Citrus Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing and Spiced Almonds Recipe

Citrus Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing and Spiced Almonds

Citrus Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing and Spiced Almonds

This is a very delicious light and refreshing salad that’s different. There are exotic spices in the tasty almonds and the cheese I used is fat free farmers cheese that is light and different. The dressing is so tasty you can almost drink it. My recipe does make slightly more dressing than you need so pour to taste and I slightly added more nuts than you need so feel free to pick at the nuts and save a little dressing for latter. This is a super delicious salad that you will make over and over again.

Ingredients for about 4 servings

1 blood orange that you supreme

1 red grapefruit that you supreme

1 cucumber – pealed, cored and sliced

1 celery rib pealed and sliced

1 cup (packed) red cabbage shredded

1/4 scallions chopped

1/4 cup (loose) fresh basil torn

8 oz fat free farmers cheese (add to salad once plated)

1/2 cup almonds – slivered and blanched or use regular almonds that you boil for a couple minutes and then rub the loose skin off

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

pinch cardamon

pinch black cardamon

1 Tablespoon garlic confit (garlic roasted till melted tossed with extra virgin olive oil ((I whip mine so it’s smooth like butter))

2 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoon poppy seeds

1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika

Fresh ground sea salt to taste

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Set your supremes in a small bowl set a side. In a larger bowl combine the cucumber,celery, cabbage and scallions and set to the side. Mix in most of your torn basil and leave a few leaves for decoration if desired.

Set your oven to 300 degrees F

You need a baking sheet and a small bowl. Put the almonds and oil in the small bowl and mix well. Add the sugar, cayenne and cardamons and mix well and spread out on your baking sheet.  Place in the oven and in about 20 minutes they should be lightly browned and tasty. Pull them out and set to the side.

In a small mixing bowl add the garlic confit and dijon and mix well. Slowly add the oil and keep mixing till it’s emulsified. Don’t clean your 1/2 cup measure and use it for the honey because your honey will slide out clean. Add honey and mix well. slowly add the vinegar and mix well. Now add poppy seeds, paprika and fresh ground sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste to finish the dressing.

Get the salad mixture and mix with dressing till is coated to your liking. You should have about a quarter cup or a little more extra. Plate the salads and carefully add the supremes. Top with small scoops of farmers cheese and top with almonds and serve right away!

Citrus Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing and Spiced Almonds

Citrus Salad with Honey Poppy Seed Dressing and Spiced Almonds

YOU and your Guest will Forking LOVE This one!

This is Really GREAT and that's The Forking Truth

This is Really GREAT and that’s The Forking Truth

 

WYFork is a Butterkin Squash?

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The butterkin Squash taste sweet and buttery. It can be baked,roasted, or steamed. One cup is only 60 calories with ZERO fat.

The Butterkin was developed by Hybrid Seeds in New Zealand for sweet butter flavor and texture. Butterkins on  the average weigh 2-4 pounds.

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The Butterkin Squash is forking worth a try if you come across it.

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The Forking Truth

Donuts are Forking Still on the Rise in The Metro Phoenix Area

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Mmmmm………. Donuts!

Glazed Donut from Bosa Donuts Phoenix AZ

Glazed Donut from Bosa Donuts Phoenix AZ

Donuts are forking still on the rise in the Metro Phoenix area. There is even a bigger wHOLE world of them out there since last year. Bosa Donuts are a local chain that’s mushrooming everywhere all over the metro Phoenix area. Ten years back it was the yogurt shops opening up all over and soon after were the cup cake shops. I haven’t noticed new yogurt shops or cup cake shops opening but, donuts are another story. Over the past couple years Donuts are still on the Rise and still going strong.

Donuts are eaten in every culture out there and there sure a still a forking lot of love for donuts in the Metro Phoenix Area. When I did a search for donuts in the metro Phoenix area and the choices turned out over 2,800 places out there.

Orange Pistachio Rollover Donuts Phoenix AZ

Orange Pistachio Rollover Donuts Phoenix AZ

A successful Hot Dog Truck, now a successful brick and mortar Hot Dog Restauranteurs opened Rollover Donuts. They feature some unique gourmet flavors of donuts and if you don’t get there at opening time your selection is somewhat limited. I tried an Orange Pistachio Donut. It had great flavor but was less light and airy to what I’m used to. Still a tasty donut.

