Brazilian Inspired Potato Salad Recipe

Brazilian Inspired Potato Salad

Brazilian Inspired Potato Salad

I recently dined at Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen in Scottsdale AZ and tried their potato salad with my steak. The Brazilian Potato Salad had a good play of flavor between the sweet soft carrots and briney olives. It also was  very bright tasting maybe from lemon.  I became inspired to create a similar salad. The interesting thing that seemed different to me was the texture. It was more like mashed potatoes mixed with chunks of firm potatoes.

My recipe isn’t exactly the same but it is similar. I took liberties and added hearts of palm because it was suppose come with my dinner and was substituted with something else. The hearts of palm surprisingly goes well in the salad.

Some of the tricks to making this potato salad are to boil the potatoes just right. You need to have a cooked but firm center and the ends need to be softer so than when you mix you get a creaminess from the ends of the potatoes. The other part of my trick is to infuse the potatoes with flavors from boiling them with a hot banana pepper and scallions. The palm hearts I added added another texture and taste that goes remarkably well in this salad.

Honestly my potato salad came out really amazing but I never would have thought about making such a salad if it wasn’t for Carvalho’s Brazilian Kitchen.

Ingredients for about 8 servings

2 LB russet potatoes – peeled, cut in halves

1 hot banana pepper (or other hot pepper you like to boil the potatoes with)

4 scallions (to boil the potatoes with)

1 Tablespoon salt (kosher or sea salt)

3 carrots peeled – cut in quarters longways- and half again

1/3 cup olives pitted and then rough chopped – I used kalamata

14.1 oz. can hearts of palm – rinsed well and drained – rough chopped

3 scallions – rough chopped on a diagonal

1 lemon -just the fresh squeezed juice

1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise

fresh ground salt to taste (about a Tablespoon)

fresh cracked pepper to taste (about 1/2 a teaspoon)

Directions

Place your potatoes, 1 tablespoon salt, hot pepper and 4 scallions in a medium size sauce pan. fill with water to the top of produce. Bring to boil and then reduce to a slow boil for around 15 minutes. You want the potato to be just fork tender. Remove the potatoes with a slotted spoon and set them to the side. You will re-use the water to do your carrots. When cool enough to handle cut the potatoes in large chunks and place in a large bowl. set to the side.

Now add the carrots and they need to cook about 8 minutes. You want them soft but not falling apart.

When carrots are done drain them and add them to the large bowl of potatoes.

Throw out the used scallions and used hot pepper. (you might want to keep the liquid for making vegetable soup)

Now to the large bowl add olives, hearts of palm, 3 scallions, lemon juice, low fat mayonnaise and stir gently. Add fresh ground sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Brazilian Inspired Potato Salad

Brazilian Inspired Potato Salad

The forking truth is that after a gave my husband a small bowl to try he kept coming back for more. He kept saying this is really good. He didn’t even think I should call this potato salad Brazilian Potato Salad. He said it’s just REALLY GOOD Potato salad.

This REALLY is FORKING GOOD Potato Salad and That's The Forking Truth

This REALLY is FORKING GOOD Potato Salad and That’s The Forking Truth

 

 

 

Special*** May 5TH 2016 Edition – The Birthday Boy’s Photo Album

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Someone Special is 15 Years Old Today!

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He looked like this when I adopted him. I was told he was a beagle cocker mix and would be a small dog. He started to grow and tipped the scales at close to 70 pounds a few years back. Now he’s around 60 pounds.

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When he was younger he enjoyed playing with boxes.

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When we lived back east he used to enjoy the snow.

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He enjoys Halloween and doesn’t mind dressing up.

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Voted least likely to graduate and voted most highly improved at PetsMart Dog Training.

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Loved old back yard.

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Still LOVES to run and chase the hot air balloons that fly over yard.

Photo Hound

That Face

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That Face

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Resembles the Shape ups Shoe Dog

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Enjoys getting his feet wet.

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Wants Cookies

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Good Sport at accepting an adopted sister. He used to be a collector of bones until she dug them.

