Homemade Popcorn

Yields 2 quarts

1/4 cup popcorn kernels

1. Place popcorn kernels in a lunch-sized paper bag. Fold bag over tightly a few times, and tie a piece of kitchen twine around the bag to hold the fold down.

2. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes, or until the popping slows. Time may vary depending on the microwave.

Southwest Spice Mix:

1/2 cup kosher salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon ground New Mexico chile

Toss ingredients together. Use 1 tablespoon of mix, or to taste, for every quart of fresh popcorn.

Curry Spice Mix:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon chile powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Toss ingredients together. Use 1 tablespoon of mix for every quart of fresh popcorn.

-- Barbara Llewellyn Catering & Event Planning