Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #5 Ice Cream vs #12 Fruit Salad

UPDATED BRACKET

Happy New Year everyone. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. We are once again back with another battle of our Comfort Food Showdown. I thought it would be appropriate in the wake of the annual traditional New Year’s Resolutions we love to make, to pit a healthy option in Fruit Salad vs one of the biggest vices known in the foodie universe, Ice Cream. It might be the only time of year that Fruit Salad might stand a chance in hell to beating a giant in Ice Cream. It might already be over in most minds, but as always lets go over the details for each combatant.

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Lenny Awards – Best Spicy Products of 2018

CaJohn and Buddah with Lenny Award

Welcome to the 9th Annual Lenny Awards. We are going through major changes this year, and will update you in the days ahead. First and foremost, the Lenny Awards are dedicated to my Dad who passed away on this date, December 19th, 2010. He was a man that would help people whenever he could, just because he could. These awards are a tribute to him, Leonard “Lenny” Goldenberg, and the way he unselfishly lived his life for others, even total strangers. I give these awards out for the best spicy products that I encountered from Last Year’s Lenny Awards through this year, 2018.

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #5 Lasagna vs #12 Chicken Parm

Lasagna

Chicken Parmigiana 

CFS Updated Bracket

This week’s matchup are two Italian mega-dishes.  We have favorite #5 Lasagna vs #12 Chicken Parm.  If you love Italian food like I do – my personal favorite cuisine – then you will have a tough time deciding on this battle…

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #8 Beef Stew vs #9 Baked Beans



Sometimes I wonder when we pair up two of these comfort foods how we got to these rankings. Baked Beans is a comfort food? Well, not to anyone in the room with the person that had some! Yet, here we are pitting a food made famous in a scene from the great comedy, “Blazing Saddles” vs a slow cooker food legend. Beef Stew is the favorite here at #8 vs #9 Baked Beans. I am not sure this fight is fair, but I have been wrong before. Can a beefy family dish recipe that everyone seems to have in their home in, lose to a gassy delicacy? Let us call a spade a spade here, baked beans is a side dish that makes you fart and Beef Stew is a meal, I mean a hearty food with delicious veggies that you can to pick out if you do not like them. Baked Beans, well you can add bacon or hot dogs or sausage, maybe some bbq sauce or brown sugar, but it is pretty much just beans. Both dishes are so different it is so hard to compare the two. In the end, farts will happen and there is nothing a vote can do about it. I still urge you to vote below for your favorite of the two in this week’s Comfort Food Showdown.

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #3 Chili vs #14 Clam Chowder

This is New England vs the World in my humble opinion. If you grew up with Clam Chowder whether it be New England or Manhattan varieties, you have a natural prejudice and have this huge chip on your shoulder towards those that might think your soup is being disrespected. I grew up on Long Island, NY…

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8th Annual Super Spicy Sale

It is that time of year for the spicy lover’s shopping spree. We have all kind of sales from Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday to an extended holiday spectacular. Make sure you see what each one offers, because their timeline on the sale might be limited as compared to others. Everyone was free to submit their own specific sale, as there were very little guidelines in this. We just wanted to give our product makers a place where they can offer up their goodies for our spicy loving audience. So please support them if you can. The holidays are a big time of year for these small business owners.

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #8 Onion Rings vs #9 Crab Cakes

 

We have our next combatants in what might be a very close battle. You have your classic crunchy side item, fried, beer battered big, small, whatever you might find the most pleasing. Do you dunk your onion rings or just munch on them? With a burger, on a burger? Then the other side we have an entree that is the staple for the Baltimore region and some would say it’s reach has no bounds – The Crab Cake! Everyone has their own recipe, every restaurant serves it up in their own way. Some places have mini-versions to pop right into your mouth. With Old Bay or without Old Bay? This cake is in no way shape or form, a dessert, but people will go out of their way for some popular restaurant version. Can you say the same for Onion Rings? I have never started a restaurant discussion with, “I am in the mood for onion rings, where should we go?” Yet, if you find a really good onion ring that hits the spot, you might feel like you found the comfort in this food which is what this tournament is all about.

So this battle is about…

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1- #8 Chocolate Chip Cookies vs #9 Pumpkin Pie

We kick off the CFS Tourney with a dessert battle. Who does not love a good cookie now and then? Perhaps the most popular cookie ever created is the chocolate chip cookie. Warm from the oven or the cookie dough beforehand this icon sweet might be the easiest dessert to find in any grocery store. So many different versions and recipes, but who is to judge which is the best when people make them at home. Then we have the Autumn classic, pumpkin pie. A staple on Thanksgiving and a hit during Halloween after the jack-o-lanterns are carved. A dollop of whipped cream after the holiday meal and people will happily go into a food coma afterwards. Tis the season or is it? We shall find out…

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The Comfort Food Showdown is back!

We did this interactive poll tournament back in 2011-12, and it was a lot of fun. We have 64 comfort foods to be determined via a poll in the main tournament. There will be a qualifying round which will pit Pho vs Fondue to see who gets the last spot. It will be a bit of practice for me, since it has been a very long time since I posted anything here. I just want to work out the kinks before we go to the main tournament votes. I think I will post each round with a corresponding poll each Sunday morning (Eastern Standard Time) before football kicks off. The poll will go 2-3 days depending on whether I close it promptly or not. The results will be seen once the poll is officially closed. So if you comeback you will be able to see how it went. This will be something I will post each week, and let it play out until a champion is declared. Remember to support your favorites or make sure the food you despise does not win. You know what happens when you leave the decision up to others? Anything can happen!

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Lenny Awards – Best Spicy Products of 2017

Welcome to the 8th Annual Lenny Awards for the best new spicy products. The Lenny Award is named after my Father who died of Cancer on this very day back in 2010. Rather than mourn his death, I am here to celebrate his life and how he would help total strangers in need just because he could. I am trying to do the same with the Lenny Award by giving something from my heart to an industry and community that I love. The Lenny is given to my favorite new products and there is no other factor involved in my choice. I don’t get a chance to try everything in due time, so some of these products might be older than 2017 when I first got a chance to try them. I have listed the names of the companies below the video that either received a Lenny Award or got an honorable mention. If you do not want to view that spoiler list, go watch the video and enjoy the moment there.

The Lenny Awards have not been purchased yet, as I will need some of the addresses of the companies I will not see at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo come April. Those companies that attend that great event will have them presented by me in person. Those that do not, will get them mailed directly to whatever address you provide me with. The video is long as I ramble a lot and I try to give each product I mention their due. The addresses below are there for a reason. I hope you will give some thought into purchasing a few of these winners. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Besides, it is the holiday season and some of these fine artisan products might still be on sale.

Thank you for your time and congratulations to all the fiery product makers for making such flavorful and delicious food enhancements.

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