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pop! spicy!
several years ago when Bill and i first started dating, we used to pop our own popcorn a lot, and i had made a cajun spice mix to use on it, we really enjoyed it, (although i did find it a tad to spicy, but then I'm a wimp) we soon fell out of the habit of eating popcorn, as we both refused to use store bought bags, and when we moved we didn't have a good enough pan to pop in. and i dislike the waste from using the air popper, half the unpopped kernels get thrown out before they even have a chance to heat up.

then recently i discovered brown paper bag microwave popcorn.
its super simple: take a brown paper lunch bag, and throw in 2 Tbsp - 1/4C popcorn
tightly fold over the top about 1/4-1/2 inch - three times (it will slowly unfold during popping, but still stays closed)
then just throw it in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes - ish

i find letting it go until things start popping, then stopping the microwave for 5 seconds (to let the heat more evenly distribute throughout the bag) then letting it go again until the pops are about 2 seconds apart really works.
you have to really watch it though, the first couple of times i did this i ended up with burnt popcorn because i let it go too long.
super simple, super quick, and super cheap, and no nasty fake butter and whatever other chemicals are in the store bought bags.

after all that i just HAD to make a good cajun spice to put on it, so after scouring the web and combining/modifying/borrowing from a ton of recipes, i came up with one that we really, really like (Bill think it could be hotter, but it's super easy to just add more cayenne)

1/4 c smoked paprika
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1 T salt
1 T thyme
1 T oregano
1 T pepper
1 t basil
1 t cumin
1/4 t cayenne

i use whole peppercorns and cumin, so i just threw everything into the spice grinder and whirred it all together.

it's super tasty and really great on popcorn (and probably other things too, but all we've used it on so far is bags and bags of popcorn!)

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asimplelife From: asimplelife Date: November 24th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
No word of a lie: I am eating stove pop as I write this (ine-handed, as the other is buttery!).
hyoter From: hyoter Date: November 24th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
glad to hear you went with the popcorn plan. i got greg to make me my hippie crack/nutritional yeast popcorn last night after knitting. glad i held out for it rather than getting something at flavours. it was exactly what i wanted and i would have ended up eating a pastry and the popcorn. not quite what my girlish figure needs at the moment.
riki_kiki_taco From: riki_kiki_taco Date: November 24th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Add more Cayenne? That's a lot of fluffy fur...

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