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Oh my. Recipe below.

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  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh or canned jalapenos diced
  • 24 cocktail sausages sometimes called lil’ smokies
  • 1 8 ounce package Pillsbury refrigerated crescent roll dough


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a cooking sheet lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, blend the cream cheese and jalapenos until smooth. If you don’t have a food processor just dice the jalapenos as fine as you can and blend.
  3. Unroll the crescent rolls and cut each triangle into 3 small pieces. I found it easiest to chop off the pointy end of the triangle for one section and then split the remaining section into two sections.
  4. Slightly press the crescent roll with your hand to flatten and spread about 2 teaspoons of cream cheese mixture on the roll. Add your cocktail sausage on top of the cream cheese and roll up. Place on the cooking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or golden brown.

With all the madness going on lately I thought I’d lighten things up a little this weekend. Before we begin, I must make two points:

  • A hamburger is not a sandwich. Technically a sandwich is made by putting a filling, traditionally sliced meat (but now anything goes) between 2-slices of cut bread.
  • As a general rule I like my sandwiches hot.
  • A hot dog is not a sandwich, so shut your piehole.

Ok, I’m glad we got that out of the way. Let us proceed . . .

The following rankings are certain to evoke outrage, shock, and dare I say discombobulation amongst my loyal readers and for this I say sorry not sorry. This is my website and it is filled with my opinions, so deal with it. Let us commence with the rankings . . .

1. Grilled Cheese
Oh yeah. Everyone knows of my love for all things cheese, and I prefer my Grilled Cheese with Pepperjack  and Bacon. However, I have been known to add some Jalapeño Peppers if I’m feeling like I need a kick. My favorite Grilled Cheese from around Southern Ohio can be found at Gibby’s in Circleville, The Rusty Keg in Washington Court House and Wagner’s Roadhouse here in Chillicothe.
Cheesey and Baconey goodness.

2. Oyster Po’ Boy

Love me an Oyster Po’ Boy, and my favorite can be found at Chilli Peppers Grill & Pupuseria in Kill Devil Hills, Outer Banks, NC. They put some sort of cheese sauce (yes, cheese again) and it is spectacular. I feel a road trip coming on!

3. Italian Sub

Hard to beat a well-made Italian Sub, man. I like mine with salami, mortadella, capicolla and ham along with Provolone cheese, green bell peppers, green olives, salt, and black pepper. I like the Italian Subs at Cristy’s in Chillicothe, but the ones made at the Valero right here in lil’ old Bourneville, Ohio are damn good as well.

4. Crab Cake Sandwich

Aw, man, I love a good Crab Cake Sandwich when prepared correctly. I need a lot of crab and less filler, but doesn’t everyone? I like j-u-s-t a touch of crispiness in my Crab Cake as well. I had them at the Thames Street Oyster House in Baltimore once and nearly passed out from sensory overload. So, so, so, so, so good. And I know a few Crab Cake aficionados recoil at the thought on eating them on a Brioche Bun, but those people can go to hell. Oh, and Crab Cake Sliders? Delish. PS- No tomato please.

5. Fried Bologna

My love of these go all the way back to when I was a kid and my mother would make them for me. Again, as a general rule I like my food cooked well and Mom would make them so they were a little crispy and turned up at the edges. I also like the thinner slices rather than the thick ones some places serve. Drop some Pepperjack on those bad boys and I’m in Hog Heaven. Get it? Hog Heaven? Pigs? Never mind. The Cozy and Wagner’s Roadhouse both make killer Fried Bologna sandwiches locally.

6. Tuna Melt

For me the best Tuna Melt includes mayo, some pickles for the crunchiness, just a little celery, Dijon mustard and of course Sharp Cheddar cheese. Again, not a big fan of tomato.

7. Philly Cheesesteak

Love a good Philly Cheesesteak, especially in Philly. Many will argue for Dalessandro’s and others as having the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, but I’d have to go with Chubby’s. I like it because the steak isn’t really finely chopped, nor is it in slabs, but the perfect in-between. Flavorful as all get out. They also have a Mushroom Swiss Chicken Cheesesteak that is absolutely killer.

8. Cuban

Sometimes called a Cubano sandwich, and I love them. The perfect Cubano is grilled and made with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, Cuban bread, and sometimes salami. However, the essential ingredient is the roasted pork, and it must be marinated in a spicy mojo sauce that includes orange juice, lime juice, garlic, oregano, and cumin. After the marinating you roast that baby and go to town. A buddy of mine from the Outer Banks used to have a Cuban restaurant called Bacu and his Cubano was spectacular.

