Thursday, July 30, 2020

A Burger Recipe, A Book Review and A Bodacious Weekly Menu

The Burger:

I was inspired to make this Hickory Burger after reading Daisy Jones and the Six.  There was mention of a Hickory Burger in the novel.  I had never heard of a Hickory Burger but evidently there is a restaurant in LA called Apple Pan that is famous for them. 

Hickory Burger

What makes it a "Hickory Burger"?  It's the sauce and I will be sharing that easy peasy sauce recipe with you at the bottom of this post.  I learned this over at Foodie Goes Healthy and adapted the recipe just slightly because we were only having 3 burgers.


The Book:

Daisy Jones and the Six is set in the sixties and seventies and goes through the life of six band members and Daisy Jones who ends up working with them as a vocalist.

Daisy Jones and the Six

It is told in an oral history type of way.  You don't hear the interviewers questions but you are given all of the band members responses, takes and memories of events that took place during their time together.  

I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a real band.  The story is told in a very realistic light and deals with all the successes, failures, triumphs, losses, joys and sadness of each of the members of the band but especially of Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne who were magical when they sang together.

However, their very similar personalities caused much rift among them.  Both wanted to be in charge and thought that their way was the absolute best way.  Trying to make a point that she was in charge right from the get go, Daisy orders dinner for both of them when they go to a restaurant without consulting with Billy first.  Billy nonchalantly says...."I was going to order the Hickory Burger anyway".

This novel is being turned into a 13 week mini series by Netflix.  I cannot wait for it to come out.  There is an interesting little twist at the end of the novel but you won't get any spoilers out of me. 

I will be sharing this post over at Foodies Read.  Stop by and see what the others are reading and cooking this month.   

The Bodacious Weekly Menu:

Tomorrow we take Quinnie Lou to the airport for her trip home to CA.  It was wonderful having her for these 10 days.  She and the Teen had a lot of fun together.

Saturday we are hosting our Cozumel After Dive Party.  We went to Cozumel with our diver group right before the Pandemic hit.  We have all be quarantining until the last couple of weeks when our numbers fell enough for us to start having outdoor gatherings of up to 50 people.  We are not having 50 people, probably only 20 so social distancing should be pretty easy to achieve.  

Sunday, Frank is having a CPL class.  It, too, was originally scheduled for earlier but was canceled due to COVID.  I will be preparing breakfast and lunch for the students and we will probably have leftovers for dinner.

On Thursday we are going over to Aunt Irene's.  She has a doctor appointment that we will take her to and then Amy is coming after work to join us for dinner and cards.  Not sure what we will pick up for dinner.  We'll see what Aunt Irene has a hankering for.

So here is what we are cooking up around here this week. What's on your menu?

Saturday- Cozumel Pot Luck 
Mixed Grill Fajitas with all the Trimmings
Sides and Desserts from other guests
Drinks by Frank

Sunday-CPL Class
French Breakfast Puffs
Fresh Fruit Tray

Yogurt and Cilantro Marinated Chicken
Potato Salad 
Cole Slaw
Frozen S'More Treats

Dinner-Leftovers or Carry out

Meatless Monday
Summertime Quiche (moved from last week)

Taco Tuesday
Polish Tacos

Garlic Oatmeal Soup
Fresh Bread

Dinner with Aunt Irene

Fish Friday
Tomato Poached Cod
Instant Pot Risotto

The Blueprint for the Sauce:

Hickory Burger

Hickory Burger

Author: Wendy Klik
Prep time: 3 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 18 M
What makes a Hickory Burger a Hickory Burger? Well, at the Apple Pan Restaurant in LA it is the sauce.


  • 4 hamburger patties, seasoned and grilled to your liking
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 4 Ciabatta rolls
  • Butter
  • 1/4 c. Ketchup
  • 1/4 c. chile sauce
  • 1/2 t. hickory liquid smoke


  1. Season and cook your burgers to your desired temperature, placing a slice of cheese on each 30 seconds before removing them from the grill.
  2. While the burgers are cooking, cut the Ciabatta Rolls in half and butter the cut side.  Place cut side down on the grill next to the burgers.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the ketchup, chili sauce and hickory smoke.  
  4. Place one cooked cheeseburger onto each roll.  Top with the Hickory Sauce and serve.