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Enjoys Hamburgers

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Really enjoys Hamburgers!

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Enjoys macaroni and cheese.

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Enjoys Italian Food.

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Doesn’t drink wine but has an appreciation for wine.

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Enjoys Pizza

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Enjoys Vietnamese Food.

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Happy 15th Birthday! Everyday is your birthday now!

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Chompie’s of Glendale AZ – First Impression Exceeded my Expectations – Worth a Fork

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Chompie’s is a New York Inspired Style Deli Restaurant with a few locations through out the metro phoenix area. They are an institution in the area and have been in business for close to forty years. They are well known for all-day breakfast, bagels, breads, sandwiches, desserts and more. They also happen to have the “Chutzpah” to offer deep fried matzo balls with chipotle ranch dressing on their menu. (“Oy Vey”)

This is the 5th location of this newly opened Chompie’s and is in the Arrowhead Town Center by the Macy’s Department Store.

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Honestly I wasn’t expecting much because I already dined at the Paradise Valley Location and was very underwhelmed there. I really only thought I’d try them again because it was near me and they sell real belly lox and I wanted to purchase some. Real belly lox as far as I know is only sold at Chompie’s and one small independent deli called Scott’s Generations.

Perhaps I didn’t taste the real Chompie’s before?

We were welcomed warmly by several people working there. The matronly hostess said your gonna love this to us as she seated us..

Soon someone runs out a complimentary a small tray of kosher and half sour pickles that seem like they might be house made.

I ordered a half pastrami sandwich with matzo ball soup. My husband orders a triple decker sandwich of pastrami, corned beef and brisket.

Soon the sandwiches arrive and here they are……..

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My 1/2 sandwich is filled with more meat than most whole sandwiches. To my surprise the pastrami is very good. It’s smokey and balanced with lots of flavors and is also very succulent with the right amount of fat. It’s all grilled and delicious. This is unlike my one and only experience at the paradise valley location were all i tasted was smoke and very little spice or the right succulence. This is much better and so fresh tasting. It’s so much better than what I tried from the other location.

Even the meats in my husband’s sandwich were good and far better than what we remember trying before at the Paradise Valley Location. We were both pleasantly surprised.

I can’t help to wonder if we hit the other place on an off day??……. Don’t know.

Finding good bread in Arizona is like hitting the lottery. It just doesn’t happen.

The bread is not New York or East Coast at all but still is a very tasty bread and better than  much  other of the rye bread you can buy in Arizona. Real New York Rye has a hard crust, is usually cut thin and has this perfect developed flavor of sour against the rye to bring out more flavor. Chompie’s bread is different and is sweeter, softer and milder but this bread is tasty.  If your from Arizona this is very good bread. If your from the East Coast it’s not the same. You must need to know bread in Arizona and California bread is not the same as east coast rye. I don’t know if it’s the water or the atmosphere or a combination of other things. The bread is different but there are a few small artisan bakeries in Arizona and California where you can get something closer to East Coast Style. All that said the bread does hold up to the massive sandwiches that Chompie’s serves so that’s a good thing that must be said.The bagels are tasty but are not like east coast ones either. They are twice the size and lighter and fluffier and don’t have the same chew and structure.

Well this is Arizona so things do differ.

Back to my sandwich. I liked that Chompie’s grilled the bread to perfection in my sandwich. This day it was among one of the better pastrami sandwiches I tasted in Arizona.

The cole slaw was very good. It was fresh and crisp and bright with flavors. I also think the potato salad was maybe the first potato salad I tried that tasted like from what I had from the east coast.

The matzo ball soup was the only thing that wasn’t near the same level to me. Don’t get me wrong it was OK but not what I’d consider a representation of typical matzo ball soup. This is Chompie’s version.

The soup was clearly soup base and could have been better if they didn’t use so much soup base.  What you need to know about matzo ball soup is that it’s all about the matzo ball. It should be light, fluffy, flavorful and is a sponge to suck up a natural light broth. A fresh piece of dill also brightens it up to make it delicious. Well that’s my taste. Not everyone is as picky as me or has an idea what it should be like. I’ll try a different soup next time.

