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Food So Wrong, It's Right

mamachef Sep 12, 2010 09:21 AM

Lately, I've seen the Paula Deen Bacon Cheeseburger Sandwiched between Sugar Donuts, and a grilled burger sandwiched between grilled cheese sandwiches. Deep fried, battered mac n cheese also comes to mind. What food can you think of that's so wrong, it's just....right?

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  1. mamachef RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 10:07 AM

    I so posted this to the wrong thread. Apologies, y'all: I don't know how to move it.

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      boyzoma RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 10:09 AM

      When I've done that, I usually use the "report" button so the mods can move it.

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        mamachef RE: boyzoma Sep 12, 2010 10:09 AM


    2. ipsedixit RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 12:30 PM

      Frito Pie

      Chicken fried bacon

      Dessert lasagna with layers of twinkies, donuts, and sheets of puff pastry, all garnished with Hershey's chocolate syrup.

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        mamachef RE: ipsedixit Sep 12, 2010 01:03 PM

        Wow. And your last reminded me of an old recipe from Jane and Michael Stern, for twinkies suspended in Jello-from their "Square Meals" book. I love the imagery of your dessert lasagna; it truly fits the bill of the thread.

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          ipsedixit RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 01:06 PM

          I've actually made the Dessert Lasagna, which I must admit was actually inspired by Paula Deen's donut "bread" pudding.

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            mamachef RE: ipsedixit Sep 12, 2010 01:57 PM

            And at what point did you recover from the sugar-coma?

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              Disneyfreak RE: mamachef Sep 15, 2010 02:07 PM

              The Crystal Palace at Walt Disney World has a breakfast lasagna during breakfast. It is made with waffles, pancakes, custard and fruit. I haven't had it in a long while but I remember the fruit being strawberries and blueberries -- like the frozen ones with some liquid. It is sweet but yummy.

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                ipsedixit RE: Disneyfreak Sep 15, 2010 03:19 PM

                No longer on the buffet offering at Crystal Palace, unfortunately.

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                  Disneyfreak RE: ipsedixit Sep 16, 2010 09:59 AM

                  Oh well that's a bummer. I do have the recipe somewhere in my files though so I can always make my own version of it at home.

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              Mestralle RE: ipsedixit Sep 23, 2010 10:17 PM

              the "bread pudding" that was made with mostly Krispy Kreme donuts? That one kills me. Part of me wants to ignore I know of its existance; part of me wants to dive in face-first.

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                cgarner RE: Mestralle Sep 24, 2010 09:13 AM

                A co-worker of mine brought in the krispy kreme bread pudding last year... I couldn't help but to try a forkfull... IMHO either she didn't make it right, or it's just not all that it's hyped up to be.

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                  Davwud RE: cgarner Oct 21, 2010 04:12 AM

                  My guess is the latter. I think BP needs a nice balance. Ungodly sweet just wouldn't cut it.


        2. AndrewK512 RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 01:40 PM

          Butter poached potatoes.

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            bermudagourmetgoddess RE: AndrewK512 Sep 14, 2010 11:13 AM

            now I just want to try that...

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              Popkin RE: AndrewK512 Sep 16, 2010 09:19 PM

              Oh my, that DOES sound heavenly!

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                Mestralle RE: AndrewK512 Sep 23, 2010 10:48 PM

                pan-fried sweet potatoes in butter

              2. achefsbest RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 01:46 PM

                Jamie Oliver has a potato chip, cheddar cheese, and pickled onion sandwich. You smash the sandwich and hear that satisfying crunch of chips then eat.

                Otherwise, when I was a kid, I'd make an open-faced sandwich with canned pork and beans, hot dogs, and velveeta cheese. :)

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                  hillsbilly RE: achefsbest Sep 14, 2010 12:06 AM

                  oooh! I used to eat chilli kettle chips with rotisserie chicken on a long soft white roll with mayo. sooo goood. Chips and white bread are a match made in heaven.

                  In a similar vein, I used to love nothing better than KFC hot and spicy chicken torn up and tossed through a salad in a ratio of about half and half : ) Sadly I have become conscientious and careful in my old age and just can't bring myself to eat crap like that any more but this thread had reminded me of past joys. Maybe I can have it as a treat sometime.

                  For my son's birthday, I always let him have spam and fried eggs. It is his dream meal. Ugh. I love/hate spam. So much.

