Our daughter's friend was aghast. Her seven-year-old mind couldn't fathom a supper made entirely of popcorn!
But it was one tradition I loved. Here's why:
1. A simple, pre-planned supper allowed me to rest on Sunday afternoon. If you've ever been a mom with multiple littles, you know how necessary that is to your health (mental and otherwise!)
2. Traditions are important. It doesn't matter what you do for your family's traditions, but it is important that you have them. They lend a framework of order to an otherwise chaotic world!
3. I love popcorn. :)
Back then, we had a "Whirley Pop" popcorn maker. If you've never heard of one of these sweet inventions, here's a demo I found on YouTube:
I would make a huge bowl of popcorn and everyone would season their own. We used garlic powder, seasoning salt, cinnamon and sugar, Parmesan cheese - you name it!
Fast forward a few years...
As the children got older, this tradition fell to the wayside for several reasons. We went to a church that had a Sunday evening service and Youth Group, so our Sunday evenings became busier. Our financial situation changed, and we could afford to buy microwave popcorn (yum! and even easier than the Whirley-Pop!). The Whirley-Pop didn't make one of the moves with us, and eventually, popcorn became a once-in-a-while treat for movie night.
Fast forward a few more years...
As my dear husband and I get older, our popcorn has to change. The doctor says DH needs to keep tabs on his sodium intake.
Have you read the labels on microwave popcorn?????
So when the popcorn craving hit on Sunday evening, I brought out the trusty saucepan, oil and popcorn, and made a batch of popcorn the way Dad used to make it when I was little.
We had this popcorn that I hadn't tried yet - after all, we've been using the microwave to make our popcorn for years now!
I put some oil in the saucepan (I used about a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of butter). Once it melted (on medium-high heat), I added 1/3 cup popcorn kernels.
And you wait. Shake the pan occasionally as the popcorn is heating. You don't want the kernels to burn.
Soon you'll hear a pop...then another one...then it's all popping at once! That's when people start wandering into the kitchen to see what you're doing. :)
Once the popping slows down (yes, just like with microwave popcorn), remove the pan from the heat. Wait for the popping to stop, and carefully lift the lid. You may still find that one more kernel still wants to explode!
Pour the popcorn in a bowl, and enjoy! I seasoned mine with a bit of salt, but DH left his plain. The bit of butter I used gave the popcorn enough flavor to make it scrumptious.
How do you make your popcorn? And how do you like it seasoned?
Are you a "movie theater popcorn with six pumps of melted butter" type, or do you like the air popper?
By the way, have you noticed that air poppers are making a comeback? Everything old is new again!
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