9. Meatball Sub

A Meatball Sub is only as good as its meatballs. Duh. That said, the right Marinara sauce and cheesey toasted bread is essential as well. I had a Meatball Sub at Polpetti Meatball Bar in Chicago once and I must get back there post haste. Also, any self-respecting Meatball Sub must contain Grated Parmesan and Shredded Mozzerella Cheese.

10. The Gyro

I was told many times by an Italian ex of mine that this is pronounced YEE-roh and I have henceforth used that pronunciation. Anyhoo, the best Gyros I ever laid my tastebuds on were consumed at Bill’s Gyro Souvlaki on The Boardwalk in Atlantic City. It’s basically Ground lamb, seasonings, onion, garlic and bacon nestled in a pocket of Pita Bread. Then you add some Tzatziki Sauce and you’re in foodie heaven.



Just Missed The Cut: Fried Chicken Sandwich, Sloppy Joe, Lobster Roll. Ham & Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Roast Beef w/Swiss Cheese, BLT, Falafel Pita, Bagel w/Lox & Cream Cheese.

Highly Underrated: Straight Up Bacon Sandwich on White Wonder Bread, Straight Up Cheeze-Whiz Sandwich on White Wonder Bread. Random thought – I bet a Bacon & Cheez-Whiz Sandwich would be breathtaking. On it!

Cannot Go Without Mentioning: The legendary sandwich I invented called The Sweet Cheezus, consisting of Cheez-Whiz and Cheez-Its on toasted white bread. Glorious.

Get This Crap Out Of Here: Turkey Club, Rueben, Tuna Salad, Liverwurst, Cucumber Tea, Hummus.

Fun Fact: I’ve never had a PB & J sandwich, ever. It’s true.

Oh, HELL yes. Recipe below.

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Makes 8 mini meatloaves ; 10 minutes prep, 30 minutes cook time

Course: dinner
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 6 oz chili sauce
  • 4 slices thick bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 3/4 cups Monterey jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup planko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper, set aside. Cook and crumble bacon.

  2. Mix together all meatloaf ingredients except the BBQ sauce in a large bowl. Be careful not to over mix!

  3. Divide the meat mixture into 8 round loaves and arrange them on the prepared pan. Press a small depression into the middle of the meatloaves.

  4. Brush BBQ sauce on top of the meatloaves and bake for 25 minutes.

  5. When done baking, turn on the broiler and brown the BBQ sauce for 2 to 5 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

We all heard ’em while growing up. Old Wives’ Tales. Some are so embedded in the fabric of our lives they’re nearly impossible to remove.  Without further ado, let’s take a look at 15 of the most popular ones and I’ll promptly debunk them. I’ll start with an Old Wives’ Tale (OWT), followed by the truth. Sorry in advance old wives, but you are about to be debunked.


You can catch a cold by going outside in cold weather without a coat or with wet hair.


You catch a cold through exposure to bacteria or viruses, not by actually getting cold. It’s just that viruses survive better in colder temperatures.


Reading in dim light hurts your eyes.


Reading in a darkly lit room might give your eyes some dryness or fatigue, but it won’t cause any serious or long-term damage. Chillax.


Humans only use 10% of their brains.


In reality, the entire human brain is constantly active—even when we are sleeping. That said, I had a kid in class we called Cheese Cracker who I’m pretty sure only used about  7% of his brain.


Humans eat an average of 8 spiders a year while sleeping.


Scientists say it highly unlikely that a spider would ever end up in your mouth. Spiders tend to be found either tending their webs or hunting in nonhuman-infested areas. They usually don’t intentionally crawl into a bed because it offers no prey. Why in the world would they enter your mouth? Spiders ain’t dumb. Everybody settle down.


You should pee on a jellyfish sting.


Uh, that doesn’t work, but this does – first, remove the tentacles (that’s what’s hurting you so much) with something other than your fingers unless you want get stung again. Next, pour something acidic, like vinegar, lemon juice, or battery acid, on the sting. Finally, use a flat object like a butter knife to scrape off the stinging cells. Do that and you have treated your jellyfish sting, all without having Uncle Roger pee on you.

PS- I was joking about the battery acid. Don’t do that.


Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritus.


Scientists have never actually found a link between knuckle cracking and arthritis. Still, it’s annoying as hell so stop. Also stop popping your gum. And chewing with your mouth open. I’ll stop now.


Eating too much turkey makes you sleepy.


While meat does contain an amino acid that helps to create melatonin, a brain chemical known for making people tired, turkey does not actually cause more fatigue than other foods. We’re actually tired because of the large quantities of carbohydrates and alcohol that a lot of us consume on Thanksgiving. What I’m saying is that daddy is in the recliner sleeping because he’s drunk.


Sitting too close to the television will harm your eyes.


