Macaroni Grill http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8099/all en-US “Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude. http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/getimage.jpeg" alt="Todd Wilbur" title="Todd Wilbur" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="233" height="350" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Todd Wilbur is a name you may well have heard before. For lack of a better word, he’s a copycat…and a cool one at that. From homemade Twinkies to homecooked Big Macs, Todd can recreate just about anything from your favorite American restaurant chain. Now you can learn how to make some of those famous meals and snacks and save a bundle.</p> <p>Todd Wilbur works in his secret laboratory week after week, ordering food from the big restaurant chains and dissecting each one with painstaking accuracy. For Todd, it’s fun, it’s challenging and it’s a whole lot more enjoyable than his previous job as a TV reporter, which he quit in 1991 to go full time with his recipe cloning. </p> <p>For Todd, the career grew out of a moment of disappointment. In the late 80’s, he received a “secret recipe” for Mrs. Fields’ Cookies…and after trying it out, he realized that it was a poor comparison to the original. Surely he could do better. This, from <a href="http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp">Todd’s website</a> :</p> <blockquote><p><em>In Orange County, California in the late 80&#39;s Todd received a copy of the notorious Mrs. Fields Cookie Recipe Chain Letter that had been making rounds across the nation. Trying the recipe led to disappointment. This was certainly no &quot;secret formula.&quot; The results tasted nothing like a delicious Mrs. Fields chocolate chip cookie! </em></p> <p>&quot;Fake! Phony!&quot; he cried. And then he wondered, &quot;Just who are the goofballs passing this off as an authentic secret formula and how is it that such a bad knockoff recipe becomes so crazy popular?&quot;</p> <p>Todd had an idea. Since he had way too much free time on his hands, he got to work on a recipe for a cookie that had the flavor, texture and appearance of a real Mrs. Fields cookie. How hard could it be? Batch after batch the clones came closer to the real thing, until one day, it happened. The cookies came out chewy and delicious, with crispy edges and that strong vanilla aroma. Bingo! The first Top Secret Recipe was born.</p> </blockquote> <p>Now, Todd Wilbur has a successful business and has published several books. He also has a <a href="http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp">constantly updated website</a> full of his latest, greatest recreations. Now, enough of the history lesson…lets go to the man at work with 5 great recipe clones. And we start with one of America’s favorite sweet treats…the Twinkie.</p> <p><strong>Cloned <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjgHvoY8PjU">Twinkie</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IjgHvoY8PjU&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Copy Cat <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqVCk2oDpSE">Big Mac</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/uqVCk2oDpSE&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Macaroni Grill <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWBY0VyGLew">Penne Rustica</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jWBY0VyGLew&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Chili’s Molten <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz4jSM8D5o4&amp;feature=related">Chocolate Cake</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hz4jSM8D5o4&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Planet Hollywood <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KlC5bGXfWE">Chicken Crunch</a> </strong></p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9KlC5bGXfWE&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></p> <p> If you&#39;d like to become a serious recipe cloner, Todd has two great books available. Both are available from trusted seller Amazon and for the price of around $10 you can learn how to make hundreds of famous recipes in your very own kitchen. Now, eating out could still be something you do at home...but you will have to do your own dishes I&#39;m afraid.</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/p-500-arrow_TopRight_45_-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg" alt="TSR" title="TSR" width="240" height="240" /> </p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452275873?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0452275873">Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America&#39;s Favorite Restaurant Chains</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0452275873" width="1" height="1" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/p-500-arrow_TopRight_45_-64_OU01_AA240_SH20__0.jpg" alt="TSR2" title="TSR2" width="240" height="240" /> </p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452288002?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0452288002">Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2: More Amazing Clones of Famous Dishes from America&#39;s Favorite Restaurant Chains</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0452288002" width="1" height="1" /> </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guaranteed-easiest-way-to-make-your-own-pickles">The Guaranteed Easiest Way to Make Your Own Pickles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. 