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Jun, 16


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Peyton Manning has recently put Omaha back on the map with his play calling. If you are a football fan, you get what I’m saying. But as of this week, Omaha is in the spotlight for a different reason. The Olympic trials for swimming are being held there. As many of you know, I must catch up the next day. Starting the coverage at 8:00 at night is too late for me. But as I catch up, I see that Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin have struggled through these trials. Honestly, I can’t imagine that disappointment. Nor the excitement for the individuals that upset them. Later this week I hope to have some pictures to share from the trails. How you ask? My good friend Melissa is taking her daughters out to see the trails and they will arrive today. So stay tuned for that. As for who I do know I want to win, it will always be Michael Phelps. Yes, is he the fan favorite. Sure. But I’ve always loved his story. The good and the bad. His mom is an educator who raised him and his sisters on her own. Stuff like that I love. So, I will be pulling for Michael all throughout the games. I can’t really say today’s menu is directly linked to the trails, but it’s a great plate of food to try. Butter Vinegar BBQ Chicken, Amish macaroni salad, and baked beans. Delicious.

Butter Vinegar Chicken

Chicken Leg Quarters
Butter 1 stick
1/4-1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Old Bay Seasoning
1 lemon

1. Clean and pat dry the chicken quarters.
2. In microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add vinegar, juice of one lemon, and add some old bay seasoning.
3. Brush chicken with mixture. Put into 375 degree oven.
4. Bake 25 minutes and brush with mixture.
5. Bake another 25 minutes, brush chicken. Check internal temperature (should be 165) Put chicken under broiler to crisp up the skin.

Amish Macaroni Salad

1 lbs. elbow macaroni
6 hard boiled eggs diced
1 small onion chopped
2 stalks of celery chopped
1/4 dill relish
2 cups of Miracle Whip
1/4 yellow mustard
1/2 cup-3/4 cup sugar
2-3 tsp. white vinegar
salt and pepper

1.Cook macaroni according to the package
2. Add eggs, onion, celery, and relish to macaroni in a large bowl
3. In medium sized bowl, mix miracle whip with mustard, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. The dressing is really to your taste.
4. Pour dressing over macaroni.
5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Baked Beans


5 slices center cut bacon (cut into pieces)

40.5 oz. can of Great Northern Beans (drained but NOT rinsed)

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses

2 tbsp. yellow mustard

2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. hot sauce

1 tsp. red pepper flake


1. In Dutch oven or oven safe pot, fry bacon slices. Remove bacon pieces and drain on paper towel.

2. Remove bacon grease from pot. Add all ingredients to pot and stir. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook 15 minutes.

3. Finish cooking in a 325 degree oven for 2 1/2-3 hours.

Remember….Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day
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