Brown Paper Bags are not only made for Lunches!

Who says you can’t teach an old dog a new trick!   Problem is I wish I knew this trick a long time ago!  How to make microwave popcorn eluded me for too many years.   When I read about it in the Sunday Boston Globe Magazine section, I was skeptical.  The recipe told me to place ¼ cup of popcorn kernels in a small brown paper bag, fold the top of the bag over several times, place the bag on its side in the microwave and cooked on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until there are about 2 seconds between pops would make anything I would want to eat.

Usually I have a well seasoned popcorn pot and cover which I put in oil and one popcorn kernel and when it popped, I would add more kernels and when it was done, add salt and be very happy.  How would popcorn out of a microwave compare to my tried and true way of making popcorn? Surprisingly well!

Now that I discovered it and tasted it I am wondering why I never knew about this simple technique before!  Not only was the popcorn so easy to make, it tasted great. It came in its own serving bag no bowl or mess to clean up.  When the popcorn is done the recipe says you can add extra-virgin olive oil or melted butter and salt.  I went with truffle oil, added it to the bag with some salt and then you shake the bag to coat all the popcorn.  Think of all the things you can add to the bag of popcorn to make it your own! Check out the article for more variations on microwave popcorn.   I am glad I tried it!

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