After our meal we visited the deli side and ordered our belly lox.

Belly Lox on a Chompie's Bagel

Belly Lox on a Chompie’s Bagel

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I didn’t notice belly lox on the menu but I knew it was there. At the counter they were offering samples of some of the desserts. I tasted a chocolate filled flaky pastry of some sort. It was really awesome. It made me happy because I haven’t tasted anything this good from three  certain nearby bakeries.

Look at this case. The desserts look awesome! My butt widens just looking at the desserts.

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Well Chompie’s is a place I can visit again. Hopefully they will stay as good as what I tried.

I wish them luck and mazal tov.

I’m happy they opened here because the food is much better than from the mostly big chains that are found in this part of town.

You are NOT going to drive If your in the neighborhood this place is suggested.

You are NOT going to drive across town to dine here because you might have a Chompie’s location closer to you. But If your in the neighborhood this place is suggested because they serve sandwiches and desserts that are better than from the big chains that are in this area.

For more information on Chompie’s please visit www.Chompies.com

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The Forking Truth

Sometimes a New Restaurant Needs to Learn to Swim

Crab and Mermaid Scottsdale AZ

Crab and Mermaid and Fish Shop Scottsdale AZ

I was looking forward to dining at a newly opened seafood restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale AZ.

I enjoyed the interior of the restaurant as it looked very nautical. The restaurant offers a mix of comfortable booths, high top tables and opens to a patio. It truly looks as if you were dining at the shore and not in the desert where you are.

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If you are a fan of libations then you might like to know that there isn’t a bartender here. They have a well known mixologist so your cocktails should be special.

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My visit was for lunch and I was torn with several choices. I ruled out the Halibut Sandwich because I felt $24.00 was too expensive for a Halibut Sandwich so I thought I’d try the open face Tuna Confit Tuna Melt. ($14.00)

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I received one slice of bread that tasted slightly burnt that was spread with seasoned avocado and was topped with creamy tender moist tuna. My sandwich had several toppings but most of them were very larges chunks of unripe tomato that tasted similar to cardboard. I didn’t think my sandwich was awful but it was just OK and I though maybe a squeeze of lemon or some fresh herb would improve it. I don’t know if the restaurant made the chips or pulled them out of a bag from the store. The chips on the side were ok but they seemed like from a bag.

My husband had the C&M Gumbo.

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It was a non-traditional gumbo that was topped with fried okra and contained broken clams and some shellfish that wasn’t fully cooked. My husband had to use his hands to pull some of the shells open. This dish also contained overcooked dry sausage.

Broken Seafood

Broken Seafood

We felt the need to called this to the attention of the manager on. His only explanation was that they are newly opened and are still working things out.

So we paid and left.

Out of consideration for this newly opened restaurant I will not give a rating. I hope that they improve because we have very few seafood restaurants in the area. Perhaps the night time crew pulls off the food better.

If you care to visit them more information can be found at www.CrabandMermaid.com

Sometimes a new restaurant needs to learn how to swim.

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The Forking Truth

Drexyl Modern American Restaurant -Scottsdale AZ – Worth a Fork!

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Drexyl Modern American Restaurant is a newly opened restaurant in Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale AZ. The cuisine is American with international accents.You might find intriguing things on the menu like Crispy Chicken Arancini, Korean Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Lemon Grass Caesar Salad.

The rich decor is a mix of classic with sort of retro modern with a stunning shiny large bar.

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They offer seating in a variety of low top tables and high top tables and an outdoor patio that faces Gainey Ranch Shopping Center.

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The background music was a bit of a surprise because it was unlike the name o the restaurant. (Drexyl Modern American)  In the background plays old fashioned tunes (but American) from decades back like the 30s-40’s  that’s kind of fun to listen to.

Most of the items I saw on the menu seemed interesting to me so it was hard to decide on what to order.

We started with the Ahi Tuna Trio.

