Saturday, February 07, 2009

Listen to my pleas

If you know me at all, you know all about my all time favorite food - popcorn. It's probably more of an addiction than anything else. I don't go through popcorn phases. There's never a time I don't want popcorn. When people comfort me that there popcorn is one of the healthier foods to be addicted to, I confess that movie theater popcorn is my favorite, and there's nothing healthy about movie theater popcorn.

The more butter and salt, the happier I am. However, I love popcorn in all its forms and it wouldn't be very wise of me to indulge in buttery, salty popcorn at the rate I go through it. I've had a hot air popper since Jr. High and most of the time I use that. And I can eat bags of the stuff. Bags and bags. And not even feel guilty about it. Not one little bit.

And you can imagine the intense excitement/uncontrollable hysteria that I felt when I saw a popcorn recipe in The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. This, my friends, is what life is all about. More dangerous than a Maltov Cocktail is a homemade popcorn recipe. First, because it reminds you of just how easy it is to make your own popcorn. And then comes the fact that there is no question that popcorn made in oil is infinitely more delicious than popcorn made in an airpopper. And infinitely unhealthier.

Most days I am so happy to have Thatboy around to share in the ups and downs of our life together. But days when we have to share homemade popcorn, I sometimes wish I were single again.

Popcorn (From The Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
  • 3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  1. Put the oil in a 4 qt heavy pot and let it heat over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in the kernels, turning with a spoon so that they are evenly covered with oil, then spread them in one layer on the bottom of the pot.
  3. Put on the cover, leaving a small air space at the edge for escaping steam.
  4. As soon as the first kernel pops, move the pot gently and continuously back and forth over medium-high heat until the popping stops.


  1. It's been years since I made popcorn. thanks for the reminder, I think I'll try it. Remember that slogan for Jiffy Pop, "As much fun to make as it is to eat?"

  2. There is just something about home made popcorn. It's been a long time since I actually popped it myself, but I really would love to get a hot air popper.

  3. I have a popcorn problem too and this is one of my favorite late night snacks. I try to tell myself that the fiber makes it ok. ;)

  4. Popcorn is the very best of snacks. I had forgotten how to cook it outside of the microwave:D

  5. Gotta love homemade popcorn. We don't buy the micro stuff anymore. We like our Whirley Pop popper the best, my kids will eat nothing else. FF covered everything!

  6. I only eat popcorn at movie theaters :)

  7. Popcorn is so fun. I remember making it with my mom when I was little.