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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 3 Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

Can a person get tired of eating just burgers?  HECK NO!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

20170626_192657For Day 3, it's Cajun for dinner!   I lived in the Pelican state for about a year while in the military and never really did come to appreciate Cajun cooking, but I do now!  This burger takes everything that is classic Cajun and delivers it in a big flavor fashion!   It's a pork sausage and Andouille sausage patty kissed with some Cajun spice, there's a slice of melted muenster cheese and it's served on a garlic toasted bun dressed with a Cajun spice remoulade.   It was another dose of YUM!

The Cajun Burger

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces ground pork sausage
  • 9 ounces of Andouille sausage
  • One Tablespoon ground cumin
  • One Tablespoon garlic powder
  • One Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon herbs de provence
  • Muenster cheese slices
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • Another dash of garlic powder to make garlic butter

    For the Remoulade:

  • Equal parts mayo, mustard, ketchup, Louisiana Hot Sauce, lemon juice, dried parsley flake, garlic powder and cayenne pepper

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the ground pork and Andouille along with all the spices (ground cumin through herbs de provence) until well incorporated.  Once incorporated, start forming your patties.  Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Move to indirect heat and top with a slice of muenster cheese.  While the burgers are on the grill getting happy, mix together the remoulade.  While the cheese on the burgers is melting, melt some butter and garlic powder together in a small grill safe bowl to dress the buns with.  Assemble the burgers and enjoy!   These burgers pack a little heat, but it's DELICIOUS heat!

This burger cost only about $2.25 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the "Classic," "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza," "Thanksgiving," "Cajun" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

www.grillinggoodeats.com


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 3 Lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

Can a person get tired of eating just burgers?  HECK NO!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

Thanksgiving BurgerFor Day 3, it's Thanksgiving for lunch!   This is another stuffed burger recipe, a plate of Thanksgiving Day goodness all in one bite!  The toasted bun was dressed with a brown butter & cranberry jelly, the turkey burger was seasoned with my signature rub and stuffed with loaded mashed potatoes and gravy and the green beans were Tempura battered and fried. It was another dose of YUM!

The Thanksgiving Burger

Ingredients:

  • One pound ground turkey
  • One Tablespoon seasoning salt or your favorite rub
  • A couple spoonfuls of mashed potatoes
  • A couple spoonfuls of turkey or chicken gravy
  • A handful of fresh green beans
  • 1/2 cup Tempura batter flour or rice flour
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water 
  • One egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 stick of butter
  • A couple heaping tablespoons of canned cranberry, jellied
  • Hamburger buns, lightly toasted
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey and seasoning salt until well incorporated.  Once incorporated, start forming your patties, creating a well in the bottom patty half for the potatoes and gravy.  Place some mashed potato on the bottom patties, then hit them with the gravy, salt and pepper to taste.   Top the burgers with the lid patty and seal by pinching the burger edges together. Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Move to indirect heat and top with some more of that gravy is desired.  While the burgers are on the grill getting happy, heat up a skillet over medium high heat and warm up that canola oil.  In a small bowl mix together the flour, ice cold water and beaten egg.   Toss in the green beans and stir lightly until covered in the batter.  Immediately put those battered beans into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and delicious.  In a separate pan, melt the butter and jellied cranberry over low heat, then brush onto the hamburger buns.  Assemble the burgers and enjoy!   Makes two stuffed burgers and they're Thanksgiving Day plate awesome!

This burger cost only about $2.60 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the classic, "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza," "Thanksgiving" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

www.grillinggoodeats.com

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Truck show picking up speed

They came in a variety of colors and carried names such as Kenworth, Peterbilt and Freightliner.

About 45 semi trucks and around 15 pickup trucks rolled onto the Prairie Land Heritage Museum grounds Saturday for the sixth annual Jacksonville Semi Truck and Trailer Show.

“This was the biggest turnout of semi trucks we’ve ever had, and the weather was beautiful for the show,” said Dane Roach of Jacksonville, who organized the event with his wife, Tracy. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

The truck show continues to grow, Roach said.

“We want people that are proud of their equipment and willing to sacrifice a summer afternoon to bring their semi to our show,” he said. “It takes a lot of people to organize the show and we couldn’t have put it together without Brad and Marianne Northrop of Jacksonville.”

via www.myjournalcourier.com

Related Story:  Trucking Jobs


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 2 Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

20170624_193058For Day 2, it's a 'pizza' burger for dinner!   The combination of burger and pizza, how can this NOT be good right? 

This is a stuffed burger and my favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni and mushrooms, so that's what I'm stuffing this burger with along with sauce and mozzarella cheese.   That's what I love about stuffed burgers, the choices of what to put in your burger are almost endless! 

