So on my way home yesterday from purchasing material in Turlock, I had to drive by not one, but TWO Mickey D's. Barbara Westerfield suggested I try THEIR fries. Well why not??? Life's short. So in the interest of fair advertising, here's my report.
I gobbled down the first one right out of the nice brown bag before I even left the parking lot. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! They were hot, crispy on the edges with just a hint of salt and completely cooked through like a french fry should be. I could even tell they had been in a boiling bath of oil, giving them just the right texture. They were half gone by the time I got home (it's about a mile away).
Here's why you get your french fries at McDonald's, but your burger at In-N-Out. McDonald's has changed up their menu. They used to have a large selection of delicious things, but alas, I only saw one chicken sandwich and about six burgers. Chicken nuggets don't count. Eating chicken parts I can't recognize is a dangerous health risk.
Not wanting another burger, since they post all the calories on each and every one, I settled for the Artisan Chicken Sandwich. Trust me folks, there is nothing "artisan" about it. Maybe it's the bun that meets their criteria. Yes, there really is a bun smashed to death under that tough piece of chicken. The top bun didn't fair well either. The best part was the not-quite-ripe tomatoe covered with a limp piece of lettuce.
An Artisan is a skilled crafts worker who makes things by hand. I suppose I have to admit it was thrown together by hand, including the teaspoon of something resembling sauce underneath the chicken. I honestly couldn't taste it at all ... I tried .... before dumping two tablespoons of honey mustard into the middle. It didn't help.
I'm on a quest now ... something like the bread pudding of the year award we were trying to drop on someone as the Westerfields and I crossed the United States to Maine. I HAVE to find the best french fries. I'll skip anything with the name Artisan.
My trip out of town yesterday was to pick up fabric to make a baby quilt. I know ... there are no babies in my life, but it's the cutest thing EVER!! My embroidery machine that I picked up in Tucson is the bees knees!!! So sad for me, I didn't get QUITE enough material, so I'll have to return today, driving right by Carls Junior!!
Obviously the diet has gone out the window the last week or so, so I'm trying to get back on track with another Instant Pot wonder. There are a million recipes out there ... many of which do NOT turn out well for others, so I decided to stick with a known formula. Here's the first chicken cacciatore recipe I made. It's a keeper, so I made it again last night. Gosh darn ... this stuff is GOOD!!
I served it over a little bit of rice, in an actual ceramic BOWL. I did learn a lesson here ... cut up chicken breast takes longer to cook than thighs, even though it's all the same size. I'm sticking that piece of information in my brain in the hopes it will reappear the next time I cook chicken.
It's time to get organized and start packing for a rally in Sacramento coming up this week. Not sure I'm going to use it, but the Instant Pot will go with me everywhere from now on, so I need to procure a place for it to ride. Reorganization ... not my forte!! Maybe I can find a Taco Bell in Old Town Sacramento to further my quest ... oh wait ... they don't have french fries!!