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Fun facts about Thanksgiving dinner

November 16, 2017
Thanksgiving dinner is a time for families to come together, enjoy some delicious food, and enjoy an afternoon of talking, laughing, and general merriment. The history of Thanksgiving is an interesting one, and many kids grow up learning about it in school. But there are things that aren't taught in school, so here are some quick Thanksgiving fun facts to wow your family while you're all gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

  • The first Thanksgiving dinner took place in 1621 and only five women were present at the first dinner. Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later when Sarah Josepha Hale convince President Lincoln to do so in 1863 after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for the holiday.

  • It's thanks to Thanksgiving that we now have TV dinners. The company Swanson had so many leftover turkeys in 1953 that a salesman suggested they package it onto aluminum trays with sides like sweet potatoes, thereby creating the first TV dinner.

  • The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924 with 400 Macy's employees marching from Convent Ave. to 145th Street in New York City. The parade featured live animals from Central Park Zoo.

  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving and the average turkey for Thanksgiving dinner usually weighs 15 pounds. Interestingly enough, Californians consume the most turkey in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day.

  • The original Thanksgiving dinner that took place in 1621 lasted three days long. That's a lot of food and partying!

  • There is a part of Plymouth, Massachusetts that looks just like it did in the 17th Century and each year they host a Thanksgiving dinner that is traditional and representative of what it was like back in that day. Talk about living out the history of Thanksgiving.


The history of Thanksgiving is always fun to discuss around the table on Thanksgiving. We at Shooters hope you will enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Read More...

Holiday cocktail recipes for your Halloween party

October 31, 2017
Halloween is here and with that comes ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and all manner of fairy tale creatures. As if we needed another reason to gather and have a party, Halloween presents a great opportunity to gather together and have a celebration. We have a few adult Halloween party ideas for you to help make your party a success and keep the guests having fun. Try out some of these holiday cocktail recipes at your next party to wow your friends and family with your mixology and bartending skills.

Any of these holiday cocktail recipes can also be made without alcohol, should there be minors at the party. In addition, any of these holiday cocktail recipes can be made in a pitcher by just increasing the amounts listed.

Dry Ice is Your Friend
The number one adult Halloween party idea we can pass on to you is: dry ice is your friend. For any sinfully sinister cocktail you concoct, don't forget the dry ice. Using dry ice in your holiday cocktail recipes will give your beverages of choice an eerie fog over the drink table and the party. Your guests will feel like they're walking through a graveyard to get their booze on.

Spooky Sunrise
Combine 1.5 ounces tequila with 3 ounces of your favorite flavor of orange juice. Then float 1 ounce of grenadine on top. You can rim the glass with black sugar and garnish with an orange slice for an added spooky effect.

Dark and Stormy
Combine 4 ounces gin, 2 ounces pomegranate juice, and 1 ounce of simple syrup in a shaker. Add ice and shake for at least 30 seconds and serve. Again, dry ice is your friend. To give it a really stormy effect, add in a cute of dry ice to your glass.

Zombie Apocalypse
This would be a great holiday cocktail recipe to put into a punch bowl and allow guests to help themselves. Combine 1.5 parts Absolut Madrin, 0.5 part Malibu, one part passion fruit puree, 0.5 part white grapefruit juice, 0.75 part cinnamon schnapps, and two dashes of Perno Absinthe. When ready to drink, pour over crushed ice and top with 0.5 part Cappalletti and for added effect, garnish with plastic spiders and bloody fingers. Spooky!

Peach Candy Corn Cocktail
This holiday cocktail recipe is a unique one for your guests. Layer 0.75 ounces grenadine, one ounce pineapple juice, 1.5 ounces whipped cream vodka, and two ounces IZZE Sparkling Peach in a glass. Top the glass with some whipped cream and candy corn.

Adult Halloween party ideas are abundant and these are just a few of our favorites. Stop by Shooters for a pre-party cocktail or to have a bite to eat before the party. These holiday cocktail recipes are sure to be a hit at any party. Read More...

Fun beer facts

October 5, 2017
Drinking beer is an American tradition. From domestics like Budweiser and Coors to craft beers from companies like Leinenkugel and Blue Moon, there is a beer for everyone and it has become the norm to drink a beer once the clock hits 5:00. But did you know that the cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass? Here are a few fun beer facts to help give you some talking points while you drink a beer with your friends on a Friday night.

  • At the Wife Carrying World Championships (yes, that's a real thing) in Finland, the first prize for the winner is the wife's weight in beer. That's a lot of beer!

  • In Africa, the locals like to drink a beer made from a native fruit: bananas.