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If nothing else, they are more or less honest about their food. There&#39;s not a lot of mystery involved with eating a Subway sandwich, salad, or wrap. You get to choose what goes on it, you get to see it being made, you get to annoy the sandwich artist with your demands (&quot;No green peppers! Extra jalapenos!&quot;). And you get a pretty good idea of how many calories you have consumed, because Subway provides visible labels for its food, with calorie and nutritional information. Now, Subway prides itself on its &quot;Subway diet&quot;, but the best thing about Subway is that they tell it like it is, more or less. </p> <p>This can&#39;t be said of other restaurant chains. Fast food restaurants, for instance, were notoriously secretive about their food&#39;s calorie levels until very recently, and even now, you have to pry the nutritional information out of the restaurant (of course, you can look for it <a href="http://www.fastfood.com/Nutrition/">online</a>, but that involves more planning than most people are willing to do). </p> <p>New York City has been <a href="http://www.fastfood.com/Nutrition/">leading the fight</a> to legislate caloric labeling at chain restaurants, hoping that an open display of just how many calories are in that burger will cause some diners to make healthier dining choices. Chain restaurants are the only ones being targeted by this law, partly because their food can be incredibly unhealthy, and partly because, as megacorporations, they can afford to change their signage to accomodate the law.</p> <p>Businesses that are affected by the law have balked of course. Although they cite the cost of creating signs and menus that list caloric info, we&#39;re talking about businesses that spend billions of dollars on advertising every year, and who make billions of dollars in profits. </p> <p>Some argue that calorie labeling won&#39;t make any difference in diner&#39;s choices.</p> <p>“Do you think people will stop eating McDonald’s French fries and Big Macs?” asked Rick Sampson of the New York State Restaurant Association, which is suing New York City over its law. “It doesn’t keep me from eating a candy bar even though the calories are listed on it right in front of me.”</p> <p>This is a disingenuous argument. For one thing, no one is suggesting that people should stop eating at McDonald&#39;s. But knowing how many calories you are consuming CAN help you realize that, since you&#39;re eating a Big Mac, you don&#39;t need the fries. The comparison to a labeled candy bar is also useless; most candy bars contain a couple hundred calories, maybe as many as 400 - a chicken Caesar&#39;s salad at Chili&#39;s has over 1,000 calories.</p> <p>That&#39;s right. A chicken salad. Over 1,000 calories. That&#39;s over half a day&#39;s caloric intake for an active person who is not trying to lose weight. Think about that. How many women order salads at lunch as a part of being &quot;healthy&quot;? Can you imagine how much longer it would take to lose weight if you were consistently eating 400 more calories than you should? </p> <p>The truth is, chain restaurants don&#39;t want you to know that your salad has 1,000 in it. If you knew that, you wouldn&#39;t order dessert or a soda with your meal. You might actually eat less when you go out, or you might start eating out less frequently. The truth is, the labeling WOULD be bad for business. It&#39;s not that your local McDonald&#39;s would be shuttered overnight, but you&#39;d think twice about returning as often if you had to scour the menu for a meal with under 800 calories in it. </p> <p>This fun this video from the <a href="http://www.cspinet.org/">Center for Science in the Public Interest</a> (via <a href="http://consumerist.com/consumer/chain-restaurants/how-many-quarter-pounders-from-mcdonalds-could-you-eat-instead-of-that-pasta-317325.php">Consumerist</a>) does a nifty job showing how the food at popular &quot;Italian&quot; chain restaurants stacks up against junk food, calorically.</p> <p>I understand that Americans really hate being told what to do, and businesses especially balk at additional rules and regulations. Some might argue that Americans need to take charge of their own lives and their own health, and not wait around for the government to come to their rescue. But how can Americans take charge of their health if they can&#39;t figure out how many calories they are consuming? It might seem like a no-brainer to some that a salad coated in dressing and parmesan cheese isn&#39;t healthy, but 1,000 calories? That one surprised even me, and I&#39;ll look for any reason not to eat at Chili&#39;s.</p> <p>Wise Bread readers know, for the most part, that the healthiest meals are the ones that you cook at home. But for the occasional times that we dine out, shouldn&#39;t we have the right to know what we are consuming? </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-caloric-labeling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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