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                    Will Owen RE: hillsbilly Sep 14, 2010 11:25 AM

                    "...I used to love nothing better than KFC hot and spicy chicken torn up and tossed through a salad in a ratio of about half and half : ) Sadly I have become conscientious and careful in my old age..." Sadly indeed, but saddest of all is the total disappearance of KFC Hot'n'Spicy, at least at any store near me. I have a certain fondness for the regular (Original Recipe) KFC, and treat myself to some maybe once a year, but the Hot'n'Spicy was my crack! All I needed was one bite, then a red fog would descend, and then there I'd be, surrounded by bones and greasy paper, my hands dripping and a big grin on my shiny face... When I got it to go I learned to lay it on the back-seat floor well out of reach, or I'd never get it home.

                    I'm not too hot on chips in a sandwich, but in my USAF days there was a snack bar near the barracks where some late nights I'd get a grilled cheese sandwich and fries. Back in my room I'd open up the sandwich and stuff a big wad of the rather limp, greasy fries in there and devour the result. Heaven. Of course I was in my twenties, and 150 lbs. with a 27" waist...

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                    jhopp217 RE: achefsbest Sep 24, 2010 08:46 AM

                    Saw this and made it.....although I just used pickles instead of the pickled onion

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                    lacunacoil RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 02:03 PM

                    spaghetti with ketchup

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                      Pei RE: lacunacoil Sep 13, 2010 10:16 PM

                      fried rice with ketchup

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                        ipsedixit RE: Pei Sep 14, 2010 09:42 AM

                        "fried rice with ketchup"

                        That's not wrong. It's just right.

                        I make fried rice with ketchup all the time. It's stir-fried into the rice while in the wok and it takes on this crimson hue that just begs to be stuffed into your mouth in big ginormous mouthfuls.

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                          Pei RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2010 06:41 PM

                          "That's not wrong. It's just right."

                          That's what I tried to tell my mom!!!!! No dice; she told me to please not tell anyone I liked that, or to alternatively refrain from mentioning in public that I belonged to her. :(

                          I like it stir-fried into the rice, then used as a squiggly topping. Why have ketchup one way when you can have it two ways?

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                            ipsedixit RE: Pei Sep 14, 2010 07:04 PM

                            I also like to make a nest egg type shape with my right-out-of-the-wok piping hot ketchup fried rice and then crack a raw egg into the nest, let it rest for a minute, then stir and gobble up.

                    2. Firegoat RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 02:08 PM

                      deep fat fried beer. ... okay, no,... that's still kind of wrong.

                      1. mariacarmen RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 05:40 PM

                        macaroni & cheese pancakes. i didn't make them, but had them last year at Shopsin's in New York. Soooooo good, with a side of bacon and a runny egg on top. Kenny was in a good mood that day, so he allowed his son to indulge me by adding extra things onto my pancakes. But they were so good, golden and crusty on the outside, all gooey cheesiness inside....

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                          mamachef RE: mariacarmen Sep 12, 2010 05:44 PM

                          Love the idea. Did he batter them?

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                            mariacarmen RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 06:57 PM

                            well, it was pancake batter with mac-n-cheese mixed into it then just poured on the griddle like regular pancakes.

                        2. Veggo RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 06:12 PM

                          How many items are both a snack food and a packing material for shipping small fragile stuff?

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                            ipsedixit RE: Veggo Sep 12, 2010 07:14 PM

                            Too much food coloring leeching out into the box with Cheetos. If I want to do double duty, I go with sugar-free Peeps.

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                              Popkin RE: ipsedixit Sep 16, 2010 09:25 PM

                              *raises hand like an over-eager student* Oh! Oh! Oh! Somebody (well, two guys actually) HAS come up with a non-staining edible packing material! check them out on this video http://planetgreen.discovery.com/tv/f...

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                              c oliver RE: Veggo Sep 15, 2010 02:35 PM

                              Aw, man, you just had to say Cheetos, didn't you? We get them here in Rio but they're the "puffy" kind which I hate. Last time here I actually bought a small bag in the Houston airport when returning. I MUST remember to bring some down the next time. Cheetos :( Boo hoo.

                            3. onceadaylily RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 07:38 PM

                              When the boyfriend first crumpled some potato chips over vanilla ice cream while I sneered, guffawed, and generally mocked, I revealed myself to be a short-sighted fool.

