As a kid, the only time I ever had popcorn was when we went to the movie theater, and even then, it was rare. The rarity was due to my parents' frugality. Once in a while, my mom would buy the microwaveable stuff but she wasn't the biggest fan of microwaving food. She said it was unnatural and that too many chemicals were surely involved to make the processed food microwaveable. I guess she's passed on that paranoia because I didn't want to get a microwave when we redid our kitchen.
But, a lack of a microwave doesn't mean a lack of popcorn. I bought a $10 air popper and it's been pretty awesome. My only complaint is that sometimes, it gets a little overexcited and shoots popcorn everywhere but my dog seems to love it.
½ cup popping corn
¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
Make 10 to 12 cups of popcorn. If you are a stovetop popcorn cooker, you'll need a little oil in the pan. Once the popcorn is popped, you can dress it up in melted butter and salt. Or, you can get creative with the seasonings.