Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce

This is one of the products that were sent to us to try. It bills itself as an “All purpose Sauce” and that description is not far off. This stuff is great on burgers, chicken and most meats. It is slightly sweet flavor blends most harmoniously with food. It achieves the state most condiments should strive for, enhancing flavor without over powering the flavor of the food itself.

My only complaint is a minor one at worst. Even though it lists fries and steaks as items on which to use this semisweet sauce, I would not recommend it. Its sweetness overrides the tradional flavor of the steak and makes fries almost dessertlike. I do see on their website that they offer a “spicy” version, and though I have not tried this version I think a bit of spice would correct the sweetness issue with steaks and fries.

Nonetheless, I would  actually purchase this sauce again, and really enjoyed it on everything else. So I would give it 3.5 stars.

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How to make your own laundry detergent. Earth Day activity!

While it’s not necessarily food related, I found this article interesting enough to post here anyways. Plus, it’s just in time for Earth Day! Thesimpledollar.com has a tutorial on how to save money by making your own laundry soap! While it does cost about 7 bucks up front for supplies, it makes 312 loads worth of homemade laundry detergent!

Check out the tutorial with pictures here:

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/

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Cookie Diet? Mmm.. Cookie Monster like cookies! And yes, it’s real!

Cookie Diet real or fakeA little bit tastier sounding than the vinegar diet, the cookie diet seems to have alot more legitimacy behind it. It was developed 1975 by Dr. Sanford Siegal and has been used to treat more than 500,000 patients. It’s also been used by hundreds of other doctors with their patients.

Here’s how it works: You eat 6 special cookies throughout the day and a sensible dinner with lean meat and veggies at night. And by “special”, I don’t mean special brownie “special”. These cookies have a secret blend of amino acids that help curb hunger. The average patient loses 15 pounds in a month!

This diet has recently gain media attention because Madonna was interviewed saying that her husband, Guy Ritchie, reported a loss of sexual appetite while on the cookie diet. The cookie doctor fired back about it in his blog, saying that none of his over 500,000 patients has reported any loss of libido.

Check out the cookie diet website for more information:
http://www.cookiediet.com/

Source:
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/cookiediet/cookiedoctor/prweb855514.htm

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Freerice.com – really free rice or scam?

Why does rice cost so muchThere’s new site up called Freerice.com that claims to donate rice based on your interaction with the website. Of course, anything free always brings up suspicion so I dug a little deeper. Pleasantly, I found that this site is legit as far as I can tell. They’re aim is to fight world hunger and illiteracy! Here’s the scoop:

  1. You go to freerice.com
  2. You answer some vocabulary questions
  3. They donate free rice to the UN World Food Program.
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SNL Death by Chocolate videos featuring Ashton Kutcher! Updated with working video!

SNL Death by Chocolate
I missed this last night because I was having a fondue party. Luckily, Serious Eats had all the episodes! So here it is: all three of Saturday Night Live’s Death by Chocolate skits:

UPDATE: Videos went down, I got it back up for you guys!

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Want to lose weight? Let’s do some vinegar shots!

Braggs Organic Apple Cider VinegarTake a few shots, let it burn in your chest stink up your breath.

In a recent interview, Fergie of “Fergalicious” fame says she keeps slim by taking shots of apple cider vinegar. Apparently, 2 tablespoons of the vinegar will cleanse and flush away the fat.

Interested? Here’s how to do it. According to sources online, you need to use organic unfiltered apple cider vingar. You should not take the vinegar straight and undiluted. It’ll strip the enamel off your teeth and cause some stomach discomfort. Some people mix a little baking soda into it. Some mix it into their apple juice or tea. At the very least, mix it with a few ounces of wate, use honey to sweeten.

Can’t stand drinking the stuff? They sell apple cider vinegar supplements online and at your local vitamin shops.

So there you have it! If you want to look like(and smell like) Fergie, just drink some vinegar. Me, I’ll stick with… anything else.

Sources:
http://fashion.hollyscoop.com/fergie/fergies-diet-secret_447.aspx
http://www.steadyhealth.com/pros_and_cons_of_apple_cider_vinegar_diet_t66170.html

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Do you chew on ice? See a doctor!

Chewing Ice Anemia Iron Deficiency

Wow! In my random interweb surfings, I ran across an article about craving and chewing ice being related to health problems. Not frostbite or chipped teeth as you might expect, but iron deficiency anemia! It’s not sure why they crave ice, but studies show it’s true!

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chewing-ice/AN01278

I used to chew crushed ice every day in high school. Not sure if I had any related health problems. I loved doing it and was always disappointed if they ran out of ice that day. I used to hear that people who chew ice are sexually frustrated. Did I mention I used to chew ice in high school?

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High school kids get busted for raging root beer kegger!

http://www.nbc5i.com/news/15740008/detail.html

Must be boring in Wisconsin… but still I commend these kids for standing up for a cause. Apparently, their buddies were suspended from playing sports because they were drinking out of red plastic cups in a picture. So theses kids decided to throw a root beer kegger. Their little protest was to prove that not all teens drink alcohol at parties. The cops showed up and made everyone take breathalyzers. Take that, the man!

Here’s the video from youtube. Notice that most of them sound high. I’m not sure if that’s from the sugar/caffeine rush or that’s what Wisconsin kids sound like. I love their Wisconsin accented gangsta speak.

Order a keg of Virgil’s Root Beer here:
http://www.reedsgingerbrew.com/order/virgils_keg.asp

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Nation Joe Day is today! On March 27, you can be a Joe too.

national joe day bazooka joe

Don’t like you’re name? Well today’s you’re day! Apparently, on March 27th anyone can change their name to Joe for one day. The great part is that this is a unisex name. It could be short for Joseph or Joanna. It’s fun for everyone! And don’t stop there, if you’re going to lie about your first name today, make up a last name too! Here are some fun Joe names, including a couple culinary ones:

  • JoJo(great if you’re a 15 pop sensation!)
  • Bazooka Joe
  • Joe Blow
  • Cuppa Joe(sounds Italian!)
  • Joe Mamm(old school!)

