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  • Breakfast Anyone?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Ok, this isn't exactly a grilling recipe which is what I'm usually focused on especially this time of year. ..BUT...when I came across this recipe, immediately the words that came to mind were, OH MY GOD, DOES THAT LOOK GOOD! So, I thought i'd share it. By the way, if my wife is reading this, I'd like to remind her that Father's Day is right around the corner.

     

    Blueberry Cheesecake Flap Jacks

    Ingredients

    • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    • 3/4 cup whipped topping
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
    • 3/4 cup maple syrup, warmed
    • Additional blueberries, optional

    Directions

    • For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and whipped topping until smooth. Chill until serving.
    • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cracker crumbs, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine the eggs, buttermilk and butter; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries.
    • Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Spread topping over pancakes. Top with warm syrup; sprinkle with additional blueberries if desired. Yield: 12 pancakes (3/4 cup topping).

      Editor’s Note: If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw them before adding to the pancake batter. Be sure to thaw any berries used in the optional garnish.


  • Nothing Says "Manly" Like a BBQ Bacon Cheese Dog!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    C'mon Fellas, It's Grillin Time!

    What You Need

    1 OSCAR MAYER XXL Premium Beef Frank
    2 slices  OSCAR MAYER Fully Cooked Bacon
    1 hot dog bun
    1 Tbsp.  KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
    1 Tbsp. KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce

    Make It

     

    PLACE frank on the grill and do your "Manly Magic". Place frank & crisp bacon in a bun, spread the with cheddar cheese and top it with good ole sweet baby ray's.

    A dog fit for your entire Man Cave!


  • BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwiches With Coleslaw

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    The Perfect "Sammy" For Your Picnic This Weekend

    What You Need

    1 red onion, divided
    2 cups  each shredded green and red cabbage
    1/4 cup MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
    1 bottle  (17.5 oz) BULL'S-EYE Texas Style Barbecue Sauce, divided
    1 Tbsp. oil
    1   beef brisket (3 lb.), trimmed
    1 can (14.5 oz.) 25%-less-sodium beef broth
    2 cloves  garlic, minced
    12 kaiser rolls, partially split

    Make It

    HEAT oven 350ºF.

    CUT half the onion into thin slices; place in large bowl. Add cabbages; mix lightly. Mix dressing and 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce. Add to cabbage mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to use.

    HEAT oil in large skillet. Add meat; cook 5 min. or until browned on both sides, turning after 3 min. Transfer to 13x9-inch baking dish. Chop remaining onion piece; sprinkle over meat. Mix broth, 1/2 cup of the remaining barbecue sauce and garlic; pour over meat. Cover.

    BAKE 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is done (160ºF). Let stand, covered, 10 min. Shred meat; place in large bowl. Add remaining barbecue sauce; toss to coat.

    FILL each roll with 1/2 cup meat mixture and 1/3 cup coleslaw just before serving.

  • Burger Week Continues With A-1 Fireside Mushroom - Onion Cheddar Burger

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    What You Need

    1/2 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
    1 small  onion, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup A.1. Thick & Hearty Steak Sauce, divided
    1 lb.  lean ground beef
    4 KRAFT DELI DELUXE Process Bacon Cheddar Cheese Slices
    4   sesame seed sandwich rolls, partially split

    Make It

    HEAT grill to medium heat.

    PLACE vegetables on center of large sheet heavy-duty foil; drizzle with 1/4 cup sauce. Seal packet, leaving room for heat to circulate. Mix meat and remaining sauce; shape into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) patties.

    GRILL packet 5 min. Add patties; grill 8 to 10 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender and burgers are done (160ºF), turning patties after 5 min. and adding cheese for the last minute.

    FILL rolls with burgers and vegetables.

  • I've Officially Deemed This Week as The Start of Burger Season.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Every day this week I'll share my personal favorite burger recipes.

    Mini Memphis-Style BBQ Burgers

     

    What You Need

    1 lb. lean ground beef
    2 Tbsp.  finely chopped red onions
    4 KRAFT Singles, halved
    8   slider buns, toasted
    1/2 cup coleslaw
    4 slices  OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, cut in half
    1/3 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce

    Make It

    HEAT grill to medium-high heat.

    MIX meat and onions; shape into 8 patties.

    GRILL 3 min. on each side or until done (160ºF), topping with Singles for the last minute.

    FILL buns with burgers and remaining ingredients.

  • My Favorite Season Of The Year...BURGER SEASON!

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    With all the crazy weather we've experienced this Spring, it took a awhile but I finally pulled out the grill. Here's one of my favorite burgers.

    Mike's Fabulous Philly Burger

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, divided
    • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
    • 1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions, divided
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    • 1 jar (2.5 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
    • 4 Kaiser rolls

    Directions

    • In a large bowl, combine 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 3 teaspoons mustard and half the onions. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Form into four patties.
    • Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-9 minutes on each side or until no longer pink.
    • Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine the cream cheese, remaining Worcestershire sauce and mustard, mushrooms and parsley. Spread the cheese mixture on cooked patties; top with reserved onions. Grill or broil 30 seconds longer or until the onions are crisp-tender. Serve on Kaiser rolls. Yield: 4 burgers.

