Popcorn with Sesame-Glazed Pistachios

We gathered around a table decorated by five-year-old Sasha Belle, who made sure we not only knew where we were meant to sit, but also, what she imagines our faces look like.

thanksgiving placards

Her proud parents Kim and Steve, her three year old sister Zella, and my fond old biology student David formed this year’s Thanksgiving family. I, for one, was grateful that my jeopardy pager went off NOT ONCE over the entire weekend so that I could enjoy several extra lazy mornings to sleep in, cook a few side dishes for the Feast, decorate the house for the Yuletide season, and finish the annual Thanksgiving card poem (which is in the mail!) My favorite lounge-time snack so far for the holidays is this tasty rendition of glazed pistachios in popcorn. Crunchy, salty, sweet. Really, you don’t even need the popcorn–the pistachios are irresistible all by themselves.


Popcorn with Sesame-Glazed Pistachios

Adapted from Food and Wine

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup popping corn

Kosher salt

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 cups shelled unsalted pistachios (8 ounces)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, combine the vegetable oil and popcorn, cover and cook over moderate heat until the corn starts to pop. Cook, shaking the pan until the popping stops, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl and season lightly with salt.
  2. Wipe out the saucepan. Add the olive oil, sugar, sesame seeds, soy sauce, garlic powder and 2 teaspoons of salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add the pistachios and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Scrape the pistachios onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until bubbling.
pistachio popcorn
Scrape the pistachio mixture into the popcorn and toss well. Let cool before serving.

Haiku #323 Nov 19th

Behind the eyes sit

a colorful gallery

of selfhood critics.


Haiku #324 Nov 20th

Mother and daughter

in a dressing room mirror—

same body time warp.


Haiku #325 Nov 21st

Lil Dizzy’s, Cochon

and Juan’s Flying Burrito

compete for stomach.


Haiku #326 Nov 22nd

Again we sit at

the Ruby Slipper and think:

There’s no place like home.


Haiku #327 Nov 23rd

A dinner party

takes a turn for blood when the

liar’s dice come out.


Haiku #328 Nov 24th

Fell asleep humming

Great is Thy Faithfulness, and

by morning, mercies.


Haiku #329 Nov 25th

Lumbar puncture is

my particular point of

pride—flutes of champagne.


Haiku #330 Nov 26th

A five year old plays

Hospital—turning the work

I do to delight.


Haiku #331 Nov 27th

I find that I am

often more grateful the day

after Thanksgiving


Haiku #332 Nov 28th

Because left overs

are like photographs—mem’ries

that still have flavor.



3 thoughts on “Popcorn with Sesame-Glazed Pistachios

  1. Oh how I love knowing that you have had some long-overdue time to lounge and snack on this gourmet homemade treat! I also love Haikus #328 and 300 a lot 🙂

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