Nom: Popcorn

October 30, 2012

My friend Andria loves popcorn and goldfish – from now on till forever those two snacks will always remind me of her.  When we lived in a house together (along with five other pretty friends) our junior and senior year of college, Andria would make home-made popcorn for herself and us on a nightly basis.  I think the popcorn reminded her of her sweet dad who made it for her at home, but for the rest of us in the house it served as salty deliciousness that paired perfectly with beer or helped heal hangovers on the couch.  After graduation,…

My friend Andria loves popcorn and goldfish – from now on till forever those two snacks will always remind me of her.  When we lived in a house together (along with five other pretty friends) our junior and senior year of college, Andria would make home-made popcorn for herself and us on a nightly basis.  I think the popcorn reminded her of her sweet dad who made it for her at home, but for the rest of us in the house it served as salty deliciousness that paired perfectly with beer or helped heal hangovers on the couch.  After graduation, I swore I would buy my own air-popper so I could pop my own popcorn a-la-Andria.

2+ years past graduation – no air-popper.  This is most disappointing.  All things considered, popcorn made with kernels at home is pretty healthy.  And it’s gluten-free!  Which means nothing to me but something to Sally and any of you other g-free eaters…  A snacky-snack the two of us can make on the reg, trying out different flavors and taking batches with us to work so we don’t die of hunger during the day.  These are just the things my brain thinks about.

Two weeks ago at a little Dallas blogger party, I was making the rounds, surveying the food and sipping on beverages – basically having a great time – when I saw some individually wrapped bags of popcorn.  Obviously I took a bag from the perfect pyramid of a display and dug in… OMG – truffle. popcorn.  You heard me.  If you’ve never had it, you have not lived.  I ate about 5 more bags of the stuff and took 3 home with me (no, I am not ashamed).  Thus, I made a fresh promise to myself that popcorn will become part of my daily life.  This air-popper – which is the same one used by Andria – will be included as a necessary part of the apartment re-vamp.  And this truffle popcorn recipe by the gluten-free guru Lisa (With Style & Grace) will be the first thing we whip up.  More exotic recipes (um, hi) will hopefully follow, but truffle oil is a serious treat!

(Image via With Style & Grace)

  1. It may not be the healthiest snack but my favorite is definitely homemade caramel popcorn. It's so simple and it takes care of my sweet tooth. There are endless ways of making popcorn. I will always remember how my old roomie left me a huge bowl of spiced popcorn when I was studying in college. I snacked whenever I'd study so popcorn was a great choice.

  2. You know you don't need actual equipment right?
    I also grew up eating it, its a great healthy snack.

    You just need a big saucepan with a lid. I use a little oil in the bottom, cover the bottom in kernals and turn on the gas… wait until they are going crazy popping then turn off the gas and wait for silence.

    Easy!

  3. love popcorn! you definitely don't need a popper though. i try to avoid buying kitchen gadgets that serve one purpose (apt living has taught me to be efficient). before you invest in one, at least try making it on the stove.

    heat a small saucepan over medium heat, with enough oil to just cover the bottom of the pot (i use canola oil). put one kernel in the middle and cover the pot but with the cover askew a tiny bit to let steam come out. when that one kernel pops you know the oil is hot enough – add enough kernels for one layer that covers the bottom of the pot. cover goes back on, slightly crooked. cook until the popping slows down, shaking the pot around (while holding the cover on) a couple times. ta-da!

    it's only a tiny bit of oil so it's still healthy, plus it helps salt (or parm cheese, or old bay seasoning) stick a little better than air-popped.

  4. I had to leave my air popper at home when I moved to Australia! That super sucked, but it's not like they're tooo expensive. That truffle popcorn sounds amazing, and if you're into fun popcorn recipes, try this one from Sweet Tooth. It's cookies 'n cream! I also found one before for chili and lime popcorn, and it might have actually also been from Lisa's blog (I love her recipes too!). Happy popcorning!
    http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2012/05/cookies-and-cream-popcorn.html

  5. I'm a popcorn lover, too! So much so that I made homemade caramel popcorn for my wedding favors. I highly recommend this recipe: orangette.blogspot.com/2009/12/for-ever-and-ever.html.

  6. Popcorn is instilled in me. My mom had it every night when she was going through her first time of chemo. Our neighbours actually came and knocked on our door one day to tell us that they had to go out and buy popcorn because the smell everynight was making them crave it lol.
    I remember it was always a special movie night when grandma would pull out the air popper and I would patiently wait underneath the counter listening for the first kernel to pop.
    Thanks for bringing back those memories 🙂
    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}
    Health & Wellness Blog

  7. My husband and I pop corn a ton. Using the 1975 popper that he grew up on. So yummy. Just served popcorn as the main treat at our son's 5th birthday too. Packaged in darling chevron cups of course. 🙂

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