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Taste Test: The Best Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets seem to have suffered a bit of a PR crisis in recent years. And if you've ever stopped short of eating one to wonder what's actually in these things?, then you're living proof. We set out to recuperate that image, by eating our way through nine different brands of frozen chicken nuggets to find the leader of the pack. See the results after the jump! More

Best Frozen Chicken Wings?

I fired up the oven, strapped on my orangest sweatpants, and got down to business. It's a four-way battle between the "hot and spicy" wings from both Banquet and Tyson, and the Buffalo-style wings from T.G.I. Friday's grocery division and Perdue. More

Taste Test: Diet Frozen Lasagna

From time to time I'll catch a smug Internet thug disparaging the very notion of single-serve frozen entrees. "Oh ho ho, how sad, you want beef stroganoff but don't feel like cooking all day, you have a pet and your pants fit weird." Phooey. It's perfectly reasonable for a happy, well-adjusted person to let the freezer do the prep work every now and then. With that in mind I tracked down lasagna with meat sauce from three leading purveyors of health-conscious (or at least health-marketed) frozen food: Healthy Choice, Lean Cuisine, and Weight Watchers' Smart Ones. More

Get Tony Luke's Sandwiches at Home—Sort Of

Philadelphia Inquirer Speaking of Tony Luke's, tina_eats points us to a story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. Looks like Tony Luke is gearing up to sell a frozen version of his sandwiches in grocery stores nationwide. "Is it as good as a steak I just pulled off my grill? No," said ["Tony Luke"] Lucidonio, who also acts and sings. "But is it the best frozen steak? It is the closest thing you will get to having someone cook on a flat-top griddle." You microwave or cook the meat in a boil-in bag, nuke the bun that comes with it separately, then assemble them.... More

Vlogging the Frozen Food Aisle

Gregory Ng is eating his way through the freezer aisle, one Hot Pocket and Mrs. Smith's crumb pie at a time. He chronicles his reviews on his vlog Freezer Burns, which even includes cameos from his adorable mother. [via URLesque]... More

The Shape of Food Today

From Zach Kowalczyk on Flickr Indiana University photography student Zach Kowalczyk has posted a series of photos in which foods assume the shapes of the containers they're packaged in. Here, broccoli. In this Flickr photo set, corn, peas, Spam, raisins, Jell-O, and ramen, which, out of its container, looks like something you'd find on the floor of your junior high shop class. [via Swiss Miss] And yes, they're reminiscent of Irving Penn's food photos.... More

Can Frozen Lasagna Save Martha Stewart's Bacon?

Martha Stewart is going into the frozen food business via a deal with Costco. With Martha Stewart Omnimedia's stock price languishing and its earnings picture equally lackluster, the real question is whether frozen lasagna can save Ms. Martha's bacon.... More

Frozen Italian Food Worth Buying and Eating

I have eaten in Mario Batali's restaurants perhaps a hundred times (and had at least very good meals 95 times), but I was extremely skeptical when I heard he was putting his name, complete with photo, on a line of General Mills frozen pasta dinners called Mario Batali's Regional Recipes, which will be sold initially at club stores like Sam's, BJ's, and Costco. So when we received some samples at Serious Eats world headquarters I volunteered to be the first guinea pig.... More

Organic Gourmet Food For Your Baby

Springwise is a site about new business ideas and one they've recently identified is the growing market for both fresh and frozen organic gourmet baby food. I don't know that this is a new idea really, as Diane Keaton's character in 1987's Baby Boom was basically doing this at the end of the movie, and the companies Springwise describes are exactly like hers was: "relatively small and regional start-ups, founded by parents who couldn’t find foods they wanted to feed their babies and toddlers". What really matters is that this provides more food options for parents who eat organic and want the same for their babies, but maybe don't have the time or are just too tired to prepare... More

DiGiorno Pepperoni Pizza Reigns Supreme

The SF Chronicle tried out some frozen pepperoni pizzas in a blind taste test last week and lo and behold, not only did DiGiorno's entry come out on top but also scored high enough to make into the Taster's Choice Hall of Fame, "an honor reserved for products that score 80 or more out of 100 points in blind tasting." (It squeaked in with 81.)... More

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