Beyond Donuts and Cafe Glendale AZ

Beyond Donuts and Cafe Glendale AZ

Beyond Donuts is a small cafe that offers a very limited selection of donuts along with breakfast burritos. The donut I tried was nicely prepared, seemed oil free and was tasty and accented with cinnamon crumbs.

Welcome Chicken and Donuts

Welcome Chicken and Donuts Phoenix AZ

Successful restaurant-owners and Chefs of the Welcome Diner opened up an Asian Inspired Fried Chicken Restaurant that also makes donuts called Welcome Chicken and Donuts. I had a Key Lime Filled Donut here and although it lacked enough filling this was the most delicious and almost perfect donut I tried the whole year. It was light and seemed oil free. The filling tasted really perfect with the right bite of lime. It was smooth and not too sweet but sweet enough.

Desert Donuts Anthem AZ

Desert Donuts Anthem AZ

A few of the newer donut shops I tried were what they call interactive donuts. The store makes you your donuts fresh to order and you have your choice of two of many toppings for your basic cake style donut. Desert Donuts is an Independent donut shop that offers the interactive style of donuts. The donuts I tried from there were hot and fresh as promised and they offered not all but mostly traditional toppings. I had the Boston Cream donut here. The cake donut was warm and fresh and seemed very light and delicate. They dipped it in fresh chocolate icing and spooned some filling on top.

Fractured Prune Doughnuts Phoenix AZ

Fractured Prune Doughnuts Phoenix AZ

Fractured Prune Doughnuts is a National Chain of the interactive donut. A new location recently opened near me so I wanted to try them. The donut I got was on the greasy side and I couldn’t identify the blackberry cobbler flavor I asked for. My donut had what they called glaze topping that tasted like flavored pancake syrup to me.

Fractured Prune Doughnuts are a favorite to many so that means there is a donut out there for every taste.

There is a wHole world of donuts out there. Don’t know what I’ll forking try next.

Donuts are Forking still on the Rise in the Metro Phoenix AZ Area.

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The Forking Truth

 

Asian Inspired Radish and Carrot Salad Recipe

Asian Inspired Radish and Carrot Salad

Asian Inspired Radish and Carrot Salad

This Asian Inspired Radish and Carrot Salad is light and refreshing and not too acidic or too sweet. This salad is something most people will love. I was inspired to make this salad from remembering tasting a similar salad from some budget Asian Buffets I’ve been too. If you never tried a budget Asian Buffet it’s possible that you’ve never tried this kind of salad because I never have seen this kind of salad at any Asian Restaurant I ate at.

In my area the Budget Asian Buffet is almost a thing of the past. Several years back Budget Asian Buffets were popping up like mushrooms everywhere. For around only $10.00 a head the  budget Asain Buffets offered over a hundred items of foods to pick from and some of these places started out being ok or good for the price. As time pasted most but not all of these buffets seemed to  lower quality of food preparation until they were out of business. The budget buffets I used to go to are all gone now but several are still around.

The one salad that most of these places prepared was a carrot and radish salad that I enjoyed. I think my recipe is very close to what I tried just maybe slightly less sweet. I cut the radish and carrot with a 1.5 strip slicer and a 3mm strip slicer. I cut the carrot into thinner pieces than the radish because the carrot is harder than the radish. At the buffets the radish and carrots were much thicker and possibly cut with a shoe string potato slicer. Cut them however you like. I do note that this salad should be mostly radish and less carrot but my photos picked up the carrot more than there was.

Ingredients for about 4 servings

1 large daikon radish – pealed

1 medium-large carrot pealed

1 Tablespoon  kosher salt

2 garlic cloves (mashed on a garlic plate)

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons rice vinegar

1 scallion – cut in thin slices

pinch shredded red pepper

Directions

Use the 3mm strip slicer and shred up the radish. Use 1.5 strip slicer to shred up the carrot. Add salt and mix well. Add remaining ingredients mix well chill and enjoy!

Asian Inspired Radish and Carrot Salad

Asian Inspired Radish and Carrot Salad

 This is FORKING GOOD and that's The Forking Truth

This is FORKING GOOD and that’s The Forking Truth

FORKING Dishonest RESTAURANT Reviews and DRUNK MONKEYS

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I was browsing a certain review site and noticed THREE reviews already posted for a restaurant that isn’t due to open till May 2016.