     

  • Happy Grilling Season! Check Out These Tips For a Perfect Meal Using Man's 2nd Best Friend.

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    These Tips Will Help You Become "The King Of The Grill"

    -Brush cold grill with oil to prevent sticking

    -Use one-gallon zip-lock plastic bags to marinate up to 1 pound of meats or vegetables in 2 to 3 cups of marinade; seal, pressing out air, set bag in a large pan or baking dish and marinate, refrigerated, turning occasionally

    -Glass baking dishes work well for marinating too, but avoid aluminum, which will interact with acids in marinades, and soft plastic or rubber containers that pick up odors easily

    -Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups; slash fatty edges to keep meat from curling

    -Fill a plant mister with 7 parts water and 1 part vinegar; use to spray grill when flames flare up

    -Preheat gas grills at least 15 minutes; for charcoal grills, light at least 45 minutes before, and let burn to hot embers, coated with ash

    -To flavor your barbecue, add aromatic hardwoods, such as hickory, mesquite or oak chips or chunks or aromatic fruit woods, such as apple or cherry or vine cuttings; soak wood in cold water for at least 30 minutes, then add to hot coals

    -Begin grilling when grill temperature stabilizes at 300 Fahrenheit

    -Use your hand to determine approximate temperature; hold your hand 3 inches above the rack and count the seconds you can comfortably keep it in place: 5 seconds for low, 4 for medium, 3 for medium-high, 2 for high

    -For kebabs: grease flat, narrow metal skewers or soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes

    -For small, delicate items such as fish, shrimp or asparagus use an oiled grill basket for easy turning

    -For long-cooking vegetables or fruits (such as potatoes, whole heads of garlic or apples) cut a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, oil well, fill with sliced vegetables or fruit and seasonings, drizzle with oil, seal and place on hot grill Use long-handled tools and tongs -- not forks -- to turn meat to avoid piercing and releasing juices

    -To prevent scorching, brush meat with prepared barbecue sauce only after it is cooked through Don't forget to use heavy-duty oven mitts

  • The Ultimate Mother's Day Roasted Chicken

    Posted by Mike DuBord

     

    Ingredients

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

    Rinse the chicken with cool water, inside and out. Pat it dry with paper towels. Divide the herbs, keeping 1/2 of them whole. Finely chop the other half. In a small bowl, mash the softened butter with the chopped herbs, until combined. Rub the herbed butter under the skin, as well as all over the outside of the chicken. Season the bird all over with salt and pepper. Stuff the cavity with the orange, garlic, 1 onion, and the remaining herbs. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine to help hold its shape. Place the chicken, breast-side up, in a roasting pan. Put the remaining onion into the pan, which will help color and flavor the sauce. Lay the strips of bacon

    across the breast of the chicken and roast for 25 minutes.

    Remove the bacon and baste the chicken with the drippings and cook for another 25 minutes to brown the skin. The chicken is done when an instant-read thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (the legs of the chicken should wiggle easily from the sockets too.) Remove the chicken to a platter and let stand for 10 minutes, so the juices settle back into the meat before carving.

    Meanwhile, remove the softened onion from the roasting pan. Tilt the pan so the drippings collect in 1 corner, skimming off as much fat as possible, and leaving the drippings. Place the roasting pan on top of the stove over medium heat and take a wooden spoon to scrape up the flavor from the bottom of the pan. Stir the flour into the drippings to make a roux-like paste. Pour in the chicken broth in stages; continue to stir to dissolve the flour evenly to prevent lumps. Stir in the sherry and season with salt and pepper.

    To serve, carve the chicken tableside and squeeze the oranges from the cavity over the meat.

  • I've Jumped From a Perfectly Good Airplane As a Soldier With The 82nd Airborne Division

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    As an 18 year old kid from the big city of Escanaba, MI (population 11,600) I thought I was pretty cool for doing it. That said, I can tell you this without hesitation. NOBODY'S cooler, than The Navy Seals! Here's a great example as to why.

    Meet The "Seal Team 6",  The Special Ops Team That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    The military team that killed Osama Bin Laden is an elite special forces group unofficially called Seal Team 6.

    Officially, the team's name is classified and not available to the public, technically there is no team 6. A Tier-One counter-terrorism force similar to the Army's elusive Delta group, Team 6's mission rarely make it to paper much less the newspaper.

    It shows how important the publicity about Bin Laden's killing is to the U.S. that this morning, Team 6 is front pages news.

    The members of Team 6 are all "black" operatives. They exist outside military protocol, engage in operations that are at the highest level of classification and often outside the boundaries of international law. To maintain plausible deniability in case they are caught, records of black operations are rarely, if ever, kept.

    The development of SEAL Team 6 was in direct response to the 1980 attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran. The mission was a terrific failure that fell apart at many points and illustrated the need for a dedicated counter-terrorist team capable of operating with the utmost secrecy.

    The Team was labeled 6 at the time to confuse Soviet intelligence about the number of SEAL teams in operation at the time. There were only two others.