  • The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand was constructed with one million bottles of Heineken and one local beer.

  • Guinness is brewed and originated in Ireland, however, more Guinness beer is consumed in Nigeria than in Ireland, which is quite surprising!

  • Here's some political beer facts for you: In Argentina, political parties have their own brands of beer. What do you think the Democrats and Republicans would name their beers?

  • In 1963, beer maker Albert Heineken created a beer bottle that could be used as a brick to build sustainable housing in impoverished countries. The temple in Thailand makes sense now!

  • Want to drink a beer but get a bigger buzz? Generally speaking, darker and bitter beers tend to have higher alcohol content than other beers.

  • We've got your next vacation planned for you already. In Austria, you can swim in pools of beer. Talk about convenient if you want to drink a beer!

  • This is one of the more tragic beer facts we could share with you. On average, 162,719 pints of Guinness beer are wasted each year due to mustaches. We wish we could've saved it all!

  • In France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and the Netherlands, you can drink a beer while eating your Quarter Pounder as they serve beer in the McDonald's there.

  • Want to balance your beer instead of drinking it? You'll have to beat out Joan Evans, who is the only person on Earth who is capable of balancing 237 pints of beer on top of his head. We just want to drink a beer!


Have we gotten you thirsty yet? Stop on out to Shooters Wood Fire Grill for our full bar menu, including numerous beers. Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. — close daily. You can bring some of these beer facts with you to quiz our bartenders. Read More...

Five Epic Ways to Kick-off the Football Season

August 31, 2017
After a long summer of waiting for the thrilling sound of roaring crowds, an ice cold beer in your hand, and cheeseburgers fresh from the grill, football season is finally here. What better way to celebrate than learning about the five epic ways to kick-off the football season.

  1. Learn the schedule. When is your team playing? Is your favorite NFL team kicking off on Thursday, Sunday or Monday? Whether you're an alumni or a long-time fan, missing your college football team's game is not an option. Find out ahead of time which channel the game will be broadcasted on so you can have a legendary Saturday afternoon. Are you supporting a local team every Friday night? Plan a place where you can go celebrate a win after the big game.

  2. Wear the gear. The spirit of game day begins with the jersey, hat, socks, or even face paint that you decide to put on in the morning. Show that you are the ultimate fan by decking out head-to-toe in team gear. Whether it's orange and navy or yellow and red, let your fandom be known loud and proud come game day.

  3. Plan the food. What's your favorite football party food? If you are in the mood for something cheesy and salty, then super nachos is the snack for you. Does sweet and tangy sound like the perfect combination? Barbeque sauce will keep you satisfied as you watch your favorite team dominate the football field. Nothing can beat the classic hamburger, but consider jazzing it up a bit with some bacon, mushrooms, or even buffalo sauce. Get creative and give your football party food a wild twist!

  4. Decide your choice of beverage. There is no better way to enjoy a football game than with the cold adult beverage of your choice. If you enjoy a drink that packs a punch, much like your favorite team, then a cocktail may be the best choice for you. Settle the dispute of which beer tastes better — draft or craft — by buying your buddies an ice cold round. From a classic margarita to a glass of wine, sit back and relax while cheering on your team.

  5. Make Shooters your epic football headquarters. Choose Shooters Wood Fire Grill as your first-string option on game day. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon with your buddies watching your team, or come celebrate with the family after a night under the Friday night lights. At Shooters, let it be known who you are rooting for, and you may just meeting some fellow fans in the process. If you enjoy trying various options of football party food throughout the day and sharing with others — enjoy a sampler platter for only $13.99. If you're in the mood for nachos or wings — we've got you covered.


We've got specials for all of your game day needs. Enjoy some Monday Night Football with a $4 margarita in your hand, and stick around for our Late Night Special — buy one burger, get one free, which begins at 8 p.m. every night. Ready to buy a round for some friends? Come celebrate Thursday Night Football with our ½ tap beers from open to close. From celebrating a Friday night win with some burgers to a Sunday morning pregame with a $4 Bloody Mary — make Shooter's your place to watch football this season.

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Fun Facts About French Fries

July 11, 2017
July 13th is National French Fry Day! Whether you like waffle fries, curly fries, sweat potato fries, or just the standard cut, we all like them. It's almost like an addiction. The salt, the crunch, and the flavor make it so hard not to order a side of the best French fries when eating out. Why go for a salad when you can have fries? They're almost as healthy.

Did you know these fun facts about fries?

  1. Nobody can agree on where French Fries were invented, but supposedly they were used as a fish substitute back in the 1600s. The locals in Belgium normally fried fish, but in the winter the river was frozen so they couldn't catch any fish. They turned to potatoes as a substitute!