THE FORKING TRUTH is that this is dishonest and unethical. Anybody past the age of 7 should know you can’t review a place you haven’t stepped into.

The Restaurant isn’t even open yet.

That is a WTFORK!

Now that is FORKED up!

Now that is FORKED up!

I do understand that this restaurant has other locations and some people might feel like they already know the place. I also note it is possible these reviewers might have been to another one of the restaurant’s other locations………But this is still a WTFork! BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T FORKING been in this restaurant yet.

Nobody wants to read a review when the reviewer hasn’t even forking set their forking mouth and teeth in the restaurant yet.

Doesn’t anyone manage this site?

I let this review’s site’s local and head office know about this and sent them both a “Tweet” because I’ve found that sending them questions threw their site is useless and nobody ever  replies.

The least I would expect was a reply that they aren’t perfect and stride for perfection or some kind of rubbish like that. Instead nothing from them.

The Forking Truth is that they don’t have the

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MEATBALLS to reply to me.

Over the past several months I called this review site on a couple other things I noticed.

I noticed the review of the day was for a restaurant that was temporarily closed for business. I thought that review was very unhelpful for me and a review of a restaurant that was open for business would be a better choice. Again no reply.

Recently I also noticed  that an individual reviewer posted 46 reviews on one day on this particular review site. Any person with a working brain knows nobody goes to that many restaurants in a day, week or month. There is no credibility here when I see someone do something like this. Doesn’t this site have any rules. I contacted this site about what I noticed and asked how many reviews a day can someone post. Just like all the other times nobody replied to me.

Again no forking meatballs.

Tweets, contacting threw customer service and also contacting via talk don’t do a wee bit of good. Here is the FORKING TRUTH of what happened when I contacted them threw the talk page for a problem I had with their restaurant reservation service. This is the forking response I got.

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It makes me think this site must be ran by forking drunk monkeys.

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Well here is to all the no replies and the one worthless reply . It’s the Raspberry you are getting the FORKING Raspberry!

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And That’s The Forking Truth

UPDATE! The review site removed the three reviews for the unopened restaurant. 2-8-16 after letting them know four days back.

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Cilantro-Lime Chicken Meatloaf Recipe

 

Cilantro Lime Chicken Meatloaf

Cilantro Lime Chicken Meatloaf

I had this really delicious Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich at the Scottsdale Beer Company in Scottsdale AZ so I was inspired to create similar flavors in a meatloaf. The sandwich was made with cilantro lime marinated chicken and was topped with jalapeño jam and avocado aioli. It was just forking scrumptious. I made a jalapeño-apple preserve and a basic guacamole to go with this meatloaf.

Ingredients makes 12 servings

1/2 cup lime juice

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon cumin

1 Tablespoon chili powder

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 cup cilantro chopped

1/2 medium/large onion chopped

7 garlic cloves sliced thin

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 lbs plus 10oz boneless chicken thighs hand chopped

3 XL eggs beaten

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups whole wheat panko

non-stick cooking spray

Directions

Set Oven to 350 degrees F. Blend your first eleven ingredients. (lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, cumin, chili powder, sugar, red pepper flakes, cilantro, onion, garlic black pepper, and salt.) Set to the side. In a large bowl add your chicken, eggs, remaining salt and pepper, panko and blended mixture. Pour into your non-stick sprayed loaf pan and cover with foil. In my oven the meatloaf took one hour to be done.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Meatloaf

Cilantro Lime Chicken Meatloaf

This came out FORKING AWSOME.

 This is FORKING GREAT and that's The Forking Truth

This is FORKING GREAT and that’s The Forking Truth

WTFork is That……A Purple Daikon Radish

Purple Daikon Radish

Purple Daikon Radish

I never seen this kind of radish before. It’s very large about the same size as an extra large russet potato.

Inside the radish is a pretty design.

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I taste it.

It’s spicy and sweeter than most radishes with a nice crunch. This radish has much more flavor than a regular daikon radish. This radish might be the most delicious radish I ever tried!

I like this radish. Hope I find it again!

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The Forking Truth

Things I Forking HATE that some Restaurants offer

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Forking Filthy Salt and Pepper Shakers.

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Forking Filthy Silverware.

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Forking Chipped Glassware and or Plates.

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Slopped up filthy bowls.

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Dirty Floors.

