Forking Weird Food out There!

I thought all the Pumpkin Flavored Foods I saw at Sprouts Farmers Market Grocery Store were pretty forking weird.


But over the past few weeks I’ve seen a bunch of other forking weird food and drink.

All American Cheeseburger Lay’s Stax Chips. I guess they are some sort of artificially formed potato chip with artificial flavors. Would you like to order a forking Cheeseburger with that? I don’t think these chips are something most people would relish.


Cow Fat Twinkies are now officially a SCREAM Flavor. I scream, you scream, we can all scream when we see these forking Twinkies.



Instant Hummus! Not a bad idea since sometimes you only need a spoonful. Still weird and unexpected.


BTW see the no sampling above?

Who the FORK is going to sample DRY HUMMUS MIX? I could understand some candy or some nuts but I can’t forking understand dry hummus sampling.



The above wine with an Alien on the label looks kind of cute I admit. The $2.99 price tag makes me forking certain it doesn’t taste like from out of this world. But I imagine I might forking pass out from the taste and see stars.

Maybe the Alien Wine pairs well with Buffalo Wings with Ranch Stax Chips?


Or maybe Wines For Dummies is the forking Smart Choice?


I forking wonder if these weird foods and drink are better choices for consumption than this one buffet that’s forking often featured on “Dirty Dinning.




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Forking Truth

The Forking Truth about Garlic


According to

66% of the World’s Garlic comes from China. Just look at any forking granulated garlic in your kitchen.  If you look at the fine print you will read it’s from China.  Most of the fresh garlic from your grocery store is also from China.


5% of the garlic comes from South Korea

Another 5% of the garlic comes from India

And ONLY 3% is grown in the USA

I forking guess the leftover 21% is spread thin across the world or unknown.

Garlic has been found to be useful for killing bacterias and viruses.

Garlic reduces your risk for heart disease, lung cancer, allergies and has been found to be an immune booster.

And that’s some forking truth about Garlic.

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Forking Truth




Spicy Pickled Parval with Sweet Onions Recipe


I saw fresh Parval at the market and they looked fresher than the Tindora that I buy sometimes. The tindora look the same but are smaller and you can use them like cucumbers. Both the Tindora and the Parval are members of the watermelon family. The seeds in the tiny Parval are very similar to hard watermelon seeds but the seeds in the tindora are soft and edible.  I thought the Parval would be good pickled and I used a whole sweet onion so I’d have the sweet onion flavor and also a good amount of pickled onions for sandwiches.

This recipe is quick and easy you just bring ingredients to boil and pour over your cored Parvel, Sweet Onion and Fresh Dill. Place it all in a sanitary container, set in your refrigerator and it will be ready in about three days.


About 3/4 Lb. Parval (cored)

Sweet Onion Sliced Thin (I used a whole onion but you can use less if you don’t eat pickled onion)


Bunch of Fresh Dill

1 1/2 Cup Water

1 Cup Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt

1/4 teaspoon Celery Seed

1 teaspoon mustard seed

1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

1 Bay Leaf

4 Garlic Cloves Minced

1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns

Bring all the liquids and everything except the Parval, Onions and fresh Dill to a boil and then pour over the Larval, Onions and Dill and mix. Place in a sanitary container in your refrigerator and the pickles will be ready in about three days.


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Forking Good!








Cute little fruits that are easy to peal. They taste sort of similar to sweet green grapes with one large pit in the center that is edible and can be cooked.


Rambutan grow on trees and are native to Indonesia and Malaysia. They currently grow all though South East Asia and are strongly related to the Lychee.


Give them a try!

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Forking Good!

Sprouts Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips & Sprouts Pumpkin Spice Salsa


At my local Sprouts Farmers Market Grocery Store they seem to be having a Pumpkin Festival.



Pumpkins and Pumpkin Flavored Foods are forking everywhere!

They’re selling Forking Pumpkin Cider, Pumpkin Ice-Cream, Pumpkin Gelato, Pumpkin BBQ Sauce, Pumpkin Pasta Sauce, Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips and Forking Pumpkin Spice Salsa.


I decided I needed to try the Pumpkin Seed Tortilla Chips and the Pumpkin Spice Salsa both do have pumpkin in the ingredients.

First I taste a Forking Chip.


It’s odd. The texture almost seems wet and I get an over powering taste of lime. Some of the chips also have a burnt taste. I’m not really liking them.

Then I taste the salsa.


At first taste it reminds me of Apple Pie because it’s kind of fruity but also tangy like salsa but with the taste of cloves. Then it finishes with a little heat and ginger.

It’s a little odd but I like the Chips with the salsa but not on their own. They need each other. It’s still odd but not awful. The salsa masks the imperfections of the chips. I guess I like the unusual salsa more than the chips. The salsa has a slightly fresher taste than most jarred salsas.

My one dog is very fascinated with the chips.


So I offer her a piece of a chip.


She likes them!

So then I offer my other dog a piece of chip. (notice how the chip is left uneaten at the bottom of the photo)


My other dog talks with his eyes and said something like “Are you FORKING NUTS?  That isn’t food”.

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Forking Truth

Another Forking Favorite Metro Phoenix Restaurant has Closed

Ahi Tuna Salad from the Cafe at Desert Ridge
Ahi Tuna Salad from the Cafe at Desert Ridge

A sweet little cafe across from Desert Ridge Mall is now closed. They offered up delicious Breakfast plates like Home Made Crepes, Big Fluffy Omelets and Chicken Fried Steaks served in a nice atmosphere.

