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A couple walked away with thousands of dollars in cash — on accident

A McDonald's accidentally handed out its bank deposit, instead of breakfast.

A Tennessee couple stopped by their local McDonald's for an early breakfast, only to walk away with a bag of cash, News Channel 5 reports.

Stacye and Greg Terry were mistakenly handed a bag with the restaurant's bank deposit money as they went through the drive-thru, Eater says. "My husband opened the bag and discovered the money inside," Stacye recalled. "He said, ‘You are not going to believe this.' Sure enough, it was their bank deposit money."

Luckily, the Mickey D's employee who made the mistake caught up with the couple, who returned the money immediately. "We are grateful for this customer and the action they took upon realizing our error. We are looking into why this mistake happened, but what is most important to us is knowing that we are part a community with the values that were evidenced by this person's actions," franchise owner and operater Phil Gray said.

Of course, this isn't the first time a large amount of money has changed hands at a fast-food restaurant. Last summer, a Taco Bell customer got a bag with $3,600 in cash instead of food (the money was returned). Another man accidently left $33,000 in a McDonald's in Southern France (it was found and returned to him), while yet another man had $250,000 worth of gems stolen from him as he napped in a Hong Kong Mickey D's.

Best Breakfast Item: Iced Coffee $2.99

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In the United States, most states give the meal a day or two before execution and use the euphemism "special meal". Alcohol or tobacco are usually, but not always, denied. Unorthodox or unavailable requests are replaced with similar substitutes. Some states place tight restrictions. In Florida, the food for the last meal must be purchased locally and the cost is limited to $40. [1] In Oklahoma, cost is limited to $15. In Louisiana, the prison warden traditionally joins the condemned prisoner for the last meal. On one occasion, the warden paid for an inmate's lobster dinner. [2]

Sometimes, a prisoner asks to share the last meal with another inmate (as Francis Crowley did with John Resko) or has the meal distributed among other inmates (as requested by Raymond Fernandez). [3]

In September 2011, the state of Texas abolished all special last meal requests after condemned prisoner and white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer requested a huge last meal and did not eat any of it, stating that he was not hungry. [4] [5] [2] [6] The tradition of customized last meals is thought to have been established around 1924 in Texas. [7]

This represents the items reported requested but does not, in all cases, represent what the prisoner actually received.

Europe Edit

Name Crime Country Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Roger Casement Treason UK 1916 Hanging Sacramental bread. Casement converted to Catholicism before his execution and stated he intended to go "to my death with the body of my God as my last meal." [8]
Fritz Haarmann Serial killer Germany 1925 Decapitation by guillotine An expensive cigar and a cup of Brazilian coffee. [9]
Mathias Kneißl Murderer, Robber Germany 1902 Decapitation by guillotine Six glasses of beer. [10]
Peter Kürten Serial killer/Rapist Germany 1931 Decapitation by guillotine Wiener schnitzel, fried potatoes and a bottle of white wine. He requested a second helping and received it. [11]
Charles Peace Serial killer UK 1879 Hanging A breakfast consisting of eggs and a large amount of salty bacon. [12]

Asia Edit

Name Crime Country Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Amrozi Terrorist involved in 2002 Bali Bombings Indonesia 2008 Firing squad Roti canai and chips made from Indian three-leaved yam. He shared same last meal with Muklas due to he and Muklas were brothers, and the foods were provided by their family. [13]
Huda bin Abdul Haq a.k.a Muklas Terrorist involved in 2002 Bali Bombings Indonesia 2008 Firing squad Roti canai and chips made from Indian three-leaved yam. He shared same last meal with Amrozi due to he and Amrozi were brothers, and the foods were provided by their family. [13]
Freddy Budiman Possession of narcotic drugs Indonesia 2016 Firing squad Homemade meals made by his ex mother-in-law: Otak-otak fish cakes, and rendang. [14]
Andrew Chan and
Myuran Sukumaran
The Australian ringleaders of the Bali Nine Indonesia 2015 Firing squad KFC. Although Indonesia does not normally grant last meal requests, Sukumaran and Chan were granted their KFC feast via officials. [15]
Cheng Chieh Mass-murderer involved in the 2014 Taipei Metro attack Taiwan 2016 Gunshot Bento, consisting of stewed pork, rice and vegetables. [16]
Leo Echegaray Rape of his 10-year-old stepdaughter Philippines 1999 Lethal injection Sardines and dried fish. When the reprieve was announced, he shared the food with relatives who had gathered at the prison. [17] His execution eventually took place on 5 February 1999.
Adolf Eichmann Holocaust perpetrator (German national) Israel 1962 Hanging Declined a special meal, instead requesting a bottle of Carmel red wine with the usual prison food of cheese, bread, olives, and tea. He drank about half of the bottle. [18]
Mona Fandey Murderer Malaysia 2001 Hanging at Kajang Prison Declined a last meal she was instead given a dinner from KFC. [19] [20]
Saddam Hussein Crimes against humanity Iraq 2006 Hanging The Times states that "he refused their offers of cigarettes and a last meal of chicken and shawarma rice." [21] Other sources state Hussein ate his last meal of chicken and rice, and had a cup of hot water with honey. However, what he actually had for his last meal remains a mystery. [22]
Ajmal Kasab Terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks India 2012 Hanging at Pune's Yerawada jail He ate a tomato along with "jail food", and had two cups of masala tea. He also drank four bottles of mineral water. [23] [24]
Yakub Memon Terrorist involved in the 1993 Bombay bombings India 2015 Hanging at Nagpur jail Declined a special meal he was given a breakfast of upma which he did not eat. [25]
Imam Samudra Terrorist involved in 2002 Bali Bombings Indonesia 2008 Firing squad Emping mlinjo, sagon (Javanese coconut cookies), and pepes made from mackerel. [13]
John Martin Scripps Serial killer Singapore 1996 Hanging A pizza and a cup of hot chocolate. [26]
Sekarmadji Maridjan Kartosuwiryo Rebellion, waging war against Indonesia Indonesia 1962 Firing squad A lunch consisted with Rendang and rice. He shared the meal with his wife and children, but he personally did not eat it. [27]
Astini Sumiasih Murder Indonesia 2005 Firing squad Bread, squid, and assorted fruits. [28]

North America Edit

Canada Edit

Name Crime Province Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin Murder Ontario 1962 Hanging Steak, potatoes, vegetables and pie.

