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Grilling Good Eats: A Beginner's Guide to Grilling Kindle Edition, by Mike Thayer

Grilling Good Eats ebookHow much charcoal should I use? How long does charcoal stay hot? What kind of grill should I buy? Which is better, gas or charcoal? Do I put the lid on or leave it off? How do I know if the steak is done?

  • This is a grilling 'how to' resource for beginners, weekenders and experienced hands alike. There's something for everyone here, consider this a blueprint for backyard grilling.
  • Featuring mouthwatering recipes for beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish, veggies and specialty items like pizza, desserts and much more.
  • Each chapter is dedicated to putting you on the path to becoming a grill master, from selecting the right cuts of meat at the store, to serving up that mouthwatering grilled fare that will have your guests reaching for seconds and begging you for the recipe.
  • You'll love the flavorful recipes, from appetizers, to main dishes, to sides and desserts, complete with pictures, step-by-step instructions, tips and serving suggestions.
  • It's all about the flavor, and this book will help you deliver it.

Set to release on October 31, you can pre-order the book now and it will be on you Kindle on Monday!  Order Today.

Global Pharma Healthcare Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Delsam Pharma Artificial Eye Ointment Due to Possible Microbial Contamination


Product Type:  Drugs
Reason for Announcement: Due to possible microbial contamination
Company Name:  Global Pharma Healthcare
Brand Name: Delsam Pharma’s
Product Description: Artificial Eye Ointment

Company Announcement

Artificial eye ointmentGlobal Pharma Healthcare is voluntarily recalling Batch No. H29 of Artificial Eye Ointment, distributed by Delsam Pharma to the consumer level, due to possible microbial contamination. Additionally, some product packaging is leaking or may otherwise be compromised.

Risk Statement: Use of contaminated eye ointment may cause adverse events, including infection in the eye that could lead to blindness. To date, Global Pharma Healthcare has not received any reports of adverse events related to this product.

Artificial Eye Ointment (mineral oil 15%, white petrolatum 83%, 3.5 grams / 1/8 oz.) is used as an eye lubricant and to relieve dryness of the eyes. The affected product is packaged in a white aluminum tube within a paper carton. The product can be identified by the photos provided below. The product was distributed nationwide in the United States, and by Delsam through internet retail sites. Delsam Pharma’s NDC for this product is 72570-122-35, and its UPC code is 3 72570 012235 3.

Global Pharma Healthcare is notifying the brand owner and importer of this product, Delsam Pharma, about this recall, and is requesting that wholesalers, retailers, and customers who have the recalled product should stop any use and discard the product safely and appropriately.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact the distributor Delsam Pharma, LLC by phone at 1-866-826-1306 or by e-mail at [email protected] from Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm EST.

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these over-the-counter drug products.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Company Contact Information

distributor Delsam Pharma, LLC
[email protected]

Bindle Bottle Issues Voluntary Recall on 32 Oz, 24 Oz, 20 Oz, and 13 Oz Insulated Food and Drink Bottles


Product Type:  Animal & Veterinary
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:  Adulterated by lead
Company Name:  Bindle Bottle LLC
Brand Name:  Bindle Bottle LLC
Product Description:  Bottles

Company Announcement

Bindle Bottle LLC of Carlsbad, CA, is recalling its Bindle Bottles because they may contain an area of exposed lead located in the bottom storage compartment of the bottle. Unpackaged food stored in the bottom storage compartment of the bottle may have been adulterated by the lead and could pose health problems to people or animals eating that adulterated food. People with high blood levels of lead may show no symptoms, but the condition may cause damage to the nervous system and internal organs. Acute lead poisoning may cause a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and bloody or decreased urinary output. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. If a child is exposed to enough lead for a protracted period of time (e.g., weeks to months) permanent damage to the central nervous system can occur. This can result in learning disorders, developmental defects, and other long-term health problems. Clinical signs in dogs with acute lead poisoning may include lethargy, anorexia, behavioral changes, ataxia (wobbly gait), tremors, and seizures.

The recalled Bindle Bottles were distributed nationwide via,, promotional distributors, and in retail stores.

