Australian Grilled Fish

How about trying some fish on the grill for a change. What I like about this recipe is that it can be used with a variety of different fish types.


4 fish steaks

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons fresh ginger root — grated

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

black pepper


* For the steaks: they should be 8-10 ounces and 1-inch thick each. Use Swordfish, Halibut or Salmon steaks. I buy my fish from Fresh Acres in Springfield, they always have fresh fish at a reasonable price.

1. In a bowl, combine the lime juice, 1 tablespoon oil, ginger, cayenne pepper and enough freshly ground black pepper to suit your taste.

2. Marinate the fish in the marinade for 45-60 minutes. Turn steaks 2-3 times.

3. Have the grill prepared and hot and brush the cooking grill with the remaining one tablespoon oil.

4. Grill the fish, brushing several times with the marinade, until cooked through and opaque in the center. Turn fish after about 4-5 minutes. Total grilling time will depend on your grill and the heat of grill.

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Beer Grilled Flank Steak-

I love to grill flank steak and this recipe has the perfect flavor of grilling.

2 cans consomme
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup green onion — chopped
6 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoon brown sugar
1 clove garlic — crushed
2 large flank steaks
2 cups beer


Combine first 6 ingredients and pour over steaks in a dish. Pour beer over all and let marinade 24 hours. Grill over medium heat coals until done to your liking. To serve, slice thinly across the grain.

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Broccoli Balls

Broccoli Balls-

These golden brown nuggets will have your kids asking for more. Let them help with prpeparing them and they will love them even more
2-3 heads of broccoli, cooked and drained
2 Cup crushed seasoned stuffing
1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
6 eggs, lightly beaten
½ Cup butter or margarine, softened
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Have an adult chop, cook and drain broccoli. Then chop in blender. Meanwhile, kids can add stuffing, Parmesan cheese, eggs, butter, salt and pepper together in large bowl. Mix well. Add chopped cooked broccoli and mix again. Shape into 1 in balls. Place in greased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. This recipe makes a lot so you can bake half and freeze half. To freeze, place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze. When frozen you can place in a Ziploc bag and store in freezer.

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Beet Chips


Terra chips makes a wonderful line of healthy snack chips, including my favorite, Beets and Sweets, a combination of beet chips and sweet potato chips. But there’s no need to buy beet chips when you can make your own.

With this recipe, you can make your beets as crunchy or as soft as you like, depending on how long you roast them. And feel free to adjust the amount of oil to suit your taste.

Beet Chips
•4 beets, scrubbed — do not peel
•1 Tbsp. olive oil
•Sea salt or kosher saltto taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Using the slicing blade of your food processor, a mandoline or a sharp knife, slice beets thinly. You want them to be the size of a potato chip. Toss with olive oil and salt. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning halfway through, until crisp. Check often to make sure they don’t burn.

Makes 4 servings.

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The Politics of Broccoli

Broccoli, poor broccoli, along with its sidekick spinach, nothing says “I’m not eating it” like this mop-topped vegetable. For decades, parents have been struggling with their children to take “at least one bite” of their vegetable.
Years ago broccoli was served as…well….just plain broccoli. Then in the late 80’s the broccoli controversy came to a head when our then President, George H. Bush proclaimed “I do not like broccoli!! And I haven’t liked it since my mother made me eat it when I was little kid.” He went on to proclaim “I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” Once Bush proclaimed an anti-broccoli campaign, republican and democrat broccoli lovers united to show Mr. Bush the virtues and versatility of this green vegetable.
But it seems to me broccoli and a lot of our other fall vegetables have also been looked down upon. Take the turnip for instance; I rarely see this purple and white vegetable served at my favorite restaurant. That goes for beets, sweet potatoes or Brussels sprouts. Oh sure we all prepare the obligatory butternut squash on thanksgiving, but how many of us really take the time to serve parsnips on a Tuesday night or when company is coming over.
Well what if I told you that our fall and winter vegetables provide a great source of vitamins and have other great health benefits. Check out how these vegetables can help your health AND how to get your kids to eat them without them knowing they are:

Beets (Red, yellow, white, candy stripe)
Nutritional Information:
Excellent source of folate. Good source of potassium and vitamin C.

Nutritional Information
An excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of folate and fiber.

Brussels Sprouts
Nutritional Information
Excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A, folate and potassium.


Nutritional Information
Excellent source of vitamin C as well as a good source of folate and fiber

Snow Peas
Nutritional Information
Excellent source of vitamin C.

Squash (Winter)
Nutritional Information
Excellent source of vitamin A , vitamin C, potassium and fiber and a good source of folate and thiamin.

Sweet Potatoes
Nutritional Information
Excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C and a good source of vitamin B-6, fiber, copper and potassium.