United States Edit

Name Crime State Year Method of Execution Requested Meal
Clarence Ray Allen Proxy murderer California 2006 Lethal injection Buffalo steak, Frybread, Kentucky Fried Chicken, sugar-free pecan pie, sugar-free black walnut ice cream, and whole milk. He let the ice-cream thaw out for an hour and turned it into a milkshake by hand. [29]
Wanda Jean Allen Murderer Oklahoma 2001 Lethal injection A bag of chips. [30]
Stephen Wayne Anderson Murderer California 2002 Lethal injection Two grilled cheese sandwiches, one pint of cottage cheese, a hominy-corn mixture, one piece of peach pie, one pint of chocolate chip ice cream, and radishes. [31]
Lowell Lee Andrews Mass Murderer Kansas 1962 Hanging Two fried chickens with sides of mashed potatoes, green beans and Pie a la Mode. [32]
Joe Arridy Falsely accused of rape and murder Colorado 1939 Gas chamber Ice cream. [33]
Herman Dale Ashworth Murderer Ohio 2005 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers with lettuce and mayonnaise, French fries with ketchup, one Dr. Pepper and one Mountain Dew. [34]
James David Autry Murderer Texas 1984 Lethal injection A hamburger, French fries and a Dr. Pepper. [35]
Billy Bailey Murderer Delaware 1996 Hanging A steak (well-done), a baked potato with sour cream and butter, buttered rolls, peas and vanilla ice cream. [36]
Wesley Eugene Baker Murderer Maryland 2005 Lethal injection Breaded fish, pasta marinara, green beans, orange fruit punch, bread, and milk (this was what was on the prison menu that day). [37]
Velma Barfield Murderer North Carolina 1984 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, having a bag of Cheez Doodles and a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola instead. She was also given a special treat of a Kit-Kat by the prison warden. [38]
Odell Barnes, Jr. Murderer Texas 2000 Lethal injection "Justice, Equality, World Peace." [39]
Suzanne Basso Murderer Texas 2014 Lethal injection Baked chicken, fish, boiled eggs, carrots, green beans and sliced bread with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.*
Donald Jay Beardslee Murderer California 2005 Lethal injection Refused a special meal and had regular prison fare of chili macaroni, salad and cake. [40]
Martha Beck Serial Killer New York 1951 Electrocution Fried chicken, fried potatoes and salad. [11]
Brandon Bernard Murderer Federal Government 2020 Lethal injection Meat lover's pizza and a brownie. [41]
Rainey Bethea Murder and rape Kentucky 1936 Hanging Fried chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, pickled cucumbers, cornbread, lemon pie, and ice cream. [42]
Jesse Bishop Murderer Nevada 1979 Gas chamber Filet mignon, tossed salad with Thousand Island dressing, asparagus, baked potato with sour cream and an unspecified dessert. [43]
Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr. Serial killer Florida 2016 Lethal injection Medium rare rib eye steak, a baked potato with butter and sour cream, a salad made of iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomato, baked garlic bread, lemon meringue pie, and a bottle of Coca-Cola. [44]
William Bonin Serial murderer and rapist California 1996 Lethal injection Two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three servings of chocolate ice cream, and three six-packs of Coca-Cola and Pepsi. [45]
Gary Ray Bowles The I-95 Killer, Serial killer Florida 2019 Lethal injection Three cheeseburgers, french fries and bacon. [46]
Andrew Howard Brannan Murderer Georgia 2015 Lethal injection Three eggs over easy, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, sausage, pecan waffles with strawberries, milk, apple juice and decaf coffee. [47]
Lawrence Russell Brewer Murderer Texas 2011 Lethal injection Two chicken fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions a triple meat bacon cheeseburger with fixings on the side a cheese omelet with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup one pound of barbecue with half a loaf of white bread three fajitas with fixings a Meat Lovers pizza three root beers one pint of Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. [48] Brewer's request was granted, but he refused the meal when it arrived saying that he was simply not hungry, prompting Texas to stop granting last meal requests to condemned inmates. [49]
Charles Brooks, Jr. Murderer Texas 1982 Lethal injection A T-bone steak, French fries, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, biscuits, peach cobbler and iced tea. [50] Originally Brooks wanted fried shrimp and oysters, but the prison chef told him shellfish was not an option. [51]
Cal Coburn Brown Murderer Washington 2010 Lethal injection Combination meat pizza, apple pie, coffee, and milk.
Russell Earl Bucklew Murderer Missouri 2019 Lethal Injection For his final meal, Bucklew ordered a gyro sandwich, a smoked brisket sandwich, two orders of French fries, a cola and a banana split. [52] Previously Bucklew had a t-bone steak, caesar salad, apple pie ala mode, and a baked potato before his execution was stayed. [53]
Robert Anthony Buell Murderer Ohio 2002 Lethal injection A single, unpitted black olive.
Judy Buenoano Murderer Florida 1998 Electrocution Asparagus, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes and a cup of tea. [54]
Ted Bundy Serial killer Florida 1989 Electrocution Declined a special meal, so he was given (but did not eat) the traditional steak (medium-rare), eggs (over easy), hash browns, toast, milk, coffee, juice, butter, and jelly. [18] [55]
Genaro Ruiz Camacho Murderer and kidnapper Texas 1998 Lethal injection A steak, a baked potato, a salad and strawberry ice cream.
Ruben Cantu Murderer Texas 1993 Lethal injection Fried chicken and rice. [56]
Scott Dawn Carpenter Murderer Oklahoma 1997 Lethal injection Barbecue beef ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad and hot rolls served with lemonade. [57]
Desmond Keith Carter Murderer North Carolina 2002 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but had two cheeseburgers, a steak sandwich, and two cans of Coca-Cola from the prison canteen, for which he paid $4.20 from his prison account. [58]
Richard Cartwright Murderer Texas 2005 Lethal injection Fried chicken, a cheeseburger, onion rings, French fries, bacon, sausage, cheesecake and cinnamon rolls. [59]
Oba Chandler Murderer Florida 2011 Lethal injection Two salami sandwiches on white bread with mustard, peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich on white bread, iced tea and coffee.
Marco Allen Chapman Murderer and rapist Kentucky 2008 Lethal injection A 32-ounce medium rare sirloin steak, 20 butterfly shrimp, tossed salad with ranch dressing, iced tea, and a banana cream pie.
Terry Douglas Clark Murderer New Mexico 2001 Lethal injection Several jumbo shrimp, French fries, fried okra, peach cobbler, ice cream, and a Coke.
Robert Glen Coe Murderer Tennessee 2000 Lethal injection Fried catfish, white beans, hush puppies, coleslaw, french fries, pecan pie and sweet tea.
Carroll Cole Serial killer Nevada 1985 Lethal injection Jumbo shrimp, french fries, tossed salad with French dressing, clam chowder, cookies and candy. [43]
Alton Coleman Spree Killer Ohio 2002 Lethal injection Well done filet mignon smothered with mushrooms, fried chicken breasts, a salad with French dressing, sweet potato pie with whipped cream, French fries, collard greens, onion rings, cornbread, broccoli with melted cheese, biscuits and gravy, and a cherry Coca-Cola.
Lisa Ann Coleman Murderer Texas 2014 Lethal injection A fried pork chop, macaroni and cheese, carrots, green beans, navy beans, sliced bread and pineapple orange cake with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* [60]