This one stems from the fact that General Electric produced color TVs back in the 1960s that emitted up to 100,000 times more radiation than federal health officials considered to be safe—and while the  television sets were recalled almost immediately, the Old Wives’ Tale hangs around (even with our new TV technology and whatnot).

PS- I’m not expert but 100,000 times more radiation does seem a tad high.


You shouldn’t swim for 30-minutes after eating.


This Old Wives’ Tale assumes that after eating the body diverts blood from your limbs to the digestive tract, thus depleting your arms and legs of enough blood to swim. While it is true that digestion requires extra blood, the body does not drain the limbs of enough blood to work properly. Bottom line, you might get a small cramp. Deal with it.

PS- I fondly remember swimming at the Mead Pool. It was amazing. I also fondly remember a girl about my age named Tammy that swam there. I had a remendous crush on her and would immediately look for her upon our arrival. I long for a simpler time.


Bulls hate the color red.



People believe this because the bull charges at that thing the matador waves around, called a muleta. Actually, bulls are color blind. They’re agitated by the motion of the muleta, not its color. On a related note, I hate bullfighting. I always root for a good old fashioned goring. Leave the damn bull alone.


The 5-second rule.


This Old Wives’ Tale infers that if you drop food on the floor and snatch it up within 5-seconds it wasn’t on the floor/ground long enough to gather germs. Nobody really believes athat anymore, right? We say that jokingly, right? Right?

PS- This Old Wives’ Tale is sometimes known as the 3-second rule. Or in my case the 3-minute rule.


It takes 7-years to digest a piece of gum.


Negatory. The truth is gum doesn’t digest at all. It travels through your digestive tract and then, you know. On a related note, who swallows their gum?


To cure a hangover, just have a little “hair of the dog.” In other words have a drink.


Seems sort of obvious but you can’t drink your way out of a hangover, although many have tried. Der.


Eating chocolate will give you acne.


I heard this one a lot whilst growing up. It is true that a high fat or high sugar diet can exacerbate acne and sugary stuff can often cause hormone fluctuations, which can increase acne. However, there is no evidence that eating normal amounts of chocolate directly triggers acne. In reality dark chocolate actually promotes numerous health benefits. Snack away kids!


Rubbing whiskey on you baby’s gums will ease teething pain.


Actually, experts recommend using natural remedies, such as massaging a warm washcloth on your baby’s gums.

The Scioto Ribber!

The Scioto Ribber won with 55% of the vote, winning by over 150 votes! The Ribber is located at 1026 Gallia Street in Portsmouth, Ohio.



Lots of opinions on this one! Who ya got?



Ritchie’s Backyard Barbeque is located in Piketon, Ohio, and received nearly 50% of the votes for best wings! The Dock at Water finished a distance second. Congrats to Ritchie’s Backyard Barbeque!


We have completed two polls thus far, with FredNeck’s winning for Best Pizza and Beast and Bottle winning for Best Burger. Next up, Best Wings. Whatcha got?

Oh yeah. Recipe is below!

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  • Meatballs:
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, optional, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 6 oz. velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup provolone or American cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • fresh parsley, garnish, optional


  1. Mix together ground beef, bell pepper, onion, mushrooms and garlic together in a large bowl, then mix in Worcestershire sauce, egg, milk and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Form mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls, making roughly 20 of them.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pan or skillet over medium high heat and pan fry meatballs, rotating every 3-4 minutes, until browned all over.
  4. Remove meatballs from pan, then add butter and cook until melted. Whisk in flour to create roux and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until smooth and golden brown.
  5. Gradually whisk in whole milk, stirring until fully incorporated and smooth.
  6. Add in velveeta and American or provolone cheese, stirring until melted, then season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  7. Return meatballs to pan and serve hot, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Beast & Bottle!

Beast & Bottle is located at 106 South Market Street in Waverly, Ohio. I cannot lie, I haven’t been there, but judging from their dominating performance and photos of their burgers I will be visiting soon! Following Beast & Bottle in our poll was Taylor Brothers Saloon (Chillicothe) and Furman’s Bar & Grill (Greenfield). Congrats to Beast & Bottle!


Fredneck’s received 398 votes to beat out Acord’s, Giovanni’s, Cristy’s, Jerry’s and 14 other pizza places in Ross County and surrounding counties! Nearly 2,500 people voted. Congrats!

You can visit Fredneck’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Should be a battle!

Pizza, man. Everyone loves it. Let’s see who has the best around. Vote for up to 5!

Oh, I’m in. I’m all in.

[Recipe below]

Taco Spaghetti
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: spaghetti, taco, taco spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning (1.25-ounce)
  • 1 10 oz Ro*Tel® Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 roma tomato (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir in taco seasoning. Drain excess fat.

