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SOP 016 – Cheeseballs and Applesauce, Isn’t That Schwell?

April 1, 2008

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Show Notes
Doesn’t everyone celebrate National Cheese Ball Day? April Fools like us, do! This month we bring you kickin’ electronic music, haiku, caramel popcorn, news of the new Depeche Mode album and a lovefest for Michael Hogan of Battlestar Galactica. Laura rants about the cost of “earth-friendly” housekeeping and Neil becomes just a little bit more gay. Dig into our cheesy goodness! Crackers optional.

Music Guide
Artist: Neil Smith
Album: When All Is Said and Done
INDISTR Indie Distribution

Artist: Will Crewdson

“April Showers”
Artist: Mari Smith

“Smile / Obsolete”
Artist: Looptron
Album: Obsolete Before You Start
CD Baby
Loopton’s Blog:

“Ghosts III, Track 24”
Artist: Nine Inch Nails
Album: Ghosts I – IV MP3 Downloads
Licensed by Creative Commons 

Misc. Goodies and Links
Join The Smiths’ Occasional Podcast Group on Facebook
Oh, please, would you?


Cheese Ball

1-8 oz. package light cream cheese
4 oz. of packaged deli roast beef (those little flat packages of pressed and processed stuff)
1 Tablespoon minced fresh onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
parsley flakes or toasted chopped nuts (almonds or pecans are good)

Mix ingredients well. Form into a ball. If desired, roll in parsley flakes or chopped nuts and then chill. Serve with you favorite crackers and let the fun begin!

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

3-4 quarts of popped corn (approx. 4 snack size bags of microwave popcorn)
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
large paper grocery bag

Pop the corn. Place in the paper bag and set aside.

Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt (NOT THE BAKING SODA YET!) in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high in the microwave until butter is melted and mixture comes to a boil. Mix completely, then microwave an additional 2 minutes on high.

Remove from microwave and stir in baking soda. Mix well. Mixture will form tiny bubbles and lighten in color. Mix again.

Pour the syrup over the corn in the paper bag. Stir a bit with a long handled spoon to get it going. Then close the bag and shake it around a while to mix well.

Put bag into the microwave and cook on high for 2 more minutes. If it won’t fit in the microwave, you can skip this step and it will still be good.

Give it one final mix and then pour it out into a huge bowl on onto a cookie sheet and let it cool. Or burn you mouth eating it right away because that is when it tastes the best.

Movies Discussed in This Episode

A Scanner Darkly


The obligatory Depeche Mode Link

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2008 9:20 am

    I’m loving this first song.

  2. April 6, 2008 2:04 pm

    Sorry I was late listening to the show. Wonderful as ever, I smiled a lot, particularly Neil trying to explain the bit about Jamie Bamber, I share your confusion Laura. Also, the English accent was shocking. Dick Van Dyke has a lot to answer for. Loooptrooon was good, nice stuff. And what an ending, NIN in full, glorious noisy electro fabulousness. Blow out those speakers Laura. Gotta get back to my cheesy nuts now. xx

  3. April 8, 2008 7:27 am

    Thanks, guys! Yes, playing NIN – the next best thing to having Trent Reznor over for dinner!

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