Richard Cooey Murder and rape Ohio 2008 Lethal injection T-bone steak with A-1 sauce, onion rings, French fries, four eggs over easy, toast with butter, hash browns, a pint of rocky road ice cream, a Mountain Dew soft drink and authentic bear claw pastries [61]
Francis Crowley Murderer New York 1932 Electrocution Steak and onions, French fries, apple pie, ice cream and melted ice cream. [11]
Ignacio Cuevas Perpetrator of the 1974 Huntsville Prison Siege Texas 1991 Lethal injection Chicken and dumplings, steamed rice, sliced bread, black-eyed peas, and iced tea. [62]
Allen Lee Davis Murderer Florida 1999 Electrocution One lobster tail, fried potatoes, a half-pound of fried shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, half a loaf of garlic bread, and 32 ounces of Barq's root beer. [63]
Gary Lee Davis Murderer Colorado 1997 Lethal injection Chocolate and vanilla ice cream cups, shared with the prison superintendent and a manager. [64]
Troy Anthony Davis Alleged murderer Georgia 2011 Lethal injection Declined a special meal and was offered the standard meal tray: Grilled cheeseburgers, oven-browned potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw, cookies and a grape drink. [65]
David Thomas Dawson Murderer Montana 2006 Lethal injection Two double cheeseburgers, two large servings of French fries, a half gallon of vanilla fudge ripple ice cream, and two bottles of Dr. Pepper.
John Deering Murderer Utah 1938 Firing squad Pheasant. [66]
Ángel Nieves Díaz Murderer Florida 2006 Lethal injection Declined a special meal. He was served the regular prison meal for that day consisting of shredded turkey with taco seasoning, shredded cheese, rice, pinto beans, tortilla shells, apple crisp and iced tea, but declined that as well. [67]
Westley Allan Dodd The Vancouver Child Killer, serial killer and child molester Washington 1993 Hanging Salmon and potatoes. [68]
Elizabeth Ann Duncan Proxy murderer California 1962 Gas chamber A steak and a salad. [69]
John David Duty Murderer Oklahoma 2010 Lethal injection A double cheeseburger with mayonnaise, a foot-long hot dog with cheese, mustard and extra onions, a cherry limeade, and a large banana milkshake. [70]
James Homer Elledge Murderer Washington 2001 Lethal injection Eggs, bacon, waffles, sweet roll, cereal and orange juice. Elledge did not eat the dinner despite requesting it his last meal was instead a breakfast consisting of apple juice, oatmeal, toast, hash browns, coffee and eggs. [71]
Victor Feguer Murderer Federal Government 1963 Hanging Requested a single olive with the pit still in it. [72]
Raymond Fernandez Serial Killer New York 1951 Electrocution Onion omelet, french fries, chocolate candy, and a Cuban cigar.
Samuel Russell Flippen Murderer North Carolina 2006 Lethal injection Popcorn shrimp, hush puppies, french fries and a Coke. [73]
Melbert Ray Ford, Jr. Murderer Georgia 2010 Lethal injection Fried fish, shrimp, a baked potato, salad, boiled corn, ice cream, cheesecake and soda. [74]
Joseph Paul Franklin Serial Killer Missouri 2013 Lethal injection Declined the last meal, but had a lunch of roast beef and potatoes.
James Garrett Freeman Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Pepper steak with brown gravy, steamed rice, mixed greens, a vegetable blend, black-eyed peas, sliced bread, chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, and a choice of water, tea or punch. He is believed to have drunk the punch.* [44]
John Wayne Gacy Serial killer Illinois 1994 Lethal injection A dozen deep-fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe Kentucky Fried Chicken, French fries, a pound of strawberries, and a bottle of Diet Coke. [75]
Gustavo Julian Garcia Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Chicken patties, macaroni and cheese, sweet peas, carrots, pinto beans, sliced bread, and a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* [44]
Humberto Leal Garcia Murderer and Rapist Texas 2011 Lethal injection Fried chicken, Pico de gallo, tacos, two colas and a bowl of fried okra. [76]
Ronnie Lee Gardner Murderer Utah 2010 Firing squad Lobster tail, steak, apple pie with vanilla ice cream, and 7 Up. He also requested to watch The Lord of the Rings film trilogy while he ate his meal. [77]
Johnny Frank Garrett Murderer Texas 1992 Lethal injection Ice cream. [78]
Carlton Michael Gary Serial killer Georgia 2018 Lethal injection Declined a special meal and requested the regular prison meal of the day: a grilled hamburger, a hot dog, white beans, coleslaw and grape beverage. [79]
Juan Raul Garza Murderer and drug trafficker Federal Government 2001 Lethal injection Steak, French fries, onion rings, three slices of bread, and a soda.
Kenneth Edward Gentry Murderer Texas 1997 Lethal injection Butter beans, mashed potatoes, onions, tomatoes, biscuits, chocolate cake and Dr. Pepper. [80]
Gary Gilmore Murderer Utah 1977 Firing squad A hamburger, hard-boiled eggs, a baked potato, a few cups of coffee, and three shots of contraband Jack Daniel's whiskey. [18] [75] [81]
Kelly Renee Gissendaner Murderer Georgia 2015 Lethal injection Cheese dip with chips, Texas nachos with fajita meat and a diet frosted lemonade. Previously Gissendaner had cornbread, buttermilk, two Burger King Whoppers, two large orders of French fries, cherry vanilla ice cream, popcorn, lemonade and a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and Paul Newman buttermilk dressing before her execution was stayed. [82]
Arthur Frederick Goode III Murderer Florida 1984 Electrocution A steak, corn, broccoli and cookies. [83]
David Alan Gore Serial killer Florida 2012 Lethal injection Fried chicken, french fries & butter pecan ice cream. [84]
Barbara Graham Murderer California 1955 Gas chamber A milkshake and a chocolate sundae. [85]
Thomas J. Grasso Murderer Oklahoma 1995 Lethal injection Two dozen steamed mussels, two dozen steamed clams, a double cheeseburger from Burger King, half-dozen barbecued spare ribs, two strawberry milkshakes, half a pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and diced strawberries. He also had a 16-ounce can of spaghetti with meatballs, served at room temperature. [86] However, he issued a public statement complaining that he had requested SpaghettiOs, not regular canned spaghetti. [87]
Randy Greenawalt Serial killer Arizona 1997 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers, french fries with extra salt, coffee with milk. [88]
Scott Allen Hain Murderer Oklahoma 2003 Lethal injection Three cheeseburgers, three orders of onion rings, ice cream and a Slush. [89]
Donald Eugene Harding Murderer Arizona 1992 Gas chamber Several Fried Eggs, Several Strips of bacon, toast, butter, honey and orange juice. [90]
Robert Alton Harris Murderer California 1992 Gas Chamber A 21-piece bucket of KFC, two large Domino's Pizzas (no anchovies), ice cream, a bag of jelly beans, a six-pack of Pepsi, and a pack of Camel cigarettes. [91] [92] The pizza was actually a Tombstone Pizza, per Vernell Crittendon's orders. [93] Crittendon worked at the prison and was responsible for dealing with the condemned person before his execution.
Edward Ernest Hartman Murderer North Carolina 2003 Lethal injection A Greek salad, linguini with white clam sauce, cheesecake with cherry topping, garlic bread, and Coca-Cola. [94]
Bruno Richard Hauptmann Lindbergh kidnapping and murder New Jersey 1936 Electrocution Celery, stuffed green olives, roast chicken, french fried potatoes, buttered peas, cherries, and a slice of white cake. [18]
Gary Michael Heidnik Murderer Pennsylvania 1999 Lethal injection Two slices of a cheese pizza and two cups of black coffee. [95]
Warren Lee Hill, Jr. Murderer Georgia 2015 Lethal injection Declined a special meal and was offered the institutional meal tray, consisting of shepherd's pie, mashed potatoes, red beans, cabbage relish salad, cornbread, sugar cookies and fruit punch. [96]