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It was three tacos that were made with thin raw jicama as the shell and were stuffed with fresh sweet ahi tuna, charred slaw pickled onion, jalapeño syrup and fresh cilantro. The tacos were light and had just the right flavors that hit your mouth in all directions that make your mouth happy. The tacos were delicious and didn’t weigh you down at all.

For dinner I had the Jade Pesto Halibut.

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My halibut was generous in size. The fish wasn’t seared but was moist, sweet and flaky. Fresh grassy cilantro pesto and tasty curry sauce embellished the fish. Chewy Forbidden Black Rice, Shiitakes Mushrooms and Baby Bok Choy  completed the plate. Everything on my plate was seasoned just so and was delicious. I might have to try this plate again and I also would recommend it.

My husband had the Cola Braised Pork.

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The Pork was tender and seasoned just so. The plate came with Lyonnaise Potatoes, Parsnip Puree, Cipollini Onions and Chile Lime Chicharron. Potatoes might have been slightly salty but other than that a nicely detailed plate.

Our server was friendly cheerful and efficient.

Unfortunately I didn’t have room for dessert so maybe next time.

The only odd thing was that all the tables had bread but us so we asked about it and were told they don’t serve bread unless you ask for it. The bread that the Drexyl serves is from the Wildflower Bakery so if your a fan of Wildflower’s baked goods you might want to be aware of this.

Overall a very nice dinner out.

This restaurant is a very nice addition to Scottsdale that I expect to visit again.

Worth a Fork..... You might Travel across Town to Dine Here because they offer something different you can't find at most places.

Worth a Fork….. You might Travel across Town to Dine Here because they offer detailed nicely crafted dinners that are priced very reasonable for Scottsdale.

For more information on Drexyl Modern American Restaurant please visit www.DrexylUSA.com

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The Forking Truth

The Great Australian Bakery in Old Town Scottsdale Brings The Wonderful World of OZ to You

The Great Australian Bakery in Scottsdale AZ

The Great Australian Bakery in Scottsdale AZ

Down Under in Old Town Scottsdale AZ is the newly opened Great Australian Bakery serving up the savory and the sweet bringing a small piece of the Wonderful World of Oz to you. You won’t need an airline ticket. All you need is to  drive down to Old Town Scottsdale.

The specialty of the house are hand pies of flaky pastry in different sizes and shapes. The very large hand pies are called Pasty and are crescent shape and on my visit came in beef or vegetable filled. The medium size hand pie are called Sausage Rolls and came in house made sausage balls or a spinach and cheese filled. They offer around a dozen different variety of smaller various round hand pies. Some of these pies come filled with breakfast type foods, some are assorted vegetables, others are beef varieties and chicken as well.

I imagine your choices will differ some on your visit because the online menu differed slightly on my visit.

This is a casual bake shop where you order at the counter, pay, pick up and seat yourself.

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The place is very open and airy but not fancy at all but seems fresh and clean.

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We ordered a shared TWO pies and one Sausage Roll.

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Steak and Mushroom Pie, Curry Steak Pie and a Sausage Roll filled with House Made Sausage Balls.

All the hand pies were tasty. My favorite was the Curry Steak. The flavor was exotic and perfume-ee and was delicious. Steak and Mushroom was good too with a rich beefy gravy steak and mushrooms. This is The Forking Truth so I have to let you know the steak in both pies was not bad but on the chewy side and might be due to being a newly opened business.

*****(Ninety percent of all newly opened businesses do open with hiccups.)

The Sausage Roll with House made sausage balls was tasty too and also but also was stuffed with sausage that seemed a tad dry.

My husband did a GREAT Job in finishing up the hand pies so I could save some room to try a dessert.

Up on the menu board listed several desserts but they were serving three on my visit that all looked very good.

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Vanila Slices…..that look very similar to Napoleons.

Apple Turnovers…and…

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Lamingtons  filled and unfilled.

I went with the unfilled Lamington for my first Australian Dessert.