                              Ditto with deep-fried pickle chips. The boy has a nose for such things. (I admit to no self-reflection upon the typing of that sentence.)

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                                Pei RE: onceadaylily Sep 13, 2010 10:17 PM

                                crumbled ramen (without the flavor pack) sprinkled over shaved ice is a fad in Taiwan. I hear it's addictive.

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                                  onceadaylily RE: Pei Sep 14, 2010 09:29 AM

                                  That is one of the oddest food crazes I've heard about in a good long while. Just crushed *dried* noodles and ice? Hmm, I wonder if the 7-11 down the street has shaved ice . . .?

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                                    ipsedixit RE: onceadaylily Sep 14, 2010 09:42 AM

                                    Not really. It's sort of like the Asian version of Crushed Potato chips on ice cream. Which, by the way, is divine.

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                                    ipsedixit RE: Pei Sep 14, 2010 09:44 AM

                                    Y'know, as a toddler I used to just crumble up the instant noodles in the plastic bag, then open up the flavor pack (with all those additives, MSG and salt crumbles) and toss them with the crumbled noodles ... and these were my potato chips. A couple of bags of those and Saturday morning cartoons made me one very happy little kid.

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                                      Pei RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2010 06:39 PM

                                      okay, today I overheard people talking about a layered dessert dish that involved potato chips and ice cream. I really should have butted in and demanded to know all the ingredients layer by layer, but I did not. Any ideas what this wonderful concoction could be? All I heard was something about how it's amazingly white trash with salty and sweet layers all melded together in the freezer. DANGIT!

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                                        mariacarmen RE: Pei Sep 14, 2010 08:17 PM

                                        we should just try it! i think i would just use plain vanilla and plain potato chips, to start,. in layers, freeze, and then i imagine you'd slice into that like an ice cream cake?

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                                          Divamac RE: mariacarmen Sep 22, 2010 07:58 AM

                                          There must be pretzels in there too, because pretzels and ice cream are great. It's the sweet/salty thing. I remember a brand of ice cream (Turkey Hill?) that had chocolate covered pretzel (yum!) ice cream that was great. Now swirl some salted caramel through that and you might have the best ice cream flavor ever!

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                                        Popkin RE: ipsedixit Sep 16, 2010 09:34 PM

                                        mmm, my husband teases me about liking dry ramen with the seasoning packet. When I was little, maruchan (?)(the one with the smiley face as it's logo) made a chicken flavoured cup of noodles with egg. That one was my favourite, I didn't like eggs (and still don't like plain eggs, unless part of a custard or something... though I LOVE cooking them....), but those dehydrated egg chunks were like candy to me. I don't see the chicken with eggs anymore though. If I could find just those little egg bits though I'd give them a shot, I miss them.

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                                    TuteTibiImperes RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 08:57 PM

                                    I used to live near a place that did beer battered onion rings smothered in cheese sauce, melted real cheese, chunks of bacon, chives, and then served the whole mess with ranch dressing. Total white trash food, but delicious all the same.

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                                      Terrieltr RE: TuteTibiImperes Sep 23, 2010 10:26 AM

                                      That sounds amazing.

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                                      tastesgoodwhatisit RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 09:12 PM

                                      My favourite from the Toronto sausage carts;

                                      Hot Italian sausage with spicy mustard, saurkraut, bacon bits and pickles.

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                                        FrankD RE: tastesgoodwhatisit Sep 13, 2010 06:34 PM

                                        Don't forget the hot peppers!

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                                          mamachef RE: tastesgoodwhatisit Sep 15, 2010 03:08 PM

                                          But.......there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! It's just right!

                                        2. ipsedixit RE: mamachef Sep 12, 2010 09:28 PM

                                          Lemme add another one.

                                          If anyone has ever been to The Hat (In Los Angeles), then the Pastrami Chili Cheese Fries topped with chopped onions, tomatoes and pickles belongs on this list.

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                                            mariacarmen RE: ipsedixit Sep 12, 2010 09:42 PM

                                            you just reminded me of the Okie Dog, from Hollywood = a hot dog with pastrami and chili/cheese, pickles, the works!

                                            also, here in San Francisco, my beloved bacon hot dogs= bacon wrapped hot dogs, onions gilled in the bacon fat, slathered with mayonnaise, mustard, and jalapenos!