The product comes in four sizes: 32 oz, 24 oz, 20 oz, and 13 oz. Bindle Bottle is also recalling the 24 oz bottle that is part of the Puppy Pack.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Reports by Lead Safe Mama, LLC and Consumer Reports led the firm to have the bottle tested. The recall was initiated after analytical results revealed that the small, 0.4” diameter soldering dot in the bottom storage compartment contained lead. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a lack of a cover or barrier to the exposed soldering dot.

Production of Bindle Bottles has been suspended and will be overhauled going forward, eliminating the presence of exposed lead anywhere on future products.

As part of the recall, consumers who purchased a Bindle Bottle are eligible to receive at-home repair kits to rectify the issue. These repair kits can be obtained by filling out a form at Link Disclaimer. Consumers with questions may contact the company at [email protected]

Company Contact Information

Bindle Bottle LLC
[email protected]

Sunny Dell Foods, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nuts (Pine Nuts) in "Rao’s Homemade Brand Roasted Red Peppers with Portobello Mushrooms"


Product Type:  Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement: Undeclared Pine Nuts
Company Name:  Sunny Dell Foods, LLC
Brand Name: Rao’s Homemade
Product Description: Roasted Red Peppers with Portobella Mushroom

Company Announcement

Rao's Homemade Roasted Peppers with Portobello MushroomsSunny Dell Foods, LLC. of Oxford, PA, is recalling its 12-ounce jars of "Rao’s Homemade Brand Roasted Red Peppers with Portobello Mushrooms" because the affected jars of the condiment may contain undeclared Trees Nuts (Pine Nuts). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled "Rao’s Homemade Brand Roasted Red Peppers with Portobello Mushrooms" were distributed across retail stores in the Northeast U.S. and through mail order e-commerce.

The product comes in a 12-ounce, glass jar marked with lot # SD21160-03 RPOA, on top of the lid/cap, with UPC 7 47479 00110 6. This recall does not apply to other condiments with different lot numbers, or sauces & soups under the Rao’s Homemade brand. Only this lot is affected.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a tree nut-containing condiment product was distributed in the Rao’s Homemade Brand Roasted Peppers with Portobello Mushrooms packaging that did not reveal the presence of tree nuts (pine nuts). Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an accidental mislabeling during the production run.

Consumers who have purchased 12-ounce packages of "Rao’s Homemade Brand Roasted Red Peppers with Portobello Mushrooms" condiment are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-610-932-5164 Ext # 102, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Label Graphic: see image below

Company Contact Information

Sunny Dell Foods, LLC
1-610-932-5164 Ext # 102

Silvestri Sweets Issues Voluntary Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecan in Milk Chocolate Caramels


Product Type:  Food & Beverages
Snack Food Item
Reason for Announcement: Undeclared pecan allergen
Company Name:  Silvestri Sweets Inc.
Brand Name: Favorite Day
Product Description: Milk Chocolate Covered Caramels with Nonpareils

Company Announcement

Favorite Day Milk ChocolateSilvestri Sweets Inc. of Geneva, IL is voluntarily recalling its 8 ounce bags of Favorite Day branded Valentine’s Milk Chocolate Covered Caramels with Nonpareils because they may contain an undeclared tree nut.  People who have allergies to tree nuts {chestnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, cashews} run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled items were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores.

The products are packed in 8 oz. Favorite Day branded stand up pouch bags with the lot # 33822 and best by date on 07 DEC 2023, which are printed on the back of the bag underneath the UPC barcode.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that possible tree nut inclusions were distributed in packaging and/or product that did not reveal the presence of tree nuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem may have been caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging process.

Consumers who have purchased 8 ounce bags of the Favorite Day Valentine’s Milk Chocolate Caramels with nonpareils are urged to call Target Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680 (24/7) for a refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Silvestri Sweets at 1-630-232-2500 - M-F 8:30am-4:30pm CST.

Company Contact Information

Silvestri Sweets, Target Guest Relations (Consumers with Non-Parallels)
630-232-2500, 1-800-440-0680 (Consumers with Non-Parallels)

Wismettac Asian Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Spice Seasoning


Product Type:  Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement: Undeclared sesame
Company Name:  Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc.
Brand Name: Shirakiku
Product Description:Ichimi spice powder, 10.58 oz

Company Announcement

Chili Pepper PowderWismettac Asian Foods, Inc., Santa Fe Springs, CA is recalling 10.58 oz packages of Shirakiku brand Spice Seasoning products (Spice Ichimi Togarashi 300g and Spice Shichimi Togarashi 300g). The product package of Ichimi spice seasoning contains Shichimi spice seasoning contents (incorrect package) causing the undeclared allergen of sesame seeds. The outer carton of “Ichimi” and “Shichimi” may possibly contains inner packages of “Ichimi”, and the inner packages contain “Shichimi” contents.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to seasame run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product was distributed in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, Il, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV mainly through restaurants and some through retail stores.

