[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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Slater's 50/50's Waffle Sandwich Features A Patty Made With 50% Chorizo And 50% Bacon

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Slater's 50/50
The waffle sandwich is the new black, apparently. When both Taco Bell and Jack in the Box have their own versions, you know it's officially a thing. Slater's 50/50 might be a bit late to the game, but--who cares? It's Slater's-freakin'-50/50.

Behold, their new breakfast sandwich.

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Slater's 50/50 Unleashes The Deep Fried Supreme Nacho Burger

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Slater's 50/50
Is a burger really a burger if it has no bun? Eh, no time to ask questions. Must bolt over to Slater's 50/50 for this insanity.

It's the Deep Fried Supreme Nacho Burger, inspired by a rad Make-A-Wish kid named Justyn who really loves nachos. The burger-chimichanga hybrid starts with a taco-seasoned beef patty, topped with melted cheeses, lettuce, onion, tomato, black beans, bacon, tortilla strips, fresh salsa and guacamole. Then it's wrapped in a flour tortilla, deep-fried, and smothered in nacho cheese sauces and served with sour cream and jalapeños. Whew.

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Yep, Someone Made An Umami Cronut Burger

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Kids, here's what can happen if you dare to dream. By now, we all know that the Cronut is the "Gangnam Style" of 2013, a viral spectacle that had the world asking, "What is that and why can't I stop staring?" But for one man, it wasn't enough to simply get his hands on the mystical doughnut-croissant hybrid. No, he wanted more.

Matthew Schonfeld of NYC-based food blog First We Feast had one mission: to make an Umami Cronut Burger. Umami Burger just opened its first location in Manhattan, so this would be a hype-on-hype creation. Read about the epic quest and check out photos of the masterpiece here.

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