Mark Hopkinson Proxy murderer Wyoming 1992 Lethal injection Pizza, shared with his mother and other family members. He later asked for and received a fruit plate.
James Barney Hubbard Murderer Alabama 2004 Lethal injection Two eggs over-medium, four pieces of bacon, sliced tomatoes, fried green tomatoes, pineapple slices with mayonnaise, white bread, a banana and a medium-sized bottle of V8 juice.
Ralph Hudson Murderer New Jersey 1963 Electrocution Prime rib steak, ice cream and a cigar.
Billy Ray Irick Murderer Tennessee 2018 Lethal injection A 'deluxe combo' meal consisting of a double patty bacon cheeseburger with mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, tomato and pickles, a large order of onion rings, a large Coca-Cola with a wedge of lime, and an extra-large strawberry-banana milkshake.
Shannon M. Johnson Murderer Delaware 2012 Lethal Injection Chicken lo Mein, carrots, cake, wheat bread and margarine and iced tea. [97]
Brandon Astor Jones Murderer Georgia 2016 Lethal injection Refused the option of choosing his last meal, so was given the standard issue menu of chicken and rice, rutabaga, seasoned turnip greens, dry white beans, cornbread, bread pudding and fruit punch. [44]
Jack Harold Jones, Jr. Serial killer Arkansas 2017 Lethal injection Fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, beef jerky bites, three candy bars, a chocolate milkshake and fruit punch. [98]
Louis Jones, Jr. Murderer Federal Government 2003 Lethal injection Whole fruit: peaches, plums and nectarines. [99]
John Joubert Serial killer Nebraska 1996 Electrocution Pizza with green pepper and onions, strawberry cheesecake, and Coca-Cola.
Barton Kay Kirkham Robber and murderer Utah 1958 Hanging Pizzas and ice cream. [100]
Thomas Knight Murderer Florida 2014 Lethal injection Sweet potato pie, coconut cake, banana nut bread, a quarter bottle of Sprite, two tablespoons of strawberries, butter-pecan ice cream, vanilla ice cream and Fritos corn chips. [101]
Andrew Reid Lackey Murderer Alabama 2013 Lethal injection Turkey bologna, French fries, and grilled cheese.
Karl-Heinz LaGrand Murderer Arizona 1999 Lethal injection Two BLT sandwiches on white bread with mayonnaise, four fried eggs (over easy), a medium portion of hash browns, two breakfast rolls with strawberry jelly, half a pint of pineapple sherbet, a cup of coffee, a medium slice of German chocolate cake with coconut-caramel icing and a cup of milk. [102]
Walter Bernhard LaGrand Murderer Arizona 1999 Gas chamber Six fried eggs (over easy), 16 strips of bacon, a large serving of hash browns, a pint of pineapple sherbet, a breakfast steak (well-done), a cup of ice, a 7 Up, a Dr Pepper, a Coke, hot sauce, a cup of coffee, two packs of sugar and four Rolaids. [102]
Jeffrey Timothy Landrigan Murderer Arizona 2010 Lethal injection Steak, fried okra, French fries, strawberry shake and Dr. Pepper. [90]
Ledell Lee Murdered his neighbor Arkansas 2017 Lethal injection Chose to receive Holy Communion as his last meal. [103]
Teresa Lewis Proxy murderer Virginia 2010 Lethal injection Two fried chicken breasts, sweet peas with butter, a Dr Pepper and apple pie for dessert. [104]
Stanley Dewaine Lingar Murderer Missouri 2001 Lethal injection Corned beef sandwiches and french fries. [105]
Clayton Derrell Lockett Murderer Oklahoma 2014 Lethal injection Steak, shrimp, a large baked potato and a Kentucky bourbon pecan pie. The meal was denied because it exceeded the $15 limit. He rejected a separate offer from the warden for a dinner from Western Sizzlin'. [106]
Bobby Joe Long Serial killer Florida 2019 Lethal injection Roast beef, bacon, french fries and soda. [107]
Daryl Linnie Mack Murderer Nevada 2006 Lethal injection Fish fillet sandwich, French fries and a soft drink. [43]
Rhonda Belle Martin Serial killer Alabama 1957 Electrocution A hamburger, mashed potatoes, cinammon rolls and coffee. [108]
David Mason Murderer California 1993 Gas chamber Declined a special meal, but chose to have some ice water while waiting in his cell.
Kimberly McCarthy Murderer Texas 2013 Lethal injection Pepper steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables and white cake with chocolate icing with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* McCarthy was the 500th person executed by the state of Texas since 1976. [109]
Kenneth Allen McDuff Serial killer Texas 1998 Lethal injection Two T-bone steaks with all the fixings. [110]
Duncan Peder McKenzie, Jr. Murderer Montana 1995 Lethal injection Tenderloin steak, french fries, a tossed salad, orange sherbet and whole milk. [111]
Harold I. McQueen, Jr. Murderer Kentucky 1997 Electrocution Two cheesecakes, shared with his attorney.
Timothy McVeigh Domestic terrorist/mass murder Federal Government 2001 Lethal injection Two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream. [112] [113]
Emeline Meaker Murderer Vermont 1883 Hanging Two boiled eggs, two slices of toast, a potato, a donut and a cup of coffee. [114]
Carey Dean Moore Murderer Nebraska 2018 Lethal injection Pizza with bacon, beef, cheese and mushrooms, Pepsi, and strawberry cheesecake.
Harry Charles Moore Murderer Oregon 1997 Lethal injection Two green apples, two red apples, a tray of fresh fruit and two 2-liter bottles of Coca-Cola.
Richard Allen Moran Murderer Nevada 1996 Lethal injection Lasagna, chicken Parmesan, salad and ice cream. [43]
Stephen Peter Morin Serial killer Texas 1985 Lethal injection A T-bone steak, a baked potato, butter, sweet green peas, bread rolls, banana pudding and coffee. [115]
Leon Moser Mass Murderer Pennsylvania 1995 Lethal injection A large cheese pizza, cheese slices, cold cuts, pasta salad, iced cup cakes and a 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola.
John Allen Muhammad The Beltway Sniper, murder Virginia 2009 Lethal injection Chicken with red sauce and several cakes. [116]
Eric Randall Nance Murderer Arkansas 2005 Lethal injection Two bacon cheeseburgers, french fries, two pints of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and two bottles of Coca-Cola.
Jay Wesley Neill Mass murderer Oklahoma 2002 Lethal injection A double cheeseburger, French fries, peach or cherry cobbler, a pint of vanilla ice cream and a large bottle of cranberry-grape juice. [117]
Eric Charles Nenno Murderer and Rapist Texas 2008 Lethal injection A grilled cheeseburger, four fish patties, six hard boiled eggs and coffee. [118]
John B. Nixon Murderer Mississippi 2005 Lethal injection A T-bone steak (well-done), buttered asparagus spears, a baked potato with sour cream, peach pie, vanilla ice cream and sweet tea. [119]
Ronald Clark O'Bryan Murderer Texas 1984 Lethal injection T-bone steak (medium to well done), French fries with ketchup, whole kernel corn, sweet peas, a lettuce and tomato salad with egg and French dressing, iced tea, sweetener, saltines, Boston cream pie, and rolls. [39]
Steven Howard Oken Spree killer Maryland 2004 Lethal injection A chicken patty with potatoes and gravy, green beans, marble cake, milk and fruit punch, the regular prison meal of the day. [120]
Elijah Page Murderer South Dakota 2007 Lethal injection Steak, jalapeño peppers with cream sauce, onion rings, a salad with cherry tomatoes, ham chunks, shredded cheese, bacon bits, and blue cheese and ranch dressing, coffee, lemon iced tea, and ice cream.
Manuel Pardo, Jr. Serial killer Florida 2012 Lethal injection Rice, red beans, roasted pork, plantains, avocado, tomatoes, olive oil, pumpkin pie, egg nog, and Cuban Coffee. [121]
Joseph Mitchell Parsons Murderer Utah 1999 Lethal injection Three Burger King Whoppers, two large orders of fries, a chocolate shake, chocolate chip ice cream, and a package of grape Hubba Bubba bubblegum, to be shared with his brother and a cousin. [122]
