Geeking Out: Making Zombie Sound FX With Food

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We won't look at cantaloupe the same way again. Ever.

The last place we expected to find food blog inspiration was at a Game Stop. Standing in line, waiting to trade in some used titles for Madden NFL 15, it actually found us.

While we normally tune out everything around us (expect for the cashier saying "Next"), this particular instance had us zoning out by viewing what was on the monitor. Imagine our surprise when the topic was all about creating and editing zombie-eating noises. Eeep!

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VIDEO: We Make (and Eat) a Pizza Cake

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Ah, jeez. I was hoping nobody would see this.

Look, this is sort of embarrassing, okay? This is basically my version of having a homemade sex tape get leaked.

When my editor told me he was going to cook me a pizza cake, and that I was actually going to be allowed to eat it, I wondered what the catch was. None, he assured me -- I just had to consent to being filmed while I gorged myself like a ravenous beast. And now here's the video. We made a pizza cake, and I ate it.

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Pillsbury Made Pizza Cake an Actual Thing

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It's coming for you.

Do you remember that pizza cake that I thought was clone stamped into existence? You know, the one some small-to-medium-sized pizza chain thought would be cool to throw into a contest?

Well, Pillsbury has turned it into a real, actual thing that you can put into your mouth, and I have to be honest, I'm kind of afraid.

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[UPDATED] 2014 Hatch Chile Roasts in Southern California Begin August 2--Here are Locations!

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Dave Lieberman
"Green or red?" What kind of question is that? GREEN, of course!
It's that time of year again: Hatch chile season is right around the corner. And while expat New Mexicans have always lined up for green chile to assuage their homesickness, the peppers have started to worm their way into the hearts of non-New Mexican Californians. Here is a running list of this year's roasting dates. As always, these dates are subject to change if there's any kind of supply problem or if the season runs short or long in southern New Mexico.

[UPDATED 9:45 p.m., July 30:] Albertsons cancelled their roasts for Saturday, August 2 due to weather and chile quality problems in New Mexico. Northgate's Aug. 2 and 3 roasts are still on.

This list will be updated as we get information from our friends in the grocery industry. Orange County and Long Beach locations are bolded and at the top of each date's list. Northgate González and Albertsons run their own roasts, the roasts hosted at Ralphs are from Frieda's Produce, and everything else on the list is from Melissa's Produce.

In addition, El Rey Farms will have their usual setup at La Puente High School; order yours in advance at elreyfarms.com.

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Burger King's Chicken Fries Might Be Making a Comeback

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..they're back?

I was never a big fan of chicken fries when they were at Burger King, but I know they were a pretty cult-y food, so this might be some good news for a few of you: Chicken fries might be coming back.. for a limited time.

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This Summer: Eat Obscene Amounts of Food at Knott's Berry Farm

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Photo by Randy Robertson
Sadly, not included :(

Apart from Knott's Scary Farm, Orange County's other theme park doesn't really get much spotlight since it's stuck in the shadow of its larger, distinctly more mouse-y cousin.

Sure, the rides are alright, but have you seen all of the endings on Star Tours? And yeah, the food is pretty good (and the place was originally named for its pies), but man, have you been to Napa Rose yet? Or Club whatever-you-call-it?

Well, Disneyland food might be on the up right now (See: Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Disneyland Resort), but Knott's is working another angle to try to topple the Mouse: Value.

I (and by I, I actually mean Matt Coker) found a food bombshell buried in a recent press release from Knott's. This summer, for the pretty low price of $30 + tax, you can eat one meal every 90 minutes for the entire day.

Woah.

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How To Make It: Chip-Crusted Chicken Tenders

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Photo by Kiera Wright-Ruiz
Crunch.

Right now, your snack game's basic.

Nachos -- boring. Trail mix -- whatever. Veggies (if you're having a clean eating week, I guess) -- meh. You need an upgrade, and I've got an answer. Meet Chip-Crusted Chicken Tenders.

Basically, chip-crusted chicken tenders are two of the all-time best snack foods ever comemerged together in perfect harmony. You get the protein and meaty goodness of the chicken tender and the sodium-high calorie density of chips. I've never been more prepared for Netflix binge marathons. Sorry, summer bod, but this is more important.

So, this is how you make it.


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How To Make It: Mac-and-Cheese Pizza

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Photo by Kiera Wright-Ruiz
Wow.

You read the title right. Don't worry; I'm excited, too.

Mac and cheese pizza is a thing, and it is glorious.


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Failing The 50 Nugget Challenge, Or A Commentary On The Hubris of Man

By Ryan Cady

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McDonald's
Honestly, even the McDonald's Media Kit photos look gross right now

We've all done things we regret. Maybe you've overdrawn your debit account, or lied to a spouse, or had one too many drinks and suffered a legendary hangover -- me, well, this one time I ate 45 Chicken McNuggets in one sitting.

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Playground's Hatch Burger Back With a Vengeance!

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Anyone who dines frequently at the Playground is bound to come across dishes that wow on that particular visit but have vanished upon your return. I can think of many meals instantly: white Zinfandel vinegar-glazed quail with lentils; pork belly nachos; the meatloaf sandwich; Uncle Lou's Fried Chicken Thomas Keller style ... you get the point.

One favorite we encountered last year was the Hatch chili burger, the Playground's already-awesome Waygu beef burger with a mound of piquant Hatch chilies and a slice of melted cheese. Unlike many of Jason Quinn's long-lost plates, the Hatch burger has returned along with Hatch chili season, and it's taken on a new and menacing form.


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