Grilled Turkey Burger w/ Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans

May 24, 2013 at 5:29 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Sargento's Cheese | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Grilled Turkey Burger w/ Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans

The results from all my blood work came back negative! So they say it looks as though the high enzymes that showed up for my liver is Jennie O Turkey Burger 005being caused by a bit of fat on the liver, nothing that can’t be taken care of. Woke up this morning and it was 40 degrees with a chilly wind! Only a high in the 50’s, but sunny! For dinner I fired the grill up, grilling a couple of Angus Beef Burgers for Mom and Dad and myself a Turkey Burger along with a side of Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans.

The Parents are partial to Beef over Turkey so I grilled them a couple of Walmart Brand Angus Beef Burgers. For myself I grilled a Jennie – O Lean Turkey Burger Pattie. They are 1/4 lb Burger Patties and are 180 calories and 0 carbs. They grilled up real nice, I grilled it about 15 minutes flipping 3 times. It’s one juicy Burger, seasoned it with sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Served all the Burgers on Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Buns and topped my mine with a slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Colby/Jack Cheese.
For a side to with our Burgers I prepared another Of Meijer’s New Steamable Frozen Products, Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans with Rosemary Butter Sauce. Just microwave it in it’s steamable bag for 5 minutes and it’s done! Another good one from Meijer, plus it’s only 60 cal, 1g fat, 12 carbs. For dessert later a Healthy Choice Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt. Happy Memorial Day Weekend All!





Jennie – O Lean Turkey Burger Patties
Lean Turkey Burger Patties
An all-natural burger choice.
Product Features:
Gluten Free
All Natural
The Biggest Loser® product
Cooking Instructions:
Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray or add 1-2 teaspoons of oil.
Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
Place burgers patties in hot skillet.
Cook approximately 15 to 17 minutes, turning occasionally (2-3 times).
Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

Spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray.
Preheat grill over medium-high heat.
Place burger patties on grill rack 4 inches from heat source.
Grill approximately 15 to 17 minutes, turning occasionally (2-3 times).
Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.


Nutritional Information
Serving Size 112 g Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Calories 180 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 80 Sugars 0 g
Total Fat 9.0 g Protein 21 g
Saturated Fat 2.5 g Vitamin A 2%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 0%
Cholesterol 80 mg Iron 6%
Sodium 100 mg Calcium 2%

Burlington, WI – ChocolateFest Fri, May 24, 2013 – Mon, May 27, 2013

May 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM | Posted in Festivals | 1 Comment
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For all the Chocolate lovers out there!

Event runs Friday May 24 through Monday May 27. This is our 27th year for ChocolateFest “Sweeter every year”. Community Festival Chocolatefestfeaturing “CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE TENT” with: Nestle Creation Chef Meltdown Competition Executive master & Pastry Chef Demonstrations complimentary fresh warm Tollhouse Cookies kids cookie decoration contest project Yum Way candy bar eating contest Choc-O-lympic Chocolate Create-A-Thon Chocotrivia Chocolate Mint Splash Chocolate Chunk Excavating Dig Chocolate Marketplace Choc-O-Minute-To-Win-It and much more…..CARNIVAL 4 STAGES OF ENTERTAINMENT JAYCEES BOAT RACES and MILITARY EXHIBITS. Fireworks display Fri. May 25th 9:15pm. Visit our website for times and Details:

Date & Time:
Friday, May 24, 2013 to Monday, May 27, 2013
All-Day Event

Burlington ChocolateFest Grounds, 681 Maryland Ave.
Burlington, WI 53105
35,000+ people attend the Mid­west’s premier community festival, dedi­cated to the celebration of all things chocolate.”Memorial Day weekend in Burlington means three things, chocolate, chocolate, and you guessed it,chocolate! Every year the Burlington ChocolateFest brings a crowd of 35,000+ visitors to the area to experience a weekend of fun, games, rides, cooking demonstrations and of course chocolate.For over 25 years, this volunteer-run festival has pleased children and appetites, as it raisesmoney for over 65 local and national charities.”

ChocolateFest is not just another fes­tival. All money generated from the event goes back to a wide variety of community charities and civic groups. So, when you participate in ChocolateFest, you are participating in an event that literally gives back.
ChocolateFest is run exclusively by trained and experienced volunteers. Our folks have “been there, done that” several times over the past 25 years, so you get a professionally run and planned event that will lessen your worries and help make things run as smoothly as possible.

Chocolatefest is a family-oriented community festival with something for everyone

May 24-27, 2013 Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-off & Music Festival – Cleveland, Ohio

May 22, 2013 at 7:39 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food, grilling | 4 Comments
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May 24-27, 2013 Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-off & Music Festival – Cleveland, OhioRib Fest
Northeast Ohio’s most rockin’ Rib Cook Off & Music Festival



The Great American Rib Cook-off and Music Festival, held each Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cleveland is the unofficial start to the Northeast Ohio summer season.

