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Taste Test: The Best Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

@ A Cereal Eater & others mad about "actual" chicken being left out of the taste test: you're right and you're wrong. On the one hand, this was basically a "nugget" test, meaning a test of the over-breaded, under-priced, mechanically-separated-meat-containing stars of most fast food menu value menus. On the other hand, for some reason they included Popeye's "nuggets," which are virtually identical to KFC's new(ish) bites and on the same level as CFA's nuggets, yet did not include those similar products. The main difference between these two classes of products is whether the chicken is of the ground-up and re-formed variety or simply the cut-into-chunks variety. Let's not kid ourselves, neither option affords one a date with a box brimming with jewels of free-range chicken bites. Having said that, in many instances, I'd prefer the ground-up chicken at Wendy's/McD's/BK/etc to the "actual" chicken cuts at places like Popeye's/KFC/CFA. For one, the breast meat they use in the "actual" chicken nuggets, while very good when fresh, quickly becomes dry and stringy as it cools down and ages. On the other hand, the "fake" chicken stays juicy (or at least edible) even on the way home from the restaurant.

The Food Lab: How to Make a Muffuletta Shooter's-Style Sandwich

I said it before and I'll say it again: I'd like to try that bad boy heated up on a big cast-iron skillet for a few minutes on each side (after the press, of course). It would melt some of that cheese and get it mingling with the olive salad juices. Yum.

Are Shooter's Sandwiches Really Worth a Damn?

Yea, seems like a waste of steak. I think a muffaletta-style cold cuts sandwich would be much better suited to the pressing (perhaps with heat added, as well...) aspect of this undertaking. I'm assuming that's the direction you'll be headed with the other ideas for shooter's-style sammies. I can think of a few ideas myself, but I'm curious to see what the Food Lab has up its sleeve.

Burgers and Brews at Gentle Ben's Brewing Co. in Tucson

"All burgers come with a choice of cottage cheese or french fries..."

I can honestly say that's not a choice I've ever had to make when deciding on burger accompaniments. Any reason why cottage cheese is a choice rather than a more traditional choice?

5 Issues Craft Beer Drinkers Should Be Talking About

That craigslist ad is truly cringeworthy. I've never actively sought out a Rogue beer before, although I'm sure I've had one at one time or another. I won't be having any more in the future. What a bunch of losers.

What Are Your Favorite Croissant Hybrids (Real or Imaginary)?

The whole comments section reads a bit like lil wayne lyrics.

Supermarket Sweets: We Try the New Cherry and Red Velvet M&M's

Ben & Jerry's Red Velvet Cake ice cream is really good. But, yes, it's probably the exception, not the rule.

Why I Took My European Boyfriend to a New Jersey Chinese Buffet

Robyn - I know you do a whole shitload of things behind the scenes at SE, but if it's at all possible, try to do more articles like this. And, no, your excuse can't be that you're too busy updating TGWAE.

Cereal Eats: Kellogg's Cinnamon Jacks

Like the others have said, great for snacking. I wasn't a fan of it in milk, though. It's like the cinnamon-sugar coating is lost, yet the milk remains plain - quite the conundrum. When I cut sugary cereals out of my life last year I used the remainder of the box as dog treats and, I'm happy to report, boxers love them.

In Defense of Eating Alone

Great article. It summed up my feelings on the subject perfectly. Sometimes I want to eat a particular dish or at a particular place and I don't feel like coordinating plans. I'll go, sit at the bar and enjoy my food without the extra distractions. People sometimes look at me funny when I tell them I do this. I don't care; I'll see a movie by myself if I can't find (or don't feel like trying to find) someone to go. If it's a new movie that looks good and I don't want to miss the opportunity to see it on the big screen? Fuck it. Thank you for writing this, Jamie.

Taste Test: Ginger Snaps

I never knew Sweetzels were a Philly area-only deal. Without a doubt the best ginger snaps I've ever had and, might I posit, the quintessential (non-homemade) ginger snap cookie.

Stock Up for the Holidays With These Go-To Spirits

W.L. Weller is a fantastic buy at under $20 before tax (at least in PA). Truly a great sipping bourbon at a near-bottom shelf price. Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace are also really good values in the mid-$20s.

Christmas Candy Booze: Holiday Candy Gets in the Spirit

In reply to Pomme: on the one hand, Buffalo Trace is a really nice Bourbon and I put it up there with just about anything under $50. On the other hand, where I live it's under $25. So, while (under $10!) Old Crow might make for a better call when it comes to infusing with candy, it's not the end of the world, either.

Good Toppings Can't Save Olive Garden's New Italiano Burger

Although I would never, ever order a well-done burger if given the choice, I find that places that say things like "we cook burgers to 155 for your health" are really saying "this is a frozen patty of questionable beef that is likely unsafe if not burned to oblivion." I take them at their word and pick another item. Like another commenter said, thanks again for taking one for the team, Erin.

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask: A Bourbon-Haunted Single Malt

As a lover of both Scotch and Bourbon, this one sounds like a winner. Can I just look at it like I'm getting two long-aged fine whiskies for the price of one? Say, a Glenfiddich 18 and an Old Pappy Van Winkle? Please say yes.

Three's the Charm at 25 Degrees in Chicago

Actually, it's definitely not in Celsius. A burger is rare at around 125-130 F and well done at around 150-155. A burger at or over 200 F would be a carbon hockey puck if it survived that long and didn't disintegrate. Check out this chart:

Poll: Which Candy Would You Eat On Pizza?

Wow, the number of drama queens in this comment section is alarmingly high. A silly poll about candy on pizza to coincide with Halloween is an outrage and surely a sign that Slice has jumped the shark. You people need to find hobbies other than trolling food blogs and insulting their (free!) content. For the record, I wouldn't put candy on pizza, either. If I had to choose, however, I'd crumble up some Reece's peanut butter cups and sprinkle them on. Might not be half bad.

Fast Food Chicken Dippin' Sauce Showdown: Popeye's Vs. McDonald's Vs. Burger King

Burger King's "Zesty" sauce (aka the sauce they give you with onion rings) is really good. While I ordinarily loathe much of what BK has to offer, an order of their sweet potato fries dipped in Zesty sauce is a wholly satisfying fast food experience.

A Sandwich a Day: Roasted Chicken at Fuel Station

" I was glad the egg wasn't served in large chunks, and definitely happy it wasn't a whole fried egg piled on top (everything seems to have a fried egg plopped on top these days)."

Did you watch Top Chef last night?

A Sandwich A Day: The Five-Spice Duck at David Burke's Bacon Bar

Wait - is it a duck sandwich or a bacon sandwich...or both? I'm confused.

Tuthilltown Hudson Maple Cask Rye: 'Flavored' Whiskey Done Right

Thanks for the response (even though I'm super late getting it). I may just have to bring this one to Thanksgiving.

Compass Box Peat Monster 10th Anniversary Limited Edition is Worth Celebrating

@arjordan - don't be intimidated by the pricier Scotches. There are plenty of fine, fine examples to be had for under $50 (shit, under $30 if you catch a sale). Yes, some of the longer-aged whiskies will be out of your price range at under $50, but that gives you time to experiment with a few manufacturers, ages, styles, etc. to see what you like. When you find it, skip buying a few cheap bottles and splurge on a really fine example. Savor it in a nice, crystal Scotch glass with a cigar (if you're so inclined). It will be well worth the price of admission and will probably last you a while.


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