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Spices 101: What is Cardamom?

Recently a ton of supermarkets closed down in the northeast, especially here on Long Island, resulting from their blanket corporation of A&P going out of business. It was really sad, considering how many people lost their jobs, and to see some old standbys like Waldbaums and Path-Mark close up shop, never to be seen again. Well, sometimes the best way to move past a tragedy is by finding any good you can in it. In this case, legendary clearance prices on all items. I hate to sound like classic consumerist American, but we were able to find some insane deals on food in the last few days when items were being discounted 70%, 80%, and even 95% off.

We took that opportunity to splurge on some cardamom pods, a staple curry ingredient which normally runs for, ohhhh, $15 a bottle. So yeah. Shit’s expensive.

 

Cardamom

Origin: India
Appearance: Small, green pods
Scent: Fruity, flowery, zesty
Taste: Sweet, zesty, fresh
Foods:
Indian, Nordic European
Rareness: Rare

 

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…son of a bitch I just realized these are 3 months out of date. Oh well. We got them for three bucks, as opposed to like $15.

 

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The Cereal Report (Classic): Rice Krispie Treats Cereal

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!

 

Ever since Meg and I made our Rice Krispie Treat Pizza, it made me remember the good old days when Kellogg’s made a cereal entirely out of Krispie Treats. It managed to taste better than the disgusting pre-made treats you could buy at the store, and frankly seemed like something out of every kid’s most legendary breakfast-themed wet dreams. It was this miraculous, full-cycle of cereal where Kellogg’s took one of their cereals, turned it into a dessert, and then turned that dessert back into a cereal. Absolute genius. However that was back in the ’90s, which contrary to the modern day popularity of every frigging thing that existed from 1992-2001, we no longer live in that time period. And so for all intents and purposes, Rice Krispie Treat Cereal disappeared and we all forgot about it…

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We Can Do It Better: How To Make Homemade Chicken Fingers

If there is one universally loved menu item I’m willing to bet everyone enjoys, a food so beloved by people from different races, creeds, and backgrounds, one thing we can all agree is just sooooo frigging tasty from the time we’re capable of eating solid food, to the time we’re no longer capable of eating solid food…

Oh man…

It’s chicken fingers. Seriously, everybody likes chicken fingers. You can’t dislike them. They’re perfect. They’re crisp and tasty and moist, have just enough flavor yet go great with a variety of condiments… There’s no reason to not eat them, diet permitting. Okay, so maybe they’re not the healthiest food out there, but as we’ve already established, fried foods aren’t necessarily bad for you so long as you fry them correctly. That’s especially true when you make your own fried foods at home. So, well, why the hell not?

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We Can Do It Better: How To Make a Quesalupa

So Taco Bell has a history of cutting and pasting menu items together to make new ones, like the quesarito. We already taught you how to make one, and now we’re all eating burritos and quesadillas and everything at home. Hooray, no need for anyone to go to Taco Bell ever again!

But then, they had to go ahead and invent this:

Damn you temptress!

Damn you, vile temptress!

Naturally, the side of me that still wishes I ate Taco Bell felt a bullet go through its heart. I’ve seen some yummy looking menu items go up there since I stopped eating fast food years ago, but nothing really spectacular. But I didn’t let it get me down. No. Instead I decided we here at PCFG were gonna beat them at their own game. Quesadilla-chalupa hybrid? Alright. I like a challenge. Only available as a test item in Ohio for now? Bam. That was your big mistake, because it gave me the time to experiment, and now we’ve already solved the mystery of how to make one. Checkmate, bitches.

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The Cereal Report: French Toast Crunch Returns At Last Pt. 2

I’m gonna tell you all a secret. Well, not actually a secret, but a fun fact. In my possession I have an original box of French Toast Crunch from circa 2005, before the cereal was discontinued. It is (was) one of my most prized possessions. That’s how much I love this stuff. The idea was to hang onto it and someday, for some momentous occasion like getting married or getting a house finally, we’d crack it open and chow down. And hopefully not develop some sort of foodborne illness.

Welp, no need for that anymore now that FTC is back! Hopefully by now, everyone who wants to has gotten their hands on a box of French Toast Crunch. If you’ve never tried it before, I absolutely, strongly recommend you do. Riding on the tail of Part 1, in which I simply reviewed it, I’m going to take this opportunity to expound on the history of French Toast Crunch itself here in Part 2.

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