The event, begun in 1992, features live music (included in the admission price); BBQ’d ribs with all of the fixings; and lots of fun. The 2013 dates are May 24-27. Again this year, the event will be held at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.


The Food:

The four-day Rib Cook-off features ten BBQ masters from all over the state and the country. Among the entrants are restaurants from Virginia, Texas, South Carolina, and Minnesota. Northeast Ohio will be represented by Massilon-based Jack on the Bone. Prizes for Greatest Ribs, Greatest Sauce, and People’s Choice are awarded.
The Music:

One of the best things about the Rib Cook-Off is that the concerts are all included in the admission price. The 2013 line-up includes Rick Springfield, Brett Michaels, Buddy Guy and the Mega 80s.
Hours and Admission:

The Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival is open Friday (May 24) from noon to 11pm, Saturday (May 25) from noon to 11pm, Sunday (May 26) from noon to 11pm, and Monday (May 27) from noon to 8pm.

2013 admission prices is $5 with a coupon available online or from Marc’s stores in NE Ohio. (Otherwise, admission is $8.) Children under 12 are free. Entertainment is included in the admission; food prices vary.
Hotels near the Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off :

The Hilton Garden Inn (check rates), on Carnegie, is the official hotel of the Rib Cook-Off and is offering a special “Concerts in the City” package. Other good choices include the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel (check rates) and the Ritz Carlton Hotel (check rates), both within an easy walk of the venue.
Parking and Transportation:

Ample parking is available in the Nautica lot, adjacent to the Pavilion.

This year, RTA is offering free transportation to and from the Rib Cook-off on all RTA rail lines.
Contact Information:

Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
2014 Sycamore
Cleveland, OH 44113

May 25-27, 2013 Taste of Cincinnati USA – Cincinnati, Ohio

May 21, 2013 at 9:42 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food, grilling | 1 Comment
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May 25-27, 2013 Taste of Cincinnati USACincinnati, Ohio
Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati. Started in 1979, it is now the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival, featuring more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. Menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards. This is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event. Attendance: 500,000.



When: Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, 2013, 12 noon to 12 midnight; Monday, May 27, 2013, 12 noon Taste of Cinto 9 pm.

Where: On six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway in Downtown Cincinnati.

Cost: Free!

Parking: Convenient parking can be found in the Fountain Square Garage.

Please note: Pets, (unless used for handicap assistance), bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, poles and sticks are prohibited in the event site during operating hours. No coolers, bottles, cans, alcoholic beverages or weapons can be brought into the event site.


2013 Best of Taste Winners:
Area restaurants served more than 70 dishes to some of the most discerning taste buds in Cincinnati USA to proclaim the Best of Taste, the region’s most prestigious annual culinary competition and precursor to the Taste of Cincinnati.
The judges–celebrities, foodies and the epicurious–named the following Best of Taste restaurant picks:

Best Appetizer
1st Place: Crab Rangoon, Thai Taste
2nd Place: Cuban Black Bean Soup, Silver Ladle
3rd Place: Risotto Balls, Pompilios
Best Entrée
1st Place: Honey Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Arloi Dee
2nd Place: Chicken Chili 3-Way, Silver Ladle
3rd Place (tie): Pulled Pork Sandwich, Giminetti’s Bakery & General Tso’s Chicken, Thai Taste
Best Dessert
1st Place: Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding, Blue Wisp
2nd Place: Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Sweet Potato Ice Cream, Mahogany’s
3rd Place: Crème Brulee, Market Street Grille
Best Go Vibrant (healthy dining options)
1st Place: Thai Fried Rice, Thai Taste
2nd Place: Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Arloi Dee
3rd Place: Greek Yogurt Spread “Labneh,” Andy’s Mediterranean Grill

Grilling Season Kickoff

May 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM | Posted in grilling, Wild Idea Buffalo | 7 Comments
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I thought I pass along these Memorial Day Specials from Wild Idea Buffalo. Nothing better than grilled Buffalo!



Memorial Day Special SALE
Official Grilling Season Kickoff – Memorial Day Special! We’ve loaded up our Memorial Day Special with everything you need for your Wild Idea SpecialBack Yard B.B.Q.Our Burgers, Brats and Hots Dogs are grill ready, easy to prepare and full of flavor. Also, introducing our all NEW Jalapeno Cheddar Brat, juicy and delicious! As always, our products are 100% grass-fed, with no added nitrites! Order today and let the FUN begin!