Recipe from Foodie Goes Healthy



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Monday, July 27, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Enjoying Up North and the Weekly Menu

We headed up north on Thursday.  First stop was at an outlet shopping mall called Birch Run, the girls did some shopping, the Teen got another ear piercing, and we had lunch before continuing our travels.

When we arrived and checked into our rooms we walked into downtown Traverse City, shopped some more and had dinner.  Back at the room, the girls went to the pool and I crashed for the night.

Yesterday we went to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.  We were able to climb the first section and then we were exhausted.  I do have photos however they are on Frank's camera and he didn't bring the memory card so I will share those when we get home.  Drove the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and then went into Glen Arbor for lunch. 

Back at the resort we went down to the beach.  We rented a jetski and a paddleboard and played for a while.  Amy and Doug arrived and visited with us for a while before leaving to meet up with her dad and aunt for dinner.  

People on Water

The girls then walked back into town while Frank and I relaxed with a glass of wine.  When they were ready we picked them up for dinner but they decided they wanted to go to the Mall first.  After the mall we headed back to downtown TC for dinner at Bubba's Burgers.  It was pretty good. Back to the room the girls headed to the hot tub, I grabbed my book, Frank grabbed is pad and I was asleep before they got back to the room again.

This morning I decided to work on my Weekly menu as they all get ready for the day.  Heading into Fish Town for lunch today and then we have Spence's Graduation Party later this afternoon.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.  

Tomorrow morning we had back home,  We hope to stop for lunch in Houghton Lake and meet up with our friends, Bob and Cathy, for a visit.

The Teen has her second segment of driving school next week.  We are having a family gathering for the Dubruls to see Quinn before she leaves on Friday.  She will be going home with my niece Steph and her daughter, Sterling after the gathering.  Steph will take her to see her Great Aunt Patty and then we have been invited to dinner on Wednesday to bring her back home.  

So here is the menu for this always I love vacations but I am always happy to return home....

Spence's Grad Party

Grilled Hot Dogs
Baked Beans 

Meatless Monday
Summertime Quiche

Tuesday-Family Gathering
BBQ Ribs
Rotisserie Chicken
Potato Salad
Tuna Mac Salad
Broccoli Slaw
Baked Beans
Corn Bread

Dinner at Steph's


Fish Friday
Fish and Chips
Leftover Salads


Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Suffragist Carrot Salad ala All Stirred Up #LitHappens

This easy and delicious vegetable side starts with parboiled carrots instead of raw.  It was inspired by a unique cookbook that I received an early e-copy of for review purposes.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Carrot Salad

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Coyote Ugly Breakfast Pizza #FoodnFlix

Now I know many of us enjoy cold pizza for breakfast but how many of us make a fresh pizza just for breakfast?  Well not just for breakfast, it can be served for brunch or brinner too.

Breakfast Pizza

Sourdough pizza crust topped with a sour cream sauce, crisp bacon, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and topped with a sunny side up egg.  Can you say DELICIOUS!!!!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes #MultiCookerMonday

Who says you can't enjoy Cheesy Potatoes in the summertime?  One of my favorite ways to enjoy casseroles without turning on the oven is to turn to my slow cooker.

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

It's time for Multi-Cooker Monday........

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Grilled Meatball Skewers #OurFamilyTable

Quick and easy, these grilled meatball skewers are sure to become a family favorite.  Precooked, packaged meatballs alternated with summer squash, brushed with your favorite bbq sauce and grilled until warmed and glazed.

Grilled Meatball Skewers

We are sharing grilling recipes today with the From Our Dinner Table Group.......

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Family comes and Family goes and I need to feed them....

My Angel Face is going home today after spending the week while Grampy was gone.  Grampy came home late Thursday night so they were able to spend the last day of Little Miss's visit together.

Man and girl

I'm glad Grampy is home to spend some pool time with her.....Grammy is waterlogged LOL.

