Place a large pot over medium high heat. Add the Vegetable Oil (2 tablespoon) and 4 corn kernels, these will be a test.
Place the lid on the pot and watch for the kernels to pop, this will probably take a minute or so.
Once all 4 kernels have popped, lift the lid and remove those kernels so they don't burn.
Add the Popcorn Kernels (1/2 cup) to the pan.
Cover the pot with the lid and remove from heat. Hold the pot away from the stove and shake back and forth for 30 seconds.
Return the pot to the stove. Set the lid so there is a small gap, which will allow steam to escape so your popcorn doesn't get soggy.
As the kernels start to pot, gently shake the pot back and forth over the heat to ensure even heating.
The kernels will continue to pop. When there is about 2 seconds between popping, it's time to remove the pot from the heat.
Pour the popcorn into a bowl and season with Salt (to taste). If you'd like, drizzle with Olive Oil (to taste). Then shake vigorously so the popcorn is evenly coated.