  2. Stir in Ro*Tel®, tomato paste, spaghetti and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and top with cheeses. Cover until melted, about 2 minutes.

  4. Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and cilantro, if desired.

Because don’t we all need comforted right now? Whatcha got?

Oh, hell yes.

Not a coffee drinker so I do not care. Italy is a bit of a surprise though.

Wait. What? This is according to Google searches over the past week.

We all love the deliciousness of a regular deviled egg, right? Now imagine that same deliciousness, deep fried in greasy, tasty awesomeness. Again, you are welcome.

These little balls of tasty goodness are also known as Poutine Poppers, and they apparently originated up in America’s Hat, sometimes known as Canada. They are basically cheese curd encrusted fries and I am dying right now. Anywho, Poutine Poppers also known as Cheese Stuffed Potato Bites!

Courier Mail – Drivers are more careful driving with a cake than their own children, new research shows.

The data obtained by News Corp from YouGov Galaxy and NRMA Insurance involving more than 1000 people found 77% of men and 68% of women to have a high opinion of their driving skills. In addition, 50% of parents said they drive more carefully with children, and only 12% said they drive with caution when transporting something fragile like a cake in the car.

However, when put to the test in an 8-day experiment involving 20-parents, the study found 95% of the drivers improved their skills and driving when transporting a cake in comparison to driving a child or being alone in the car.

People are outraged about this but I can’t lie here. The results of this study surprise me in no way whatsoever. I mean, your kid is strapped in, amirite? Even if you have a fender bender little Bub will be just fine. But a cake? A cake is a whole other story. First off, a cake is usually for a special occasion, specially made, blah-blah-blah. You can’t just run back and get another one should it slide off the seat or flip over or something. Come on man. No brainer. People who drive recklessly with a cake in the car are out of their gourds.

PS- Plus, cakes are delicious.

First off, let’s get this out of the way – I don’t like Pumpkin Pie. Never will, and you can’t make me. For this I am resolute and unapologetic. Also, and this may be shocking to many, I’m not crazy about turkey. That said, there are many a Thanksgiving dish I do savor, hence my 2019 Thanksgiving Dinner Power Rankings. Remember kids, before you get all up in arms and whatnot these are simply my personal preferences, so chillax. I also realize some of these are actually sides and not traditional Thanksgiving fare but it’s my website so I can do what I want. Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up . . .

10. Honey Glazed Ham

Big ham guy here, but it has to be honey glazed. Nothing like a good glazin’ of honey, amirite? Scrumptious.

9. Garlic Butter Cheesy Crescent Rolls

Yep. And butter those suckers up like a boss. Can’t have too much butter, heart attacks be damned.

8. Baklava

Can a Greek dish like Baklava be considered a Thanksgiving dish? Damn straight it can, because it’s delicious. Love that flaky phyllo pastry, man.

7. Oyster Stuffing

I know, I know. I don’t like turkey but I like stuffing. I’m a complex individual. Deal with it. PS- Must use Old Bay in the recipe. I learned this from someone who can actually cook.

6. Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Love. It. Something about that garlic and parmesan mix that I love. On a related note, I can’t handle chunky mashed potatoes. Blech.

5. Deviled Eggs

My sister Sara makes some killer deviled eggs that are unsurpassed. A holiday staple.

4. Sausage Rolls with Worcestershire Sauce

So damn good. Heaven with a touch of tangy crispiness.

3. Garlic Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms

Aw man. Add some cream cheese, black pepper and some other stuff and go to town on those bad boys. T-a-s-t-y.

2. Bacon Wrapped Spicy Meatballs

Let’s see . . . spicy? Check. Meatballs? Check. Bacon? Hell yes. Gimme those small ones that you pick up with a toothpick and I may down 20 in a single sitting.

And #1 is  . . . Sharp Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese 

Because of course it is. To not like Mac ‘n’ Cheese is downright un-American, man. I’m a bit of a cheese snob, and I’ll take freshly grated cheese over packaged grated cheese all day, every way. Anywho, you simply can’t go wrong with this cheesy bowl of goodness.

Aaaand I’ve made myself hungry again. Catch y’all later.

Can’t argue with Ohio. Love me some stuffed mushrooms, man. This is according to Google.


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PS- You’re welcome.

Thank you and goodnight.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup graham crackers crumbs
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cups white chocolate, melted
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • sprinkles for garnish
  1. Line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, graham cracker crumbs, maple syrup and salt. Using a whisk or hand mixer, mix ingredients until smooth and fully incorporated.

  2. Using a small cookie scoop, form mixture into balls and place on prepared baking sheet.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine melted white chocolate and coconut oil and stir until smooth. Dip peanut butter balls in white chocolate and place on cooling rack (excess chocolate will drop off).

  4. Top with sprinkles, then refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.