I should be writing this with a bag over my head so my dentist doesn't recognize me, but for some peculiar reason, I remembered something earlier this week that I really have to share. (If I'm weeks -- months, years -- behind common knowledge, write it off to old age and/or insular living.)
Did you know you can make your own microwave popcorn? Without teflon coated packages and artificial flavor? You can, and it's so easy, I couldn't believe it till I tried it. Thank you Kim Anderson (copy editor extraordinaire) for showing me how.
Take one small brown paper bag, the kind you might use to pack a single lunch sandwich and cookie or juice box. Cover the bottom with a single layer of regular popcorn kernels. Ones from a big jar of Orville Redenbacher will do, but you could go exotic and investigate ones for sale here.
Twist the top of the bag pretty tightly, lay the bag on its side in the microwave and set the timer for 3 mintues on HIGH. Don't walk away, because you have to listen to the popping. When you can count 4 seconds between pops, it's done, a perfect single serving. No oil needed.
Eat from the bag or dump into a bowl and lightly sprinkle Parmesan over the top -- or cayenne pepper, seasoned salt, dried rosemary, one of the endless array of Creole seasonings.
Give it a try and let us know what you think.