Ronald Ray Phillips Murderer and Rapist Ohio 2017 Lethal injection A large cheese, bell pepper and mushroom pizza strawberry cheesecake, a piece of unleavened bread, a Pepsi and grape juice. [123]
Michael Kent Poland Murderer Arizona 1999 Lethal injection Three Fried eggs, sunny side up four slices of bacon one order of hash brown potatoes two slices of whole wheat toast, with two pats of real butter two individual serving size boxes of Raisin Bran cereal two cartons of milk two cups of Tasters Choice coffee. [90]
Marion Albert Pruett Spree killer Arkansas 1999 Lethal injection A stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut, four Burger King Whoppers, a large order of French fries, three two-liter bottles of Pepsi, a bucket of ice, a bottle of ketchup, salt, fried eggplant, fried squash, fried okra, and a pecan pie. In an interview prior to his execution date, he said he was going to share his last meal with another inmate who was going to be executed the same day. He went on to say he originally wanted to have a roast duck for his last meal, but declined because he felt the prison would likely not prepare it.
Ricky Ray Rector Murderer Arkansas 1992 Lethal injection Steak, fried chicken, cherry Kool-Aid, and a pecan pie. Rector, rendered mentally incapacitated by his suicide attempt after murdering a police officer, said that he did not eat the pie because he was "saving it for later". [124]
Christina Marie Riggs Murderer Arkansas 2000 Lethal injection Supreme pizza, salad, fried okra, cherry limeade and strawberry shortcake. [54]
Danny Rolling The Gainesville Ripper, serial murderer Florida 2006 Lethal injection Lobster tail, butterfly shrimp, baked potato, strawberry cheesecake, and sweet tea. [125]
Michael Bruce Ross Serial murder Connecticut 2005 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but dined on the regular prison meal of the day: turkey à la king with rice, mixed vegetables, white bread, fruit, and a beverage. [126]
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti Murderers (Case still open) Massachusetts 1927 Electrocution Soup, meat, toast and tea.
Mark Dean Schwab Murderer Florida 2008 Lethal injection Fried eggs (over easy), bacon, sausage links, hash browns, buttered toast, and a quart of chocolate milk.
Sean Richard Sellers Serial Killer Oklahoma 1999 Lethal Injection Eggrolls, sweet and sour shrimp, and batter-fried shrimp.
Joseph Carl Shaw Murderer South Carolina 1985 Electrocution Pizza and tossed salad. [127]
Perry Edward Smith and Richard Eugene Hickock Mass murders Kansas 1965 Hanging Shrimp, French fries, garlic bread, ice cream, and strawberries with whipped cream. [18]
Ruth Snyder Murderer New York 1928 Electrocution Chicken Parmesan with alfredo pasta, ice cream, two milkshakes, and a 12-pack of grape soda. [12]
Gerald Eugene Stano Serial killer Florida 1998 Electrocution Delmonico steak, a baked potato with sour cream and bacon bits, tossed salad with Roquefort dressing, lima beans, a half gallon of mint chocolate-chip ice cream, and a 2 litre bottle of Pepsi. [128]
Charles Starkweather Murderer Nebraska 1959 Electrocution Declined the usual steak dinner, asking for assorted cold cuts instead.
Brian David Steckel Murderer Delaware 2005 Lethal injection Cheesesteak, coleslaw, and a Pepsi-Cola.
Joseph Taborsky Spree Killer Connecticut 1960 Electrocution Banana split, cherry soda, coffee with cream and sugar, and a pack of cigarettes.
John Albert Taylor Murderer Utah 1996 Firing squad Antacid medicine, a cigarette, and pizzas "with everything." [129]
Thomas Martin Thompson Murderer California 1998 Lethal injection Alaskan king crab with melted butter, spinach salad, pork fried rice, Mandarin-style spare ribs, hot fudge sundae and a six-pack of Coca Cola. [130]
William Paul Thompson Serial killer Nevada 1989 Lethal injection Four double bacon cheeseburgers, french fries and a large Coke. [43]
Karla Faye Tucker Murderer Texas 1998 Lethal injection A banana, a peach and a salad with either Ranch or Italian dressing. [131]
Robert Van Hook Murderer Ohio 2018 Lethal injection Double cheeseburgers, fries, strawberry cheesecake with whipped cream, a vanilla milkshake and grapefruit juice. [132]
Pablo Lucio Vasquez Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Salisbury steak, steamed rice, brown gravy, a vegetable blend, sweet peas, ranch style beans, sliced bread, and butterscotch brownies with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* [44]
Adam Kelly Ward Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Beef soft tacos, Spanish rice, salsa, mixed greens, corn, refried beans, and flour tortillas with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* [44]
Coy Wayne Wesbrook Murderer Texas 2016 Lethal injection Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, country gravy, green beans, sliced bread, and mandarin orange cake with a choice of water, tea or punch to drink.* However, he refused that meal, wishing Texas could offer last meal requests again. [44]
Dobie Gillis Williams Murderer Louisiana 1999 Lethal injection Twelve chocolate bars and some ice cream.
Stanley Tookie Williams III Murderer California 2005 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, [133] but had some oatmeal and milk before his execution. [134]
Marion Wilson, Jr. Murderer Georgia 2019 Lethal injection One medium thin-crust pizza with everything, 20 buffalo wings, one pint of butter pecan ice cream, some apple pie and grape juice. [135]
Hastings Arthur Wise Mass murderer South Carolina 2005 Lethal injection Lobster tail, french fries, coleslaw, banana pudding and milk. [136]
Joseph Rudolph Wood III Murderer Arizona 2014 Lethal injection Two cookies. [90]
Bobby Wayne Woods Murderer, kidnapper and rapist Texas 2009 Lethal injection Two chicken fried steaks, two fried chicken breasts, three fried pork chops, two hamburgers with lettuce, tomato, onion and salad dressing, four slices of bread, half a pound of fried potatoes with onion, half a pound of onion rings with ketchup, half a pan of chocolate cake with icing and two pitchers of milk.
Steven Michael Woods, Jr. Murderer Texas 2011 Lethal injection 2 pounds of bacon, a large 4-meat pizza, 4 fried chicken breasts, 2 drinks each of Mountain Dew, Pepsi, root beer and sweet tea, 2 pints of ice cream, 5 chicken fried steaks, 2 hamburgers with bacon, french fries, and a dozen garlic bread sticks with marinara on the side.
Nathaniel Woods Murderer Alabama 2020 Lethal injection Sweet potatoes, spinach, chicken patty, chicken leg quarter, cooked apples, fries, two oranges and orange flavored drink. [137]
Philip Ray Workman Murderer Tennessee 2007 Lethal injection Declined a special meal for himself, but he asked for a large vegetarian pizza to be given to a homeless person in Nashville, Tennessee. This request was denied by the prison, but carried out by others across the country. [138] [139]
Douglas Wright Murderer Oregon 1996 Lethal injection One honey bun.
Matthew Eric Wrinkles Mass Murderer Indiana 2009 Lethal injection Prime rib, a "loaded" baked potato, pork chops with steak fries, rolls and two salads with ranch dressing. [140]
Aileen Wuornos Serial killer Florida 2002 Lethal injection Declined a special meal, but had a hamburger and other snack food from the prison's canteen. Later, she drank a cup of coffee. [58]
Edmund Zagorski Murderer Tennessee 2018 Electrocution Pickled ham hocks and pig tails.
Keith Zettlemoyer Murderer Pennsylvania 1995 Lethal injection Two cheeseburgers, fries, chocolate pudding and chocolate milk. [141]
William G. Zuern, Jr. Murderer Ohio 2004 Lethal injection Mashed potatoes and gravy, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, corn, garlic bread, chocolate milk, and cherry cheesecake.

