Fried Cheese Sticks!

foodiefridaylogo2Who wants to party?  With New Years Eve and Football Bowl Parties making their way quickly, we need to figure out what kind of stuff we are going to cook for our guests.  Nobody wants to be a slave in the kitchen while everyone else is having a great time but we also want to make sure that our food is…. well… you know… Awesome.  I give to you – Fried Cheese Sticks – with a little gourmet twist.

Now these are so easy that most kids can make them and they can be prepped ahead of time so all you have to do is fry them up during the party.  One suggestion if you don’t want your house smelling of deep fried food during the party is to fry them in a pan placed on your grill outside.  Don’t say it is too cold to use the grill, it is never to cold.  I used an electric skillet to make these and they were great.

What You Need:

  • 12 pieces of string cheese
  • 12 egg roll wrappers
  • Pepperoni
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Marinara or spaghetti sauce for dipping

What You Do:

  • Place a piece of string cheese near the bottom corner of one egg roll wrapper (keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use). Fold bottom corner over cheese. Roll up halfway; fold sides toward center over cheese. Moisten remaining corner with water; roll up tightly to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and cheese.
  • If using pepperoni and/or Italian seasoning place this on wrapper behind cheese and wrap it up in the wrapper. (see pictures)
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1/2 in. of oil to 350°.
  • Fry sticks, a few at a time, for 30-60 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with marinara sauce.
  • Yield: 1 dozen

 

 

 

Foodie Friday: Monte Cristo!

foodiefridaylogo2So last week we made epic grilled cheese sandwiches, today we go Monte Cristo and yes they were fantastic.

Christmas at my house includes a ham and sometimes a turkey so these make the best leftover sandwiches.  Think ham and turkey sandwich with mellty cheese between two pieces of french toast.  nom nom nom….

What You Need:

  • Bread – I typically go with a nice country while but Texas toast is good as is challah or brioche.
  • Eggs – 1 per sandwich depending on the size
  • Heavy Cream or milk
  • Optional Nutmeg and/or Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Turkey – enough to make your sandwich – you know how much you like figure it out
  • Ham – same as the turkey
  • Swiss Cheese couple slices per sandwich
  • American Cheese – same as swiss
  • Fruit spread/jelly

What You Do:

  • Put your sandwiches together – Bread – Cheese – Ham – Turkey – Cheese – Bread – Sounds simple doesn’t it!
  • Some people like to cut off the crust.
  • Press sandwich together a little with hands or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let sit in fridge for an hour or longer
  • Mix eggs, heavy cream/milk in a bowl include nutmeg or cinnamon if using
  • Melt some butter in your skillet on medium to medium high heat.
  • Using your and put the sandwich into the egg/milk batter and place onto hot skillet
  • Grill until golden brown and flip to brown the other side – you may want to put a lid on skillet to help melt the cheese and heat the inside of the sandwich
  • Serve with fruit spread/jelly another favorite it to dust with powdered sugar

Enjoy!

 

Saturday Service: Hazy Headlights!

servicesaturdayHeadlights are one of the things that makes or breaks the looks of your vehicle.  Do your headlights give the vehicle an aggressive look or a wide-eyed “happy” look?

Now it goes without saying that they also provide one of the biggest safety features on the vehicle by illuminating the dark roads and acting as a beacon to oncoming traffic.  Cloudy headlights aren’t just a cosmetic issue. They reduce the amount of light that can be thrown on the road ahead, limiting your ability to see at night or when it’s raining. That makes them a safety issue, too.

Go back 30 years and this problem did not exist. That was because headlights were made from glass. Glass headlight2transmits light very well and is easy to clean but has two drawbacks in automotive applications: It’s not readily formed into the complex geometries demanded by car stylists, and it’s easily broken.

To get around these limitations, car manufacturers switched to a type of plastic called polycarbonate. Polycarbonate has great impact resistance, transmits light almost as well as glass, and can be readily formed into complex shapes. But it is easily scratched and, like most plastics, deteriorates when exposed to ultraviolet light (the same UV rays that let us tan).

To overcome these weaknesses, polycarbonate headlights are given a UV-resistant coating. This lasts for a number of years, but grit and dirt thrown up from the road, plus frequent washing and that darn UV light gradually wear it away, exposing the polycarbonate to the elements. Once this has happened, the light takes on that cloudy appearance.

How do we fix this issue?

headlightWell you can replace your headlight assembly but who wants to fork over that kind of money to do that?  The other option is to use a headlight restoration product.  There are a number of products on the market and like most things there are the good ones and the bad ones.  Your best bet is to contact Buckeye Honda or Toyota and let us take care of it for you.  Our trained detail professionals can diagnose and apply the proper treatment to your headlights to help bring out the shine once again, not to mention help brighten up the

 

5 Cheese Double Decker Grilled Cheese with Bacon!

foodiefridaylogo2Butter + Bread + Cheese = Winner …add in Bacon and you get Grand Prize Winner!

