I am passionate about popcorn.  My mom bought me a hot air popper before I left for college, but I soon found it to be too much work in my quest to be more Dude-like.  I quickly gave up and switched to the microwave stuff.  Not too long after I found the demi-god of microwave popcorn and its name was Pop Weaver.


This love affair lasted for years until I decided to start experimenting with popcorn.  That’s right, I busted out my saucepan, bought some popcorn and started doing it from scratch.

The oil you choose to cook your popcorn is important.  Vegetable oil tastes cheap, olive oil tastes fruity, canola oil tastes good but is bad for the environment and peanut oil is king.  Here’s the general recipe I use.


  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
  • sea salt for taste


  1. Put the oil in a medium-sized saucepan with a couple kernels and cook on medium-high heat.
  2. After the kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn.
  3. Shake periodically and make sure the steam has a way to get out of the pan.
  4. Place popcorn into a large bowl and season with sea salt.

It’s pretty simple.  Just don’t forget to put the lid on or your popcorn will go all over the kitchen, stick to the measurements and don’t let the popcorn burn.  It’s simple but delicious.  You should give it a try some time.