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                                              Will Owen RE: ipsedixit Sep 13, 2010 06:39 PM

                                              ipse, I live just up the street from the Pasadena Hat, and so far I've been able to resist ordering that. AND the wet fries. It's probably just a matter of time...

                                              maiacarmen, here in LA County there are billboards urging us to go to a website where we can vote on bacon-wrapped dogs. I thought it'd be a campaign to make them legal as street-cart food (they aren't), but it turns out to be a campaign from the Farmer John people wanting to have that declared the Official Dog of Los Angeles. Jeez, FJ's already have the Dodger Dogs - are they greedy or what?

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                                                mamachef RE: Will Owen Sep 13, 2010 09:39 PM

                                                Pasadena Hat gets my vote. There is nothing that can't be right about a chili dog, either. Not in my very humble opinion. esp. w/ bacon.

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                                                  ipsedixit RE: mamachef Sep 13, 2010 09:56 PM

                                                  In Phoenix, there was a cafe (inside a courthouse) that used to make a hot dog using a corn dog (without the stick obviously), topped with Velveeta cheese, onions, banana peppers and bacon bits (apparently real bacon was too "haute"). Go figure.

                                                  And of course the same cafe now offers the "Heart Attack Burger" -- comprised of two grilled cheese sandwiches (as the bun), 1/2 pound of burger, lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and your choice of either chili or bacon (or, I suppose, both -- because at that point, not only have you thrown caution to the wind, but it's already blew right past you.)

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                                                    hill food RE: ipsedixit Sep 17, 2010 12:18 AM

                                                    oh god, I need fiber just reading that ipse.

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                                                  mariacarmen RE: Will Owen Sep 13, 2010 09:58 PM

                                                  too funny! i never tried the bacon dogs when i lived in l.a., but i'm sure they're the same. i don't think our bacon dog vendors are that organized..... i'd bet anything that the vendors here aren't using Farmer John's, but some other off (cheaper) brand! For example, our local little latino grocery store sells a bacon called "Fud". And it's not half bad!

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                                                    Will Owen RE: mariacarmen Sep 13, 2010 10:02 PM

                                                    Fud is the Oscar Mayer, Hormel and Armour Star of Mexico. Fud for processed meat, Bimbo for bread. Both concerns have actually bought out some old North American brands now.

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                                                      mariacarmen RE: Will Owen Sep 13, 2010 10:40 PM

                                                      Iiiinteresting! I buy Bimbo too.

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                                                L987 RE: mamachef Sep 13, 2010 05:08 PM

                                                pizza with tomatosauce, ham (or chicken) and cheese ofcorse and then sliced bananas and curry powder on top!

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                                                  mamachef RE: L987 Sep 13, 2010 05:21 PM

                                                  you've got to be kiddding..

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                                                    mamachef RE: mamachef Sep 13, 2010 05:57 PM

                                                    I've heard of something-such, out there in the Netherlands>currywurst? Is that it?

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                                                      linguafood RE: mamachef Sep 14, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                      currywurst is a berlin (german) thing. and as much crazy shiite we throw on our pizzas, currywurst -- at least to my knowledge -- is not one of them. gross.

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                                                        mamachef RE: linguafood Sep 14, 2010 10:47 AM

                                                        totally agree.

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                                                          L987 RE: mamachef Sep 15, 2010 02:03 PM

                                                          i think currywurst is some kind of sausage and i wouln't put that on my pizza either.. No Im just talking about just normal yellow curry powder, it goes perfect with the bananas.. I know it sounds weird but it just gives it some sweetness from the bananas (just like pineapple pizza) and a bit more spice from the curry..

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                                                            linguafood RE: L987 Sep 15, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                            wurst = sausage. currywurst = curry sausage.

                                                            curry bananas on pizza = end times.

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                                                              mamachef RE: linguafood Sep 15, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                              I know, Right? The fourth horseman of the Apocalypse, cleverly disguized as a curried banana pizza. I just......can't wrap my head around it.......not saying I wouldn't take a bite, just for grins, but I can promise, I'd never actuallly seek it out. Then again, I like some food combos that just blow people's minds, so it really is all a matter of taste.

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                                                  soupkitten RE: mamachef Sep 13, 2010 10:14 PM

                                                  file under: holy. white trash. from hell.

