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Snack Attack: Oscar Night Popcorn

Whenever I curl up on the couch in front of a good movie, I have to have a bowl of freshly popped popcorn. So the same goes for the Oscars - a night celebrating all the movies we love. Now I'm not talking about microwave popcorn here, there's way too much garbage in it.

There's two ways I make it:

1. The old-fashioned way:

  • Take a 1 quart size saucepan and pour enough canola oil on bottom just to cover it with a thin layer. You can also use olive oil, but I don't think it tastes as good.
  • Now pour 1/4 cup loose popcorn kernels in, shaking the pan a little to coat them with the oil.
  • Turn the burner on between medium and high. Place a top on the pan and shake it constantly from side to side over the heat. You get to work your arms a little bit too.
  • You'll start to hear the kernels begin to pop. Once the popping slows down a great deal, take the pan off the heat and pour the popcorn into another bowl.
  • Allow it to cool off a bit before sprinkling it with salt.

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2. Fat-Free Popcorn: When my dad was on the Pritikin Diet, he couldn't eat any fat, and we used to make popcorn like this all the time. Here's what you do.

  • Take a small brown bag, the kind you use for lunches, and open it up.
  • Pour enough popcorn kernels in to cover the bottom of the bag.
  • Close the bag by folding the opened end tightly 3 times.
  • Place the entire bag in the microwave, with the folded side on the bottom.
  • Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes, or until the popping slows down. If it cooks for too long, you'll have yourself a bag of burnt popcorn.
  • The popcorn tastes just like it came out of an air popper. Add salt for more flavor.

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