1 – 1 lb. pkg. Buffalo Hot Dogs
1 – 1 lb. pkg. Stuffed Jalapeno & Cheddar Buffalo Brats
1 – 1.5 lb. pkg. Buffalo Brats
4 – 1 lb. pkgs. Ready Made Buffalo Burgers (3×1)

Retail Value: $104.95

Special Offer: $89.50



Buffalo Jerky “Original RecipeWild Idea Special Jerky
We start with strips of Top Round Buffalo roast, and rub them with just the right amount of seasoning to compliment the naturally sweet, meaty bison flavor. A perfect high protein low fat energy snack for the office, or throw one in your pack and hit the trail!

2 oz. pkg. $8.95

Ingredients: Buffalo, Organic Seasonings: Black Pepper, Onion Powder, Lemon Pepper, Onion Powder, Paprika, Pure Cane Sugar, Sea Salt] Veg Stable{celery powder, sea salt, silicon dioxide}, Water.


Memorial Day

May 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM | Posted in Food, grilling | 4 Comments
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A little info on Memorial Day. Please remember our fallen heroes this weekend and every day and have a Safe and Happy weekend all!

The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration

Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.

The sheer number of dead soldiers, both Union and Confederate, meant that burial and memorialization would become important following the war. People in towns, particularly women, had buried the dead and decorated graves during the war. In 1865, the federal government began a program of creating national cemeteries for the Union dead.

Following President Abraham Lincoln‘s assassination in April 1865, there were a variety of events of commemoration. The first known observance of a Memorial Day-type observance was in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race Course; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.

On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) advocate returning to the original date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address:

Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.

Since 1987, Hawaii’s Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has introduced a measure to return Memorial Day to its traditional date.

After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress’s change of date within a few years. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

Freedmen (freed slaves) knew of the Union dead and decided to honor them. Together with teachers and missionaries, blacks in Charleston organized a May Day ceremony covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers. Years later, it came to be called the “First Decoration Day” in the North. Beforehand the freedmen had cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled, “Martyrs of the Race Course.” Nearly ten thousand people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the dead. Involved were 3,000 schoolchildren newly enrolled in freedmen’s schools, mutual aid societies, Union troops, and black ministers and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is used as Hampton Park.

Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 pm local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.

For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars.

One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. It runs on the Sunday preceding the Memorial Day holiday. The Coca-Cola 600 stock car race has been held later the same day since 1961. The Memorial Tournament golf event has been held on or close to the Memorial Day weekend since 1976.

Because Memorial Day is generally associated with the start of the summer season, it is common tradition to inaugurate the outdoor cooking season on Memorial Day with a barbecue.

The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol. The concert is broadcast on PBS and NPR. Music is performed, and respect is paid to the men and women who gave their lives for their country.

Taste of Cincinnati USA – Cincinnati, Ohio May 26-28, 2012

May 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM | Posted in Festivals, Food, grilling | 1 Comment
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May 26-28, 2012  Taste of Cincinnati USACincinnati, Ohio

When: Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 2012, 12 noon to 12 midnight; Monday, May 28, 2012, 12 noon to 9 pm.

Where: On six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway in Downtown Cincinnati.

Cost: Free!

Parking: Convenient parking can be found in the Fountain Square Garage.

Please note: Pets, (unless used for handicap assistance), bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, poles and sticks are prohibited in the event site during operating hours. No coolers, bottles, cans, alcoholic beverages or weapons can be brought into the event site.

Taste of Cincinnati USA is held every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati by The Downtown Council and the Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Association. Started in 1979, it is now the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival.

Taste of Cincinnati USA started as a one-day fest in Piatt Park, then known as Garfield Park, with approximately 5,000 attending the first event. The event expanded to two days in 1981, and in 1988 expanded to three days and moved to Central Parkway. Taste of Cincinnati USA was the brainchild of Karen Maier, vice president of marketing for Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. Maier cooked up the idea after reading about Taste of the Big Apple in the Nation’s Restaurant News, an industry trade publication.

In 2007, the event was moved to Fifth Street to spotlight the $42-million renovation of Fountain Square and its underground parking garage, and to bring the event closer to Downtown’s cluster of hotels, such as The Cincinnatian Hotel, the Garfield Suites Hotel, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati, The Terrace Hotel and the Westin Hotel Cincinnati.

Approximately 500,000 now attend the annual food extravaganza, making Taste one of the nation’s largest street festivals. Taste of Cincinnati USA was named Food Event of the Year for 1997 by Events Business News, the recognized authority of the special events business in the United States, selecting it out of 40,000 special events across the nation.

Taste of Cincinnati USA features more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. In the weeks leading up to Taste each year, menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards.

Rusty Griswolds Taste of Cincinnati USA is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event.

Visit the Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Association web site:

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