Dunkin’ Donuts has a bacon doughnut sandwich. But did Kentucky do it first?

Photo courtesy Dunkin' Donuts.
Photo courtesy Dunkin’ Donuts.

I guess the marriage of bacon and morning pastry at Dunkin’ Donuts was inevitable.

The chain first introduced the Glazed Breakfast Sandwich in April, Eater National reported. But only customers in Massachusetts got to try this sandwich made up of a fried egg and bacon between two glazed doughnuts.

Last week, DD debuted this new breakfast item nationwide, and the internet seems surprised that a restaurant would offer something that just seems so bad yet so good.

But lest we not forget that Kentucky’s been doing this meat-and-doughnut sandwich thing for years.

My donut burger from the 2010 Kentucky State Fair. It should have come with a bottle of Mylanta.
My doughnut burger from the 2010 Kentucky State Fair. It should have come with a bottle of Mylanta.

I think I just finished digesting the doughnut cheeseburger I ate at the 2010 Kentucky State Fair. Even though the dish was pretty tasty, I don’t know if I have the gumption to eat another one this decade. But I’m willing to give DD’s version a whirl.

I felt the regret 10 minutes later.
I felt the regret 10 minutes later.

Will you try Dunkin’ Donuts’ new doughnut sandwich?

Should I suffer through another fried creation at the Kentucky State Fair?

The Kentucky State Fair is here again, and I will make it out to there before the festivities end Aug. 28. I’m excited to see all the exhibits and contest entries, and I even entered a couple of baked items in the culinary competition. And of course, I’m looking forward to the fair food.

Remember last year?

Two doughnuts, one burger, lots of regret.

I challenged myself to eat the Krispy Kreme burger at the 2010 Kentucky State Fair. Though my stomach wasn’t so happy, it was kind of fun to eat something that outrageous and brag about it later. I don’t, however, advocate eating this more than once a year.

I will leave it up to the readers to decide what I should try at this year’s fair. Should I go crazy and get something similar to the Krispy Kreme burger? Or should I keep it simple with basic fried foods?

In a Harry Potter depression? Cook up some wizard-worthy treats to get by

I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself once I see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2, or HP7II, as I refer to it.

Four years ago, I mourned the end of the book series after I locked myself in my D.C. apartment and spent eight hours reading Deathly Hollows cover to cover.

Fortunately, I still had the movies to look forward to, the movies that always took the story that had become so familiar to me over the years and gave it an exciting live-action treatment.

But the theatrical tale of Potter and Posse ends after the movie premieres at midnight.

Besides seeing Deathly Hollows at least two times and rereading the series, what should a HP fan like me do to cope?

NPR suggests some grown-up books for the HP set. Or you could hack into some road signs to show your love of Ol’ Harry. But I will turn to the coping mechanism that comforts me when life throws me for a loop — cooking.

The Harry Potter books are full of references to culinary treats both imaginary and real. So in our time of mourning, dear fellow fans, here’s a look at some websites that provide recipes for some of the treats J.K. Rowling included in HP’s world.

  • Like the junk food that the kids eat at Hogwarts? Here are recipes for Acid Pops, Cockroach Clusters (minus the cockroaches), Licorice Wands and Chocolate Frogs. (The Pastry Affair)
  • I always thought Butterbeer had a little bit of adult beverage in it, even though it was sold to minors (those crazy liberal Europeans … I kid, I kid). Anyhow, this recipe for the popular wizarding drink is alcohol free and sounds pretty tasty. (The Pastry Affair)
  • MuggleNet, the best site for all things Potter, has a comprehensive list of HP recipes. Highlights include Golden Snitch Cake Pops and Fever Fudge. (MuggleNet)
  • If you want to get more in depth with the magic in your kitchen, consider buying a Harry Potter cookbook. (Amazon)

My favorite posts of 2010: Will I ever burn off all these calories?

 

 

      

    

I felt the regret 10 minutes later.

I should start reading past blog entries whenever I’m feeling unproductive.

 It turns out that I did a lot more than I thought in 2010 – and had a lot of fun doing so.

I had some interesting adventures full of good food and good people. Here are some of my favorites: 

  1. Ashlee versus the Donut Burger: Think I exaggerated about the peril of eating a cheeseburger between two Krispy Kreme donuts? Scarf one down and tell me how you feel 30 minutes later. I could have really used some Tums that day when I ate this monster burger at the Kentucky State Fair.
  2. Chicken Fest and KFC, y’all: A couple of friends and I visited Laurel County, Kentucky, birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken and home of the annual World Chicken Festival. The highlight of the trip was meeting a handful of Colonel Sanders lookalikes. I’ve never seen so many white suits and moustaches in one place. The chicken wasn’t what I expected, but you can’t beat eating a KFC two-piece meal in the place where it all started.
  3. Adventures at Aldi: I love Aldi. Every visit is filled with glee when I look at how many reuseable bags I fill for half the price of other stores. Let’s face it, I might name my first child after this grocery chain. It’s not local, but the prices are right for someone on a tight budget. My four tips for shopping at Aldi remains one of the most-read posts on Ashlee Eats.
  4. Some dude named Emeril: Celebrity chef, author and television host Emeril Lagasse stopped by Louisville for the first-ever Fork, Cork and Style event at Churchill Downs. He had some really nice things to say about the city, and it made my heart squeal with pride.