  2. French Fries were made official when Thomas Jefferson was president. He actually served them for dinner but called them, “potatoes, fried in the French manner.” They were supposedly his favorite snack!

  3. The largest serving of fries was served in Eagle, Idaho back in 2014. The fries weighed 1003 pounds.

  4. Sweet potatoes aren't actually potatoes. They are actually swollen roots and belong to the same family as Morning Glories. But they sure do make the best French fries!

  5. There is a whole museum dedicated to French fries called the Friet Museum in Belgium. If possible, celebrate National French Fry Day there!

  6. The European Space Agency did a study to see how fries would be in space. As the gravity gets stronger, the fries get crispier. But since the gravity in space is less, the fries would be soggy and gross. Even though they are gross with less gravity, they were also the first vegetable grown in space because of NASA.

  7. There are hundreds of potato types that are grown all around the world. You may think you know all of them, but your grocery store probably only sells the main ones like Russet and Yukon Gold.

  8. Back in the 1980s, a man John Calvi wrote a song all about French Fries. It's a little weird, but I feel like we all can relate when he says, “pig out like me on French fries.”

  9. Almost ¼ of all potatoes in America are consumed as French fries. In fact, Americans eat more than 25 pounds of French Fries every year.

  10. The most common cause of restaurant fights in relationships is because one person takes fries off of their significant other's plate.

  11. In other countries, like Japan and Korea, “Potato Parties” were common. People would have a gathering where they brought huge amounts of French fries to eat.

  12. The USDA actually considers frozen fries as “vegetables,” which is why you might find them in the frozen vegetable aisle at the grocery store.


Shooters Wood Fire and Grill can fill your French fry needs! We have regular fries, waffle fries, tater tots, and sweet potato fries (even though they aren't really potatoes). Come on down and pair the best French fries with a steak, burger, or ribs for National French Fry Day! Read More...

Fun facts about different types of steak

June 15, 2017
There are many different cuts of steak and many different ways to cook steak. It's hard to beat a good steak on any given night, and most peoples' eyes will light up whenever they hear steak is for dinner. But did you know that steak offers a large amount of health and nutrients to your body? Tell that one to your spouse the next time you're craving a large steak for dinner. Here are a few other fun facts about the different types of steak that you may not have known.

  • It is estimated that each person in America consumes approximately 50 pounds of beef a year, on average.

  • Different cuts of steak should be cooked to different temperatures, however, everyone has their own personal preference. The ideal temperature for each steak is: 125 degrees for rare, 130 degrees for medium rare, 145 for medium, 150 for medium well done, and 160 for well done. A survey has found that approximately 38 percent of people prefer their steak cooked medium to rare, 31 percent prefer medium, and 17 percent prefer medium to well done. Only 5 percent of people prefer well done and rare, respectively.

  • The biggest steak in the world is 150 ounces and is part of an eating challenge that nobody has completed yet.

  • The most steaks eaten in one sitting is three 72 ounce steaks and this record was set by Molly Schulyer, who won $5,000 for setting the record.

  • It's important to salt your different cuts of steak 45 minutes before you sear them. This will not only give it more flavor, but it will also seal in the flavor. The salt draws out the moisture and as it sits, the salt dissolves, allowing the moisture to return into the meat.

  • If your steak is sticking to the grill while you're grilling it, don't touch it. If it sticks that means it's not quite ready to be turned yet. Try to touch your steak as little as possible and always use tongs. If you use a fork, it pierces the steak and causes the meat to lose all the juice and flavor.

  • Different cuts of steak have different nutrient values. For example, the rib-eye steak is one of the fattiest cuts of meat and has a whopping 466 calories and 37.6 grams of fat per six ounce serving. By comparison, a sirloin tip side steak has only 206 calories and 5.4 grams of fat in a six ounce serving.


There are many different types of steak and different cuts of steak, and each one offers their share of nutrients and benefits. At Shooters, we offer our signature filet mignon, as well as a ribeye, a New York strip, a top sirloin, and a chicken fried steak. Stop in and give your taste buds a treat. Read More...

Tips for cooking with wine on National Wine Day

May 17, 2017
Wine has been an important part of human history and culture for thousands of years. Regardless of whether you prefer red, white, pinot, or cabernet, everyone can appreciate National Wine Day on May 25th.

Archaeologists in Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence while excavating two Roman stone sarcophaguses in 1867. The bottle dates back to at least 325 AD! It is now on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany.