Today we are making double decker grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon.  Yeah you know you want one!  Admit it, you do!!  OK that’s better.  For the cheese I chose the new 4 Cheese Italian Blend from Land o’Lakes that combines American with Asiago, Romano and Parmesan.  I also included a lacy Swiss and a little more American cheese.   For the bacon I used a thick cut bacon that was processed locally and WOWZERS was it good!

This Recipe is enough for 4 sandwiches adjust accordingly.

What You Need:grillescheese5

  • 8 slices of 4 Cheese Italian Blend
  • 8 slices of American Cheese
  • 8 slices of Swiss Cheese
  • 12 slices of good bread – I went with a country white but you could experiment.
  • Butter (softened) or Butter Spread
  • 20 pieces of bacon ( 16 for the sandwiches and 4 to eat while you cook)

What You Do:

  • Fry Bacon and place on paper towel covered plate… hide the bacon from others but enjoy a piece or two for yourself, after all you are the one cooking!
  • Butter one side of each of the pieces of bread
  • Heat skillet or griddle to medium high heat
  • Place one slice of bread, butter side down onto heated cooking surface.
  • Place one slice of American cheese on bread
  • Place two pieces of bacon
  • Place  one slice of Swiss and Italian Cheese On top of Bacon
  • Cover with piece of bread butter side up
  • Once the bread is grilled to a golden brown flip it over and build out the rest of the sandwich – cheese – bacon – cheese – cheese
  • Remove from the pan when the sandwich is golden brown and place on cutting board, cut into triangles – because that’s the way you eat grilled cheese!
  • Enjoy

Throwback Thursday: Let’s Travel Back To 2006

throwbackLet’s go back to 2006 and take a look around.

It might be a bumpy ride so let’s go in a couple of trucks… 2006 Toyota Tacoma and 2006 Honda Ridgeline.

2006 Toyota Tacoma

The 2006 Toyota Tacoma was the second year of this second generation Tacoma.  In 2005 Toyota unveiled a bigger and more powerful Tacoma. This new Tacoma was available in eighteen different configurations, that included three cab configurations, four transmissions, two engines, and two bed lengths. The three cab configurations consist of regular cab, access cab, and double cab. The transmissions come in 4-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic, 5-speed manual, and 6-speed manual. Beds are: 6 ft (1.8 m) long bed, and 5 ft (1.5 m) short bed. The Tacoma’s 4.0-liter 1GR-FE V6 took the place of the original 3.4-liter 5VZ-FE V6. The new V6 had many enhancements, such as a tow rating of 6,500 lb (2,948 kg), and a payload capacity of 1,650 lb (748 kg). It produces 236 horsepower (176 kW) and 266 lb·ft (361 N·m) of torque.

Toyota also introduced an X-Runner trim, which replaces the slow selling S-Runner trim from the previous generation.  The Toyota X-Runner is a limited production trim. The X-Runner is only available in three colors per year, and only five colors total.  Key differences between the X-Runner and the other packages include tweaks to the suspension, hood scoop, ground effects kit, driving lights, sports wheel and tires, and a 3.15 Final Drive ratio (3.73 for V6 PreRunner and 4X4). Toyota added a rear-mounted X-Brace to stiffen up the rear end (hence the name X-Runner). The chassis was further stiffened by adding two more support braces to the frame. An optional big brake kit by TRD is also available on the X-Runner; which consists of a 332 mm slotted rotor and 4 piston caliper.

2006 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline was released in March 2005 as a 2006 model and is Honda’s intended first foray into the North American pickup truck market. Until 2009, the Ridgeline was built in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. The Ridgeline was awarded Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for 2006.

The Honda Ridgeline uses unibody architecture ladder frame/unibody hybrid chassis. Honda claims this design gives it 2.5 times more ball rigidity and 20 times the torsional rigidity than the standard ladder frame only type of chassis construction, while retaining the load carrying capacity of the traditional ladder frame.

The truck also boasts four-wheel independent suspension which, coupled with the unibody design, provides a new level of stable and sure handling under load well beyond that which could be achieved with older platforms.

Another advantage of the independent suspension is that it opened up enough space for Honda to create the second pickup truck to include a storage trunk below the bed, which can be locked to secure contents such as a tool chest (the first such pick-up having been the pickup version of the Volkswagen Type 2 (T3)).The bed comes standard with a composite liner that resists dents, corrosion, and can easily be hosed clean. The trunk has drainage holes to allow wash water to flow out.

It became clear to designers that a lowered tailgate created too long a reach for a consumer to get into the trunk. However, the relatively short bed was built with a lowered tailgate acting as an extension in mind, so a purely conventional tailgate action was not dismissible. Engineers met this challenge with a dual action tailgate. This design was first used by 1966 model Ford station wagons. The tailgate opens conventionally in a downward motion that can handle a load in the horizontal open position, but can also be swung to the side like a door, allowing a consumer to stand straight up at the rear bumper and reach down into the trunk.

No 2015 Honda Ridgeline, will return in 2016 as a redesigned vehicle.

An all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck will come to market in less than two years and, Honda shared a sketch expressing the new truck’s styling direction. Honda also confirmed that production of the current Ridgeline (http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline/), built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Alabama, will conclude in mid-2014.

