Thursday, March 27, 2008

Deaths in the food world

Lately it seems that there have been so many deaths in the world of food lately. Sadly these two happened within the week

Al Copeland, Popeyes Chicken Founder, Dies at 64

Atlanta, GA 3/24/2008 04:06 PM GMT (FINDITT)

The founder of the fast food chain Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken has died. Al Copeland, 64, died at a German clinic on Sunday after being diagnosed with a malignant salivary gland tumor last year.

Copeland opened a restaurant called Chicken on the Run in 1971. After losing money for six months, Copeland changed the recipe of his chicken to a more Cajun style. He reopened the restaurant as Popeyes Mighty Good Fried Chicken. The restaurant was named after Gene Hackman’s character, Popeye Doyle, in “The French Connection.”

The name soon changed to Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken and began franchising in 1976.

Egg McMuffin Inventor Dies at 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Peterson, who invented the ubiquitous Egg McMuffin as a way to introduce breakfast to McDonald's restaurants, has died, a Southern California McDonald's official said Wednesday. He was 89.

Peterson died peacefully Tuesday at his Santa Barbara home, said Monte Fraker, vice president of operations for McDonald's restaurants in that city.

He began his career with McDonald's Corp. as vice president of the company's advertising firm, D'Arcy Advertising, in Chicago. He wrote McDonald's first national advertising slogan, "Where Quality Starts Fresh Every Day."

Peterson eventually became a franchisee and was currently co-owner and operator of six McDonald's restaurants in Santa Barbara and Goleta, Fraker said.

Peterson came up with idea for the signature McDonald's breakfast item in 1972. He "was very partial to eggs Benedict," Fraker said, and worked on creating something similar.

The egg sandwich consisted of an egg that had been formed in a Teflon circle with the yolk broken, topped with a slice of cheese and grilled Canadian bacon. It was served open-faced on a toasted and buttered English muffin.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thought this fitted perfectly today

Happy Easter!

How To Make Hot Cross Buns


Thursday, March 20, 2008


I'm looking forward to using the crockpot more. With the weather getting warmer and warmer I enjoy smelling the food cooking without standing over a fire. I love homes that have inviting smells. Food gives such a welcoming aroma (except when it is burnt food, which I've also been guilty of)


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Kit Kats

I love getting comments. Often they take me in a direction that I never considered before. I often find out new things. Learning never gets old with me.

A while ago, mowgli was kind enough to comment on an entry about Kit Kats. I honestly had no idea that they were originally an England product.

I found this in their wikipedia entry:

A Kit Kat bar or KitKat bar [1] is a confection which was first created by Rowntree Limited of York, England, and now produced worldwide by Nestlé, which acquired Rowntree in 1988,[2] except in the USA where it is made under licence by Hershey's. Each bar consists of fingers composed of three layers of crème-filled wafer, covered in an outer layer of chocolate. Each finger can be snapped from the bar one at a time.

I'm still trying to taste the various flavors since that is also a relatively new "find" for me. Definitely a quest to continue.

The Small Places

Recently, I have decided that when possible I'm going to eat at many of the non-chain, mom & pop stands and small restaurants. At the very least - give them a try. (As long as they have an "A" rating). Often I have seen that I get the best service from them and that is saying something when you realize the person who is there at dinner time may have also been the one who opened up that morning. I'm so behind but I will try to list the ones I get to visit. I've been to a few in the recent months

Capitol Burgers - on Pico Boulevard (my personal favorite because I've seen the older gentleman there since I was in Junior High and my Aunt Dorothy use to place orders - I'm now in my 40's)

One thing I have trouble with is that I can remember the places more than the names but I plan to keep my pad handy and actually enter the information on my blog (which right now is more like scribble on a paper which gets lost in the clutter of my desk.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Boolgogi - Bulgogi - FIRE MEAT

Last night's dinner was pretty good. We got it from a Korean
cookbook(I can't think of the name, I had copied the page). It was
called Fire Meat. The blurb in the book mentioned that the dish is
boolgogi. "bool" means "fire" and "gogi" means "meat. It came out
pretty well. Wish I would have thought earlier to pick up some Kimchi
from Kimchi House but next time.

So we had a good meal and learned some Korean! A good day!


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Fran - The Original (by Meiji)

Well I was determined to make some progress. Here is the picture of the Fran snack I mentioned earlier. It was pretty good. The cost was reasonable too. I actually purchased it at a Korean Market off of Olympic Boulevard. I can't think of the name of the store though. The security guard was a bit irritating.

Almost Pocky

Well my Pocky quest has slowed down - a bunch. I recently bout some pocky-like snacks called Fran. On the box it says "The Original" so I wonder if it came first. The company that makes it is Meiji. I plan on looking it up to find out more about it. I did see some of their commercials on Youtube but it was in Japanese and I barely know Hiragana.

They were pretty good. I would buy them again. I plan to cut down on snacking though. I took a picture of the box but I have to find it on my computer. In fact, I'm behind on uploading pictures