Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brown Bag Popcorn and the Academy Awards

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'm back and almost as good as new. Tomorrow I'll resume posting new recipes that I hope will appeal to those of you who have been so patient while I healed. And Bob? Well, I suspect you'll not hear much from him for the next several weeks, although I know he had some fun while acting as majordomo in the kitchen. He's whipped the butcher into shape and the produce manager brings greens to him from the backroom with shaky hands, so he feels his powers of persuasion are still intact and he enjoyed jousting with them. I do, however, have to tell those of you who may be entertaining stray thoughts, he's taken, ladies. I know a good thing when I see it. He's mine!

We usually have friends into watch the Academy Awards with us. This year it will just be the two of us, but we will watch the show. It's an old habit that refuses to die. I've always loved the Oscars and, to this day, I remember those early years when ball gowns and jewels and limousines brought a televised Neverland into our homes. Over the years, I've grown more discriminating and often find myself at odds with the academy. I was stunned the years that Judi Dench (Her Majesy, Mrs. Brown) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) failed to garner best actress awards, and twice swore I'd never watch the show again. I reneged when it became apparent that this wasn't my party and these folks could do anything thy wanted, even if they were wrong. So, whether they are right or wrong I'll be in front of the TV again this year.

Our snack for the program this year is homemade microwave popcorn. One it is popped you can dress it up any way you wish, but this basic version produces kernels identical to those that are air popped. I'm a traditionalist, so I simply add salt and butter to the batch, but cheese or other spices could be used as well. Here is how the popcorn is made. 

Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

1 small or medium size brown paper lunch bag
1/4 cup of Popping Corn


1) Pour 1/4 cup of popping corn into a brown paper bag and fold 2 or 3 smalls folds down to close bag.
2) Microwave on HIGH for 2-4 minutes (depends on power settings) and let pop until kernels slow down popping. Do not pop too long or popcorn will burn.
3) When finished popping, carefully open bag to release steam and then butter and salt to your preferred taste. Shake bag and pour into serving bowl.

Cook's Note: You can add any sweet or savory topping you like.

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Rhodesia said...

So glad your back and hope you are doing well. Bob did a sterling job meanwhile. Stay well and have a good day Diane

From the Kitchen said...

Welcome back! I've missed you although kudos to Bob for doing a great job!! We'll wander in an out of the Academy Awards. I'll hope for at least one or two ball gowns and traditional tuxedos.


Penny said...

Bob did a great job Mary. You are indeed a lucky lady. So glad you are on the mend. Love the homemade popcorn - no nasty additives. Take care and have fun watching the awards.

David said...

Mary, Welcome back! Bob did fill in nicely and he may find he misses the creativity involved... Love this homemade popcorn in a bag approach. It's similar to the commercial form only without the chemicals they use and I'll bet it tastes better too! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Betty said...

Glad you're doing better! Bob did a great job while you were away. :) Love the easy popcorn. :)

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