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Grilling Good Eats: Teriyaki Turkey

Teriyaki Turkey
You’ll be eating a lot more turkey after trying this recipe! The following marinade is good for up to four turkey breasts cut in half, length-wise.

Marinade ingredients

  • Half cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • The juice from a whole lime
  • Tablespoon of dried, minced onion
  • teaspoon of garlic powder
  • One packet of artificial sweetener
  • Couple dashes of cardamom

Directions Cut your turkey breasts in half length-wise, set aside. In a container that will hold all those turkey breasts, prepare your marinade, stir, then add the meat. Refrigerate for four hours. Once your charcoal is established and that cooking grate is ‘ready to receive’….. Place your turkey breasts close to the hot spot but not directly over it for that great sear and those tantalizing grill marks. Since these breasts were filleted in half, cooking time is pretty quick. Turn the turkey after about five minutes, moving them to the cooler portion of the grill and lid. Give them about ten more minutes or until your thermometer reads at least 165 degrees. The turkey should be pointy finger touch firm. Brush with garlic butter and let rest for five minutes before serving. Excellent prepared with pecan wood or pellets in your charcoal preparation.

TIP: If the meat you are going to prepare is coming from the freezer, cutting it to the preferred portion sizes is always easier when the meat is still slightly frozen. It’s way faster and much less messy than trying to cut totally thawed meat.


Iowa-Michigan State: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 5 game (September 30, 2017)

The Hawkeyes  are 3-1 after losing 21-19 to No. 4-ranked Penn State. Michigan State is 2-1, losing 38-18 to Notre Dame in its last game. The Hawkeyes received votes in the latest Associated Press and Amway/Coaches Poll rankings.

Iowa-Michigan State game time, details 

Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT kickoff 

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30

Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.

Weather: 65 degrees and sunny at kickoff

The line: Michigan State -3.5

What TV channel is showing Iowa-Michigan State?

FOX will air the Iowa-Michigan State game. 

How can I watch Iowa-Michigan State online?

Iowa and Michigan State can be watched online through FOX On The Go. Click here for more information.


Stars sit again, but Ian Happ's three-run homer lifts Cubs past Reds

Alex Avila and Ian Happ had a baseball game to play Friday.

Except Avila didn't have a glove — at least one he was comfortable using to play first base, where he was penciled into the Cubs lineup against the Reds

So he borrowed one from teammate Victor Caratini, who delivered the beat-up brown piece of equipment to Avila a couple of hours before his 43rd career appearance at first base.

"I do have one, but I don't trust it yet," Avila said of a first baseman's mitt, adding that his wasn't broken in.

Happ took his glove to third base for the first time as a starter during the Cubs' 5-4 victory, their 91st of the season, at Wrigley Field to begin the team's final homestand of the regular season. His bat, though, was the reason the Cubs were able to win for the 14th time in 17 games. His two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning put them ahead for good.


Bachelor on the Cheap: Always having Ramen noodles on hand

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Even if you don't like to indulge in the occasional bowl of Ramen, surely you like noodles.  

Some people eat Ramen purely for budgetary reasons.  Some people truly like it.  Most people fall into a category that includes both, they like Ramen and it's easy on the wallet.

It's all about the noodles.

RamenAnd that's why you need to keep some packages of Ramen on hand, in your pantry at all times.  The flavor doesn't matter, beef, chicken, shrimp, mushroom, whatever.....  You've got instant noodles at the ready for whatever you feel like eating.  I've written before about turning some Ramen noodles into a spaghetti dish, because that was what I was craving.  Today I'm having chili over some Ramen noodles.

The noodles are great because they only take 3 minutes to cook and it doesn't take a pot full of water to do it.

Like the aforementioned 'spaghetti', other uses for Ramen noodles are:  Crunching up uncooked Ramen noodles to put on a salad; they work great in noodle casseroles of all types; plain, cooked Ramen noodles are fantastic in stir fry; and if you're feeling adventurous, Ramen noodles make a great hamburger bun.  For the most part, any recipe calling for some kind of noodle....  Ramen noodles can be used in a pinch or a twist!

And about those flavor packets... They aren't exclusive to making a bowl of Ramen.  I've got them in surplus in my spice cabinet for any number of uses.  I might use a chicken packet to make a quick chicken broth to braise a pan of chicken breasts with.  I'll use a beef packet to add some punch to a beef gravy.  If I'm making some kind of fish dish, a shrimp packet comes in handy to make a nice quick pan sauce with.  Adding a packet of the mushroom flavor for a cream sauce to pour over that cast iron seared steak is easy and delicious!  If you're not familiar with bouillon cubes, that's essentially what a flavor packet in the package of Ramen is.

Noodle up on some Ramen!  If you're not already a fan, you'll become one.

Cedar Rapids to Host City-Wide Walk for the Healthiest State on October 4

Iowans encouraged to walk more, connect more every day

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will hold a citywide walk on October 4 in support of the Healthiest State Initiative’s annual walk.

