Deep Fried Food TV

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 @ 11:07 AM

I love watching programs relating with food. This has been a passion of mine since I was a small child. Back then there was not a lot to choose from. When I was a kid, I loved The Galloping Gourmet. I got such a kick out of Graham Kerr jumping over counters and his passion for good food and wine. As the years went by, more and more cooking programs began to appear. From Julia Child and The Frugal Gourmet to Yan Can Cook and then Graham Kerr reinventing himself  with lower fat yet higher flavored meals.

We’ve come a long way since then haven’t we? Not only do we still have PBS cooking shows, we now have 2 food channels, do it yourself television showing multiple cooking programs, and my favorite…The Travel Channel. The Travel Channel has jumped on the food band wagon by adding such favorites as Man VS Food, Bizarre Foods, and whatever Paradise they deem fit. Bacon Paradise, Deep Fried Paradise, Ice Cream Paradise, Steak and BBQ Paradise, etc. This is a program where they show the 10 best places to get this favorite type of food within the United States.

I happened to be watching an episode of Man Vs Food the other day. Adam Richman had journeyed to The California State Fair. There were many deep fried food vendors there. Obviously Adam had to sample some of the fried fare. Most of these food vendors are set up in an outdoor atmosphere and not in a food truck. They were cooking all sorts of delectables with their outdoor propane deep fryers. One vendor was doing mostly sweet stuff. Everything was dipped in a funnel cake batter and then deep fried. Cheese cake, cookie dough, etc. One thing that stood out at that stand was a monstrous deep fried Twinkie. It was 3 Twinkies placed together on a stick, dipped in batter and deep fried. There was another vendor that put a twist on his potato twisters. This vendor decided to put a hot dog on the stick and then place the spiral potato around the hot dog before deep frying the whole thing. Now you may think that deep fried hot dogs sound weird, but I have had one before. I found out about a place in New Jersey, from a food program with Guy Fieri, and the Travel Channel. This place is called Rutt’s Hut. It is famous for it’s deep fried hot dogs. The Ripper, being fried just until the skin rips, to The Cremator which goes well beyond the ripping stage. If you ever get to Clifton, NJ you need to stop by and give these savory dogs a whirl. It was well worth the side trip.

Food TV has come a long way over the years. Obviously I was not the only one inspired by watching others cook. The multitude of food information that can be gotten from chefs on TV and the internet is astounding. We all have our favorites, we all have our non-favorites. But that is what life is all about, having choices. Need an idea for dinner tonight? Turn on The Food Channel or Food Network and get inspired!

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