Folate-Helps cells grow and divide, reduces risk of certain birth defects, important for red blood cells and crucial in creating amino acids

Potassium- Helps keep blood pressure down and aids muscle contractions, aids healthy electrical activity in the heart and rapid transmission of nerve impulses throughout the body.

Vitamin B-6 (a.k.a Pyridoxine)
Helps convert food into energy, keeps red blood cells healthy, makes antibodies, maintains nerve function, enhances the immune system, helps prevent heart disease.

Vitamin A (a.k.a. pre-formed Retinol; Beta-Carotene)
Promotes growth and repair of body tissue, healthy eyes, good night vision and a strong immune system.

Vitamin C
Helps wounds heal, strengthens blood vessels, builds connective tissue, healthy gums, skin and promotes strong teeth and bones. May boost immunity.

Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels, helps move waste through the intestines. Diets rich in plant fiber are related to a reduction of heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes.

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My affair with bungee cords

Please don’t tell my dog, but I have truly found man’s best friend…the bungee cord. Oh sure their are those who swear by duct tape or are super glue enthusiasts, but to them I say “bungee cords rule”. To me there is no other device that works quite like a bungee cord. It can expand, it can hook, it can wrap , and most of all it can secure.
I will give you an example, in 1996 I bought my first ever “new” riding mower. It was a beauty, a Sears Craftsman 42 inch cut with a 20 hp Briggs and Stratton engine, I was in heaven. Now if you are an owner of a Sears riding mower you quickly learn one thing, the grass compartment top never fits quite securely, consequently as you mow, a small steady stream of grass blows out the back of your mower and back on to the lawn.

So whats a poor anal lawn man to do? Call Sears to try and get it fixed? No they will just tell you that you are nuts and charge you $89.99 to do so. Try to fix it your self?? No that will just make it worse and end up costing you another $89.99.

Quite simply the answer is to do what any other red blooded American male would do……jerry rig it with something laying around in the garage. The first thing your average Mr. fix-it would reach for is duct tape, but as you will soon find out, I’m not your average fix-it guy. I knew right away that a bungee cord was the answer. Like the Wright brothers trying to get their plane off the ground or Orville Redinbacher working to find that perfect corn to pop, I knew I had a challenge on my hands….what size bungee to use? Oh of course their was some anxious moments, but after a few adjustments and some quick thinking, I had the bungee cord fitting like it was part of the original parts of the machine.

For 11 years that bungee cord served me well, in fact that bungee cord out lasted the machine it self. When I sold the old Sears, I didn’t have the heart to give the bungee cord away with it. Like a pet that has been by your side through good and bad, that bungee cord served me well. So instead of sending it along with the mower to the new owner, I kept the bungee cord in a place were it can be honored and remembered……hanging on a nail in my shed. Thanks old friend, you wont be soon forgotten.

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Easy and Fantastic Zucchini Pancakes

Getting your family to eat their vegetables will become a little easier with this great recipe for Zucchini Pancakes.

1 1/2 c. grated zucchini (absorb moisture in paper towel, if too wet)
1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 egg
Optional: onion, garlic salt, parsley, cheese for flavor

Mix all above ingredients in medium size bowl. cook on griddle or fry pan as you would pancakes. Serve with sour cream, applesauce, etc.

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Guess who is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!

Three Dog Night


Def Leopard

Pat Benatar


The Doobie Brothers


Depeche Mode

The Cure


Hall and Oates


Alice Cooper

Moody Blues


Cheap Trick

Bad Company

Peter Frampton



Bon Jovi



Public Enemy

Red Hot Chili Peppers (this was their first year of eligibility)

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Chipotle-Mango BBQ Chicken

How about adding a little flavor to your next bbq chicken. Adobo is Spanish for sauce and chipolte is a ripened jalapeno that is smoked. The spiciness of the pepper and the sweetness of the mango give this dish a great flavor.


* 1 1/2 cups mango, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
* 3/4 cup fresh cilantro (loose pack, not chopped, stems and all)
* 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
* 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar
* 4 cloves garlic, peeled
* 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon canola oil, plus extra for grill
* 2 teaspoons kosher salt
* 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
* 2 pounds chicken thighs and drumsticks, bone in, skin on


Put the mango, cilantro, chipotle, vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of oil and salt and pepper, in a food processor and puree until smooth. Adjust seasonings, to taste.

Add the chicken with half the mango mixture to a resealable plastic bag, and massage to coat the chicken with the sauce. Refrigerate at least 6 hours to marinate.

Put the other half of the mango mixture into a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until thick, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Set some of the simmered chipotle-mango sauce aside to serve on the side and baste the chicken every few minutes with the rest of the sauce.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and brush with canola oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and put on the grill.

Grill the chicken turning and basting about every 5 minutes until cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with the reserved mango sauce.

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Moist and Delicious Zucchini Bread

This recipe bakes welland is good and moist- your kids wont even know they are eating “yucky” zucchini
Bread will freeze well, and keep in refrigerator for weeks.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
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