                                                  dh used to work as a cook at a bar & grill, where one of the staff would regularly bring in a box of kraft mac & cheese and ask him to prepare it for his dinner, substituting commercial gallon-pump ranch dressing for the milk in the recipe. To this culinary masterpiece, the guy then made the following additions: a ladle full of commercial cheez sauce, a handful of bac-os, a partially crushed bag of flamin' hot cheetos. not kidding.

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                                                    mamachef RE: soupkitten Sep 13, 2010 10:36 PM

                                                    no effin way. that's not even close. oh my. i don't know what t say.

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                                                      meatn3 RE: soupkitten Sep 14, 2010 05:37 PM

                                                      I think this one is the winner - I feel ill just imagining it.

                                                      Is your dh's former co-worker still with the living?!

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                                                        soupkitten RE: meatn3 Sep 14, 2010 07:35 PM

                                                        the guy hates vegetables. *sigh* he smokes like a chimney and drinks like a fish. don't see him much, just a facebook update every once in a while. nice guy, but he looks terrible and unless he turns over a new leaf i just don't see him being around for his family much longer. he's significantly younger than me & dh, and looks much older.

                                                        if there is a show about diet interventions (and i'm sure there is one, i just don't know what it's called), this guy would be a candidate. his lady, too. 8-(

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                                                          meatn3 RE: soupkitten Sep 14, 2010 08:03 PM

                                                          A body can only take that lifestyle for so long. It is hard to watch them do it to themselves. It amazes me how often people can't really see the relationship between what they consume and how well their body operates.

                                                          Hope he and his lady get healthier.

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                                                      gordeaux RE: mamachef Sep 14, 2010 09:06 AM

                                                      Chicagoans -
                                                      Tell me that the Iltaco Pizza Puff is not horrendously, frighteningly delicious. Yeah, ever read the ingredients? Love those things, but they barely contain real food.

                                                      Anyone ever had a gyroburger? A cheeseburger with gyro meat on top, tzatziki sauce, onion,tomato.
                                                      INSANELY delish. I ask for hot peppers on mine,

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                                                        mamachef RE: gordeaux Sep 14, 2010 09:11 AM

                                                        "barely contain real food." love it, gordeaux.

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                                                          onceadaylily RE: gordeaux Sep 14, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                          I've resisted the Pizza Puff thus far. The boyfriend brings it up about once a year. Someday, Gordeaux, someday.

                                                          Where do you get the gyro burger? I won't even try to ask for it at Cross Rhodes (that guy takes his Greek very seriously).

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                                                            mamachef RE: onceadaylily Sep 14, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                            And what about the 'ol double cheeseburger topped with a mound of chopped, sauteed pastrami? Me, I'm a protein-packin kinda gal, but that one is just.......ridonkulous.

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                                                              onceadaylily RE: mamachef Sep 14, 2010 11:07 AM

                                                              I haven't come across that either. Does that mean I'm hanging out in the wrong places, or the right ones? I'm of two minds.

                                                              There's a Three Guys burger joint (Wait . . . Five Guys? Anyway, there's some guys, and they make burgers, and people like them) opening up about a mile from my place. But their menu looks really straightforward.

                                                              Really good deli meat should be left the hell alone. If you think your pastrami needs a burger, then you're eating the wrong damn pastrami.

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                                                                Will Owen RE: onceadaylily Sep 14, 2010 11:30 AM

                                                                The pastrami burger is a SoCal thing, the inevitable result of having restaurants that feature both things on the menu. The Hat, a small LA County chain (I think maybe six locations), has this as one of their signature items.

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                                                                  onceadaylily RE: Will Owen Sep 14, 2010 11:56 AM

                                                                  Chicagoans have to tread more lightly around their deli meats. As we're waiting for our order at the counter, my boyfriend likes to ask me, loudly, "Are you putting catsup and mayo on your sandwich today?" Not that I do that: he's just trying to earn me a glare from the butcher.

                                                                  1. re: Will Owen
                                                                    GraydonCarter RE: Will Owen Sep 15, 2010 08:26 AM

                                                                    >> The pastrami burger is a SoCal thing

                                                                    Salt Lake City


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                                                                    mamachef RE: onceadaylily Sep 14, 2010 12:17 PM

                                                                    <<thinks you're hanging out in all the right places

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                                                                  gordeaux RE: onceadaylily Sep 14, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                                  Once a year is about right if you're over 22 years old. After that, it prolly takes close to a year to digest one.