In order to engage the downtown community, the walk will have three starting points: McGrath Amphitheatre,  NewBo City Market and Grant Wood Studio parking lot in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District. The three groups will begin walking at noon but are asked to arrive a few minutes early for a group photo. Individuals walking will meet at Greene Square at approximately 12:15 p.m. After a few words from Governor Reynolds, Lt. Governor Gregg, and City Manager, Jeff Pomeranz, walkers are free to socialize, enjoy music from DJ Commando, and participate in tailgate-style entertainment. In addition, food trucks will be available from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Grilled sandwiches will be available for purchase. Water and trail mix will be provided free of charge. Walkers can return to work at their convenience.

The Healthiest State Initiative and this year’s presenting annual walk sponsor, Delta Dental of Iowa, hope to have an organized walk in all 99 Iowa counties again this year. The Annual Walk represents more than just 30 minutes of walking. It represents dedication to the long-term goal of changing the lives of Iowans by making healthy choices easy. It shows devotion to the future of the communities where Iowan’s live, work and play.

If schedule restrictions don’t allow for your organization, school, business or worksite to participate in the Cedar Rapids citywide walk, register a walk of your own at

The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. By engaging worksites, communities, schools, retail food, organizations, institutions and individuals, we can inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness, and ultimately achieve our goal. For more information, visit

Steak 'n Shake - Coralville

Steak n ShakeSteak ‘n Shake was founded in February, 1934 in Normal, Illinois. Gus Belt, Steak ‘n Shake’s founder, pioneered the concept of premium burgers and milk shakes.

For over 80 years, the company’s name has been symbolic of its heritage. The word “steak” stood for STEAKBURGER. The term “shake” stood for hand-dipped MILK SHAKES. Gus was determined to serve his customers the finest burgers and shakes in the business. To prove his point that his burgers were exceptionally prime, he would wheel in a barrel of steaks (including round, sirloin, and T-bones) and grind the meat into burgers right in front of the guests. Hence arose the origin of our famous slogan, “In Sight It Must Be Right.”

After 80 years, we are continuing Steak n Shake’s tradition of serving the country’s best, freshest, and tastiest burgers and shakes.


2806 Commerce Dr., Coralville


Grilling Good Eats: Turkey Leg Kicks

By Mike Thayer

Turkey Leg Kicks
A recipe with a spicy kick…. Get it, turkey legs…. Kick…. Kick off football tailgating season with this recipe, pun intended!


  • 6-8 turkey drumsticks
  • One cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

You can brine the drumsticks (optional) but only do so for a couple hours or so. With salt an ingredient in the rub, you don’t want the meat to get too salty by leaving it in the brine too long. Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and mix. Apply the rub to the drumsticks (make sure they’re dry) and you’re ready to grill. This recipe requires a ‘reverse sear’ where you start things off on the cooler side of the grill, cooking low and slow and then finishing the drumsticks over the hotter spot to get some color just before plating. After your coals are established, place the drumsticks on the cooler side of the grill and lid, leave them alone for about 30 minutes. Move the drumsticks to a hotter spot on the grill but not directly over THE hot spot, turning them every couple minutes to get that great color for plating. Baste with melted butter and rest those ‘kicks’ for about 10 minutes. For more smoky flavor, add hickory chips or pellets to your charcoal set-up.


U.S. lawmakers ask Facebook, Twitter for information on anti-fracking ads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House committee investigating whether Russia has tried to influence U.S. public opinion on fossil fuels asked Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N) and Alphabet (GOOGL.O) on Wednesday to turn over information about Russian entities that may have bought anti-fracking advertisements.

House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and climate change denier, asked the CEOs of the technology companies to turn over documents by Oct. 10 that detail the involvement of Russian-based or funded entities detected on their platforms, information on ads they purchased, and any communications concerning ads advocating for “so-called green initiatives.”

Smith and the Republicans on the committee that oversees U.S. scientific agencies have targeted mainstream climate change scientists, questioning their integrity and calling for eliminating federal funding for climate research. They have also accused environmental groups of colluding with Russians to push for regulations to curb fossil fuel extraction. 

“The committee is concerned that divisive social media and political messages conveyed through social media have negatively affected certain energy sectors, which can depress research and development in the fossil fuel sector and expanding potential for natural gas,” Smith wrote in letters to the CEOs.


Related:  Fracking, Oil, Gas Jobs

Trucking group disappointed self-driving bill leaves out big vehicles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. trucking group said Thursday it was disappointed that a compromise bill to advance self-driving cars and eliminate regulatory roadblocks will not include larger vehicles.

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said in a statement the announcement “is not the end of the road for this issue. If more automated cars and trucks are to share the roads, they should also share the same framework.”

Senator John Thune, a Republican who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Senator Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, said they had reached agreement on legislation that would be voted on by the committee on Oct. 4.

General Motors Co (GM.N), Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Ford Motor Co (F.N) and others have lobbied for the legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars by allowing federal regulators to approve their use if they deem them safe. They also want to bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles.


Related:  Trucking Jobs

Subway - Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Solon, Tiffin, Kalona, Riverside, Cedar Rapids, Marion

SubwayA Fresh Future

Today, the SUBWAY® brand is the world's largest submarine sandwich chain with more than 44,000 locations around the world. We’ve become the leading choice for people seeking quick, nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy. From the beginning, Fred has had a clear vision for the future of the SUBWAY® brand. As we continue to grow, we are guided by his passion for delighting customers by serving fresh, delicious, made-to-order sandwiches.