I have to say this was an excellent dessert. This dessert was mainly a spongy light cake like a pound cake and an angel food cake had a baby and this is what the cake part was like. Then the cake was frosted in a good tasting chocolate and hit with a good dusting of coconut to make it special. When you ate it you got soft not too sweet but sweet enough melty delicate cake in your mouth that tasted like you dipped the cake in chocolate with that coconut adding a little texture and an interesting pop of another flavor.

The pricing is very low for Old Town Scottsdale and you probably won’t do won’t pay less unless you purchase low quality fast food. So if your hungry and want some quick casual eats and or tasty dessert The Great Australian Bakery is Worth a Fork.

The Great Australian Bakery brings a little piece of the Wonderful World of Oz to You!

For more information please visit www.TheGreatAustralianBakery.com

You are going to drive across town if you want to try Australian Foods and desire to possibly dine with Australians. (we were the only Americans Dining there) If your in the neighborhood this place is suggested.

You are going to drive across town if you want to try Australian Foods and desire to possibly dine with Australians. (we were the only Americans Dining there on my visit) If your in the neighborhood and want feel like you traveled the world this place is suggested.

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The Forking Truth!

 

 

 

Baked Crispy Gochujang Chicken Recipe

 

 

Baked Crispy Gochujang Chicken Breast

Baked Crispy Gochujang Chicken Breast

Gochujang is just delicious! It’s a savory, Korean paste made from fermented soybeans, rice, and chilies. If you like Sriracha you will Love Gochujang. It’s far more complex and interesting. I had an idea of what flavors went well with gochujang  so I wanted to marinate chicken in it to make it delicious. I also wanted to add a crispy texture simply baking the plain boneless breast of chicken. So I thought of the kind of American Crispy Chicken recipes where Corn Flakes are used for a crispy texture. So I used Asian thin crispy rice crackers, crushed them and applied them to the marinated chicken and they stayed on and more importantly tasted great. This really did come out amazing. This is something you will make over and over again!

Ingredients for 4 servings

2 lbs. Chicken Breast – Mine were two large breast that I cut in half and pounded Makes 4 servings

The marinate

3 Tablespoons lite soy sauce

1 Tablespoon shaohsing rice cooking wine (looks black..)

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

1 Tablespoon gochujang

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

2 Tablespoons canola oil

1 Tablespoon sesame oil

2 Tablespoons fresh ground ginger

1 teaspoon black bean  sauce (Lee Kum Kee Brand fermented black beans and garlic)

2 Tablespoons sugar

Directions

Put your chicken in a gallon zip lock bag. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into bag with chicken. Squish it around a little and let sit in your refrigerator for an hour. Now make the sauce.

Ingredients for sauce

3 Tablespoons lite soy sauce

2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon shaohsing rice cooking wine (looks black)

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

2 Tablespoons gochujang

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

1 Tablespoon fresh ginger minced

1 Tablespoon honey

1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon black bean sauce (Lee Kum Kee Brand fermented beans and garlic)

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions

Mix together and set to the side.

Ingredients

30 Asian Rice crackers

Non-stick spray

Directions

Get rice rackers and crush up in a sandwich bag and set to the side and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Get your non-stock spray and spray a baking sheet.

Get your marinated chicken out of the marinate and blot dry. Throw out the marinate. Place the chicken on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the crushed rice crackers. Roast till done. Should be done in 20-25 minutes.

Decide if you want to use some of the juice that released from the chicken and add some into the sauce if desired.

Immediately before serving for sauce over chicken add chopped scallions if desired.

Baked Crispy Gochujang Chicken Breast

Baked Crispy Gochujang Chicken Breast

This is FORKING Delicious!

It’s a rollercoaster of flavors in your mouth. Incredibly scrumptious!

(your welcome)

This is Forking Delicious and that's The Forking Truth!

This is Forking Delicious and that’s The Forking Truth!

 

 

 

New, Weird or Forking Different Foods Out There – April 2016

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There is always new, weird or different food out there and I never know WTFork I’ll see at the stores. Here is some kind of build a flavor Key Lime Pie Gum.

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Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy Cookies.

