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High Noon: Of Mama & Popcorn

I saw this story on the wire Monday and it immediately took me back to the kitchen of my childhood home, watching my mother carefully measure oil and popping corn into our electric popper and then seeing the magic happen through the glass lid. Until we got old enough to do it ourselves, Mom was the only one who made popcorn in our house. She’d also melt margarine in a small cast iron skillet (microwaves were a thing of the future) and add a bit of butter flavoring (real butter was only for the most special of occasions). Once the corn had popped, she’d pour it into a giant Tupperware bowl before making another batch, and then pouring the melted margarine over the whole thing, stirring it from the bottom with a long wooden spoon. Some salt topped off the treat, and then we’d gather our bowls and dip in for our share, often taking them to the table where we were playing cards or a board game/Jeanne DePaul, Virtual Deadlines. More here.

Question: How often do you snack on popcorn? Do you ever make popcorn the old-fashioned way?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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