Fried Pickle Chips? Lay's Is Releasing New Flavors Based on Regional Food Flavors

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Lay's—the beloved brand that created potato chip flavors like chicken and waffles, cinnamon bun, and cappuccino—is now releasing a series of eight new potato chip flavors inspired by regional American delicacies.

Among those flavors are Chicago deep dish pizza, New England lobster roll, Midwestern fried pickles with ranch, and Southern pimento cheese, the New York Daily News reports. According to a press release, the new flavors will only be available from July 30 through September 23 in stores in the regions that inspired them. So, unfortunately, you won’t be able to find Cajun spice potato chips at a store in Utah or Maryland crab spice at a store in North Dakota, but they're available online at Lay's website if you want to try them all.

All eight flavors were featured in a video on Food Network personality Hannah Hart's YouTube channel, who is partnering with Lay's on a potato chip road trip through America.

"I've seen firsthand how proud people can be of their hometown ingredients that have been used for generations," Hart said in a press release, "and I'm looking forward to hit the road with Lay's to connect with locals firsthand and celebrate their flavors!"

Along with the eight new regional flavors, Lay's is also bringing back four regional chip flavors from past limited-edition runs. Those four flavors—West Coast truffle fries, bacon wrapped jalapeno popper, fried green tomatoes, and ketchup—will only be available in stores in their respective regions.

Check out the full list of new flavors below:

Cajun spice (Gulf Coast): Described as featuring a mix of spices like garlic, paprika, onion, and oregano.

Chile con queso (Texas, Oklahoma, Mountain states, Southern California): Inspired by Southwest Tex-Mex flavors.

Crab spice (Mid-Atlantic): Inspired by crab shacks on the Chesapeake Bay.

Deep dish pizza (Heartland and Mid-America): Inspired by Giordano’s famous deep dish pizza recipe.

Fried pickles with ranch (Midwest): Inspired by the fried fare available at Midwestern state fairs.

New England lobster roll (Northeast): Inspired by lobster shacks in Maine and Massachusetts.

Pimento cheese (Southeast): Described as tasting like sharp cheddar with a hint of cayenne pepper.

Thai sweet chile (Pacific Northwest): Inspired by the food truck scene in Portland and Seattle.

[h/t New York Daily News]

What's the Difference Between Stuffing and Dressing?

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For carbohydrate lovers, nothing completes a Thanksgiving meal quite like stuffing—shovelfuls of bread, celery, mushrooms, and other ingredients that complement all of that turkey protein.

Some people don’t say stuffing, though. They say dressing. In these calamitous times, knowing how to properly refer to the giant glob of insulin-spiking bread seems necessary. So what's the difference?

Let’s dismiss one theory off the bat: Dressing and stuffing do not correlate with how the side dish is prepared. A turkey can be stuffed with dressing, and stuffing can be served in a casserole dish. Whether it’s ever seen the inside of a bird is irrelevant, and anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong and should be met with suspicion, if not outright derision.

The terms are actually separated due to regional dialects. Dressing seems to be the favored descriptor for southern states like Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia, while stuffing is preferred by Maine, New York, and other northern areas. (Some parts of Pennsylvania call it filling, which is a bit too on the nose, but to each their own.)

If stuffing stemmed from the common practice of filling a turkey with carbs, why the division? According to HuffPost, it may have been because Southerners considered the word stuffing impolite, and therefore never embraced it.

While you should experience no material difference in asking for stuffing or dressing, when visiting relatives it might be helpful to keep to their regionally-preferred word to avoid confusion. Enjoy stuffing yourselves.

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The Reason You Should Never Rinse a Turkey

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There are many misconceptions surrounding your Thanksgiving turkey, but none is more dangerous than the turkey-washing myth. Raw poultry can contain dangerous microbes like Salmonella, and it's not uncommon for home cooks to rinse their meat under cool water in an effort to wash away these pathogens. The intention may be admirable, but this is a worse turkey sin than overcooking your bird or carving it before letting it rest. According to AOL, rinsing a raw turkey with water is more likely to make you and your dinner guests sick than not cleaning it at all.

When you wash a turkey in the sink, there's no guarantee that all of the nasty stuff on the outside of it is going down the drain. In fact, the only thing rinsing does is spread potentially harmful microbes around. In addition to getting bacteria on you hands and clothes, rinsing can contaminate countertops, sink handles, and even the surrounding air.

There are three main ways to lower your chances of contracting Salmonella when dealing with raw turkey: Thaw your bird in the fridge, minimize contact with it before it goes into the oven, and give it plenty of time to cook once it's in there. For the second part, that means setting aside time to pat your turkey dry, remove the excess fat and skin, and season it without handling anything else. To reduce the risk of cross-contamination, wash your hands frequently and wash the plates, knives, and other tools that touched the turkey before using them again. You should also cook your stuffing outside the turkey rather than shoving it inside the cavity and creating a Salmonella bomb.

Once the safety aspect is taken care of, you can focus on making your turkey taste as delicious as possible. Here are some tips from professional chefs on making your starring dish shine this Thanksgiving.

[h/t AOL]

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