The top 4 worst Halloween candy choices

Two types of candy dominate the sugar landscape during Halloween season.

There are the sweets that can drive trick-or-treaters to stalk their neighbors on Halloween night (here’s looking at you, lady with the full-sized Snickers bars).

And then there’s the candy that never disappears from the bottom of the bowl.

Here is a breakdown of four candies in the latter category – selections that can spoil a Halloween bounty.

1) Candy corn. This candy could be easily labeled as the poster child for Halloween because it only seems to appear on stores shelves once a year. Thank goodness. Candy corn stays fresh for about two days before it begins to taste like hardened candle wax. Even fans of this candy have to admit that it’s hard to find a fresh batch – candy corn often ends up piled decorative Halloween bowls for the entire season.

2) Peanut butter taffy. Most people know this selection as “that candy in the orange and black wrappers.” It takes at least 10 minutes to soften this blob of hard peanut butter, and that’s not counting the time you will spend chewing the wad down to a digestible form.

3) Black licorice. What is black licorice supposed to taste like? It’s hard to enjoy a candy if its flavor is unrecognizable.

4) Wax bottle candy. The concept is fun – candy shaped like an old-school soft drink bottle and filled with liquid. But in practice, this sweet is nothing more than colored sugar water in wax.

Photo: Flickr/emilyonasunday

This article originally appeared on Louisville.com

Bits and pieces: McDonald’s weddings, hangover cures and other food news from the web, 10.26.10

  • Can honey help a hangover? How about rubbing lemon on your armpit? The Chicago Tribune provides a handy-dandy slideshow that debunks and confirms alleged remedies to hangovers. After a weekend of hanging with photographers at Mountain Workshops in Elizabethtown, I learned the best cure for a hangover is just not to drink at all. I’m still reeling.

 

  • As a kid, I enjoyed spaghetti sandwiches – a pile of Mama Eats’ spaghetti smashed between two slices of white bread. Now spaghetti tacos are a hit among the kid crowd, according to an article in the New York Times. The dish was featured on the show iCarly and sent tweens into a tizzy to recreate it.

 

  • Love McDonald’s as much as your significant other? If you live in Hong Kong, you can get married in the fast-food restaurant. According to an article in The Independent of London, Hong Kong McDonald’s locations will begin offering on-site wedding packages next year that include your choice of a wedding cake, made of apple pie or burgers. “People said they’d dated here, or met here, and wanted to get married here … We see this as a business chance,” said Helen Cheung Yuen-ling, McDonald’s Hong Kong director of corporate communications and relations.

 

  • Halloween has become good business for American farmers, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. From the article:

Looking to diversify their sources of income, small farmers are expanding their “agritourism” or “agri-tainment” operations beyond the traditional pumpkin-picking, hayride and petting zoo. They’re erecting haunted mansions, dizzying corn mazes and other elaborate attractions on their properties. In some cases, they convert them into holiday spectacles and other themed exhibits to keep visitors coming for a longer season.

Lady Gaga likes her meat rare – and covering her body

Oh, Gaga.

Only you can wear a meat bikini (a meatkini, perhaps?) and not royally piss off People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Lady Gaga on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan. Photo courtesy Nicolelovelye via Flickr.

PETA seems relatively calm about the meaty cover.

“Lady Gaga’s job is to do outlandish things, and this certainly qualifies as outlandish because meat is something you want to avoid putting on or in your body,” PETA’s President, Ingrid Newkirk, told the New York Daily News.

The pop superstar is not the first person to use meat as a fashion statement.

Back in cycle 10 of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks had her competitors pose in the meat-packing district getting their smize on while wearing cuts of beef.

I love a good steak, but this might be a wee bit too much for the sake of fashion. What do you think?

Bits and pieces: Frankenfish, fried beer and other food news from the web, 9.7.10

  • Genetically modified salmon is safe to eat and poses little risk to the environment, the Food and Drug Administration said in an analysis the group released last week. According to an article in the New York Times, the FDA’s favorable assessment will make it more likely that this fish will be the first genetically modified animal to enter the American food supply. But “a coalition of 31 consumer, animal welfare, environmental and fisheries groups announced opposition to the approval last week, citing, in particular, concerns that the salmon could escape and possibly outcompete wild salmon for food or mates,” the article stated. I’ll hold off on buying Frankenfish, thankyouverymuch.
  • The Association of Food Journalists announced its list of the best food writers and writing at the group’s annual conference last week, according to the Poynter Institute. I’m searching for the article that won first place for best magazine food feature: “Why America is Addicted to Olive Garden.”
  • This is change I can believe in. White Castle is stepping up their game by testing new concepts in selected restaurants, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. In Lafayette, Ind., WC has introduced Blaze Modern BBQ in one of the company’s existing restaurants. The menu includes seven types of meat, baked beans, corn on the cob and jalapeno cornbread. Down in Lebanon, Tenn., WC is trying a pressed-club-sandwich concept called Deckers that offers 10 sandwiches ranging from PB&J to chicken Cordon Bleu. And there are rumors of a noodle menu at a White Castle in Ohio.
  • Only in Texas can you find beer, club salads and butter that have been battered and submerged in grease. These items are just some of the fried treats at this year’s Texas State Fair, according to the Dallas Morning News. I would eat the Texas Fried Frito Pie – “Chili, accented with a hint of sharp cheddar, encased in Fritos. Battered and fried.”