Tomorrow we have a graduation party to attend for the Teen's brother who lives across the street.  I am making Potato Salad for a Crowd and will be sharing that recipe with you soon.

Monday our great niece, Quinn, arrives from California for a 10 day visit.  She and Marissa are great friends and we are looking forward to having this time with her.  Her flight arrives late afternoon so we will eat out by the airport.

Thursday morning we are heading up nort for a long weekend.  We are celebrating our grandnephew, Spence's, graduation from High School. 

So it is  a very short weekly menu but it is the weekly menu none the less.  Hope you have a fantastic week.......

Grilled Meatball Skewers
Steamed Rice
Carrot Salad

Sunday-Graduation Party
Potato Salad for a Crowd

Monday-Pick up Quinn
Out for Dinner

Taco Tuesday
Grilled Chicken Fajita Tacos

Grilled Cheese Panini with Egg

Up North


Zucchini and Summer Squash Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This delicious soup is creamy and silky without any addition of cream.  It is the perfect summer soup using of the extra bounty from your garden. Completely vegan, it can be served warm, chilled or at room temperature.

Zucchini and Summer Squash Soup

We are sharing Summer Soups today over at Soup Saturday Swappers.........

Friday, July 17, 2020

American Bay Scallops with French Rousillon Blanc #Winophiles

Delicious tender bay scallops cooked up in a white wine herb sauce and served over pasta tossed with asparagus and tomatoes.  Paired with a French Rousillon Blanc for a perfect blending of cultures.

Bay Scallops pasta

The French Winophiles are exploring the White Wines of Rousillon this month.....

Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Wild Rice Blueberry Pilaf #FishFridayFoodies

White, tender Mahi Mahi, grilled to perfection and served over a Wild Rice Blueberry Pilaf.  A perfect meal to enjoy on the deck on a hot summers night.

Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Wild Rice Blueberry Pilaf

We are cooking our fish and seafood outdoors today for Fish Friday Foodie......

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Strawberry Rhubarb Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Tender cake laced with strawberries and rhubarb makes the perfect summertime treat for your Independence Day celebration.

Strawberry Rhubarb Bundt Cake

We are Letting Freedom Ring with the Bundt Bakers this month......

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Boston Cooler #IceCreamSocial

A Detroit classic, Vernor's Ginger Soda blended with vanilla ice cream for a refreshing summertime treat.

Boston Cooler

The Festive Foodies are having an Ice Cream Social.......

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Angel Biscuits #BreadBakers

These light, airy and delicious biscuits got their name because they easily split in half and resemble Angel Wings.  I didn't see it myself but perhaps that was because I was too busy gobbling them down.

Angel Biscuits

We are baking biscuits with yeast today in our Bread Bakers group.....................

Monday, July 13, 2020

Peach Glazed Chicken Wings #BakingBloggers

These amazing wings are so very easy to make and absolutely delicious.  I found a hot pepper peach jam at my grocers, making it a three ingredient dish.  Can't ask for more than that.....

Peach Glazed Chicken Wings

Welcome to the Baking Bloggers.......

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Walleye: It's a Michigan Thing #OurFamilyTable

There is nothing better, in my humble opinion, than freshly caught walleye also known as pickerel.  This fish is very popular in Michigan and our neighboring country of Canada.  A simple preparaation of dredging in seasoned flour, eggs and cracker crumbs before frying guarantees a super, seasonal and local favorite.


Walleye (pickerel) is a regional favorite and that is what we are sharing today with the From Our Dinner Table Group......

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Smoked Pot Roast with a Negru de Purcari from Moldova #WinePW

I received product to sample for the purposes of this blog post and twitter chat.  All opinions are strictly my own.  I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Pot Roast first slow smoked right on the grate and then placed into a cast iron dutch oven along with vegetables and seasoned braising liquid until fall off the bone tender.  Who says you can't enjoy Pot Roast in the Summertime?

Smoked Pot Roast

I paired this marvelous dinner with a Negru de Purcari from Moldova......

Friday, July 10, 2020

Red Beans and Rice in the Instant Pot #EattheWorld

These red beans and rice made in the Instant Pot make this comforting Soul Food dish without having to worry about soaking the beans first.