The product comes in a 10.58 oz, clear plastic bag. The affected lot code specified on the package is 12262023, distributed between June 27, 2022 and February 8, 2023. The UPC for the product is 074410341169

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product containing sesame was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of sesame. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a human error during the packing process.

The distribution of the product has been ceased until the company is certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at [email protected].

Company Contact Information

Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc.
[email protected]

Spruce up your drinks with home made syrups

By Mike Thayer

Vanilla Syrup
A vanilla syrup to have with my morning coffee

Regular readers know that I'm into flavored whiskeys, such as Revel Stoke Vanilla flavored whiskey .  I'm also into flavored coffee (hazelnut is my fave) and flavored tea (peach is SO good, but so is an Arnold Palmer). Heck, I like to flavor a simple glass of water, usually with a squeeze of fresh lime, sometimes I'll use one of those RealLime squeezer things and lately, it's been On The House Sweetened Lime Juice.

But I got to thinking, why pay extra for a flavored whiskey?  Why pay almost $4 for a bottle of sweetened lime juice?

Make your own sweetened syrup to add to your adult beverage, coffee, tea or water.  It's a great add to a smoothie too!

Today I'm making my own syrups, so far I've made a lime syrup and a vanilla syrup and they taste delicious.  They will keep in the refrigerator for better than two weeks and I'll have an assortment of syrups to choose from, spending pennies on the dollar compared to buying some kind of beverage that's already flavored or a store bought syrup.  I've got lime syrup for cocktails and to simply flavor a glass of water.  I've got vanilla syrup to flavor coffee, tea and yes, cocktails.  Seriously, why buy a vanilla flavored whiskey or vodka at $20 for a 750ml bottle when you can buy a Texas fifth (1.75L) for $14 and add a simple syrup to it?  Making your own syrup and adding it to a drink, be it a cocktail, coffee, tea, smoothie or water, saves you money without a sacrifice in flavor, and it doesn't take much time at all to make it!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon flavoring

It's an easy formula, if you want more just double the 1-1-1 configuration.


Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Continue to cook at a rapid simmer (that means you have to stir constantly for those of you who live in Haysville) for about 8 minutes.  You want the syrup to thicken up a bit.  Remove from heat, stir in the flavoring and let cool.  Once cool, transfer to a squeeze bottle (available at Dollar Tree for $1.25) and refrigerate. 

Adding one Tablespoon of syrup to any kind of drink changes the flavor profile in a very good way.  But it does add about 50 calories to whatever you're inhaling so if you're counting calories, you may want to either cut back on the sugar, or use a sugar substitute.  Flavor results will vary, but play with it, it'll still be good and cost saving.  That's next on my experimenting, cutting the sugar with some Monk Fruit sugar substitute which I hear is pretty good.

The flavor options are pretty much endless too...  The flavors of orange, lemon, cherry, mint and yes even chocolate would work well with so many drink options.  Don't limit yourself!  Have fun with it.  I haven't quite worked out the Hazelnut flavor for my morning coffee yet, but I will be making an attempt with Nutella here in a bit, and I won't have to add any sugar.

Spruce up your drinks with home made syrups, you'll thank yourself for saving some money AND delivering some great flavor that you did yourself.

$pend Wisely My Friends...


Nestlé Purina Petcare Company Voluntarily Recalls Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets El Elemental Dry Dog Food in the U.S. Due to Potentially Elevated Vitamin D


Product Type:  Animal & Veterinary Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement: Potentially elevated Vitamin D
Company Name:  Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Brand Name: Purina
Product Description: Veterinary Diets EL Elemental Dry Dog Food

Company Announcement

Purina Dog Food RecallNestlé Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily recalling select lots of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental (PPVD EL) prescription dry dog food due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs; however, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure. Vitamin D toxicity may include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, and excessive drooling to renal (kidney) dysfunction.