So get up, chew some Bazooka bubble gum, go to your favorite coffee spot, introduce yourself to the barista as Joe, order a cup of joe, and relax listening to your ipod playlist of JoJo, Joey McIntyre, and K-C and Jojo.

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Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine Wii game annouced with teaser trailer! And speculation.

A new game for the Nintendo Wii and DS has been announced: Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine! This is a game based on the popular American version of Iron Chef. Here’s the incredibly cheesy trailer:

Not much is known about the game yet, but it’ll supposedly let you tackle culinary challenges on your way to becoming the next Iron Chef.Here’s our speculation on the game:Here’s what I expect the game will be:

I doubt that you’ll be able to create your own dishes. There’s just not enough processing power to determine if your dish tastes good. It’ll probably be more like a lot of mini games that lead you to making a dish. First, you’ll use the wiimote to slice your meat and veggies. Then you might season them. Then you grill or fry them, making sure not to burn anything. Then you plate your food. My guess is that this will all be timed to give you the feel of being on Iron Chef. You’ll probably practice in your own kitchen first before actually getting on to the show. At least, I hope they don’t expect you to just jump into Kitchen Stadium as a newbie. It’d be kinda cool if you started as a sous chef for one of the Iron Chefs and challenged them after training under them.

Here’s what I would realistically want/wish(but doubt would get) out of the game. This is a plausible scenario in my opinion. It’d be great to make your own recipes on the fly, but it’d be too hard to judge and have too many variables for programming. I kept in mind that the game would have to feasibly be programmed and also fit on a disk.

I think it should be a story based game where you start off at the bottom and need to earn experience points before you are invited to Iron Chef. You would start off as a fry cook at a burger joint then be promoted to a casual restaurant and so on.

Click “more” for a (very) detailed description of my version of the Iron Chef America Wii game:

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Mario Brothers cupcakes!

Check out these ridiculously awesome cupcakes from Clever Cupcakes in Montreal. Slashfood posted these today and they are a marriage of two of my favorite passions: food and video games. They’re made out of fondant and they’re super cute! Too bad you can’t get these unless you’re in Montreal or I’d be munching on some Goomba right now. Pair it with the Atari cake and you’ve got the best freaking birthday party evar!

Mario Brothers cupcakes from Clever Cupcakes

Picture and original post at Slashfood

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idea: uber m&m’s

I was catching up on old entries on The Sneeze today and came across one that really spoke to me. It’s an older entry in “Reviews You Can Use” about Steve’s disappointment when first trying Mega M&Ms. I felt the exact same way. I think I tried them when they were a Shrek movie tie-in. They called them ogre-sized, but were really just slightly bigger. “Mega” just isn’t as big as I used to think it was. I must have gotten taller or something.

So here’s my thought: I should make a giant m&m. It can’t be too hard, right? Some chocolate, some kind of candy shell and a little bit of edible coloring. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but it’s doable. And since Mar’s Inc already took the adjectives “Mega” and “Ogre-sized” I guess I’ll call it an Uber m&m. If Mar’s has a problem with that, I could call them w&w’s or 3&3′s. Ha, take that “the man”!

fake m&ms

I’ll do some research and get back with you guys. If I’m not back in a couple days, I probably found something shinier to play with.

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Cici’s Pizza to bring the zesty back.

Check out the sign I saw today while driving by a Cici’s Pizza:

Cici’s pizza bringing the zesty back

It made me do a double-take and I had to go back and snap a pic for you guys! And it finally answers the age long question: what do Cici’s Pizza and Justin Timberlake have in common? Enjoy!

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Texans taste like Bacon! Arlington, TX second fattest city in US!

BaconArlington, TX- the place I call home- has been picked by Men’s Fitness magazine as the second fattest city in the US. We’re second only to the all-you-can-eat steak-and-lobster-bisque capital, Las Vegas. I knew there was a reason I loved it here! This is an annual study they do of the 50 largest cities in the US. And by large, I mean population not girth. The list studies all sorts of factors like number of gyms and usage, accessibility to junk food, alcohol consumption, and city initiatives to curb obesity.

If you live in Texas, fear not! You’re most likely included in the list too! Of the top 10 fattest cities in the US, 6 in Texas. Insert obligatory “every thing’s bigger” joke here.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 Fattest cities in the US, with Texas cities highlighted:

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Arlington
  3. San Antonio
  4. Fort Worth
  5. El Paso
  6. Dallas
  7. Miami
  8. Oklahoma City
  9. Mesa
  10. Houston

Here’s a couple interesting facts about Arlington:

Arlington has the 3rd highest number of donut shops per capita in our survey.

  • Arlington has the 3rd highest number of donut shops per capita in our survey.
  • Basketball courts are practically nonexistent here, among the fewest per capita in our survey.
  • Texas state law limits or prohibits obesity-related lawsuits against food manufacturers and restaurants.

Congratulations Texas, we won! I think this calls for a barbecue!

From Men’s Fitness

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Cheezburgers!

I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?

eated my cookie

Hey, it DOES have something to do with food. Cheezburgers is a food! Get off my back!

Icanhascheezburger.com is user generate content at it’s best worst best! Take a picture of a cat, add a caption that makes it cute or funny(or in some cases, neither) and you’re an instant internet superstar! It’d look great on your resume!

Anyways, with 205 PAGES of lolcats, it’s a great time waster or pick-me-up when you’re feeling down. Most of them aren’t food related, but still definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already!

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