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Meal planning from the grill - Grilling Good Eats

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Meal planning, especially when grilling, is kind of like a game of checkers or chess - you need to be thinking a couple moves ahead.

There's meal planning for the moment - tonight's dinner - and there's meal planning for future meals. 

Batch Grilling
Multiple meals, chicken, hot dogs, a chop, skirt steak, meatballs

When you're making dinner, think beyond the meal you're about to enjoy and knowing you need to put chicken on before the steak.  When I'm talking meal planning, I'm talking about grilling more than you'll need for dinner, grill up multiple meals!    Think about lunch the next day, leftovers for the fridge, future meals in the freezer.   You're already prepped and ready to grill tonight's dinner, so take advantage of that charcoal heat, think a couple moves ahead.  Doing little things like taking a couple pounds of hamburger out and making some patties to grill up along with that chicken or steak for dinner is meal planning for future lunch and dinner.  Had a busy Monday and don't feel like fixing a big meal?  No problem, cheese burgers it is!

via www.grillinggoodeats.com

Today's Weather Outlook for the Wichita area

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the Wichita Metro area.  Up-to-date weather conditions are observed at the MADIS station D6055, 3.6 miles WSW of Wichita.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the metro area, just type in your zip code below.

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When you don't have off-the-shelf fajita seasoning on hand - Grilling Good Eats

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Mike's Fajita Seasonin
Mike's Fajita Seasoning

Here's a great little fajita seasoning you can quickly put together if you find yourself without an off-the-shelfer in your cabinet....

  • 1-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

This will be more than enough to season about two pounds of flank steak or whatever cut of meat you've chose to use for your fajitas.  Bottle the rest for later use!

And if you haven't already enjoyed my Flank Steak Fajita recipe, here 'ya go!


It's the second recipe on the page.  It's another dose of YUM!

Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas - Grilling Good Eats

Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas

Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas
Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas, served up street taco style...

Got a hankering for fajitas? Flank steak is a great cut of meat to use in fajitas. Like the skirt steak, it’s a less expensive cut of meat, a tougher cut of meat, yet packs a lot of flavor when prepared correctly. Try this the next time you fix fajitas or when tacos sound boring:


  • Two pounds of flank steak
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • The juice of a lime
  • 2 healthy tablespoons of your favorite store bought fajita seasoning
  • A few drizzles of canola oil
  • Medium onion, large slices
  • Green pepper, large slices

Mix the olive oil, tequila, lime juice and fajita seasoning in a measuring cup or small bowl. Pour over the top of the flank steak in a zip lock bag or plastic container. Marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, four hours is better, but NOT overnight, there‘s alcohol in this marinade and alcohol can tend to give meat that mushy texture if over-marinated. Grill over high heat, about five minutes on each side (for a medium rare) first five minutes lid off, last five minutes lid on. Pull the steaks off the grill, let them rest for five minutes. While the meat is resting, coat the sliced onion and pepper with canola oil and season with the fajita mix. Grill over direct heat until you get a bit of a char on both sides. Warm the tortillas on the low temp side of the grill, pull and stack. Slice the flank steak across the grain, plate and serve with the veggies. These are great of course, with Margaritas.

via www.grillinggoodeats.com

Frozen Pizza Brands, listed here from worst to best - Bachelor on the Cheap

In conducting this frozen pizza challenge, all pizzas were baked per package instruction, direct on the oven rack.  All pizzas were doctored with my favorite add-on ingredients, the aforementioned mushrooms, onion and extra mozzarella cheese.  Cooking time was added as needed due to the add-ons, short of burning the outer crust.  And before getting into the rankings from worst to best, let me give a brief definition of pepperoni....  Good pepperoni is made with pork as the primary ingredient, sometimes a pork/beef combo, but NEVER is chicken part of a GOOD pepperoni recipe.  Cheap pepperoni is always greasier because lower quality cuts of meat, a.k.a., scraps are used and the fat content is much higher than a quality pepperoni, hence that greasiness.  Most importantly, the taste is different in the cheaper pepperoni recipes that include chicken, such pepperoni just flat out isn't as tasty.  Most of the cheaper stuff lacks the spice, it's on the bland side.

I evaluated 11 frozen pizza brands during the course of this challenge.  Pricing was in the bargain range, all pizzas purchased were under $6.  Also considered in evaluating these pizza makers was pizza weight, baking time, the ability of the crust to handle added ingredients and most importantly, TASTE!  Here they are, listed from worst to best....

via www.bacheloronthecheap.com

Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 10 - How good is Tony's? - Bachelor on the Cheap

Tony's Pepperoni Pizza
Tony's Pizzeria Style Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Ten of the challenge and I'm reviewing Tony's, a maker of frozen pizza since 1960, this frozen pizza icon getting started in of all places, Salina, Kansas.  In a quick review of the fine print on the box, my expectations are this won't be a bad pizza because the parent company is the Schwan Food Company, also the makers of Red Baron and Freschetta, both of which scored well in this challenge.    This pizza cost me just $2.67, which is on the lower end end of the bargain pizza price scale and it weighed in at 18.56 ounces.  The middle range of bargain pizza weights, is typically between 16 and 20 ounces.

So how was it? 

via www.bacheloronthecheap.com

Man shot in NE Wichita dies from injuries

A man shot in north Wichita Tuesday evening died from his injuries, according to Wichita police.

Lt. Todd Ojile with the Wichita Police Department's Homicide Division said officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 2600 block of E. 21st Street around 7 p.m.

They arrived to find 30-year-old Lafian Berryman in his car. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:45 p.m.

via www.kwch.com

Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 9 - How good is Jack's? - Bachelor on the Cheap

Jack's Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Nine of the challenge and I'm reviewing Jack's, a maker of frozen pizza since 1960.  In a quick review of the ingredients listed on the box, my expectations are - "eh."  Pepperoni made from pork, chicken, and beef, a.k.a., not real pepperoni.  The cheese, while supporting Wisconsin Dairy Farmers, uses skim milk to make the mozzarella which means good, but not great.  The sauce, well, details below....  I purchased my Jack's Original Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza for $3.34 and it weighed in at 15.4 ounces, just under the normal weight range of bargain brand pizzas of 16 ounces and up.  

So how was it? 

via www.bacheloronthecheap.com