The Pizza Burger

Ingredients:

  • One pound ground beef
  • One Tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 2 ounces of pepperoni slices
  • 4 ounces of pizza sauce
  • 2 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • Parmesan cheese to taste
  • One teaspoon dried oregano
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, seasoning salt and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.  Once incorporated, start forming your patties, creating a well in the bottom patty half for the pizza toppings.  Sauce the bottom patties, then hit them with the oregano, more Parmesan, the pepperoni, mushroom and a slice of mozzarella cheese.  Top the burgers with the lid patty and seal by pinching the burger edges together.  TIP:  Don't get the pizza toppings too close to the edge of the burger, or it won't seal properly.   Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Move to indirect heat and top with another slice of mozzarella cheese.  Brush the buns with garlic butter and toast.   Makes two stuffed burgers and they're awesome!

This burger cost only about $2.00 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the classic, "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

www.grillinggoodeats.com


Iowa City Investigate Armed Robbery

On Saturday June 24th, 2017 at approximately 8:30 pm, Iowa City Police responded to the 1100 block of 3rd Avenue in Iowa City for a report of an armed robbery.  According to the adult, male victim, he arranged through an online website to meet a female in the area.  When the victim arrived in the area, he was approached by two (2) black males, one armed with a large knife and the other carrying a board.  The victim reported being drug inside a residence where he was struck in the head with the board approximately three (3) times before being robbed of cash and a cell phone.  

The victim received minor injuries as a result of this incident.  The victim described the subject brandishing the knife as a black male wearing a mask and loose clothing and the subject who struck him with a board as a black male wearing a baseball cap.  

Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 358-TIPS (8477).  All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed.  Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward. 


The Trails of the Corridor

A well maintained and modern trail system system in the corridor really adds to the quality of life here.

Trails Throughout Coralville

Coralville has over 20 miles of recreational trails and over extra-wide sidewalks that connect throughout the community. As Coralville grows, we have identified about 40 additional miles of trail which could be part of future development.

Trail development is funded in two ways in Coralville:

  • Through state and federal grant programs with match money from local hotel / motel taxes
  • Through working with developers as subdivisions are planned to place dual-purpose trails for recreational use and for sewer manhole access

Area Trail & Bike Parking Maps

Trailheads
Coralville has several trailheads or facilities to help users enjoy the trail system.  Trailheads have parking, restrooms, and amenities such as shelters or concessions.  The following serve as trailheads in Coralville:  

via www.coralville.org


Bring Fido! Corridor Area Hotels That Are Pet Friendly

ClarionClarion Highlander Hotel - 2525 North Dodge Street Iowa City.  All our well-appointed guest rooms come with standard amenities and feature free local calling, coffee makers, desks, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers and cable television with free movies.  Ask about our rooms with hot tubs, microwaves, refrigerators and balconies. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms can be requested. We are a pet-friendly hotel; fees apply.

SheratonSheraton Iowa City Hotel - 210 S Dubuque Street · Iowa City.  We understand our guests' need to bring their pets on their travels. Dogs up to 80 pounds are allowed with no fee.  Dogs must be accompanied by owner at all times when in public areas.  Enjoy our upscale amenities and comfortable Iowa City accommodations. We offer complimentary high speed Internet in each of our 234 guest rooms, which feature a 37'' flat screen HDTV, the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, and 100% of our rooms are completely renovated and showcase the new Sheraton design.

TravelLodgeTravelLodge - 2216 North Dodge St, I-80,Exit 246, (1)Block South, Iowa City.  The staff at our Travelodge Iowa City hotel extends a warm Hawkeye hello for your comfortable stay near the University of Iowa and University Hospital. Located just off Interstate 80, our Iowa City hotel offers comfortable accommodations at an affordable rate. Use your discounted passes to the athletic club next door, and then return for a relaxing swim in the indoor pool.  Grab a bite to eat at our on-site restaurant before heading to your room with balcony views and vaulted ceilings. Amenities include free Wi-Fi Internet access in your king or queen room and some of our rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator. Handicapped-accessible and non-smoking rooms are available at our pet-friendly hotel in Iowa City. We offer laundry facilities and dry cleaning services. Sit beside our lobby fireplace on cold nights and start each morning with free Bear Bites continental breakfast featuring fresh waffles.  Pet policy, additional charge of $10 per night, per pet.


Road Closure: Davenport Street - Iowa City

Davenport Street, from Clinton Street to Dubuque Street, will be closed to to through traffic, beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, weather permitting. The closure is necessary to complete utility improvements and brick street reconstruction. 

It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume in mid August. 

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area.  

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction


Lane Closure: Raven Street - Iowa City

Raven Street, near address 3117 between Kenwood Dr. and Court St., will be reduced to one lane of traffic for pavement repairs, beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, weather permitting.

Traffic blocked by the construction must yield to oncoming vehicles and proceed around the construction zone when clear. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume Friday, July 7.

Drivers should allow extra travel time as delays will occur, and use caution when traveling through the area. 

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit icgov.org/roadconstruction