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A burger so flavorful, you don't need a bun

Grilling Good Eats 2By Mike Thayer

A bun doesn't make or break a great burger, the meat does.

Here's a recipe that makes for a great burger, a patty so full of flavor, not only is the bun not required, neither is lettuce, tomato or other toppings.....

Sweet Heat Burgers


  • One pound of Sweet Italian sausage
  • One pound of 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  If you can't find shredded Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese at your favorite grocery store, regular sharp shredded cheddar and some Louisiana Hot Sauce is a nice substitute.  Form meat mixture into patties.  When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. Keep the lid off and watch for any flare ups. When you see red juices flowing to the top of the patties, flip those burgers over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place some butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling burgers. Check after about five minutes. The garlic butter should be melted and the burgers should be about ready. For well done burgers, wait to see the juices run clear.  Top burgers with the garlic butter just before plating.

It's another dose of YUM!

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Good BBQ is aplenty in the Wichita Metro

BBQBy Mike Thayer

The Metro Pursuit - Wichita BBQ Dining Guide:  Good BBQ is finger smacking good!  The choices are vast, pork, beef, chicken, there's ribs, brisket, pulled pork sandwiches and so much more!  Do you like sauce, or no sauce?  Spicy or mild?  You'll find some BBQ to your liking in the Wichita Metro area.

Related:  Is BBQ a signature dish for Wichita?

Wine Review: Broadmoore Estates Red Trails from WineShop at Home

By Mike Thayer

This is another excellent red blend from WineShop at Home and a new offering in the Broadmoore Estates brand.

From the website:

This new 79% Ruby Cabernet, 11% Ruby Red and 10% Syrah blend of Broadmoore Estates Red Trails is very fruit-forward.

This sweet red wine displays blueberry, blackberry, strawberry and raspberry aromas, as well as light notes of pepper and toasted oak toward the end. The star of the show is the sweetness, which bursts out of the glass and onto the palate. The attack, the mid-palate and the finish are rich with fruity characters. Hiding behind this wine’s sweetness is a fair amount of fruit tannin for structure.

Serve chilled, suggested pairings are pizza, savory pastries, tacos, spicy pasta, smoked gouda and pepper jack cheeses.

The Broadmoore Estates Red Trails is an EXCELLENT red and it's available exclusively at WineShop at Home!  Contact Lori and get some great wines today!

Wichita State investigating men’s basketball coach

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is conducting an internal investigation into allegations that men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall mistreated players, the school and Marshall have confirmed.

Stadium, a multiplatform sports network, said the inquiry began after the university learned it was conducting an investigation in which it interviewed 36 players and former coaches.

Former Wichita State forward Shaq Morris told Stadium he was punched twice by Marshall, the school’s all-time winningest coach, during an October 2015 practice, and former guard Ty Taylor said he saw it happen.


Papa Murphy's on East Central crafts a fine pizza

By Mike Thayer

Out running errands one evening last week and not feeling like cooking dinner, I stopped at a Papa Murhpy's to pick up my favorite from the joint, a Cowboy Pizza.  I've never been to this particular Papa Murphy's location and I wasn't disappointed.  I didn't pre-order, I just walked in, placed my order and walked out with my pizza in about five minutes.  The place was steady busy with other customer coming in and picking up orders.  The staff was polite and on top of things in cranking out the pies.  Nicely done Papa Murphy's on Central!  They get 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars!

5 stars

I wrote the following back in 2018 and it still rings true today - Papa Murphy's is better than Pizza Hut! 

By Mike Thayer

I'm one of those people that if you ask, "What is your favorite food?"  I'm going to respond "PIZZA!" without hesitation (Burgers are #2 and anything grilled or BBQ'd #3).  But I have a dilemma, I'm not a fan of Pizza Hut (they have become so inconsistent with delivery AND product), Domino's sucks and Papa John's is so-so. I'm in need of a pizza joint that can provide consistently great pizza and I haven't found that place in Wichita yet.  I really like Gambino's, but they're a bit pricey unless you are able to take advantage of the limited coupons they offer.  

The other day while out-and-about running some errands during the lunch hour, I decided to stop at a Papa Murphy's.

Papa Murphy's Cowboy Pizza Thin CrustBoy am I glad I did!  It's been a long time since I've picked up a pizza at Papa Murphy's.  It's not that I had a bad experience with them back in the day, just chalk up the long time between visits to getting too comfortable with delivery pizza.  Shame on me!

Let me bullet point why Papa Murphy's rocks, why they are better than Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Domino's (YUCK) and yes, even Gambino's:

  • Generous with ingredients, especially the cheese!
  • Made to order, right in front of you when walking in.
  • Fast service, friendly staff
  • I can stop in a Papa Murphy's, order; take that pizza home; pop it in the oven; bake it; pull it out of the oven and slice it; before Pizza Hut finally shows up with a delivery.
  • No tip necessary!
  • Save money over what you would pay for a pie at one of the main delivery joints
  • Delicious!

I ordered a large 'Cowboy', thin crust.  I LOVE thin crust pizza!  For those of you not already in the know, the Cowboy is:  Red Sauce, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Olives, Herb & Cheese Blend.  It's DELICIOUS! 

While the pizza was baking and filling my apartment with some FANTASTIC aromas, I had time to melt some garlic butter infused with Parmesan to brush on the crust.....  Talk about another dose of YUM!

The Papa Murphy's pie cost me $15.11 after tax.  That same large pie, with all those ingredients and a delivery tip would have cost me at least $20 coming from the delivery joints.  Did I mention how DELICIOUS Papa Murphy's pizza is?

Papa Murphy's is Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and gets 5 out of 5 stars, without question a repeat buy.

5 stars

Spend Wisely My Friends..... 

Food Review: Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20201006_071801When money is tight or you're just looking for something for the sheer convenience of it, grab a bag of Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs from the Dollar Tree for $1.

They're not WOW good, but they're decent, especially when coupled with some marinara or a BBQ sauce for dipping.  I've had them in a classic spaghetti and meatballs dish as well, not bad.

You get a generous portion, 7 ounces of meat for $1.  You really can't beat that.  I've oven baked them, warmed them up in a saute' pan, threw them in the crock pot with a little olive oil - easy in all preparations.  It's so convenient to have a bag on hand that you can just pull from the freezer and put an easy-peasy meal together with.

I'm giving Papa Luigi Homestyle Meatballs 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, they're not the best frozen meatball out there, but for $1, you can't go wrong.

3 stars

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Family Ranch California Heritage is an excellent off-dry to sweet white wine from WineShop at Home

Family Ranch Heritage is the product of a winemaker’s favorite activity: blending. This off-dry to sweet white wine showcases a pale yellow blend of 40% Colombard, 35% Chenin Blanc and 25% Muscat Canelli in the glass.

Beginning with lime and lemon aromas, grassy notes then emerge. Pear, honey and apple characteristics are present in the finish. The aromatics and citrus notes extend to the front palate and behind its light sweetness, this wine is refreshing and crisp on the mid-palate.

Chilled, this light to medium-bodied wine will pair well with egg bites, pasta with seafood or light desserts.

The Family Ranch California Heritage is an EXCELLENT white and it's available exclusively at WineShop at Home!