Wrap Up – World Burger Championship 2015

World Burger Championship  Wrap Up, 2015

[NOV 2015]  Rusty Johnson won the 2015 World Burger Championship and took home $10,000 in prize money after winning the burger cook-off category at the World Food Championships, in Celebration, FL.

World Burger Championship winner, 2015, Rusty Johnson
Rusty Johnson, New Burger Champ, offers up a winner [Photo: Facebook]
Johnson, a professional BBQ competitor and caterer, from Port Moody, British Columbia, beat out 38 teams who turned in burgers, including two-time Burger Champion, Wade Fortin.

In addition to winning the burger title, Johnson placed third in the Final Table, an event where winners from each of the WFC’s nine cook-off categories vie for the big prize of $100,000.

Other Burger Winners

Sandi Sheppard (Norman,OK), won second place, and last year’s winner and two-time Burger Champ, Wade Fortin (Chicago), took third.

Keep reading to find out more about the winning burgers

Continue reading Wrap Up – World Burger Championship 2015

New Mexico Red Chile

When the Answer is “Red”

The official New Mexico state question is “red or green?” You will hear it the very first time you order New Mexican food. What your server is asking is, “which chile (sauce) do you want on your food?”

New Mexico Red
Red chili topping stacked enchiladas

Red or green — there is never a wrong answer — but when the answer is red, you will be getting a rich, gravy-like sauce made from ripened and dried New Mexico chili pods. (The “green” is the same type of chili, but picked younger and cooked when it is fresh).

New Mexico red chile
Whole, dried red chili pods ready to be turned into your abuela’s pot of “red.”

Traditionally, for the red, whole chili pods are cooked, then pureed into a sauce. However, you can make excellent red chile with pre-ground red chile powder.

Either way you start, everyone has their own spin on what is supposed to go into chile — add cumin or not, use stock or water — not to mention the debate about the “cheater” addition of flour. The common ingredients, of course are red chile and a desire for that tongue-tingling bright, earthy rush when red chile meets your mouth.

Continue reading New Mexico Red Chile

Pops – Arcadia, OK

Soda Ranch, Shake Shop and Roadside Attraction

Pops, Arcadia OK
A 66-foot tribute to Soda and the Mother Road

660 W. Highway 66
Arcadia, OK 73007

If you ever find yourself anywhere near Oklahoma City, check out Pops, a combination gas-station, cafe, shake shop and “soda ranch.”

Just a short 30-minute drive from Oklahoma City, this roadside oddity shrugs-off the historic Rt. 66 dust and beckons tourists with a gleaming steel and glass building. A 66-foot-tall soda bottle sculpture (illuminated at night with LED lights) stands post out front — a monument to the store’s offering — a selection of more than 600 types of soda pop.

Continue reading Pops – Arcadia, OK