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Receiving brand new filthy napkins

Mango and Ube Tart from Casa Filipina Phoenix AZ

Food that isn’t right…The above tarts were hard like rocks and our forking forks couldn’t penetrate them.

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More food that isn’t right. Sent back food and received Recycled Food back. (Cook put orange American Cheese on the burger, scraped if off and slapped on the white cheese among other problems)

Even more forking food that isn’t right. Fondants that are FORKING icing fondant

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Instead of Molten Lava Cakes like they should be.

and something completely different that really annoys me……

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The Forking Weekend Brunch. Not all but it seems like MOST really nice restaurants in the metro area just offers a weekend BRUNCH.

Sometimes restaurants do less business for weekend lunch and must run with less staff to be open. Less staff and fewer menu items help with food cost but that isn’t appealing to everyone.

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I REALLY forking hate brunch. I usually can’t eat out during the week and I’m not going to drive across town on the weekend to eat eggs, french toast, pancakes or forking oatmeal.

I want to have something nice like a fancy entree salad. Maybe a house roasted or house smoked meat sandwich on quality bread with maybe some sort of fancy farmers market side dish. I want something nice, something that inspires me and something that is worth driving across town for…

Usually going out to eat is special and enjoyable.

However filthy Salt and pepper shakers, Chipped glassware or plates, dirty anything that I have to use, dirty floors, food that isn’t right and Weekend Brunch are some of the Things I FORKING HATE that some Restaurants offer.

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The Forking Truth

Thai Inspired Refrigerator Pickle Recipe

Thai Inspired Refrigerator Pickles

Thai Inspired Refrigerator Pickles

Ingredients for about 10 servings

2 1/2 lbs cucumbers with the ends trimmed or just use yellow squash (I used a mixture of both and I actually like the yellow squash better for this recipe)

1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced

3 lemongrass stalks (peel off hard outer leaves and cut in 1/3rds and crush stem to release flavors)

2 Thai Chili’s cut in half long ways

thumb size of fresh ginger cut in slices (I removed skin)

5 garlic cloves slightly crushed

10 kaffir lime leaves

1 lime juice and zest

1 Tablespoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

2 dried Asian red chili pods lightly crushed

1/2 teaspoon cumin

fresh nutmeg a few scrapes 4-6

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons Tuong gia vi (Golden Valley Soy Sauce) on Food Network a local Thai Restaurant Owner said that this sauce is essential to Thai Cookery so here it is.

2 Tablespoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon natural coconut extract

2 1/2 cups rice wine vinegar

3 cups water

teaspoon black peppercorns

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Directions

Place cucumbers in a sterilized jar or container. Everything else goes in a pot that you bring to boil and reduce to timer for around ten minutes. Pour over cucumbers and set in refrigerator for at least 5 days and enjoy.

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After about a week they look like this

Thai Inspired Refrigerator Pickles

Thai Inspired Refrigerator Pickles

They are tasty. The yellow squash that I pickled with the cucumbers is actually better than the cucumbers. They absorbed more flavors.

This is tasty and that's The Forking Truth

This is tasty and that’s The Forking Truth

 

 

Easy Spicy Brown Mustard Recipe

Easy Spicy Brown Mustard Recipe

Easy Spicy Brown Mustard Recipe

This mustard recipe is spicy but not too spicy and has some texture. You do need a spice grinder for this recipe.

Makes about a cup of mustard. Makes about 16 servings

4 Tablespoons of dark mustard seeds

2 Tablespoons of yellow mustard seeds (save one tablespoon to add at the end)

1 allspice berry

6 juniper berries

1/4 cup sherry

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons pulverized garlic

1/2 teaspoon espelette pepper

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

2 Tablespoons water

fresh ground sea salt about 10 turns

fresh ground black pepper about 15 turns

Directions

To your spice grinder add dark brown mustard seeds and one Tablespoon of the yellow mustard seeds, the allspice berry and the juniper berries and grind.

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Get a small mixing bowl and add your ground spices, sherry, vinegar, garlic, espelette pepper, turmeric, remaining yellow mustard seeds, water, salt/pepper and mix well. Let sit for two days and enjoy.

Easy Spicy Brown Mustard Recipe

Easy Spicy Brown Mustard Recipe

This is Forking Good and that's The Forking Truth

This is Forking GREAT and that’s The Forking Truth