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Deep Dish, Twisted Food History! – Podcast Episode 18: Gingerbread Men!

In the first 2021 edition of Deep Dish, we take a look at a beloved Christmas cookie, and find out why they’re so associated with Christmas!  Are gingerbread cookies medicine?  Which came first, gingerbread loaves or gingerbread cookies?  What connection do these wholesome cookies have to Roman orgies?  Listen now to find out!


  • A brief discussion of our New Year’s Resolutions and the new foods we want to make in 2021.
  • Learning about molasses and that time it killed 21 people… in absolutely the last way you’d expect. 
  • Queen Elizabeth I set the bar really high in the area of impressive treats for guests!
  • Story time as we review the fable of the gingerbread man, Shrek, and a random video game series from the Amiga days. 
  • The surprisingly horny history of gingerbread men, including a brief tangent about Japanese girls putting pubic hair and blood into Valentine’s chocolate! (It… makes sense in context.)
  • Defending Taco Express Plus in Selden, NY from 1-star review trolls in another Review Roast!

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Episode 19: Off Topic! Super Bowl Foods By State! Deep Dish: Twisted Food History!

In this off-topic episode of Deep Dish, we look at another Google Trends map which shows some interesting search results from different U.S. states related to what kinda Super Bowl foods they're looking to make! After this, we tear apart an op-ed written by possibly the richest, most spoiled douchebag on Planet Earth, who published an entire article complaining that his vacation to Hawaii, in the middle of a pandemic, had to be cancelled. We finish up with a mind-boggling edition of Shitty Old Recipes which makes up for its short ingredient list by being truly confusing.
  1. Episode 19: Off Topic! Super Bowl Foods By State!
  2. Episode 18: Gingerbread Men!
  3. Episode 17: Off Topic! Christmas Special!
  4. Episode 16: Chili Con Carne!
  5. Episode 15: Ranking Thanksgiving Foods!


Pizza Lab #37: Peppermint Christmas Pizza

Happy New Year to all our faithful readers, as well as any new faces who just stumbled onto Poor Couple’s Food Guide. 2015 is almost completely gone, but luckily for you, we’ve got one last Pizza Lab to squeeze in before 2016 starts up. T’is the season to be festive, and as such we designed a true Christmastime pizza. Let’s ring in the New Year right, by eating dessert pizza!



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A Merry Christmas From Poor Couple’s Food Guide!

From myself and Meg here at PCFG, we wish all our fans a Merry… no, we wish you a MIGHTY Christmas! This beautiful day happens but once a year, so enjoy it best as you can, whether you’re with family or friends or traveling or even if you have to work. Celebrate Jesus Christ’s awesome birthday party by making merry and taking in all the delicious foods of the season. If you’re Jewish, get some delicious Chinese food instead! And if you’re neither, well then just keep on keepin’ on!

We’ll resume our normal posting schedule sometime after New Year’s. In the mean time, we’ll at least be putting up a new Pizza Lab post, so look forward to that. But remember, today is but the first day of Christmas, among twelve! We hope you enjoy your Christmas vacation as much as we do, and look forward to getting some new projects going in 2016. Until then, have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hannukah, a Cool Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year!

(Jonesin’ for posts? Catch up on some of our older Christmas entries by clicking this link for our Christmas tag!)



Test the Recipe: Glazed Pineapple Cookies

“Test the Recipe” is a recurring column on PCFG where we test vintage (anything published before 1990) recipes and see if they stand the test of time or need updating. In this post we test the recipe as exactly as possible for the most accurate outcomes. Those recipes that need updating will be featured later in a “We Can Do It Better” post.

I knew when I started the “Test the Recipe” column that I had to do at least one cookie recipe around Christmas-time. I didn’t want to take on any family favorite Christmas cookie recipes though, mainly because I already know that they’re good. To find a new old cookie recipe I turned to a book from Erik’s mom, McCall’s Cookie Collection from 1974.


There are a lot of interesting cookie recipes in here, but I wanted one that was definitely different from the cookies I knew me, Erik, and our moms would be making. I ultimately decided on this one because it was different from the usual Christmas cookies but also still had a bit of a Christmas call-back since it sounded like it could be a bit fruitcake-esque (without being a food no one wants to eat). So I set to work testing this glazed pineapple cookie recipe.

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The Cereal Report: Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crunch

The Cereal Report is a column in which PCFG conducts various cereal reviews, of new or limited products, as well as providing brief backgrounds on the cereal. Cereal is delicious and fairly cheap as far as meals go. Everyone should eat cereal!

The other day we took a look at Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch, a pretty awesome, worthy cereal. General Mills releases it around Christmastime each year in tandem with another festively-themed breakfast food, Holiday Sprinkles Cookie Crunch. Unlike its brethren unfortunately, this one isn’t quite as good.



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