                                                                  Gyroburgers are offered at a few places, but one that I will stand behind is at a place called The Dogwalk in prospect heights - in the strip mall just barely south of Milwauke and Willow rd. They also have fries like Mcdonald's used to have. They are too good to be fried in any vegetable product. If you want some SERIOUS greezy goodness, gyro burger with hot giardiniera, a puff, and an order of fries. Once a year, maybe, I do that for lunch.

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                                                                    opehlia payne RE: gordeaux Sep 24, 2010 07:02 AM

                                                                    Susie's on Montrose Ave, just west of Pulaski, has a gyro cheeseburger, gyro burrito, gyro hot dog, and gyro cheese fries. Actually, their cheese fries are available smothered in the contents of just about any sandwich on their menu (chili, polish sausage, hot dog, etc), or with bleu cheese, etc. We live in the area and every once in a while I crave their fries (seasoned salt) and I am always appalled to see what new cheese fry concoction has been added to the menu.

                                                                    When I was a kid, my dad used to bring home dinner from Portillo's sometimes. A personal favorite of mine was a chili cheese tamale on a hot dog bun with diced onion, neon green hot dog relish and sliced jalapenos.

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                                                                Steve RE: mamachef Sep 14, 2010 11:22 AM

                                                                Ketchup or jelly omelet. But not both on the same one.

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                                                                  soupkitten RE: mamachef Sep 14, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                                  deep fried candy bar. deep fried pickle w cream cheese. hot dog w twinkie as bun.

                                                                  *sigh* the state fair is over.

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                                                                    mamachef RE: soupkitten Sep 14, 2010 12:16 PM

                                                                    That was the thought that started this whole megillah....

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                                                                      mrsbuffer RE: soupkitten Sep 15, 2010 04:00 PM

                                                                      At the Montgomery County Fair last month I had my first deep fried Oreo. Ohhhhh yeah.....I thought it sounded disgusting until I tried it.

                                                                      Also, fried dough (plain) with sugar.

                                                                    2. meatn3 RE: mamachef Sep 14, 2010 05:42 PM

                                                                      A Mexican food truck near my home serves a Torta Cubana. This is simply a completely insane sandwich. Insanely good too. Sliced ham, the thin milanesa steak, hot dogs, lettuce, tomato, avocado, jalapeno, queso fresco and mayo. Another place in town serves basically the same thing but adds a fried egg!

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                                                                        mamachef RE: meatn3 Sep 14, 2010 06:29 PM

                                                                        That sounds like layered ecstasy. And probably, it should be illegal.

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                                                                          mariacarmen RE: meatn3 Sep 14, 2010 08:23 PM

                                                                          they have those here in the San Francisco/Bay Area too, sometimes with added roast pork! i ordered one once with my sister and we could each only eat one quarter of it, it was so disgustingly rich! Maybe the first bite was tasty, but it quickly became salty/fatty overload. and i LOVE fatty salty foods.

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                                                                            grayelf RE: mariacarmen Sep 19, 2010 07:10 PM

                                                                            maria, I think we were separated at birth :-). I didn't think anything could be too salty, too fatty or too rich for me, until yesterday. I finally got to try the breakfast poutine at a brasserie here.

                                                                            Mounds of double fried frites, layered with copious large lardons of pork belly and gooey cheese curds topped with a soft poached egg, lashings of pork gravy, hollandaise sauce and (wait for it) truffle oil. I couldn't finish it and that is unheard of, and I nearly died trying. But it was really a bit OTT...

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                                                                              mariacarmen RE: grayelf Sep 20, 2010 08:22 AM

                                                                              oh my goodness, i'm going to go take a vicarious pepto bismol!

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                                                                          Sharuf RE: mamachef Sep 15, 2010 08:19 AM

                                                                          The other day I bought a box of donuts to take to my mechanics at the dealership. They are in the habit of not charging me for little jobs, and I am in the habit of encouraging that.

                                                                          The donut guy gave me the baker's dozen gesture by tossing in an extra. It was a large apple fritter, formed like a pinwheel and deep-fried. Then it was drenched in a sugary coating. This contained more fat and more sugar than anything I have ever eaten. I only managed to eat half of it before calorie overkill set in.