Red Beans and Rice

We are celebrating Soul Food this month in our Eat the World challenge......

Mid July Weekly Menu

It's hard to believe that it is already July 10th.  This has been such a crazy year with having the Teen home from school and being quarantined for the first half of 2020.  The year is more than half over and the craziness continues.  I think we have adjusted to the circumstances and have found our new normal.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Watermelon, Blueberry and Mint Salad #ImprovCookingChallenge

This delicious, refreshing salad is perfect at your next picnic or backyard gathering.

Watermelon, Blueberry and Mint Salad

It's time for this month's Improv Cooking Challenge.......

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Rhubarb Thumbprints #SummerDessertWeek

Tender sweet cookies filled with a tangy rhubarb filling.  These are sure to be a big hit and they help to use up some of that rhubarb that is overflowing in your garden. Win/Win.

Rhubarb Thumbprints

We are still celebrating Summer Dessert Week.......

Monday, July 6, 2020

Blueberry Pie #SummerDessertWeek

Not quite as good as my grandmother's, who made the very best blueberry pie in the world, but a pretty close second.

Blueberry Pie

We are having a week long celebration of Summer Desserts......

Friday, July 3, 2020

Weekly Menu including the Holiday Weekend.....

We will soon be celebrating Independence Day.  2020 has been a terrible year thus far for the USA.  We could have used some parades and patriotic gatherings.  They will be few and far between and those gatherings that are being held are spurring more strife and division amongst our Nation.  If this is what making America great again looks like.....please time travel me back to when some people thought it wasn't great and needed to change.

We are living in a time when our Governing Bodies are either supporting "peaceful protests" where our police officers are targeted for murder or "Armed Militant Protestors" have been described as "fine upstanding citizens" who just felt the need to storm a state capitol armed to the teeth and scream profanities and hurl accusations at the officers assigned to keep the peace.

Only 7% of police officers would recommend this job in today's world.  What are we going to do when there are no police officers?  We are going to call in the military and all of our rights as we have come to know them will be gone. It is a scary scary time with such great division between our political parties that there is no longer any middle ground.

image of usa broken

As for me, I am holding out much hope that our country is strong enough to survive this and that one day soon we will all again unite to be one, undivided country who puts our fellow man's needs first, respects one another and values the diversity and differences that make the country so strong and proud.  We need to come together in the middle and let those on the far left and far right slink away into the darkness.

However you choose to celebrate this holiday, I pray for your health and safety.  If you are here in Michigan, where we expect severe temps all weekend, stay hydrated and cool.  I think we'll be spending a quiet weekend in the pool.  Sunday we are going to see Aunt Irene, she said she is hungry for tacos so we'll be taking the fixings over to have dinner with her.

My Weekly Menu from last week was a complete bust because we had a lot of leftovers from the Teen's birthday party to use up.  I did make some fun Leftover Hamburger Tacos for Tuesday but didn't make the puffy taco shells.

So this week's menu contains many of the items I had bought for last week's menu.  Please stop by each day as I share photos and recipes.  Until we meet again stay safe and have a Happy July 4th.

Peach Glazed Chicken Wings
Macaroni Salad
Cole Slaw

Sunday (Aunt Irene's)
Mexican Rice
Refried Beans
Strawberry Rhubarb Bundt Cake

Meatless Monday
Zuchinni Soup
Caprese Pannini

Taco Tuesday
Mexican Shrimp Casserole

Wednesday (Brinner)
Grilled Breakfast Pizza

Zucchini Chips

Fish Friday
Bay Scallop Scampi over pasta
Tossed Greens Salad

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Char Sui Pork #CooktheBooks

This tender pork tenderloin is first marinated in Char Siu Sauce, roasted and basted with more sauce making a delicious and easy dinner recipe.

Char Sui Pork

I was inspired to share this with you after reading Kitchen Chinese........

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Blueberry Mojito #SummerCocktails

This is the perfect summer refresher, fruity but more bitter than sweet, which is a wonderful way to quench the thirst in the heat.

Blueberry Mojito

We are sharing Summer Cocktails today with the Festive Foodies Group.......