Arizona Is So Hot, You Can Cook On The Sidewalk (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

If you have air conditioning, your energy bills are bound to skyrocket during the sweltering summer months. 

It’ll probably be so hot outside that you’ll never want to leave your home, and so cold in the frigid artificial air of your home that you’ll even want to throw on a few sweaters.

But you can ease the pressure of your mind-blowingly large A/C bill by reducing the amount of energy you use in the kitchen. 

Here’s a novel way to save energy: Cook your food on the sidewalk. 

Well, only if where you live is as hot as Arizona, that is. 

It’s so hot right now in Arizona that the National Weather Service has published an Excessive Heat Warning for the next three days. 

What are the impacts of this heat wave, according to the National Weather Service? “A major increase in the potential for heat related illness and even death.” Great.

The temperature highs range from 108 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Definitely not “light jacket” weather. More like “wear nothing and roll around in a tub of ice” weather. 

But Americans, being the innovative and optimistic people that we are, have taken advantage of the oppressing heat by conducting fun food experiments.

At 1 p.m. on June 20, Phoenix New Times reporter Antonia Farzan took a frozen Safeway mini cheese pizza out into the newsroom’s parking lot to see if it would cook itself.

The pizza was left lying on a sheet of aluminum foil in an empty parking space in 113 degree heat. Twenty-five minutes and three extra degrees later, the pizza had thawed, according to Munchies. By 3 p.m., the cheese had melted but the crust was quite soggy.

Still, that doesn’t mean the cheesy little parking-lot pizza went to waste. Quite the contrary. A few staffers ate it, and one even noted that he or she couldn’t even “taste the pollution,” according to Munchies.

But the Safeway pizza isn’t the only food item getting its time in the sun this summer.

Remember the fried chicken sandwich that was supposed to be launched into space?

Well, yep that happened. After the KFC “Zinger 1 Mission” was postponed partly due to the heat in Arizona, the zesty sandwich was finally launched into the stratosphere this morning, according to Munchies.  

If the Arizona heat can slow down something as important as a chicken sandwich’s trip to space, imagine what it can do to the rest of us. 

Stay cool, Arizonans, stay cool.

Sources: Munchies, Google Alerts/NWS  / Photo credit: Pixabay

Tags: Arizona, heat, zinger
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It’s So Hot In Arizona, People Are Cooking Steaks On The Sidewalk


By Cooking Panda

If you were thinking about moving to Arizona, now might be a good time to reconsider.

A recent video showing an Arizona resident cooking steaks on the street has gone viral, demonstrating how hot it really is in the Grand Canyon State. According to Foodbeast, the video was filmed by placing steaks on a baking pan in over-100-degree heat, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Arizona weather is a force to be reckoned with.

While it’s doubtful that the video’s steaks would actually cook all the way through, there is no question that the meat starts to sizzle and change color, making the video incredibly entertaining.

Even more shocking might be the fact that this isn’t the first time that people have used cooking to demonstrate the unbelievable power of Arizona’s sweltering climate. Videos have shown everything from cookies baking on the dashboard of a Lamborghini to eggs frying on a sidewalk in the Arizona sun!

Personally, we prefer to cook our food surrounded by the refreshing cool of air-conditioning. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly way to grill steaks, however, we suggest that you check out the video below and then fly to Arizona—just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Source: CKRU / Photo credit: WhenInYourState/YouTube

Tags: Arizona, Hot, Sidewalk, steak, summer
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Police Pay Man’s Meal Tab At IHOP, Arrest Him A Few Hours Later


By Cooking Panda

When Arizona Police officers responded to a call about a man with mental issues who couldn’t pay for his meal at a Phoenix IHOP, they decided to help him out by paying his tab. What happened next, however, was beyond what they’d expected.

Authorities arrived at the IHOP after employees called and informed them that Mykel Cantrel Cooper, 23, had just ordered and eaten a meal but was unable to pay for it. When they arrived, it was determined that Cooper had “mental health issues,” according to PIX 11. The officers subsequently paid his tab, tipped the wait staff and proceeded to transport him to a nearby facility for treatment at his request. While at the facility, Cooper reportedly told officers that he had “done something bad” to his roommate.

The cryptic revelation prompted officers to visit the young man’s apartment and investigate. They entered the apartment to find Cooper’s roommate, Steven Horkovy, 29, stabbed to death. The stabbing was believed to have happened early last week, the day before Horkovy’s body was discovered on Dec. 31.

Cooper later admitted to the homicide and was arrested for suspected first-degree murder. He was taken to the Maricopa County Jail, where his bond was set at $1 million.

Sources: PIX / Photo Credit:

Tags: Arizona, Mental Illness, Murder, Police, Stabbing
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This Man Got A ‘Franchisee Of The Year’ Award; Here’s What His Hard-Working Employees Received


By Cooking Panda

The owner of a Burger King franchise in Arizona was thrilled to have won the company’s national “Franchisee of the Year” award, but instead of keeping the Corvette and Rolex watch he was awarded, he and the other franchise owners decided to sell them, add in some more of their own money and give all of their employees across the state bonuses.

Tom Barnett, owner of Barnett Management, won the coveted prize thanks to high ratings, great customer service reviews and stellar corporate inspections, but when it came time to enjoy the flashy prizes he received, Barnett and the other franchise owners decided they wanted to sell them.

“The award needed to go to the people who got us here. It was the right thing to do,” franchise co-owner Shelley Krispin said. “We’re all better when we have people who work for us long term.”

After selling the car and expensive watch, Barnett pooled some of his own money in with the other franchise owners, and they were able to give out a total of $120,000 to more than 100 employees across their 24 Burger King locations in Arizona.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I was in shock,” 15-year-old Charity Callahan said. “It was almost an entire month’s worth of pay for me. They made us all feel appreciated.”

“For him to give us that was really emotional,” store manager Sandy Olson said.

The bonuses reportedly ranged from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per person.

Sources: 3TVEaterTime Magazine / Photo Source: Screen Capture via Eater, Wikimedia Commons 

Tags: Arizona, Burger King, employees, Franchise, owner
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