(*) Texas abolished last meal requests in 2011, so all death row inmates in Texas after 2011 were given normal prison food. [142]

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Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken and Biscuits has become the third-largest quick-service chicken chain in the world in the twenty-two years since its first store opened in New Orleans in 1972. (KFC has the number-one slot, followed by Church's Chicken). Since then, the chain has grown to 813 units, with many of them overseas in Germany, Japan, Jamaica, Honduras, Guam, and Korea.

Cayenne pepper and white pepper bring the heat to this crispy fried chicken hack.

Did you like this recipe? Get your hands on my secret recipe for Popeyes Chicken Sandwich and other Popeyes dishes here.

I never thought dinner rolls were something I could get excited about until I got my hand into the breadbasket at Texas Roadhouse. The rolls are fresh out of the oven and they hit the table when you do, so there’s no waiting to tear into a magnificently gooey sweet roll topped with soft cinnamon butter. The first bite you take will make you think of a fresh cinnamon roll, and then you can’t stop eating it. And when the first roll’s gone, you are powerless to resist grabbing for just one more. But it’s never just one more. It’s two or three more, plus a few extra to take home for tomorrow.

Discovering the secret to making rolls at home that taste as good as the real ones involved making numerous batches of dough, each one sweeter than the last (sweetened with sugar, not honey—I checked), until a very sticky batch, proofed for 2 hours, produced exactly what I was looking for. You can make the dough with a stand mixer or a handheld one, the only difference being that you must knead the dough by hand without a stand mixer. When working with the dough add a little bit of flour at a time to keep it from sticking, and just know that the dough will be less sticky and more workable after the first rise.

Roll the dough out and measure it as specified here, and after a final proofing and a quick bake—plus a generous brushing of butter on the tops—you will produce dinner rolls that look and taste just like the best rolls I’ve had at any famous American dinner chain.

Anyone who loves Olive Garden is probably also a big fan of the bottomless basket of warm, garlicky breadsticks served before each meal at the huge Italian casual chain. My guess is that the breadsticks are proofed, and then sent to each restaurant where they are baked until golden brown, brushed with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt. Getting the bread just right for a good Olive Garden breadstick recipe was tricky—I tried several different amounts of yeast in all-purpose flour, but then settled on bread flour to give these breadsticks the same chewy bite as the originals. The two-stage rising process is also a crucial step in this much requested homemade Olive Garden breadstick recipe. Also check out our Olive Garden Italian salad dressing recipe.

To get their Extra Crispy Chicken so crispy KFC breads the chicken two times. This double breading gives the chicken its ultra craggy exterior and extra crunch, which is a different texture than the less crispy Original Recipe Chicken that’s breaded just once and pressure fried.

As with my KFC Original Recipe hack, we must first brine the chicken to give it flavor and moisture all the way through, like the real thing, then the chicken is double breaded and deep fried until golden brown. KFC uses small chickens which cook faster, but small chickens can be hard to find. If your chicken parts are on the large side, they may not cook all the way through in the 12 to 15 minutes of frying I’m specifying here. To be sure your chicken is cooked, start frying with the thickest pieces, like the breasts, then park them in a 300-degree oven while you finish with the smaller pieces. This will keep the chicken warm and crispy, and more importantly, ensure that they are cooked perfectly all the way through.

On my CMT show Top Secret Recipe I chatted with Winston Shelton, a long-time friend of KFC founder Harland Sanders. Winston saw the Colonel's handwritten secret recipe for the Original Recipe chicken, and he told me one of the secret ingredients is Tellicherry black pepper. It's a more expensive, better-tasting black pepper that comes from the Malabar coast in India, and you should use it here if you can find it. Winston pulled me aside and whispered this secret to me when he thought we were off-camera, but our microphones and very alert cameramen caught the whole thing, and we aired it.

I first published this hack in Even More Top Secret Recipes, but recently applied some newly acquired secrets and tips to make this much-improved version of one of the most familiar fried chicken recipes in the world.

This recipe was our #2 most popular in 2019. Check out the other four most unlocked recipes of the year: Texas Roadhouse Rolls (#1), Olive Garden Braised Beef Bolognese (#3), Pizzeria Uno Chicago Deep Dish Pizza (#4), Bush's Country Style Baked Beans (#5).

Menu Description: "Here they are in all their lip-smacking, award-winning glory: Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings spun in your favorite signature sauce."

Since Buffalo, New York was too far away, Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery satisfied their overwhelming craving in 1981 by opening a spicy chicken wing restaurant close to home in Kent, Ohio. With signature sauces and a festive atmosphere, the chain has now evolved from a college campus sports bar with wings to a family restaurant with over 300 units. While frying chicken wings is no real secret—simply drop them in hot shortening for about 10 minutes—the delicious spicy sauces make the wings special. There are 12 varieties of sauce available to coat your crispy chicken parts at the chain, and I'm presenting clones for the more traditional flavors. These sauces are very thick, almost like dressing or dip, so we'll use an emulsifying technique that will ensure a creamy final product where the oil won't separate from the other ingredients. Here is the chicken wing cooking and coating technique, followed by clones for the most popular sauces: Spicy Garlic, Medium and Hot. The sauce recipes might look the same at first, but each has slight variations make your sauce hotter or milder by adjusting the level of cayenne pepper. You can find Frank's pepper sauce by the other hot sauces in your market. If you can't find that brand, you can also use Crystal Louisiana hot sauce.

Jerrico, Inc., the parent company for Long John Silver's Seafood Shoppes, got its start in 1929 as a six-stool hamburger stand called the White Tavern Shoppe. Jerrico was started by a man named Jerome Lederer, who watched Long John Silver's thirteen units dwindle in the shadow of World War II to just three units. Then, with determination, he began rebuilding. In 1946 Jerome launched a new restaurant called Jerry's and it was a booming success, with growth across the country. Then he took a chance on what would be his most successful venture in 1969, with the opening of the first Long John Silver's Fish 'n' Chips. The name was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. In 1991 there were 1,450 Long John Silver Seafood Shoppes in thirty-seven states, Canada, and Singapore, with annual sales of more than $781 million. That means the company holds about 65 percent of the $1.2 billion quick-service seafood business.

The first Auntie Anne's pretzel store opened in 1988 in the heart of pretzel country—a Pennsylvanian Amish farmers' market. Over 500 stores later, Auntie Anne's is one of the most requested secret clone recipes around, especially on the internet. Many of the copycat Auntie Anne's soft pretzel recipes passed around the Web require bread flour, and some use honey as a sweetener. But by studying the Auntie Anne's home pretzel-making kit in the secret underground laboratory, I've discovered a better solution for re-creating the delicious mall treats than any clone recipe out there. For the best quality dough, you just need all-purpose flour. And powdered sugar works great to perfectly sweeten the dough. Now you just have to decide if you want to make the more traditional salted pretzels, or the sweet cinnamon sugar-coated kind. Decisions, decisions.

A recipe for Portuguese sweet bread inspired the soft rolls that became a big hit at Robert Tiara's Bakery & Restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii in the 1950s. It wasn’t long before Robert changed the name of his thriving business to King’s Hawaiian, and in 1977 the company opened its first bakery on the mainland, in Torrance, California, to make the now-famous island sweet rolls sold in stores across the U.S.

