Sunday Snack

Ahhhh… Sunday night.  Matt and I try to not have anything on our plate for Sunday afternoon or evening.  This way, we can just hang out as a family and be calm before another hectic work week begins again.  I like to start my week with a clean kitchen, full coffee pot and lunch packed for Matt.  Once all that is ready and the kids in bed, I end my weekend watching Once Upon a Time with a bowl of popcorn.  

I don’t remember microwave popcorn until I was in college.  How many students live off popcorn their freshman year?  Just me?  Ok.  Well, anyway, I have always noticed that after eating your everyday microwave popcorn, there’s a film on the roof of my mouth and my tongue feels strange.  I stopped eating the popcorn for a while because it was just too strange.  Oh and then, ConAgra was boldly stamped on the bottom of almost every bag I looked at.  Another strike.  And then… I realized the strange film might be due to the fact that microwave popcorn has a Teflon chemical, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in it.  Awesome.  So, I threw out the popcorn and resigned myself to only having it when visiting my inlaws since my sister-in-law has one of those stovetop poppers.  We have a ceramic top stove and I really didn’t want another small appliance in my kitchen.  

One afternoon, I was wandering Pinterest I noticed a pin that was about popcorn in the microwave… with just a plain paper bag!!!  And it’s true.   Just plain old paper bags that you’d pack lunch in, 1/3 cup popcorn kernels and 2 minutes in the microwave and you have fluffy popcorn without scratching the top of your stove or taking up valuable counter space with another appliance.  I pop up a batch and then toss it in a few tablespoons of melted butter seasoned with either sea salt or a sundried tomato dip mix I found at the bulk foods store.  It’s wonderful.  It’s fresh.  And it comes free of Teflon and weird film on the roof of my mouth.

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