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A burger so flavorful, you don't need a bun

Grilling Good Eats 2By Mike Thayer

A bun doesn't make or break a great burger, the meat does.

Here's a recipe that makes for a great burger, a patty so full of flavor, not only is the bun not required, neither is lettuce, tomato or other toppings.....

Sweet Heat Burgers

Ingredients:

  • One pound of Sweet Italian sausage
  • One pound of 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  If you can't find shredded Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese at your favorite grocery store, regular sharp shredded cheddar and some Louisiana Hot Sauce is a nice substitute.  Form meat mixture into patties.  When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. Keep the lid off and watch for any flare ups. When you see red juices flowing to the top of the patties, flip those burgers over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place some butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling burgers. Check after about five minutes. The garlic butter should be melted and the burgers should be about ready. For well done burgers, wait to see the juices run clear.  Top burgers with the garlic butter just before plating.

It's another dose of YUM!

For more burger and other grilled fare ideas, go to www.grillinggoodeats.com


Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Introduces Two Cluckin’ Good Fried Chicken Tacos for the Fall

Welcome to your new obsessions; 
Baja Hot Chicken Taco and Cluckin’ Fried Chicken Taco 

Cluckin' Fried Chicken Taco_1 copyCORALVILLE, IA – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop introduces two fried chicken tacos for the fall, available for a limited time through Sunday, November 22nd. The Baja Hot Chicken Tacois Fuzzy’s take on Nashville Hot and it brings the heat with a house-made sauce using Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce®, while the Cluckin’ Fried Chicken Taco offers a crispy, savory option. 

The fried chicken tacos are available now and feature: 

Baja Hot Chicken Taco

Chicken tender dipped in Baja Hot Sauce made with Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Butt Burnin' Hot Sauce, garlic sauce, lettuce, dill pickle slices, tomatoes and feta on a flour tortilla

Cluckin' Fried Chicken Taco

Crispy chicken tender, garlic sauce, bacon, avocado slices, shredded cheese, tomatoes and ranch on a flour tortilla

Baja Hot Chicken Taco_2 copyThe new tacos pair perfectly with an ice-cold beer or frozen FuzzyRita – or get both with a Beerita. The tacos are available for dine-in, takeout, and delivery (where available). Skip the line with Fuzzy’s online ordering placed through the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop website and app.  

Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook for your daily share of good vibes and craving-inducing images. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states. For a full list of locations please visit www.FuzzysTacoShop.com

About Fuzzy’s Taco Shop:

Founded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was named Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017 and was one of QSR magazine’s Top 6 “Best Franchise Deals by Franchisee Satisfaction” in 2016. For franchising information, visit www.MyFuzzys.com


Wine Review: Broadmoore Estates Red Trails from WineShop at Home

By Mike Thayer

This is another excellent red blend from WineShop at Home and a new offering in the Broadmoore Estates brand.

From the website:

This new 79% Ruby Cabernet, 11% Ruby Red and 10% Syrah blend of Broadmoore Estates Red Trails is very fruit-forward.

This sweet red wine displays blueberry, blackberry, strawberry and raspberry aromas, as well as light notes of pepper and toasted oak toward the end. The star of the show is the sweetness, which bursts out of the glass and onto the palate. The attack, the mid-palate and the finish are rich with fruity characters. Hiding behind this wine’s sweetness is a fair amount of fruit tannin for structure.

Serve chilled, suggested pairings are pizza, savory pastries, tacos, spicy pasta, smoked gouda and pepper jack cheeses.

The Broadmoore Estates Red Trails is an EXCELLENT red and it's available exclusively at WineShop at Home!  Contact Lori and get some great wines today!


Food Review: Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20201006_071801When money is tight or you're just looking for something for the sheer convenience of it, grab a bag of Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs from the Dollar Tree for $1.

They're not WOW good, but they're decent, especially when coupled with some marinara or a BBQ sauce for dipping.  I've had them in a classic spaghetti and meatballs dish as well, not bad.

You get a generous portion, 7 ounces of meat for $1.  You really can't beat that.  I've oven baked them, warmed them up in a saute' pan, threw them in the crock pot with a little olive oil - easy in all preparations.  It's so convenient to have a bag on hand that you can just pull from the freezer and put an easy-peasy meal together with.

I'm giving Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, they're not the best frozen meatball out there, but for $1, you can't go wrong.

3 stars

For more food and drink reviews, go to www.bacheloronthecheap.com


Family Ranch California Heritage is an excellent off-dry to sweet white wine from WineShop at Home

Family Ranch Heritage is the product of a winemaker’s favorite activity: blending. This off-dry to sweet white wine showcases a pale yellow blend of 40% Colombard, 35% Chenin Blanc and 25% Muscat Canelli in the glass.

Beginning with lime and lemon aromas, grassy notes then emerge. Pear, honey and apple characteristics are present in the finish. The aromatics and citrus notes extend to the front palate and behind its light sweetness, this wine is refreshing and crisp on the mid-palate.