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Interesting varieties of Dessert Flavor Lindt Chocolate Bars.

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Brookside Mango-Mangosteen Flavors.

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Peppermint yogurt?…..I almost picked this one up because I love mint.  I saw you had to add cookies to it so I left it on the shelf because I like my desserts full strength and not soured and thinned down with forking yogurt.

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Key Lime Cookies.

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Excuse the POOR photo but MORE Key Lime Cookies

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Coconut chips in Sriracha and Wasabi flavors. That’s kind of weird to me and I like all those flavors.

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Key Lime Pie marshmallows? ……..Guess I might have to forking write a part two to Key Lime is the new chocolate.

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Bacon Egg and Cheese already in your Breakfast Sausage ???? And other flavors.

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Isn’t a forking apple chip safe from being FORKED UP?

Forking Birthday Cake Apple Chips. Who the fork wants Birthday Cake flavored Apple Chips?

Now that takes the cake.

Now that was New, Weird, Different or Special Edition Foods I saw in April 2016.

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Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe

 

Garlic Dill Pickles

Garlic Dill Pickles

These pickles come out delicious and crisp and might be your favorite!

Ingredients makes around 24 servings

3 1/2 lbs pickling cucumbers – whole or halved and trimmed (slice the ends off)

1 sweet onion – sliced thin

3 cups water

3 cups white vinegar

3 cups rice wine vinegar

4 Tablespoons kosher salt

3oz  fresh dill

1 teaspoon celery seeds

1 Tablespoon +1 teaspoons mustard seeds

1 Tablespoon +1 teaspoons red pepper flakes

4 bay leaves

20 garlic cloves smashed

1 Tablespoon+1 teaspoons black peppercorns

Everything except for the cucumbers and onions bring to a boil and reduce to a slow boil for about 20 minutes. Place the cucumbers and onions into sterilized jars or containers and pour the hot mixture over them. Place in refrigerator and enjoy in about a week.

Garlic Dill Pickles

Garlic Dill Pickles

Crunchy!  Very Good Pickles!

These are Great and that's The Forking Truth

These are Great and that’s The Forking Truth

 

Forking Dining with Dogs April 2016 with Special Edition Dog Safety News

Where're on our way to Bahn Mi Bistro in Phoenix AZ

Where’re on our way to Bahn Mi Bistro in Phoenix AZ I’ll have to have a chat with the youngster about something  forking important.

Dining with DOGS is not full blown reviews on restaurants. This is a fluff story about taking my dogs out to eat.

Many restaurants around Phoenix have outdoor patios but not all patios are dog friendly. I also recently found out that some restaurants start out dog friendly and suddenly change and are not dog friendly any longer….so it’s a good idea to call the restaurant before you arrive with your furry friend..There are some rules with dining with dogs.

1-Dogs must not sit on chairs or eat off the restaurant’s plates and you must keep your dog near you.

2-Most of the food you eat isn’t safe for dogs to eat and can do harm to a dog. You must review a dog-food-friendly-list that is easily found online or from your veterinarian.

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We went back to a local favorite Bahn Mi Bistro. This is a small casual Vietnamese Eatery that doesn’t serve Pho. The specialty of the house might be the Bahn Mi Sandwich. The rolls for the sandwich are Vietnamese Style Baguettes. They are made with rice flour in addition to wheat flour and have a crunchy exterior and a soft center. The inside is filled with cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrot & daikon radish, jalapeño, house made aioli and your choice of about a half dozen fillings.

BBQ Pork Banh Mi

BBQ Pork Banh Mi

My husband had the BBQ Pork Banh Mi. I enjoy the banh mi sandwiches because they have that savory, sour, sweet and spicy thing going on and are also a much lighter easier to eat sandwich because of the light rice flour bread.

This is the second time I ordered the chicken and rice plate.

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This is a newer item on the  Banh Mi Bistro menu. It’s just so tasty. The dark meat chicken is caramelized and so tender and so flavorful with lemongrass. It’s just delicious. The salad is light and crunchy and nicely seasoned.

