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Welcome friends to another edition of Travels in the South. Today is being brought to you by daddy. Recently McDonald’s launched a bigger Big Mac called the Grand Mac. Now dad loves his Big Mac’s of any kind but he has been opting out of trying this because of eating clean. Well this past weekend, he couldn’t help himself. He had to try one and of course mom was there to interview him and take pictures – that’s my mom. She didn’t try one or any of his french fries – go mom and your will power!
Now this is from the McDonald’s website: “A regular Big Mac is two pure beef patties, Big Mac sauce, sandwiched between a sesame seed bun, American cheese, crisp lettuce, onions and pickles.” And a regular Big Mac has 540 calories.
Now here is the description from McDonald’s website on the Grand Mac: “Sink into 1/3 pound of real beef seasoned with salt & pepper sandwiched between a sesame seed bun. All dressed with special sauce, crisp lettuce, onions, pickles and two slices of American cheese.” And a Grand Mac has a whopping 860 calories!
Okay, a little more beef, an extra slice of cheese and 320 more calories. And the pictures on television and on the McDonald’s website show there is a size difference and we all know that size matters, right? So what did daddy think about the Grand Mac?
Daddy shrugged his shoulders at it. The Grand Mac that he got did not look much bigger than a regular Big Mac. It didn’t taste any different per say. It was just okay. In fact, if dad had to do it all over again, he said he would pass. It just wasn’t that awesome. So there you go – from the dad’s mouth.
Okay friends – today’s Travels in the South is brought to you by daddy. He likes to think of himself as a professional eater. I’ll admit it. He’s *almost* as good as me at packing some food way. Almost.
Now there is one restaurant that is open seven days a week 365 days out of the year. I’m sure a lot of you will recognize the name – Waffle House. This is a southern restaurant chain that opened in 1955. You walk in, the waitresses and staff get to know you and call you by name. You order and can then watch the cook prepare your breakfast right there in front of you in their kitchen at the grill. All of the food is prepared fresh – from waffles to omelets and everything in between.
Daddy has the craving lately for a new dish on their menu. It’s called the Philly Cheese Hash Brown Bowl. It starts with hash browns (cooked however you want them), topped with cheese and Philly steak. Sometimes, dad even adds add a couple of scrambled eggs. It’s a bowl that has everything. You can also get the bowl with other breakfast meats…. but we won’t mention them okay. Snort sand oinks.
Hello sweet friends. How was your Valentine’s Day yesterday? In honor of the sweetest day of the year, mom/dad shared a little love yesterday as well. They went out to dinner and afterwards enjoyed this delicious concoction. And hey, splitting a dessert means half of the calories, right? But who’s counting calories on Valentine’s Day – snorts.
This lovely creation is called a Margarita Cheesecake which is seasonal special at a local steakhouse called Logan’s Roadhouse. Now, it’s like other cheesecakes made with cream cheese but it has Logan’s signature margarita blend on the graham cracker crust. And don’t forget about the sliced strawberries all over the place. Mom said it was – what was the phrase she used – delightful to the fullest!
So, if you are near a Logan’s Roadhouse, make sure you check it out for this wonderful dessert. You won’t be disappointed.
Welcome my friends to another week of Travels in the South. Today we wanted to share with you one of mom/dad’s favorite appetizers. A couple of weeks ago, mom/dad was craving this delicious dish and went to the restaurant ordering and splitting just this plate. What is it you ask?
Let me present to you Carrabbas Italian Grill Calamari. It’s hand breaded to order and normally served with a marinara sauce. But mom/dad, they like to get the lemon butter sauce on the side with the sliced peppers for just a little heat.
For those that don’t know what calamari is – it’s squid. Now before you go eeww, don’t know it until you try it. Honestly. Even I have tried it and I like it. Like in this dish, it’s fried crispy and is wonderful. Sometimes it can be a little salty but for the most part it’s an awesome dish.
So the next time you are at Carrabbas Italian Grill, give it a try. I bet you will fall in love with it as well.
This month we are highlighting items that you are known for. Do you have that one dish that everyone asks for at a party, at dinner, at the church? What kind of ingredients do you have in it and what does it look like? Don’t forget to include prices and pictures if you can.
Well, I have a great one to share today. One of the things that mom is known for is something that is so easy, so delicious, so old school but done with a twist. Hopefully, you will like it too and want to try it. I know me and dad LOVE it.
What is it that you ask? Meatloaf. It sounds simple enough, right? But mom she does meatloaf in the crock pot! And it comes out juicy and delicious. Do I have you intrigued now?
Now this is what you will need for your meatloaf – or use the recipe that you have.
1 – ◊ 2 large eggs ($0.20); ◊ 2/3 cup milk ($.40); ◊ 1 pound ground beef (5.29); ◊ 1 pound of ground pork ($3.49) ◊ 1.25 cups of breadcrumbs ($0.50)
2 – ◊ Your own seasonings – we use parsley, onions, garlic, a little Dijon mustard, ketchup and Worcestershire (all of this maybe a $1.50)
Now here is the key to the crock pot, line it with either aluminum foil or use a crock pot bag. I use the aluminium foil draped over the sides of the crock pot. That way when it’s ready, I can lift it out of the crock pot. Once your liner is in the crock pot, turn on low and start mixing all of your ingredients together from line 1 above. Include your seasonings from line 2 except the ketchup.
Slowly make a ‘loaf’ out of your ingredients and place in the crock pot on your liner. Once that is in, prepare your ketchup topping. Now sometimes, we do this topping and sometimes we cook it without. It depends on your liking. And with the ketchup topping, mom adds in some garlic. Then pour the ketchup over your meatloaf.
Mom cooks the meatloaf on low all day long while she goes to the worky place. When you are ready to eat, just pick up the sides of the aluminum foil and gently pull your meatloaf out. It should keep it’s ‘loaf’ look.
You can fix any type of sides along with it – dad’s favorite is mashed potatoes. AND, don’t worry, you should have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches or repeats the next night. This meal goes a long way.
In fact, mom was never a huge fan of meatloaf until she found this recipe. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Hello friends – welcome back to mom/dad’s Travels in the South. Today is a good one…. snorts – I say that every week don’t I? Rolls with piggy laughter. Well as you know mom/dad have been changing their way of eating. It’s definitely a work in progress for sure. Well, a couple of weeks ago mom took dad out for his birthday. Dad wanted to go to a local steakhouse for dinner.
Dad went for a steak of course ❤ He ordered a prime rib and mom said since it was his birthday he could have french fries. Nice of her huh? Snorts! Mom went with the strawberry fields salad. Doesn’t that look awesome? It has everything in it from nuts to grapes to strawberries to oranges. Yummy huh?