Celebrating National Wine Day on May 25th with a good bottle of Grigio or Merlot is great; but have you thought about cooking with wine? Here are a few quick tips on cooking with wine to help you celebrate:

  • Instead of sautéing vegetables in butter or oil, which could add fat to a healthy dish, sauté them in a small amount of oil plus some wine for flavor.

  • Want to add a twist to your favorite cake recipe? Try adding ¾ cup of white or dessert wine to cake better instead of ¾ cup of oil. This will quickly turn your favorite cake recipe into your favorite wine recipes.


Read on for a few wine recipes that can benefit from your unfinished bottles.

Red Wine Marinade for Beef and Pork

Prep:  10 minutes             Ready In:  10 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup red wine

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon molasses

Directions

Mix together soy sauce, wine, sugar, garlic, ginger and molasses. Pour over meat and refrigerate.

Marinara with White Wine

Prep:  25m          Cook:  1h 15m                    Ready In:  1h 40m

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil from anchovies

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup white wine

1 1/2 pounds grape tomatoes

1 (15 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with juice

6 anchovy fillets 1/2 teaspoon

salt black pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon chopped parsley

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 small bay leaf

Directions

Heat the anchovy oil in a saucepan over medium heat, stir in garlic, onions, and green pepper; cook for a few minutes until the onion softens and turns translucent. Pour in the wine, and simmer until reduced by half. Meanwhile, place the grape tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, and anchovies into the bowl of a blender; puree until smooth.

Season with salt, pepper, basil, parsley, oregano, and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Pears in Red Wine

Prep:  15m          Cook:  45m          Ready In: 5h

Ingredients

3 cups red wine

1 cup white sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

4 whole cloves

1 strip orange zest

1 teaspoon fennel seed (optional)

3 whole black peppercorns (optional) 2 bay leaves (optional)

6 large firm pears

Directions

Combine the red wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, orange zest, fennel seed, peppercorns, and bay leaves in a large saucepan. Peel the pears, and remove the cores from the bottom, leaving the stems intact; set aside. Bring the wine to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the pears, return to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue simmering until tender, about 25 minutes.

Remove the pears from the wine syrup, cover, and refrigerate until cold. Strain the syrup through a mesh sieve, and discard the spices. Simmer the syrup over medium heat until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Refrigerate the syrup until cold.

Once the syrup is cold, pour over the pears, cover, and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Read More...

May is National Salad Month & National Hamburger Month

May 17, 2017
May is National Salad Month, so it seems as good a time as any to salute that random mixture of veggies embellished with punchy dressing and substantial bits of protein.

In recent years, the main-dish salad has gone from a ladies-who-lunch entree to a hearty meal that pleases everyone. Nearly every restaurant offers grilled salmon, shrimp, steak or chicken draped over its Caesar salad. Who says a plate overflowing with meat, cheese, tortilla strips and greens  is diet food?

Standard dinner salad recipes can get ho-hum if you limit yourself to iceberg/tomato/cucumber.  Here are a couple of "a-ha" ideas to give your homemades some pizzazz:

Swap out the greens.  No one ever said it had to be lettuce.  How about cabbage, kale, even dandelion greens?  Or go green-less; grains make any dish more filling and add tons of nutrients including protein.

Crunch it up.  Salads taste best when they have different textures running through them. You can add crunch, as well as protein, to those tender greens with nuts and seeds, spicing up your salad recipes in no time.

Protein alternatives.  If the suggestion of salad makes people wonder where they'll get their protein from, show them you've got that covered. You can add protein to any salad recipes with beans, lentils and seeds.

No salad is complete without a tasty dressing to go with it. Be inventive with lime, pineapple, chipotle, tahini and balsamic.

Yearning for a great salad?  Shooters has 'em all. From our Buffalo Chicken Salad to our Fresh Salmon Salad, from our Carolina Chicken Salad to our crowd-pleasing Shooters Salad, we make what it takes to fill your salad need. Take a look at all of the salads that Shooters has to offer.

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National  Hamburger Month--as American as Apple Pie

All hamburgers, all the time! Every lunch and dinner can be a hamburger, and with the thousands of variations, there's no reason to get bored! Share your favorites with your friends and neighbors, and encourage others to share their favorites with you.  Head to your favorite burger joint or arrange a backyard celebration where people bring their favorite meats, mixtures, and condiments. National Hamburger Month is a great time to indulge in your burger favorites and explore new variations.

Check out some of the favorite burgers at Shooters to help you celebrate National Hamburger Month:

Soprano — This unique burger is for the meat lover in your family. Topped with pepperoni, deli ham, melted mozzarella cheese, and Italian mayo, all on a fresh baked focaccia roll, this burger is the perfect way to celebrate National Hamburger Month.