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Some of the other items you can get at Banh Mi Vietnamese  Eatery are-Lotus Root Salad, Green Papaya Salad, Pot Stickers and Noodle Bowls.

For More information on Banh Mi Vietnamese Eatery please visit www.BanhMiBistroAZ.com

We noticed in the parking lot that LaMar’s Donuts are in the same lot with an outdoor patio so we walk across the lot and I purchased two donuts.

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The dogs decided that the donuts smell good.

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So they get to forking eat some donuts. LaMar’s Donuts have 27 locations in 6 states For more information on LaMar’s Donuts please visit www.Lamars.com

We're on the way to AJ's Patio but had to leave and Went to Leo's Island BBQ

We’re on the way to AJ’s Patio but had to leave and Went to Leo’s Island BBQ

AJ’s Fine Foods Outside BBQ in Glendale AZ Patio has been closed for winter and recently re-opened so we were planning on dining there but to our surprise they weren’t ready to open yet and were running late. So we’ll go back another day and re-routed ourselves to Leo’s Island BBQ. It’s one of the few non-chain restaurants in the area that specializes in the Hawaiian Plate Lunch. They offer around thirty choices that come with steamed vegetables, a double scoop of rice and macaroni salad for around $8.00 served in a styrofoam container.

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We sat at a table in the shade and my husband got the Spam Loco Moto that’s two eggs, slices of Spam, over steamed cabbage, two scoops of rice and some creamy macaroni salad.

I went non plate lunch and got the Island BBQ Chicken Salad. It was somewhere around $6.00 and is much better than any fast food you can get anywhere.

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The Dogs enjoyed the chicken very much.

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For more information on Leo’s Island BBQ in Peoria AZ Please visit www.LeosIslandBBQ.com

The following week with filled with…rare …for…. Phoenix… rain so we just took the dogs through the fast food Jack in the Box drive through.

"What are they giving us through the window?"

“What are they giving us through the window?”

They weren’t very enthusiastic about the new butter burger. I reckon that some humans might be less picky.  I won’t get that for them again.

We are on our way to SEE FOOD at Oscar's Pier 83 in Glendale AZ

We are on our way to SEE FOOD at Oscar’s Pier 83 in Glendale AZ

Oscar’s Pier 83 is a small casual seafood restaurant that specializes in fried fish. You order at the counter and someone runs the food to you.

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I had the combo with cod and salmon and picked mixed vegetables as my side. My husband also ordered salads for us.

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Both dogs thought the fish was very tasty.

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The fish was nicely battered and seemed oil free. Both fish seemed fresh tasting.

My husband ordered the Cod and Shrimp Combo with fries.

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It seems very small compared to my Cod and Salmon Combo…????

The dogs didn’t get any of that.

For more information on Oscar’s Pier 83 in Glendale AZ please visit www.op83.com

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“I hate to tell you this Kiddo but someday this back seat is going to be all yours.” In a few days I’ll be fifteen years old.” “The Doc says that I have some sort of doggy Alzheimers.” “You know like when I bark to myself sometimes and I’m good now but back in September they gave me six months to a year because of the cancer.”” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going anywhere yet!”  “Maybe I’ll fool them all.””I still have a FORKING Bunch of Eating to do!

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“I’m going to forking see you next month!”

The Forking Truth

The Forking Truth

*************Dining with Dogs EXTRA****************

I recently purchased a cute dog toy from Big Lots and it a Licensed Mr. Bubble Stuffed Doll that made bubble noises when you squeezed it. They sell many licensed cute Dog Toys that have Voice Boxes. Other Toys I saw were Gumby, Rocky and Bullwinkle. I’m certain there’s more. DON’T BUY THIS KIND OF TOY FOR YOUR DOG!

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My dog bit a small hole in the toy and small watch batteries fell out. I am so lucky she didn’t swallow a battery. But another dog might not be so lucky. Don’t purchase this kind of toy for a dog. It’s not safe. I contacted the store where I purchased this toy and asked them not to sell this toy because of what happened. They told me that they will sell the toy with a warning.

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