    Team 6 poached the top operatives from other SEAL units and trained them even more intensely from there. Even among proven SEAL's the attrition rate for Team 6 is reported to be nearly half.

    There are no names available for current Team 6 members, but the CIA does recruit heavily from their numbers for their Special Operations Group, so it makes sense that they were chosen to work with the CIA on this mission.

    Team 6 is normally devoted to missions with maritime authority: ship rescues, oil rigs, naval bases or land bases accessible by water. There are no waterways near Bin Laden's compound.

    When a former Navy SEAL was called for a comment about this article all he could say was: "You know I'd love to help you man, but I can't say a word about Team 6. There is no Team 6.

  • Keith Richards Recording New Material?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Keith Richards has reportedly been hard at work in a New York City studio writing some new material. According to various sources, the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist has been tucked away at New York’s Germano Studios with producer Steve Jordan and engineer Dave O’Donnell.

    There has been no official word from Richards about the rumors, but both the blog sonicscoop.com and a Stones fan site report that Keith is working on new material. There is also no word as to the nature of the material and if it will be used by the Rolling Stones.

    If Richards is, in fact, working on a solo record, it will be the second side-project due out from a Stones member in the near future. Earlier this year Mick Jagger’s brother Christopher also confirmed that the singer has a solo album in the works.

    “He’s doing a record at the moment in Los Angeles with Dave Stewart, he called me last night telling me what he was doing,” Chris Jagger told Portugal’s RTR in March.

  • Will Paul McCartney Form a New Super Group?

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Johnny Rotten will reportedly perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. Rumors are swirling in the press that the three have been assembled to form a British supergroup in honor of London-based event.

    The 2012 Olympics are scheduled to open in London on July 27 next year. The games are slated to last until August 12. The last time London hosted the Olympics was in 1948.

    One English Olympian, gold-medal rower Steve Redgrave, told The People newspaper that the trifecta sounded promising. “If Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo came together with great bands like the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols it would be fantastic.”

    And though there is no word thus far about Ringo‘s participation, Redgrave added that it would be an opportunity for the world to witness the storied musical tradition of the Brits. “The London Games gives us a chance to celebrate our own history. We have to show the world what we are good at. Those bands are a huge part of our history. It would kick off the party and put us center of the world’s attention.

  • No Royal Invites For Obama, Blair or Brown

    Posted by Mike DuBord

    Didn't get an invitation to Friday's big event? Well, don't feel too bad--you're in pretty good company.

    In a snub that's raised some eyebrows in Britain, neither of the country's two most recent former prime ministers received an invite. Also left out are President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

    There's no place for either Tony Blair or Gordon Brown among the 1,900-member congregation, even though the other two living former British leaders, Baroness Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major, were invited. (Thatcher, 85, has declined, citing her health, but Major will be there.) Adding to the awkwardness, when Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married in 1981, all surviving prime ministers attended.

    "It's a surprising selection," one Labour member of Parliament has said. Another described it as "odd."

    St. James's Palace has explained the discrepancy by saying that, unlike Blair and Brown, Thatcher and Major are Knights of the Garter, England's highest order of Knighthood. It also has noted that, unlike the Charles and Diana wedding, this one isn't an official state occasion, because William isn't the prince of Wales.

    "There is no protocol reason to invite them, so unless [William and Kate] wanted to invite former prime ministers for a personal reason, there's no reason to do so," said a spokesman. "It is a private wedding, and the couple are entitled to invite whoever they want to it."

    Fair enough. Still, the omission has some suggesting that politics played a role. Thatcher and Major are members of the Conservative Party, which traditionally has been supportive of the monarchy. Blair and Brown's Labour Party, meanwhile, has often had a less cozy relationship with the crown.

    And some speculate that the strained history between the monarchy and Blair, who led Britain from 1997 until 2007, may also have factored in to the decision to leave him off. He famously clashed with the queen over her handling of Princess Diana's 1997 funeral, then in 2002 was accused of trying to take control of plans for the celebration marking the queen's 50th anniversary on the throne. And Blair's wife, Cherie, once refused to curtsy for members of the royal family.

    If Blair and Brown are suffering from hurt feelings, they can commiserate with Obama. In another break from tradition, he and Michelle are also on the outside looking in, even though President Reagan and Nancy Reagan were invited to the Charles and Diana nuptials. (Reagan was still recovering from an assassination attempt, so his wife went without him.) The Reagans also were said to have been invited to Prince Andrew's 1986 wedding to Sarah Ferguson, though it wasn't a state occasion.

    William and Kate are understood originally to have wanted a smaller and more private wedding, modeled on the future queen's austere 1947 marriage to Prince Philip, which took place at a time when rationing was still in effect. But, in a development that everyone who has ever planned a wedding will understand, the event appears to have grown in scale and cost as the date has approached.

    Indeed, though there's no room for Blair, Brown, or Obama, some less prominent dignitaries did make the cut. The king of Tonga and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi will both be in attendance, the palace has said, as will the governors-general of numerous former British territories, including Papua New Guinea, St. Christopher and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John, and Guy Ritchie also will be in the congregation