King’s Hawaiian Rolls are similar to Texas Roadhouse Rolls in that they are both pillowy, sweet white rolls, so it made sense to dig out my Texas Roadhouse Rolls clone recipe and use it as a starting point. These new rolls had to be slightly softer and sweeter, so I made some adjustments and added a little egg for color. And by baking the dough in a high-rimmed baking pan with 24 dough balls placed snugly together, I ended up with beautiful rolls that rose nicely to the occasion, forming a tear-apart loaf just like the original, but with clean ingredients, and without the dough conditioners found in the packaged rolls.

Use these fluffy sweet rolls for sandwiches, sliders, or simply warmed up and slathered with soft European butter.

This recipe was our #3 most popular in 2020. Check out the other four most unlocked recipes for the year: Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce (#1), Olive Garden Lasagna Classico (#2), Pei Wei Better Orange Chicken (#4), Chipotle Mexican Grill Carnitas (#5).

Crafting a clone of Olive Garden’s signature Lasagna Classico became the perfect opportunity to create a beautiful multi-layered lasagna hack recipe that uses up the whole box of lasagna noodles and fills the baking pan all the way to the top. This Top Secret Recipe makes a lasagna that tips the scale at nearly 10 pounds and will feed hungry mouths for days, with every delicious layer copied directly from the carefully dissected Olive Garden original.

I found a few credible bits of intel in a video of an Olive Garden chef demonstrating what he claims is the real formula on a midday news show, but the recipe was abbreviated for TV and the chef left out some crucial information. One ingredient he conspicuously left out of the recipe is the secret layer of Cheddar cheese located near the middle of the stack. I wasn’t expecting to find Cheddar in lasagna, but when I carefully separated the layers from several servings of the original dish, there was the golden melted cheesy goodness in every slice.

This clone recipe will make enough for 8 big portions, but if you make slightly smaller slices this is easily enough food to fill twelve lasagna-loving bellies. If you like lasagna, you're going to love this version.

Browse my other Olive Garden clone recipes here.

“Don’t call them fries,” says KFC about its popular side made with sliced, skin-on russet potatoes. What sets these potatoes apart from all the others is the secret breading made with a similar seasoning blend to the one used for Colonel's Original Recipe Fried Chicken. To achieve the proper crispiness, the potatoes are par-fried, frozen, then fried again until golden brown.

One important ingredient that completes the flavor is MSG. Monosodium glutamate is a food additive derived from glutamic acid, which is an important amino acid found in abundance in nature, food, and in you right now. Over the last 60 years of study and use, MSG has not only been found harmless in normal amounts, but tests have shown glutamate to be a chemical messenger that benefits gut health, immunity, and brain functions such as memory and learning. In addition to all of that, it imparts a unique savoriness that enhances flavors in other ingredients and makes your food taste amazing. Using MSG in your food is, literally, smart cooking.

Another important ingredient is ground Tellicherry black pepper, a select black pepper from India. Winston Shelton, a friend of Harland Sanders who invented the first high-volume pressure fryers for KFC, confirmed this. Shelton recalled seeing the ingredient when Sanders showed him the secret formula for the fried chicken seasoning he had scribbled on a piece of paper.

While we were shooting the first episode of my TV Show, Top Secret Recipe, Winston pulled me aside and whispered to me that Tellicherry pepper is crucial to creating the unique KFC aftertaste. It was a great tip, and fortunately, we caught that moment on camera and you can see it in the show. Later, I conducted a side-by-side taste test with common black pepper and Tellicherry black pepper and discovered Winston was right. If you want the best taste for your clone you'll need Tellicherry pepper, which you can find online and in some food stores. Be sure to grind it fine before using it.

For this recipe, just two russet potatoes are all it takes to make the equivalent of a large serving of fried potato wedges, which will be enough for at least four people.

This 220-unit downscaled version of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro targets the lunch crowd with a smaller menu that features bento boxes, bowls, and small plates. The bestseller on the menu is this orange chicken, which I have to say is pretty damn good orange chicken. Obviously, a clone is needed for this one, stat.

The name “Wei Better Orange Chicken” is a competitive callout to Panda Express's signature orange chicken, which is made with pre-breaded and frozen chicken. Pei Wei claims its orange chicken is prepared each day from scratch with chicken that is never frozen, so we’ll craft our clone the same way. But rather than assemble the dish in a wok over a high-flame fast stove like they do at the restaurant, we’ll prepare the sauce and chicken separately, then toss them with fresh orange wedges just before serving.

By the way, this dish goes very well with white or brown rice, so don’t forget to make some.

Getting a table at the 123-year-old original Rao’s restaurant in New York City is next to impossible. The tables are “owned” by regulars who schedule their meals months in advance, so every table is full every night, and that’s the way it’s been for the last 38 years. The only way an outsider would get to taste the restaurant’s fresh marinara sauce is to be invited by a regular.

If that isn’t in the stars for you, you could buy a bottle of the sauce at your local market (if they even have it). It won't be fresh, and it's likely to be the most expensive sauce in the store, but it still has that great Rao's taste. An even better solution is to copy the sauce for yourself using this new and very easy hack.

The current co-owner of Rao’s, Frank Pellegrino Jr., told Bon Appetit in 2015 that the famous marinara sauce was created by his grandmother many years ago, and the sauce you buy in stores is the same recipe served in his restaurants. The ingredients are common, but correctly choosing the main ingredient—tomatoes—is important. Try to find San Marzano-style whole canned tomatoes, preferably from Italy. They are a little more expensive than typical canned tomatoes, but they will give you some great sauce.

After 30 minutes of cooking, you’ll end up with about the same amount of sauce as in a large jar of the real thing. Your version will likely be just a little bit brighter and better than the bottled stuff, thanks to the fresh ingredients. But now you can eat it anytime you want, with no reservations, at a table you own.

You might also like my #1 recipe of 2019, Texas Roadhouse Rolls.

In early 1985, restaurateur Rich Komen felt there was a specialty niche in convenience-food service just waiting to be filled. His idea was to create an efficient outlet that could serve freshly made cinnamon rolls in shopping malls throughout the country. It took nine months for Komen and his staff to develop a cinnamon roll recipe he knew customers would consider the "freshest, gooiest, and most mouthwatering cinnamon roll ever tasted." The concept was tested for the first time in Seattle's Sea-Tac mall later that year, with workers mixing, proofing, rolling, and baking the rolls in full view of customers. Now, more than 626 outlets later, Cinnabon has become the fastest-growing cinnamon roll bakery in the world.

Before he became America's sausage king, Jimmy Dean was known for crooning the country hit "Big Bad John." That song came out in 1962 and sold more than 8 million copies. His singing success launched a television career on ABC with The Jimmy Dean Show, where Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, and Roger Miller got their big breaks. The TV exposure led to acting roles for Jimmy, as a regular on Daniel Boone, and in feature films, including his debut in the James Bond flick Diamonds are Forever. Realizing that steady income from an acting and singing career can be undependable, Jimmy invested his show-biz money in a hog farm. In 1968 the Jimmy Dean Meat Company developed the special recipe for sausage that has now become a household name. Today the company is part of the Sara Lee Corporation, and Jimmy retired as company spokesman in 2004.

This clone recipe re-creates three varieties of the famous roll sausage that you form into patties and cook in a skillet. Use ground pork found at the supermarket—make it lean pork if you like—or grind some up yourself if you have a meat grinder.

Check out more of my famous breakfast food clone recipes here.

In 1991 Kentucky Fried Chicken bigwigs decided to improve the image of America's third-largest fast-food chain. As a more health-conscious society began to affect sales of fried chicken, the company changed its name to KFC and introduced a lighter fare of skinless chicken.

