I worked in an open newsroom for eight years. In the movies, it’s really glamorous. There are reporters running around waving sheafs of paper and yelling about scoops as phones ring off the hook. Yes, that does occasionally happen — the 2010 Flash Crash was pretty darn exciting , as are election nights — but for the most part, there are dozens of reporters simply typing away in silence.
Until, that is, someone microwaves fish. Then there’s a ripple effect of complaining about quick-cooking smelly foods in a communal space. (You’d be amazed by how far the odor of reheated salmon or popcorn can travel.) Yet, I love popcorn so deeply that getting a late afternoon fix sometimes actually seemed worth braving the dirty looks/comments of my co-workers.
Yet, while satisfying in a pinch, a bag of microwaved kernels just can’t hold a candle to the Italian parmesan popcorn I make in the privacy of my own home (where there’s no one to complain about the smell except for Dave.) And his only objection is when I’ve made a batch and didn’t save any for him.
Here’s what you’ll need to make a bowl for two using a popcorn maker:
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
(I’m partial to Urban Accents Premium White Gold Popcorn. I’ve probably tried a dozen different brands and have found that this one results in the biggest and fluffiest kernels.)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 heaping tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon dry Italian salad dressing mix
(Note: This is not for people who are trying to limit their sodium intake. It’s crazy salty. But also soooooo good.)
Now you’re about three minutes away from snack nirvana.
Once the kernels have popped, drizzle them with the melted butter, Parmesan and Italian seasoning. Toss a few times and try not to slap everyone else’s hands away from the bowl.