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Friday, March 13, 2009

Favorite After School Snack


Popcorn is one of our favorite after school snacks lately. And I'm totally into popping my own (you know I'm always striving for that elusive "Mom of the Year" Award - I may not be able to make my own Waldorf toys, but I can at least pop my own popcorn, right??). Besides, haven't you ever wondered what exactly is in those bags of microwaveable popcorn? You know, that greasy part that makes it so yummy? What is that?? I don't know...but, I tell ya, the more I learn to read labels the more of a food snob I'm becoming.

Anyway, popping your own popcorn is way fun and here's how you do it:

*in a skillet heat up 1-2 T of olive oil over med-med/high heat
*add 1/2 C popcorn kernels to hot skillet
*stir kernels coating them with oil and spreading them evenly in pan
*cover the pan with lid (important!) and agitate the pan with back and forth motion
*continue until all popcorn is popped
*season with any of the following: melted butter, sea salt, rosemary, trocomare or herbamare (excellent all natural seasonings with no weird stuff), parmesan, brewer's yeast (that's what my mom used to put on our popcorn when we were kids). Sometimes I use coconut oil instead of olive oil and season with a sugar/cinnamon mixture for a yummy, kettle corn flavor. Anything goes!

P.S. How fun is my new blog background?!


6 comments:

Carol said...

Love the new pic on you blog! Great shot! Haven't welcomed you home yet! WELCOME HOME!!! Your trip sounded fantastic!

lawtrix said...

This sounds so yummy! I thought I was good using an air popper rather than the microwave stuff - but a pan on the stove wins!

math jedi said...

I hate to disagree with lawtrix [that's who I think it is, right?... hi :)] but I actually prefer air poppers to microwave or pan. I tried making popcorn in a pan for a while and it always turned out burnt and nasty.

E said...

Oh Wow...I just had to tell you that your family photo at the top header is so beautiful! I love it.

E said...

...meant to tell you:
DD=Dear Daughter
DH=Dear Husband
DS=Dear Son
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karen said...

Well aren't you the little popcorn purist. I could stand to learn a thing or two from you regarding healthy afternoon snacks. My kids love popcorn, so perhaps I'll try the skillet gig. I'm embarrassed to say that Jiffy Pop (the one in the little tin pan that you heat over the stove) is still the family favorite for us so far...