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Saturday, July 4, 2015


The fireworks exploded on our dinner plate this fourth of July with this fantastic barbequed turkey. It was not your traditional bbq of burgers, dogs or ribs but it sure tasted mighty fine. We hope you had a tasty Holiday too.

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Today, we have another bacon offering from that bastion of "everything you always wanted but do not need'; Trader Joe's'. Baconesque is a flavored popcorn that at least does not promise true bacon goodness. They claim it has' 'Fluffy popcorn with white cheddar and a bacon like seasoning. It tastes quite good. The cheddar flavor, salt and fluffy popcorn is a good combination. Like so many other products the bacon flavor is only a dream. At least I did not expect too much.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Today, we put a mustard based bbq sauce through the paces. What a fun job we have getting to try new sauces. I do not need an excuse to fire up the barbeque but we did and you can read all about 'Rippleman's Rib N' Dipping Sauce by Clicking this Link.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Dreyer's Ice Cream has a new but old flavor they have released called Spumoni. This ice cream is a trio of flavors: chocolate, cherry and pistachio. If memory serves me right, I remember Spumoni having dried, candied fruit and nuts. This did not. The flavors did not necessarily have to be tri-colored but could be vanilla only. This version reminds me of a Neapolitan style ice cream. Regardless of my memories, this tub was devoured and enjoyed in the name of research.

Friday, June 26, 2015


How would you like to take a flavor journey to Thailand? Grab an elephant and lets lumber into the world of Thai dipping sauce. We review a vibrant sauce that is chock full of Thai chile, lime and cilantro. It is great on fish and many other things such as the lumpia pictured above. Here is the full review.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


It is that time of year again. Slather some sun screen on, lace up your flip flops (?), and go empty your ATM, because it is time to go to the fair and enjoy some tasty food treats. Maybe I am showing my age but fair food to me was corn dogs, cotton candy, and ice cold lemonade. You still can get these treats but the menu has expanded to new culinary heights. Ms. Goofy and I recently went to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasonton, California. We wanted to share several images of the food offered at this fun fair venue. They still have corn dogs and lemonade but I did not see cotton candy. The corn dogs have got a lot bigger and they now have an unlimited refillable cup of lemonade because 16 ounces may not be enough. Come away from the midway and let's go eat.

Now, this is how I like my beer delivered. The Clydesdale horses always deliver an impressive show. The image below is of the 4-H children serving home-made pies and cakes. This was the most reasonably priced booth in the fair. Two dollars for a slice of German chocolate cake was a welcome relief to my strained pocketbook. It also was delicious.

This is the bacon wrapped hot dog. It sounded a lot better than it tasted. It was almost a foot long and set me back $10.75. It was a sloppy mess with burnt jalapenos. I did eat every bite and did taste bacon under the pile of grilled vegetables.

Food Porn? You know, we had  to have a corn dog. This too was a little disappointing. It had spent too much time under the heat lamp and was barely luke warm. I do not remember corn dogs being this long.


I loved Icees as a kid. A new generation of young people can experience the phenomenon know as brain freeze.

It was a wonderful warm day at the fair. So many choices, so little pepto bismo was the verdict today. Walking the fairgrounds and browsing the food courts made for an enjoyable experience. As a child, I would spend hours on the midway riding the attractions. My new midway is the food court. Funny how our prorities change over time. I wish I had bought that icee because maybe a brain freeze would reset my inner child. (Can you hear Ms. Goofy guffawing?)

Monday, June 22, 2015


How far would you drive to have a one in one hundred and five chance to win a Big Green Egg bbq? That is a question we asked ourselves. I guess the answer is 140 miles. Ms. Goofy won a qualifying entry from a local Stockton radio station. This put her in the running with 105 other qualifiers. As some of you readers may know, every Christmas, I cross my fingers and hope that Santa will bring that elusive Big Green Egg. This monster of a bbq has not come down our chimney. The catch of the contest was you had to be present to win. The Racing Honda was fueled and we raced to Fat City Brew & BBQ Supply to win the BGE.

We were not alone when we arrived at Fat Ciy. I think all 105 qualifiers showed up too. We actually saw a couple of familiar faces from the bbq community. Rob Ryan and Mike Hardin were cooking and serving demonstration bbq to promote their bbq products. Both of these entrepreneurs regularly compete in bbq competition. We had a few minutes to kill before the drawing and did a little shopping at Fat City. When you own a BGE you become a member of a secret society. This shop had numerous products all devoted to the BGE faithful. They have their own charcoal, aprons, gloves, and so much more. Since I am not a member (Yet) my shopping cart remained empty.

It was time for the drawing sort of. This contest was a little sadistic in nature. 105 names were put in a hat. Your name was drawn and you proceeded to the front. 105 green colored eggs were on a table and you picked one. 104 eggs were hard boiled and one was still raw. You had to pick one and break it over your head. If you broke the raw egg all over your noggin you were the Big Green Egg winner. This was a little humiliating but we also were driving 140 miles today. Ms. Goofy was more than willing to make the sacrifice. Unfortunately she never got that chance because about 15 contestants in, the winner was cracked open.. Well, there is always the chance Santa Claus is reading this.