Purina is taking this action after receiving two contacts about two separate confirmed cases of a dog exhibiting signs of vitamin D toxicity after consuming the diet, to date. Once taken off the diet, each of these dogs recovered.

The affected dry dog food was distributed throughout the United States by prescription only through veterinary clinics, Purina Vet Direct, Purina for Professionals, and other select retailers with the ability to validate a prescription.

Bags of PPVD EL with the UPC Code and Production Code below should be immediately discarded.

Product UPC Code Production Code
(*First 8 characters equal to)
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EL Elemental (PPVD EL)
8 lb and 20 lb bags
38100 19190 – 8 lb
38100 19192 – 20 lb
2249 1082
2250 1082
2276 1082
2277 1082
2290 1082
2360 1082
2361 1082

Pet owners who purchased bags of the product listed above are asked to immediately stop feeding and throw it away in a container where no other animals, including wildlife, can get to it. If signs such as weight loss, excessive drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite or increased thirst or urination have occurred in their dog while eating this diet, pet owners should contact their veterinarian.

No other Purina pet care products are affected.

Veterinary and other retail partners should remove and destroy the affected product from their inventory.

We apologize to pet owners and veterinarians for any concerns or inconvenience this situation has caused. As pet experts and pet owners ourselves, the health and well-being of pets is our top priority.

Please contact our team directly Monday - Saturday, 8am - 5pm CST at 1-800-345-5678 or via email at usExternal Link Disclaimer for questions or assistance in getting a refund.

Company Contact Information

Consumers: Purina 1-800-345-5678

B&G Foods Issues Voluntary Allergy Alert for Undeclared Peanut in Back to Nature® Fudge Mint Cookies


Product Type:  Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement: Undeclared peanuts
Company Name:  B & G Foods, Inc.
Brand Name: Back to Nature

Product Description: Fudge Mint Cookies

Back to Nature Cookie RecallCompany Announcement

B&G Foods announced today it is voluntarily recalling three cases (18 individual boxes) of a single date code of 6.4 oz. Back to Nature Fudge Mint Cookies, with a “best by” date of OCT 02 2023, after being notified that an ingredient supplied by a third-party ingredient supplier was contaminated with peanut, an allergen not declared on the cookie box label.  People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanut run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the cookies contained in the three recalled cases.

This recall affects only three cases of the following product, which may have been distributed in retail stores nationwide:

Description Consumer UPC # Size Best By Date
Back to Nature Fudge Mint Cookies 8-19898-01102-5 6.4 oz. OCT 02 2023
(The “best by” date is located on the top of the box.)

This recall does not apply to any other “best by” dates, sizes or varieties of Back to Nature products.

No allergic reactions have been reported to date.  This recall was initiated in cooperation with the FDA and the third-party co-packer that produces the cookies after it was discovered that an ingredient supplied by a third-party ingredient supplier was contaminated with peanut. 

Consumers who are allergic to peanuts should not consume the product. Consumers who have purchased the recalled product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers seeking a refund or additional information may also contact B&G Foods by calling 855.346.2225 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time or submitting a contact at Link Disclaimer.

Company Contact Information

Consumers: B&G Foods, 855-346-2225

Super Bowl Watch Party Menu Ideas

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Super Bowl Sunday, a day where millions of NFL fans and non-fans who just like a party and the commercials, gather around televisions to celebrate what should be a federal holiday on Monday, so people can recover from the festivities...

If you're having a watch party, here are a few ideas for a crowd pleasing menu to help you celebrate.

A Pizza Buffet:  This is a popular Super Bowl menu to go with and the easiest, but also the most expensive.  There's not near as much cooking involved aside from creating some sides... (see what I did there, with "aside"... I crack myself up...) and the clean up is easier, for the most part no pots, pans, utensils, crock pots, warming bins to wash after the party is over.  All you have to do is order a variety of pizzas, perhaps a few ready sides from your favorite joint and lay it all out buffet style.  Family and friends can add to the feast by bringing a side or dessert.  Keep in mind, pizza delivery will really be delayed on this day, because other watch parties are doing the same thing you are.  Super Bowl Sunday is a SLAMMING BUSY day for pizza joints.  Typical delivery times of 30-45 minutes are out the window, especially for bulk orders.  You'll need to time it, placing your order early is recommended.  TIP:  You can actually place your order online or use your favorite pizza joint's app (most places) WAY ahead of time and set the delivery time.  Some local establishments may not have this feature. 