                                                                          That night I paid an emergency visit to the sink. The next day I paid several sudden visits to the throne. I won't eat that kind of thing again, but it was tasty.

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                                                                            mamachef RE: Sharuf Sep 15, 2010 08:25 AM

                                                                            Sounds like an old-fashioned apple fritter to me. You'll be tasting it all day.

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                                                                              ipsedixit RE: Sharuf Sep 15, 2010 11:13 AM

                                                                              Wonder if your mechanics considered your gift a "lube job"?

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                                                                              HillJ RE: mamachef Sep 18, 2010 05:27 PM

                                                                              A mac n cheese grilled cheese with bacon.
                                                                              I caught the tail end of this demonstration on the Cooking Channel and apparently there is this fabulous food truck that makes and sells outstanding grilled cheese sandwiches of all sorts. Their mac n cheese grilled cheese is the big seller and I immediately thought "so wrong, so right." Man I would love to try one of their sandwiches!

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                                                                                GraydonCarter RE: HillJ Sep 20, 2010 06:43 AM


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                                                                                  HillJ RE: GraydonCarter Sep 20, 2010 07:03 AM

                                                                                  GC, now all I need is a plane ticket!

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                                                                                burgeoningfoodie RE: mamachef Sep 20, 2010 08:05 AM

                                                                                I have two things to add (one that is semi popular and one that isn't)

                                                                                1. Wendys Fries and Chocolate Shake (rather dipping your fries in the shake)

                                                                                2. A french restaurant here serves something called a Bacon Confiture..

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                                                                                  hill food RE: burgeoningfoodie Sep 20, 2010 06:50 PM

                                                                                  oh c'mon burgeoning, I can sort of puzzle together this confiture, but you're really being a tease - spill, details

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                                                                                    burgeoningfoodie RE: hill food Sep 21, 2010 06:02 AM

                                                                                    I couldn't describe it if I wanted to. So it is an appetizer and comes in a mason jar and served with what amounts to crostini. It's basically confit bacon with caramelized onions and lardon pieces in a mason jar that you can then spread on the bread.

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                                                                                      hill food RE: burgeoningfoodie Sep 21, 2010 05:37 PM

                                                                                      that sounds like what I was picturing and it sounds just right.

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                                                                                  soupkitten RE: mamachef Sep 21, 2010 09:22 PM

                                                                                  heh. just read about another one: baloney wellington.

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                                                                                    mamachef RE: soupkitten Sep 21, 2010 09:57 PM

                                                                                    baloney welli....OMG, that takes the cake. And speaking of cake, somewhere in the vast dim recesses of my mind, I seem to recall Red Velvet Fried Chicken. I don't know where I saw it, maybe the Unholy Food Gazette? And I couldn't even conceive a recipe. But I know I saw it. Please, G-d, let it be a trend, not a "new classic." Ugggh.

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                                                                                      hill food RE: mamachef Sep 21, 2010 10:57 PM

                                                                                      well we always have Lileks.com to expose worse things

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                                                                                    cgarner RE: mamachef Sep 22, 2010 12:46 PM

                                                                                    The Fat Darrell
                                                                                    Chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, marinara sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes on a hoagie roll

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                                                                                      mamachef RE: cgarner Sep 22, 2010 09:50 PM

                                                                                      OMG, is that from Hot Truck? A Fat Darrell dragged through the garden?

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                                                                                        jester99 RE: mamachef Sep 24, 2010 08:32 AM

                                                                                        Its at Fat Sandwich that orginated from Rutgers in New Jersey. I personally was a fan of the Fat Knight, which was a Darrell+Cheesesteak and depending on the place it would have the veggies.

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                                                                                          pie22 RE: jester99 Oct 21, 2010 08:44 AM

                                                                                          fat mojo for me - (sub honey mustard for the marinara).
                                                                                          and the skimpy amount lettuce and tomato on the sandwich were honestly disintegrated by the time you got it...who really needs nutritional value.

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                                                                                      FrankD RE: mamachef Sep 22, 2010 10:36 PM

                                                                                      OK: two words.

                                                                                      Pooh teen.

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                                                                                        hill food RE: FrankD Sep 22, 2010 11:34 PM

                                                                                        I think someone did mention poutine, but yes it is a cardiac arrest on a plate indeed.

