When did popcorn get so complicated? When we were kids, it was just popcorn and oil in a pot on the stove. Then came Jiffy Pop, oil poppers, air poppers and finally... microwave popcorn. Delicious, but ever since the whole diacetyl debacle with "popcorn lung", I just haven't quite trusted the stuff. I know, the diacetyl has been removed, but what exactly is artificial flavoring and do I want to feed it to my kids?
I recently ran across Alton Brown's popcorn recipe. So easy. So simple. Oil, popcorn, and salt in a brown paper bag. Staple the bag shut and microwave. Or, if you want to make it easier, just put the popcorn in the bag and forget about the rest. It pops just fine that way too and then you can pour on the butter afterwards. Hey, I'm anti-chemicals, not anti-calories. Enjoy!