Taco Bar:  This one is probably the most versatile self serve menu and perhaps the cheapest to put together.  Everybody loves tacos and bonus, it's multi-purpose!  In setting up for tacos, you've also set up a salad bar.  Whether it's just a few buddies and their significant others to feed or a houseful of guests, creating a taco bar saves you time and the crock pot is your friend.  Staying warm all game long, people can help themselves to tacos throughout the festivities, it's a low maintenance, low prep work required meal.   You can brown the ground beef and taco season it the night before and refrigerate or brown it the morning before company arrives for the games.  If you don't have more than one crock pot, borrow one or two, think bean dip, queso, perhaps a chicken taco option.  Ask party guests to bring something with those tacos in mind, be it taco shells, tortilla chips, salad, guacamole, soda or the like, because as the host, this minimizes time in the kitchen and maximizes your time watching the game and mingling with guests.  The clean up for a Taco Bar won't be as easy as for a pizza buffet, but if you use paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, it's still a fairly easy make tidy chore.

Chili Bar:  Here's another menu that's pretty easy to prep and crowd pleasing.  Again, the crock pot is your friend and you can probably talk one of your friends into bringing their version of chili, maybe a white chili in a crock pot.  Heck, turn it into a contest, open things up to all guests and award a prize for best chili.   The best part, chili goes well with so many things!  There's the classic bowl of chili, with crackers or Fritos along with the toppers of chopped onion, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.  There's chili over rice (a personal favorite), there's chili over spaghetti noodles Cincinnati style, and if you feel like going all out you can do chili dogs.  TIP:  Chili is always better tasting the next day, giving all those ingredients time to get all happy together.  Make your chili the day before, not only for the better flavor, but so you can focus on the little party details on game day.   And while this is a very tasty menu, a chili bar makes for the messiest clean up, even if you go with paper bowls and plasticware.  There's all the crock pots, serving utensils, serving trays for sides and toppers and the cookware you used to make the rice, spaghetti, the hot dogs, etc....

BBQ Bar:  This is arguably the tastiest menu option, especially if you take great pride and pleasure in smoking meats.  Pulled pork is the easiest way to go, it serves a big crowd but MUST be done the day before.  Ribs are another option and slicing up a couple racks makes for some great finger smacking good individual servings.  Brisket is a real crowd pleaser but an expensive option.  BBQ chicken is a nice wallet friendly alternative if you're going with a two meat menu, but if you have plenty of pulled pork and a few sides, you really don't need anything else.  Ask guests to bring buns, chips, convince some guests to bring mac & cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, pasta salad.  Don't forget the pickles for those pulled pork sandwiches!  Again, the crock pot is your friend, so are one or two warming trays if you have them.   If you stick with pulled pork, this is one of the more economical menu options.  Clean up isn't as easy as a pizza buffet, but not as messy as a chili bar.

Burger/slider Bar:  As tasty and guest friendly burger/sliders are, this option is going to keep you away from the TV more than any other menu.  Burgers are best freshly grilled, so you'll be flipping, rather than watching.  And even if you went with warming bins to hold burgers as they come off the grill, you're still running back and forth from grill, to kitchen, to buffet table.   The attraction to doing burgers or sliders is cost, this is a relatively inexpensive menu to put together, but with maximizing your time watching the game in mind, I would recommend meatball sliders instead.  You can prep the meatballs the day before, bake them off the morning of the game and keep them warm in a crock pot or warming bin for the game.  Served with a little marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese makes for a tasty comfort food bite!  Recommended sides:  Salads...  Ask guests to bring lettuce, potato, pasta and fruit salads.  You can break out the air fryer and crank out some french fries if you like...  but wouldn't you rather be watching the game?

TIP:  Have some cheap to-go food storage containers, ziplocks and/or plastic bags at the ready for leftovers and to pack up something a guest brought but won't get washed (dirty serving dish/utensils).  Having it staged so guests can readily access it at their convenience means they won't have to track you down to retrieve it.

Hopefully the above gave you some ideas for your Super Bowl watch party.  Enjoy the game everybody and GO CHIEFS!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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