Chilled, this light to medium-bodied wine will pair well with egg bites, pasta with seafood or light desserts.

The Family Ranch California Heritage is an EXCELLENT white and it's available exclusively at WineShop at Home!


WineShop at Home: Shop our NEW line of special occasion wines

 

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Our new Talmage Cellars Occasion Wines are perfect for gift-giving and celebrations! Simply select a label and a varietal or mix and match to create a special bundle for your friends, family, clients, employees or to have on-hand for impromptu gifts. Available labels: Congrats, Happy Birthday, Cheers, Thank You and XOXO. Available wines: Chardonnay, Sweet T Red Wine, Semi-Seco Sparkling and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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WINE MYTHOLOGY

The wine business is full of stories and mythology. For example, you may have read sensational stories about radioactive wine, clean wine or headache-free wine. WineShop At Home Winemaker, Alex Reble, shares common wine myths & misconceptions in this month's Winemaker's Journal entry.

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Wine Review: Tatu Estates Orange Muscat

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI joined a wine club a few months back and I am SO glad I did!  Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and a recent shipment included another REALLY NICE sweet white.   Here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Tatu Estates Orange MuscatOrange Muscat is one of the forty siblings in the Muscat family.

As you would expect, citrus dominates in the mouth. These are natural esters formed during fermentation. Tatu Estates 2019 Orange Muscat also showcases some floral fragrances, like daffodil and rose in the attack. The aromatic palate quickly extends to lime, lemon, apple and pear. Toward the end, stonefruit characters like nectarine and peach appear. There is a clear sweetness in the attack and a round mouthfeel. This wine is refreshing with a crisp acidity. This Orange Muscat has good length and overall, is very easy and pleasant to enjoy.

Hints of mandarin and orange in the finish will pair well with egg bites, pasta with seafood or light desserts.

If you like Moscato wines, you'll LOVE this Orange Muscat!  It truly is VERY easy to enjoy, be it a stand alone glass or paired with seafood or light desserts.  You get all those fruit notes and that refreshing, crisp sweetness in every sip.  My Ladyfriend and I enjoyed this wine so much, I've already ordered more. There was no dwelling at all on this one, as in, "Hmmmm, what should I get?"....  It's most definitely a REPEAT BUY!

Palate pleasing, the Tatu Estates Orange Muscat is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a FANTASTIC sweet white!

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Suburban Fracas Melee

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and a recent shipment included a REALLY NICE sweet white.   Here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Surburban Fracas MeleeOur Suburban Fracas Melee is a sweet white wine blend made from a clash of 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 22% Symphony and 3% Muscat of Alexandria.

It is not often that Sauvignon Blanc encounters Symphony. The result is a turbulent, flavorful wine displaying aromas of pear, apple and grapefruit. The fragrances are very intense in the most revealing way possible. There are also mineral undertones that lead to a bright finish. The sweetness coats the mouth for a rich mid-palate and flavorful finish. Intense fruit notes are also present in the mouthfeel with pineapple, lychee and some bergamot candy characteristics.

Enjoy this sweet Melee with a cheese platter, sweet and sour pork, pasta with seafood or light desserts. 

WineShop at Home never ceases to amaze me with how good their wines truly are.  You know how sometimes you go to the liquor store, select a bottle of wine, something you've never had before and after having a glass determine you wouldn't buy it again?  There's no buyer's remorse with WineShop at Home and this sweet Melee really delivers on the flavor!  Like their other blends, this wine is yet another example of what puts WineShop at Home over the top and a big notch above their competitors - THEIR WINE BLENDS ROCK! The wine maker, Alexandre Reble, knows how to blend grapes like no other! He truly is a master and his wine creations in my humble opinion are second to none. I've been a Wine Club member with WineShop for several months now, and I have NOT had a bottle of wine I wouldn't re-order. My Ladyfriend and I enjoyed this fantastic sweet white blend with a simple, light dessert of vanilla ice cream topped with some fruit and it was STELLAR!

Palate pleasing, the Suburban Fracas Melee is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a FANTASTIC sweet white!

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!

 


Wine Review: Fact Chardonnay

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and my last shipment included a Chardonnay called "Fact" here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Fact ChardonnayOur Fact 2017 Chardonnay offers fragrant aromatics of pear, apple and lemon in the attack.

Oak characters, notes of brown sugar and cider follow. This is quite a display for this Californian Chardonnay. These characteristics also appear in the mouth, making it very luscious and full. This wine is round with a hint of minerality. It is very smooth and compact in the mid-palate and the oak flavors caress the palate all the way to the finish.

Serve it chilled at around 50° Fahrenheit with creamy pasta, rice dishes, seafood, grilled fish or a cheese platter.

That description is spot on!  A good Chardonnay delivers on all those aromatic and flavor notes and what Fact has bottled deserves to be on your table. My girlfriend and I enjoyed this wine with some tasty shrimp and coconut rice, an excellent pairing!  WineShop at Home has a true knack for blending grapes and crafting wines with fantastic, intense flavors! 

Palate pleasing, the Fact Chardonnay is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!