Friday, April 6, 2012

Fry Me A River


I apologize to my arteries for what I'm about to say.  

There there is nothing better than . . . fried foods.  There, I've said it.  My arteries, however, will be pleased to know that The British Medical Journal did a study, published in January of this year, which showed that fried foods are not bad for you if they are fried in olive or sunflower oil.   Ha!  I stopped reading after that because I didn't want to see if a "but" followed.   Yes, I know.   The study didn't say that fried foods were healthy (or DID it?  I didn't finish reading!) -  just that they weren't "bad" for you.   "Healthy," "not bad," - semantics.  All the same to me.  So, fried foods - thumbs up!!  Straight from our friends across the pond.  I love those Brits!

And where better to get fried foods than at a fair!   Fairs are really kind of creepy (mainly because of the really scary people who work there).  But fair food is totally amazing!    The unofficial motto of state fair food vendors is that if you can fry it, you can eat it.    Fried bacon, fried oreos, fried coca cola, fried kool-aid, fried pop tarts, fried Twinkies, fried club salad.  You name it, you fry it.   The 2011 Wisconsin State Fair even offered clumps of deep fried butter.  That sounds extremely gross to me, but who am I to judge? 

Next month is our annual Balloon Stampede.   Hot air balloons in the sky and rows of vendors on the ground selling their wares, including, of course, fried foods.   We don't have anything as exotic as fried coca cola (although if we did, I'd be first in line), so I will look for the humongous platter of fried french fries (redundant, I know).  

What's your favorite fried food?

45 comments:

  1. I do like fried food - but somehow there was just too much of it in this post! Made me a little queasy ;-)

    I guess my favourite fries are French Fries - and maybe onion rings.... mmmmm soo good!

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    1. I should have put a WARNING at the top of my blog re: queasiness :)

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  2. French fries all the way! When I was pregnant with our first baby, I was sick all the time. The only thing I ate and kept down: french fries. I've never forgotten their kindness!

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  3. Definately mine is beer battered onion rings. We went to a festival last year and they had fried beer.

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    1. I really don't know how you would fry beverages :)

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  4. Only one favorite? Shoot. I like my chicken wings fried, you can bake them, but fried is so much better. You can't have a "Willie's Fish Sandwich" unless it's deep fried. Most anything is better if it's deep fried. Ah the fair and it's temptations.

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    1. Sorry, Tammy - I should have said "favorites" !!

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  5. Fired coca cola? How...does that work?

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    1. Good question. You should research that, Larissa!

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  6. Minnesota State Fair = fried AND on a stick! My favorite is a tie between good battered onion rings and mozzarella sticks. Yum.

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  7. Deep fried mars bars were a big thing over here many years ago!

    Universal Gibberish

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  8. Fried Kool-Aid? How in the world do they do that? I like fried bologna sandwiches. My mom made them when I was a kid.

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    1. Yeah, I'd really like to know how to fry liquids !

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  9. Sherry E, me too! I like a lot of fried foods, and really practically any fair food is awesome. I tried a fried candy bar once and it was great - but so rich that it was hard to choke down much of it. I think it was a deep fried snickers or something. I like fried mushrooms and cheese the best. We find morels in the spring here and fry them and my husband just started growing oyster mushrooms which we also fry and they are nearly as good. I don't care for fried shrimp, however. The breading just hides the taste.

    Anyway, I wanted to tell you, Judy, that I added a Top Commenter widget to my blog and you're number 3! When people click on your name to check you out, it sends them to your blog. I hope you will find some followers or get a few extra page views for being a faithful Everyday Underwear follower :0)

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    1. So cool Cindy! Thanks so much! By the way, my sister's name is Cindy Brown :)

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  10. I don't care how unhealthy fair fried food is- they're to die for (pun intended!).

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  11. I live in Georgia, where EVERYTHING seems to be fair game for the deep fryer. (urp) As if Twinkies and Snickers bard weren't already bad enough for you, hey! Let's throw it into a pot of boiling lard! YAY! No thanks. I'll hold out for an Almond Joy ...

