your Thanksgiving dishes! Just kidding. Even though we are big fans of popcorn, we know there is a time and a place. Snacking? Yes definitely! Part of Turkey Day dinner? Probably not. For Thanksgiving this year, we are looking forward to trying some new things, buying some local stuff and drawing on Thanksgivings past. Here’s a peek into our plans for Turkey day. (The above photo is from a dinner out with the entire Quinn crew at the Gold Hill Inn in Gold Hill Colorado) > Turkey from Jodar Farms with stuffing and dressing. The Great Debate: Inside the Turkey vs. Outside the Turkey. Where do you stand? We are doing both this year! > Cranberry sauce a la can. Just like…

Recyclable, Compostable, Plantable

Monday, May 19th, 2014

At events it’s fun to have something to hand out, but we didn’t want something that would just end up in the trash. Charged with the task, I started looking for something USA made and recycled. That’s when I came across seeded plantable pins here. After doing some more research I learned that not only was the paper seeded with marigolds and zinnias, the backing was compostable, the pin part was made from scrap metal, and attached with compostable glue made from egg shells. It took me about 2 seconds to realize that they were a perfect fit for us. We are pretty excited about handing them out and getting to tell people they grow flowers too. After a pin has been totally worn out (and seen by tons and tons of people) … all you have to do is remove…

C.V.’s Fall Beer Picks

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

I set out to write a little post on summer beers, but we all know how quickly summer can disappear. So here’s a list of some favorite fall seasonal brews that we’ve drinking around the QP office of late! Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Co. (Lakewood, NY) Beer: Pumking Style: Imperial Pumpkin Ale ABV: 8.6% There’s a TON of pumpkin beers out there these days, most of which taste only of nutmeg/cinnamon/clove, and others that taste like nothing at all despite hiding “made with pumkin flavor” in the fine print, and just a few that capture the taste of pumpkin without ruining the beer. Pumking is one of the latter, and it does it really, really well. It’s pumpkin pie in a bottle, and the beauty is that it is made with just a few, simple ingredients: pale malt, caramel malt,…

Quinn Crew Book Report

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

It’s never easy to make time for reading, but we are slowly building an QP office collection! These are a few of my favorite food books to date! In Defense of Food An Eater’s Manifesto- Michael Pollan “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” This is Michael Pollan’s mantra for the best way to consume food. This was the first foodie book I ever read and although cliché, it changed my life. I also used it several years ago as a text to teach a Freshman College healthy cooking class. Pollan is so passionate yet so simple about food that he is easy to relate to. His first book captures the average American diet and breaks it down in a way that inspires change rather than leaves one feeling hopeless. Pollan wants people to eat, and enjoy it. His book…


Monday, February 6th, 2012

We try to avoid too much discussion on the bad aspects of typical microwave popcorn. It’s just negative, and I’m getting the feeling that everyone already gets it. That said, the results from a study that link poor immune system response and PFC (and PFOA) are too interesting to keep to myself.

Tiny Hands, Tiny Fruits

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Staying on top of Quinn Popcorn has been making it almost impossible to find time to prepare a wholesome meal. I have given up on myself.  It’s frozen pizza, and oatmeal, and I told Coulter to fend for himself. Colby, if he is lucky, gets Quinn’s scraps from the floor. Quinn is the only one who eats well in our household, but preparing bite sized food for little people is a luxury that I have a hard time keeping up with. Once Quinn goes to sleep, I pour myself a glass of water, which should be wine, and I start chopping. Fruit, veggies, chicken, bread, you name it. Chopping has become an art form, a skill that I now have. There are times when I love to spend hours slicing, dicing, cutting etc, but most often I would rather just go to…

Portland or Bust

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Quinn Popcorn’s reach is slowly growing, and connecting with our consumers is getting more interesting (and challenging). We spent this past Sunday demoing in the Portland Maine Whole Foods. The drive there was about as long as the visit, but it was well worth it for several reasons. The above photo was from a ridiculously good coffee and doughnut shop we found along the way. More on that later.

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Just after Quinn was born my office sent a gift hbasket filled with gourmet this and that. Incredibly nice of them, I know. I don’t remember a single thing in the basket except for the Mast Brothers Chocolate. I now buy it on a pretty regular basis. That’s saying a lot because we are in bootstrap mode and it’s not cheap.

Red Rooster Harlem

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

If you live in NYC the Red Rooster is a hopscotch game away in Harlem. We visited the restaurant and met with the owner during our DailyCandy Start Small Go Big event. It’s a pretty neat place and here is why…

Happy Baby = Happy Quinn

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

I purchased HappyPuffs a few weeks ago and after opening the container something seemed a little off. Long story short, I got a dud container. Every time I feed Quinn the puffs I end up eating about as many as he does, and this time they were not quite as good. (I know I sound crazy, but I swear it was true!) I emailed them that day.