Chicken Fried Steak from The Cafe at Desert Ridge
Chicken Fried Steak from The Cafe at Desert Ridge

But what I enjoyed most was the wonderful delicious salads. Chicken, Salmon, Ahi Tuna or Steak they all were presented and prepared very well.

Steak Salad from The Cafe at Desert Ridge
Steak Salad from The Cafe at Desert Ridge

Everything was always fresh, prepared to perfection and delicious! The menu was also reasonably priced. The place always seemed clean and service was always OK. The great salads were just the right meal at lunch time.

Perhaps location was the problem? They were off across in a strip mall that is very easy to just pass by.

The Cafe at Desert Ridge will be missed. Always above average food and also very reasonably priced.

Lost too forking many favorite Metro Area Phoenix Restaurants this year.

Miller's Deli Grill Scottsdale AZ
Miller’s Deli Grill Scottsdale AZ The Best Deli Food I found so far.
From Sushi Catcher Glendale AZ
From Sushi Catcher Glendale AZ The Best local Sushi I found. (this restaurant is still open by the same name now but is under different ownership with different recipes)
Oriental Buffet Grill and Sushi Peoria AZ
Oriental Buffet Grill and Sushi Peoria AZ The Best of the Budget Buffets I found.
Bean Thread in Spicy Sour Sauce from Miu's Cuisine Tempe AZ
Bean Thread in Spicy Sour Sauce from Miu’s Cuisine Tempe AZ The best Szechwan Cuisine I found.

I think it’s sad when any restaurant closes. The ones above did everything right food wise.

We also lost some restaurants that didn’t do everything right.

Seared Tuna Nicoise ($16.) from The Local, PHX AZ
Seared Tuna Nicoise ($16.) from The Local, PHX AZ

The Chef here was clearly talented but didn’t have a forking clue that this $16.00 Lunch Entree would forking piss someone off.  You’d have to hit Costco for food samples to fill yourself up afterwards. And WTFork did they do with the other half of egg? I’m still thinking about that!

Taco Haus Scottsdale AZ
Taco Haus Scottsdale AZ

This restaurant was a train wreck.


The picture says everything you need to know.

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Forking Truth


Burro Banana

Burro Banana
Burro Banana

Not only does the Burro Banana look different from other bananas it can also be used different. It can be prepared savory like a plantain or sweet like a regular banana.

So I go to taste it.


You have to open it on the other end of the stem.

The thing about it that is the most different to me is the mouth feel. It’s completely itch free with a creamy but thiner than a regular banana creamy texture. This banana doesn’t cling to your mouth the same way. It also is somewhat sweet but not as banana bright sweet as regular bananas with a slightly  sort of citrus after taste.

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Forking Truth

WTFork is a Cherimoya?


The Cherimoya is a fruit that grows on a small evergreen tree. According to Wikipedia Mark Twain called the Cherimoya, “The Most Delicious Fruit Known to man”.



I tried one.


You scoop it out like an avocado.


It kind of breaks up into pieces with seeds. You need to remove or spit out the large hard seeds.

I don’t know if my fruit was a good representation of a typical Cherimoya or not but mine was sweet but mildly flavorful. It almost was like a creamy but fruity banana but sort of half strength in flavor and texture.  Like if a banana and a citrus had a baby and the mother was the banana. The texture was light but also creamy but not as creamy as a banana.

The Cherimoya fruit is very similar in appearance and taste to the Guanabana Fruit I tried in Mexico.

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Forking Truth

Japanese Yam with Spicy Banana Ketchup

Japanese Yam
Japanese Yam

The Japanese Yam is so tasty and delicious. I love to prepare it in a very simple way. I just love to eat it as oven baked fries. It’s sweet and almost chestnut tasting with a banana almost aftertaste. So I just used a teaspoon of my home made Hot Spicy Green Ketchup recipe posted a few pages back and whipped a banana into it.  I do note the Spicy Green Ketchup recipe was made with the extra hot peppers I had around my freezer and can be made with different peppers or less hot peppers.

To make Japanese Yam Oven Fries I just set my oven to 375 and cut one large Japanese yam in steak fry wedges. and placed them on a lightly oiled pan. I also lightly sprayed the yam wedges with canola oil. They roasted for about 35 minutes. They got fresh crushed Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper as they came out of the oven.



They are very tasty. Try one!

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Forking Good!

Halloween Candy goes out of Style


After passing out Halloween Candy out a number of years I learned that today’s kids don’t care for the same candies that were favorites of mine. It seems that Halloween Candy goes out of style just like fashion changes.

Kid’s from my day liked Reese’s Cups, Peppermint Patties, and M&Ms the best! We were given many other candies like Goldenberg Chews, Chewy Banana Pops, Tootsie rolls, Pixie Stixs, Rolls of Sugar Dots and Smartees too!

Today’s kid’s don’t eat candy with peanuts or peanut butter because they have forking allergies. I have no idea why they aren’t crazy for M&M’s or Peppermint Patties. I tried giving them out only a year or two ago and they didn’t move.

After years of passing out different candies the one that stands out HIGH above the rest universally with today’s children are……..



Last year I served 82 Halloweener’s and 43 out of 82 picked the Giant Pixie Stixs. Kid’s like pure Forking Yards of Sugar! They are the cheapest candy to forking give out too. They 50 to a box and weren’t much more than $10.00.

In second Place was the Plain Hershey Bar as 24 out of 82 picked that. Hershey Bars have been around forever every bodies Grandparents ate them. They are still around but just are pretty far behind Giant Pixie Sticks.


15 kids picked assorted other things and one at the bottom was boxes of Cracker Jack. I guess the disappointing prizes make the pop corn treat less appealing or maybe it’s the peanuts in them that I forgot about?

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Forking Truth