                                                                                        1. re: hill food
                                                                                          grayelf RE: hill food Sep 23, 2010 06:10 PM

                                                                                          See my Sept 19 entry above for the ultimate poutine coronary...

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                                                                                            hill food RE: grayelf Sep 23, 2010 07:14 PM

                                                                                            that would be the post. bring on the statins and the week long purge diet.

                                                                                            makes chili cheese fries look like braised tofu.

                                                                                            1. re: hill food
                                                                                              grayelf RE: hill food Sep 23, 2010 10:09 PM

                                                                                              Have you ever seen the Simpsons ep where Homer's heart stops and then starts up again? I think that actually happened to mine while eating that dish...

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                                                                                                hill food RE: grayelf Sep 23, 2010 10:54 PM

                                                                                                "butter that bacon, boy. I said BUTTER IT!"

                                                                                                "but Dad my heart hurts"

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                                                                                        burgeoningfoodie RE: mamachef Sep 23, 2010 11:24 AM

                                                                                        I'll add another if it hasn't been mentioned... the Bacon Explosion..

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                                                                                          jhopp217 RE: mamachef Sep 24, 2010 08:46 AM

                                                                                          I saw this episode and was replused. Even the other woman's face seemed to be hiding the fact that it wasn't very good

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                                                                                            jhopp217 RE: mamachef Sep 24, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                                                            I had a chicken parm slice one day that was awful, so I doused it with hot sauce, added some crumbled bacon and then topped it with bleu cheese dressing. Salvaged a pretty bad meal. Although I can put bleu cheese dressing on almost anything (and bacon)

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                                                                                              Whinerdiner RE: mamachef Sep 24, 2010 09:52 AM

                                                                                              When I was a kid, my grandmother would take macaroni leftover from last night's dinner and fry it for breakfast. She'd use lard, not butter or oil. It was so good, all crunchy and greasy. I've never been able to duplicate the unique taste, so my family's arteries are safe. However, it remains a fond childhood memory.

                                                                                              1. mamachef RE: mamachef Oct 21, 2010 03:40 AM

                                                                                                And the latest on my leaderboard: a Reuben sandwich, only instead of bread it's sandwiched between potato latkes. Oy.

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                                                                                                  burgeoningfoodie RE: mamachef Oct 21, 2010 05:44 AM

                                                                                                  I saw that somewhere on TV recently...

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                                                                                                    mamachef RE: burgeoningfoodie Oct 21, 2010 06:16 AM

                                                                                                    That's where I saw it but can't remember which show I was drooling over at the moment.

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                                                                                                      burgeoningfoodie RE: burgeoningfoodie Oct 21, 2010 07:48 AM

                                                                                                      It was Best Thing I Ever Ate (Deli) on Food Network. For shame it was all sandwiches (mostly all and no matzo ball soup)

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                                                                                                    burgeoningfoodie RE: mamachef Oct 21, 2010 05:44 AM

                                                                                                    Hmmmm I think I'd have to add just about anything at a State Fair and just about anything you find at Harold's Deli in Edison, NJ. Google for photos.

                                                                                                    1. Tripeler RE: mamachef Oct 21, 2010 07:42 AM

                                                                                                      So Wrong, It's Right ... I wonder if the new KFC monstrosity (the Double Downer?) falls under that category...

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                                                                                                        burgeoningfoodie RE: Tripeler Oct 21, 2010 07:48 AM

                                                                                                        I don't know but by me there is a chicken and waffle place that is doing what I proposed KFC should have down. two waffles with chicken in between and some syrup..

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                                                                                                          mamachef RE: burgeoningfoodie Oct 21, 2010 07:54 AM

                                                                                                          I would eat that in a heartbeat, burgeoningfoodie, but I'd need a side of gravy to dip each forkful into. Gross, I know, but isn't that what this thread was about in the first place?

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                                                                                                            burgeoningfoodie RE: mamachef Oct 21, 2010 09:21 AM

                                                                                                            http://girlswithguts.blogspot.com/201... One of the local blogs that featured their adventure to said place above.

                                                                                                      2. Davwud RE: mamachef Oct 21, 2010 09:40 AM

                                                                                                        This is awesome. I was wondering if anyone had suggested the Bacon Explosion so I did a page search. There's like 20 bacon references. God I love the stuff.
                                                                                                        Now I have the bacon song in my head.


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