In the last forty years KFC has experienced extraordinary growth. Five years after first franchising the business, Colonel Harland Sanders had 400 outlets in the United States and Canada. Four years later there were more than 600 franchises, including one in England, the first overseas outlet. In 1964 John Y. Brown, Jr., a young Louisville lawyer, and Jack Massey, a Nashville financier, bought the Colonel's business for $2 million. Only seven years later, in 1971 Heublein, Inc., bought the KFC Corporation for $275 million. Then in 1986, for a whopping $840 million, PepsiCo added KFC to its conglomerate, which now includes Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. That means PepsiCo owns more fast food outlets than any other company including McDonald's.

At each KFC restaurant, workers blend real buttermilk with a dry blend to create the well-known KFC buttermilk biscuits recipe that have made a popular menu item since their introduction in 1982. Pair these buttermilk biscuits with KFC's mac and cheese recipe and the famous KFC Original Recipe Chicken, and skip the drive-thru tonight!

Samuel Bath Thomas immigrated from England to New York City and opened his first bakery there in 1880. That is where Thomas created skillet bread that would one day become the famous muffins known for their craggy texture when split in half. This hack for Thomas’ English Muffins uses a special kneading process to give the muffins the "nooks and crannies" they are famous for, making craters in the finished bread to better hold on to melted butter and jam.

I have seen several recipes that claim to re-create these muffins, but none produce the large air pockets that a proper clone requires, in addition to great flavor and a perfectly cooked interior. To ensure proper nooks and crannies and muffins that are cooked all the way through, I've included some important steps.

The dough you'll make here is like a ciabatta dough in that it is very wet. So rather than kneading the dough, you stretch and fold it over several times on a well-oiled surface. Then, when the portioned-out dough has proofed on baking sheets for another 1½ to 2 hours, you par-bake the muffins.

After baking, the muffins are cooked on a griddle or in a pan until dark brown on both sides, then they must cool. This is the hardest part. The muffins will be too soft to open for at least four hours, and now you have to fight off the temptation to eat one. It’s hard, I know. The muffins smell great and you’ve waited all this time, but resist for now and your patience will be rewarded.

When the muffins have had their rest, split them with a fork and toast them as you would any English muffin.

Check out all my top secret recipes for famous bread here.

Over a century ago, Detroit, Michigan became the Coney Island chili dog capital of the world, even though Coney Island is nowhere near there. Greek immigrants who entered the U.S. through Ellis Island adapted a recipe for the hot dogs they ate while visiting Coney Island, New York, on their way to the Midwest. When they settled in southern Michigan, many opened restaurants to sell their clones of the food they ate when they first got to America, turning New York-style Coney Dogs into a Midwest phenomenon.

Two of the most famous Coney Island restaurants in Detroit are Lafayette Coney Island and its next-door neighbor, American Coney Island. The two buildings were originally one building with a single restaurant inside, built by brothers Gus and Bill Keros in 1915. But somewhere along the way the brothers had a falling out and split the restaurant in half, right down the middle, and it stayed that way. Today, the two Coney Island restaurants are under different ownership, but they still remain next-door rivals.

I decided the best Coney dog to hack is from American Coney Island, not only because of the restaurant’s deep history, but also because I was able to order the chili dogs shipped to my house in a kit. That’s always good news, since shipped foods must list ingredients, and I get to see exactly what’s in the chili. Built the traditional way, a typical Detroit Coney Island chili dog features a natural-casing hot dog in a soft white bun, smothered in chili sauce, drizzled with mustard, and topped with a pile of diced sweet onion. The kit came with everything I needed, including the tub of chili with clearly-labeled ingredients that I was counting on.

With the help of that information, I was able to create a thick, flavorful chili sauce that you can use on your favorite hot dogs to make a delicious clone. Crushed soda crackers thicken the chili, and extra beef fat adds a smooth quality that mimics the famous 100-year-old recipe.

The chili must simmer for four hours to properly tenderize the meat, so plan your Coney dog cloning adventure accordingly.

And now if you're craving French fries, try my Mcdonald's Fries copycat recipe here.

McDonald&aposs begins to franchise 

With labor costs slashed and revenue growing to $350,000 a year by the early 1950s, the McDonald brothers saw their profits double. They had already established a handful of franchises in California and Arizona by the time a milkshake mixer salesman named Ray Kroc visited San Bernardino in 1954. Kroc couldn’t understand why the McDonalds could possibly need eight of his Multi-Mixers, capable of making 48 milkshakes at once, for just one location until he set eyes on the operation.

Seeing the potential in the business, the salesman quickly became the buyer. Kroc bought the rights to franchise the brothers’ restaurants across the country, and in 1955 he opened his first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Exterior view of the first McDonald&aposs fast food restaurant with its neon arches illuminated at night, in Des Plaines, Illinois, circa 1955.

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The relationship between Kroc and the McDonald brothers quickly grew very contentious as the aggressive salesman and the conservative Yankees had different philosophies about how to run their business. Kroc chafed at the requirement that he receive a registered letter from the McDonalds to make any changes to the retail concept—something the brothers were reluctant to grant. “It was almost as though they were hoping I would fail,” Kroc wrote in his 1977 autobiography, Grinding It Out.

The Ultimate List of Bug-Out Bag Essentials

A beginner's guide to everything you need to include in your emergency survival bag.

Not so long ago, you may have dismissed serious prepping for natural disasters as an activity for the paranoid. But if this year has been good for anything, it&rsquos been for making all of us take emergency preparedness seriously. Now, the phrase &ldquoanything could happen&rdquo seems less like a warning and more like a casual intro to the daily news report.

To prepare for a variety of possible emergencies, you&rsquoll need a survival plan that accounts for situations where your family may need to evacuate your home. By putting together a &ldquogo bag&rdquo or &ldquobug-out bag,&rdquo you&rsquoll have all the necessary supplies and tools needed to get by outside of your house for at least 72 hours if disaster strikes.

Don&rsquot put off making a plan or convince yourself that simply by planning you are courting disaster. On the contrary, beginning to gather the basics of a portable go bag will set your mind at ease. While you&rsquore sure to have some of the items you need on hand already, we suggest investing in quality products where you can, so that they will not fail you when you need them. You&rsquoll notice that while a lot of the elements below have multiple uses, some also have overlapping functions: Accounting for a Plan B or C is a good idea when you need to start a fire, charge a lantern or erect a shelter from rain.

Never order this item from McDonald’s, warn ex-workers

Reddit users who claim to be McDonald’s past and present employees have revealed the menu item you should never order from the fast food restaurant and why.

The fast food chain is a favorite for millions, but these claims may end up leaving a bad taste.

In a thread where restaurant workers were asked to share which menu items people should never order, users who claimed to work for the chain agreed that the Filet-O-Fish was a poor choice.

A reddit user who said he used to work at McDonald’s three year ago said: “I can promise you that filet of fish is not fresh by any stretch of the imagination.”

“At McDonald’s just say you want a fish filet cooked to order,” another user advised.

He then explained that you would have to wait five minutes longer for your order but it will be “worth it compared to the filet that has been in the heated cabinet for hours.”

Despite the criticism, one loyal McDonald’s customer defended the chain by saying the fish burger is his favorite dish on the menu.

He said: “If you’re going to serve me a square piece of fish that tastes the exact same whether I order it in Denver or the south of France, I am under no assumption that it is by any means fresh.

“And I am completely okay with that, it’s my go-to comfort food.”

The Sun Online has contacted McDonald’s for further comment.

In recent years, McDonald’s has been fighting more up-market chains like Five Guys and Shake Shack from taking an even bigger bite out of its business.

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