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    1. Susan, you are a woman of great self-restraint :)

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  12. Fried ice cream is SOOOO good! I absolutely love it! Though Fried french fries would have to be my favorite! *mouth waters*

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  13. I forgot about fried ice cream! Delish!

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  14. Oh, I love sweet potato fries! Never tried fried butter...

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    1. I just had sweet potato fries yesterday and will NEVER try fried butter !!

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  15. The Iowa State Fair also had fried butter. Ugh! I love onion rings and fried morels and jalapeno poppers and deep fried stuffed mushrooms.
    I don't each as much fried food as I used to, but it is good stuff!

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    1. Ditto on the fried butter - ugh!!

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  16. Yummmmyy

    do check out my F at GAC a-z

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  17. French fries are my only real fried food vulnerability, although there's a Chinese restaurant where I live that makes incredible deep fried spring rolls.

    Your post inspired me to Google "deep-fried Coca-Cola" because I did not believe that such a thing existed. Wow. It does. Wow.

    A-Z @ Elizabeth Twist

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  18. I'm going to have to hunt down fried coca cola! Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth!

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  19. Mmm, I love fried foods...but nowadays, french fries are about the only fry-licious indulgence I still allow myself to have. *sigh* Life can be so sad sometimes. :(

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    1. But you're a super earthling - you should be able to eT ANYTHING!

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  20. oh the taste of a deep fried dill pickle...I had my first one in Myrtle Beach S.C and was hooked ever since. If you haven't tried it you really should!!!!!!

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  21. I love dill pickles - fried dill pickles would be heaven :)

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  22. When I was in high school, working at Burger King, we routinely entertained ourselves during slow periods by coating and deep frying pretty much anything we could think of--including dill pickles and a wide variety of things from our salad bar. Most of them were pretty fantastic.

    We do deep-fried Oreos at home as a special treat a couple of times per year. I'll have to invest in some olive oil or sunflower oil to make them healthy, er, not bad for us.

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    1. I always wondered what those fast food workers did when it was slow :)

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  23. Fried food and (believe it or not!) doughnuts don't agree with me. Never have. I can handle fried chicken and tempura sometimes, but not much more than that. Fried dough? With the sugar? Which everybody LOVES? - Can't do it! Not even as a child!

    BUT... your Balloon Stampede sounds SOOOOOO COOOOOOL!!!!! I would LOVE to see that! Take pictures please!!! :)

    PS: I am now officially caught up with your blog. - Only about six more to catch up on - All with over 30 posts since I last read :oO And I emailed you so go check! :)

    (Oh look! Masked Mom is right above this comment! Hi MM! YOURS is one of the ones I still need to catch up on! I will! I promise! :) )

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    1. I will take and post pictures of the balloon stampede just for you!!!

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    2. Yay!

      Hey Judy, check your email re the template issue.

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  24. Now you have got me craving deep fried dill pickles, I love those things..And although it's not fried, but Chocolate covered bacon is amazing and something I recently fell in love with at a local fair in my town..Yum!

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    1. chocolate covered bacon . . . yes!!!

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  25. What could be better on a Monday morning than reading that someone did a study and found out that fried foods aren't bad? Of course all of the wonderful fried goodies you mentioned are fried in the good oils. ;-)

    I've never had frid coca cola, but I think now I will be on a mission to find and try some. Feeding my caffeine and fried addictions at once sounds pretty good.

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    1. If you find fried coca cola first, let me know and I will do the same!!!

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  26. My heart loves salmon, and spinach with garlic. So delish. My eyeballs love dark chocolate. Recently, I've discovered Squash Pizza, which has become my go-to food. We make it once a week. Here's the recipe, if you're interested.
    http://adventuresintheballpark.blogspot.com/2012/02/squash-pizza-475-degree-oven-3-4-t.html
    OR, you can visit my blog and in the 'looking for' box, type in Squash Pizza. YUM! Good to find you on the A-Z challenge!

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