Monthly Archives June 2015

To Eat SPAM or to Spam the Comments? That Is the Question

June 16, 2015 Cheap Eats  2 comments

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By Todd Epp

After having spent the last half hour getting rid of spam comments on this site, my thoughts turn to the original SPAM.

Does anyone still eat SPAM?

In visiting my Dad, we were thinking about lunch. I suggested lunchmeat for sandwiches. He said he had SPAM.

Which begs the question, is SPAM lunchmeat? Is SPAM even food?

SPAM is pretty good. Not good for you—it’s full of fat and sodium—so of course it tastes good.

When I was a kid a long time ago, it seemed like SPAM was more popular than it is now.

Do you still eat SPAM? Let us know your SPAM comments but not your comments that are spam.

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Life Is a Beach–And a Mexican Beer

June 11, 2015 Beer  2 comments

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I love Mexican beers.

I know, Mexico is known for many things—enchiladas, burritos, great beaches and ancient cultures—but not so much for beer. And I realize that some beer snobs think Mexican beer is literally and figuratively pale.

Maybe it is because of the warm climate, the more laid back attitude and availability of limes, but lighter beers are exactly perfect for Mexico.

Many of you have drunk Corona, which seems to be the most popular Mexican beer in the United States. And again, the snobs tell you it isn’t even the best Mexican beer. And that may be true. But what is true about Corona—and Tecate, Sol and Dos Equus–is that they light, sparkling and refreshing.

When it is hot and you’re in the sun (or under a cabana on the beach near the ocean), do you want some bitter IPA o...

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Country Ribs – a great ‘meat candy’ alternative to grilling burgers.

June 8, 2015 BBQ, Grilling, and Smoking meat  No comments

IMG_1478I was in HyVee this morning, picking up a few things for Breakfast, and wondering “what on earth can I get away with throwing at the hordes of hungry children in my house for dinner tonight?”

They’ve been hit with chicken (the best bargain for protein lately at .99 to 1.50 a pound), and hamburger (not such a bargain at 3.50 or more for an 80/20 mix, but a staple). And then I came across the Pork Country ribs at $.2.57 a pound.

They’ve been cheaper, and you can generally get a whole pork loin at 1.89 a pound.  But, still, it’s not an awful price, and inexpensive in comparison to hamburger.  And they’re a treat given the amazing things my wife does to them.

What exactly is a “country rib?” If you look at the picture, in many instances, the country rib cut differs little from a pork chop.


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At the Texas Roadhouse. Bring me the beef, and thanks for the good service!

June 4, 2015 Uncategorized  No comments


Because I needed to burn some time before the Eagles concert I’m attending tonight, I was able to talk my wife into a treat – the Texas Roadhouse!

And what they do well here is beef.

Yes, it’s a chain. But, if I’m in Sioux Falls, I know it’s a particularly well run chain. The service has always been good, and I have never, ever been disappointed in the food.

And tonight is no exception.

Starting off with a Cesar’s salad, unlike many South Dakota steak houses, it’s freshly tossed, not stacked up in a refrigerator until needed:

We started the meal with a basket of bread, and basket 2 is on the way, as we await the main event.

I’m taking on the 12oz New York Strip,

while my wife has the 12oz ribeye.

She prefers a Medium Rare (warm red center) while I like mine a straight medium (hot...

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A Review: Legion Lake Lodge Restaurant

June 1, 2015 Restaurant Reviews  No comments

legion-lake-lodge-logoBy Todd Epp

Saturday night, a large group of us ate at the Legion Lake Lodge restaurant in Custer State Park. Here’s my review.

Ambiance: A

It’s the Black Hills, for goodness sake! Rustic but clean, on the shores of Legion Lake.

Service: A

With over 20 people in our group, we put the waitstaff through their paces, particularly when about 2/3 were teenage boys. The staff was courteous, prompt and good natured.

Main Course: C+

Most of the main dishes are simple and typical South Dakota cafe food: Hot beef or hot turkey sandwiches hamburgers, fried trout, etc. I had the chicken fried buffalo steak, mashed potatoes and gravy and cooked, sliced carrots.

I like bison and I also know it can be tougher than beef. But my bison steak was very tough though tasty...

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