Popcorn for instance is expensive if you buy the already bagged variety or the microwave bags. You can make a variety of flavored popcorn using a bag of popcorn kernels, some vegetable oil, butter, grated cheese and spice blends. I'll explain how I do it and give you ideas for jazzing up the popcorn. You will need a deep, heavy bottomed stainless steel stock pot. Hopefully you have one on hand. If not, any other deep sauce pot will work, but you will have to extra careful not to burn the popcorn.
Have on the ready: 2 sticks of melted butter, your grated cheese and your spice blends and some large bowls.
Over medium heat begin by adding enough oil to really coat the bottom of the pan. Add in popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover. The oil will heat to a bubble and when the kernels begin to pop, lower the heat to a medium low and keep moving the pot around on the burner. As you hear that the popcorn is slowing the popping, remove from the heat and put the popped kernels in a large bowl. You can keep making the popcorn so that you have three to choose from.
You put the grated cheese or spice blend on first then some of the melted butter in and mix well. That's it!
Another fun and tasty idea is to cut wonton wrappers into strips and fry them up and serve with home made duck sauce.