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September 22, 2011

A very special snack

Today, I’m going to teach you how to make one of my all-time favorite snacks! I’ve said before that everyone has something, or a bunch of somethings, that they’re just not going to give up. This is one of mine!

Beyond tasting so yummy, I’ve got serious history with this delicious snack, so I’ve added it to my, “everything in moderation” list, and enjoy it when I get the craving.

I grew up with this snack, Mom CYL made it pretty regularly. We would sit together and share this little piece of heaven, as we watched a movie or read books. The smell of this fluffy stuff reminds me of being a kid, and of my momma.

Jumping ahead a few years…

…I’ve decided that I can attribute some of the Sweetheart’s love for me back to this snack. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach right? Well, I’m pretty sure I already had the Sweetheart’s heart the time I first made this for him, but I specifically remember a look on his face, walking into the kitchen one night, and seeing what was going down, that said, “I’m yours.”

…or it at least said, “I’m hungry!”

Have you guessed the snack?

It’s something you may not have ever actually made before…

…but probably everyone has eaten it.

It’s popcorn! Yumm!

Not just any popcorn though…

…there’s no microwave involved…

…no ingredients developed by a lab technician that cannot be pronounced…

…and no weird bomb-looking device that reminds you of a scary movie.

I’m talking about home-made, stove-top popcorn.

My Momma’s popcorn!

The first time I asked the Sweetheart if he wanted some popcorn to snack on during a movie we were about to start, he came into the kitchen to see this going down…

2Tbsp cooking oil

1/3 cup popcorn (use Orville Redenbachers, trust me)

1 Tbsp (more or less) real unsalted butter

Pinch of salt

Get your burner nice and hot.

Add 2 Tbsp cooking oil and 4 kernels of corn.

Cover and wait for all 4 kernels to pop. Making sure the oil is at the right temp to pop the corn before adding all the corn ensures fluffy deliciousness!

Once the first 4 kernels pop, add the rest. Cover. Shake one time to make sure there is oil on all the kernels.

Mom CYL used to shake the pot during cooking, but all that does is get wet oil shaken up onto the already-popped corn.

Don’t shake the pot. Wait. Be patient. It’s worth it!

While your corn pops…melt 1 Tbsp of  butter.

Patience pays off! See?

Add a little butter and salt, shake and repeat.

Now, go enjoy the show!

Speaking of the show…have you seen any good movies lately?