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Like the innovative first-generation model that earned 2006 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend Truck of the Year honors after its fall 2005 debut, the next-gen Ridgeline is being designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles and Ohio R&D centers.

“The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks.”

 

Let’s Have A Weekend Adventure!

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaHere are just a few things going on in the area that might make your weekend a bit more fun.  If you have an event that you would like for us to write about please let us know, we would love to share.

Santa and Friends at Alley Park

2805 Old Logan Road SE, Lancaster, OH 43130Goslin Nature Education Centeralleypark

Thursday, Dec. 12  6:00 p.m. – 8:59 p.m.

 Friday, Dec. 13       6:00 p.m. – 8:59 p.m.
Ticket Pricing: Free
Alley Park will be decorated for the holiday season. Visit with Santa and his friends while enjoying holiday music and cooking hot dogs over an open bonfire.

35th annual Candlelight Tour, Sing We Now of Christmas

Downtown Lancaster – Saturday December 14th at 6:00 pm

Ticket Pricing: Pre-sale tickets through Dec.13 cost $9 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

 This is a guided walking tour of eight historic churches. Each church will present a 15-minute music program. Those attending should dress warmly and bring a flashlight. A van will be provided for those who have walking difficulties. The opening service will begin at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 163 E. Wheeling St. and the First Presbyterian Church, 222 N. Broad St, Lancaster. The color of the ticket indicates where you begin. Tickets may be purchased a half hour in advance at either church location.
For more information about this wonderful event click here.

Lighted Parade

Bremen Ohio Saturday December 14th at 5:30

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Holiday fun at the Georgian & the Decorative Arts Center 
Sunday, December 15, 2 to 4 p.m.
$30 per team of 2; each additional child $15

Join us for this unique holiday experience for a child and grown-up. You will start at the Decorative Arts Center at 145 E Main St, then progress to the Georgian Museum. At each museum you’ll tour the holiday displays, have seasonal refreshments and make vintage holiday ornaments together.
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Weekend Wonderland!

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaThis weekend has so much Holiday stuff going on it is hard to figure out which one to go to.  If you need a Holiday Boost check out one of these and we are sure you will be singing carols for weeks!


Downtown Lancaster Winter Carnival

Downtown Lancaster Businesses

Saturday, Dec. 72:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.mwinter-carnival-2013
Ticket Pricing: Most activities are free.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be pictures with Santa, children’s crafts, refreshments, tour of trees, elf scavenger hunt, 90.9 cookie-bake off judging at 5 p.m.), and more.  Click Here for an activity map.  For more info view Official Website Here.


Downtown Lancaster Tree Lighting

Downtown Lancaster (Bandstand/Gazebo/Zane Square)

Saturday, Dec. 76:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.mtree_lighting_2013

Ticket Pricing: This is a free event.

 The third annual tree lighting will be held.  There will be free cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee. The Fisher Catholic Choral Ensemble will sing carols.  Pictures with Santa, with pictures posted to the Downtown Lancaster Facebook page.  There will be a photo release form to sign.
For more info view Official Website Here.

GRAND ILLUMINATION CEREMONY

Dates: December 6, 2013
Location: Scioto Milegrandill
Hours: Friday 5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:233 Civic Center Dr.Columbus, 43215

Kick off the holiday season with the Grand Illumination of downtown Columbus as thousands of twinkling lights and festive holiday decor illuminate the Scioto Mile. Join Mayor Michael Coleman as he lights up this spectacular urban light display and bring the whole family to enjoy holiday music, strolling performers and a visit with Santa!

For More Info Click Here For The Official Website.


HOLIDAY FAIR

Dates: December 6-7, 2013
Location: Columbus Commonsholidayfair
Hours: Friday-Saturday 4-9 p.m.
Address:160 S. High St.Columbus, 43215

Columbus Commons will celebrate the holiday season midst a wonderland of more than 120,000 holiday lights, presented by AEP.  A lighting ceremony will take place at Columbus Commons on Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m., followed by a local band on the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion stage.  Activities include trackless train rides, carousel rides, a petting zoo, strolling entertainment, and visits with Santa.  Friday evening will end with a festive fireworks display.

For More Info Click Here


CANAL WINCHESTER’S CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

Dates: December 6-7, 2013
Location: Historic Downtown Canal Winchestercanal
Hours: Friday 6-9 p.m. Saturday 5-8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:36 S. High St.Canal Winchester, 43110

Roving carolers, Santa visits, horse-drawn carriage rides, hay rides, live ice
sculpting, kids’ activities, & much more return to kick off the holiday season during Canal
Winchester’s annual storybook Christmas celebration! Canal Winchester’s 2013 Christmas in
the Village event in historic downtown Canal Winchester is free to the public and promises to
be an exciting time for all ages. Santa Claus will arrive downtown on a historic truck to start
each night with the Christmas tree lighting (Friday at approximately 6:30pm & Saturday at
approximately 5:00pm).   For more info click here