5 emotional stages of consuming a Krispy Kreme burger

Disgust and intrigue are the two reactions I have come across in discussions of the Krispy Kreme burger, this year’s hot-ticket item at the Kentucky State Fair.

On Wednesday, the information booth volunteer who pointed me toward the Donut Burger stand (four vendors down on the left) couldn’t understand why anyone would want to eat a beef patty sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.

“I wouldn’t try it,” she said. “But you can come back here and tell me how it is.”

The Donut Burger stand.

I asked the cashier at the burger stand if anyone had died from eating the burger (“Not yet”) and let some visitors from Winston-Salem, N.C., take a picture of my meal (“We just can’t believe someone would make this”) before I settled down to see what all the fuss was about.

My burger, which should have come with a bottle of Mylanta.

It took less than 10 minutes to eat the Krispy Kreme burger. But I spent the next two hours in negotiations with my digestive system, begging for forgiveness and cooperation.

It was in the aftermath of the meal that I identified the five emotional stages that I experienced during and after the consumption of the Krispy Kreme burger. Here is a chronicle of my immediate thoughts and feelings.

The first bite.
  1. Euphoria

OH EM GEE. Why didn’t anyone tell me about this magical combination of beef and fried dough? The burger is juicy and dressed with American cheese, lettuce, red onion and tomato. The donuts are so fresh that they easily smash in my hands and coat my fingers with glaze. This is good and greasy, and I must eat it in double the time it would take me to finish a regular cheeseburger. Take that, naysayers. Why was I so scared of something so wonderful? I should’ve abided by the Go Big or Go Home doctrine and gotten bacon. In the epic battle of Woman vs. Food, I have emerged victorious.

2. Awareness

I just ate two Krispy Kremes. And a cheeseburger. At the same time. The grease and glaze have introduced themselves to one another in the pit of my stomach, and the dough is quickly expanding. This can’t bode well.

3. Regret

I shouldn’t have gotten the cheese. Or the tomato. Or the onion. Or the burger. I shouldn’t have eaten it so fast. I shouldn’t have also ordered sweet potato fries to go along with the burger. I should have coated my stomach with something beforehand, like some Pepto or an ice cream cone. I should have practiced before diving into such an epic meal. Maybe a deep-fried Snickers could have built my stomach into an iron-clad dome.

4. Shame

I can’t believe I ate a Krispy Kreme burger. Consuming that many calories can’t be very ladylike. The folks on Twitter are already a bit disgusted with my meal. I am as disgusted as well. Maybe I can sleep this off under the amateur photography display.

5. Acceptance

It took two hours of walking through the exhibit halls to return my body to some degree of normalcy, but I’m fine. I’m not in a food coma in one of the cages with the prize hogs. My belly is full, but not dragging me down. I consumed a delicious lunch of a fatty food combination that I will never eat again, but it was worth the bragging rights. Now, excuse me while I eat a piece of funnel cake.

Bits and pieces: Kentucky State Fair Edition, 8.23.10

This week’s news from the web is dedicated to the 106th Kentucky State Fair, which began Thursday and continues through Sunday.

No words necessary.
  • There’s been a lot of talk about the Krispy Kreme burger, a new addition to the usual fair food available. The dish consists of a beef patty stuck between two Krispy Kreme donuts. And there’s also bacon, just in case you didn’t get enough fat in your meal. The concept is not new – Luther burgers have been around for at least a couple of years. Courier-Journal reporter Chris Quay ate it and survived. Should I?
  • Tom Eblen, a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leadershadowed the volunteers who have the task of judging more than 4,000 dishes entered into the fair’s culinary competition. The judges take their job seriously – check out the debate about whether an entrant’s pie crust is bought or homemade.
  • Food is a big draw at fairs across the country. The fair in Montgomery County near Washington, D.C., is expanding the palates of attendees by introducing ethnic foods (in addition to classic fried foods, of course). According to the Washington Post, “as America’s population has diversified – and Montgomery County’s is among the most diverse anywhere – fair organizers in a few states have opened up their food stands to better reflect the people coming through the doors. They’re also appealing to a younger population with an increasingly sophisticated palate.” Some of the offerings at the Montgomery County fair include Ecuadorian fruit salad, Salvadorian tortillas and Greek gyros.
  • Need to know what’s going on at the fair? Check out the event’s official blog, The Shake Up, for a daily rundown. The Courier-Journal also has a great page devoted to the fair.

*Photo courtesy of *Jeffrey* via Flickr