The Mac — Everybody loves macaroni and cheese, so try out this burger topped with breaded and fried mac and cheese, a rich house made cheese sauce, and lettuce, tomato, all on a fresh baked roll.

Double Pig — House made pulled pork, crisp bacon, and melted cheddar cheese are piled on top of this burger and smothered with chipotle mayo, along with lettuce and tomato. All of this is piled on a fresh baked sesame seed roll.

You can rely on the quality, friendly atmosphere and just plain delicious burgers at Shooters. These are just a couple of the burgers available at Shooters for National Hamburger Month. Want to see more of our burgers? You can check them out here.  All of our wood fired burgers are served with your choice of: French Fries, Waffle Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Tater Tots, Baked Potato, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Cottage Cheese or Seasonal Vegetable.  Pick one of our faves or create a new sensation! Read More...

Get Creative: Ways to Recycle Your Takeout Containers

April 6, 2017
We've all heard the buzzwords:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Now you can join the cause by thinking outside the box (literally).  You can join the movement and still enjoy the convenience of takeout food by following a few simple recycling strategies.  There are clever ways to turn your takeout containers and paper products into everyday useful items.

Food Storage

Seems obvious, right?  Next time you throw a barbeque or dinner party, send your guests home with some delicious items for tomorrow's lunch.  And what makes a better food takeout container for your own fridge than a container made for just the purpose? It's the perfect way to reduce, reuse, recycle.

Packaging Material

Trust us, you have tons of it in your home or garage.  Takeout containers, boxes, newspapers have 101 reusable uses.  Something fragile?  Wrap it in newspaper, put it in a takeout container and place it in a reusable box.  Triple Play!

Organizers

Paper clips, rubber bands, push pins.  All the little items that junk up your drawers or clutter your desk top can be neatly organized.  Next time you and your co-workers order in, save the takeout containers (squeaky clean, of course), organize the trifles and voila!  It's an easy way to a neat and tidy work area and a perfect way to reduce, reuse, recycle.

The same applies for organizing the home.  Cotton balls, shopping coupons, recipe cards, nuts & bolts, jewelry-the list goes on and on.

Did you know...

Out of all the types of takeout containers—aluminum, cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam—aluminum is the easiest for recycling plants to recycle, while Styrofoam is the most difficult.

Gardening

Gardening supplies can be expensive.  Styrofoam takeout containers make terrific, reusable seed starting trays.  Plastic, paper, and Styrofoam takeout containers make great planters.  Simply poke holes in the bottom for water drainage.

Crafts

Recycled containers are perfect for storing beads, paints, costume jewelry, or sewing supplies.  A clean takeout box makes great storage for craft-minded people.  Let the kids decorate, and cleanup time becomes playtime.  Children are very knowledgeable about recycling; ask them for some creative ideas!

Paint Trays

Got a painting project?  There's no better choice than plastic, sealable, reusable takeout containers to hold your paint and save your surface from a mess. It's the ideal way to reduce, reuse, recycle.

Traveling

Going on a weekend trip or packing the kids off to a sleepover?  Save those resealable condiment bags to hold hair accessories, toothbrush/toothpaste, on-the-go snacks and hit the road.

Doggie Bags for Doggies 

Going on a day trip with your best pal?  Grab a couple of takeout containers for food, treats, etc.  Your pooch will thank you.

Being environmentally conscious isn't always easy.  The possibly unsatisfying final verdict on takeout containers is that it's complicated. It takes creativity, time, and desire to continue and maintain a green movement.  Living green and reusing takeout containers can be simple and, maybe, cost-efficient with a few basic steps and a bit of resourcefulness. Read More...

Cooking with Beer on National Beer Day

April 6, 2017
National Beer Day, celebrated on April 7th, isn't just a randomly chosen date—it actually marks a historic occasion: the end of Prohibition in the U.S. On April 7, 1933, people were once again allowed to buy, brew and sell beer after 13 long, dry years.

What better way to celebrate your legal right (if you're over 21) than to enjoy a beer on National Beer Day on April 7th?  We may have the answer.  The merits of cooking with beer extend way beyond cracking open a cold one after a long day.

Here at Shooter's Wood Fire Grill, we're big fans of cooking with beer. Beer is complex; consider different shades and styles for appropriate recipes.

C'mon...it's National Beer Day! From appetizers to dessert...beer is basic!

Creamy Beer Dip

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix

  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1/3 cup stout

  • Pretzel Rods


In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and dressing mix. Stir in Cheddar cheese, and then beer. The mixture will appear mushy. Cover bowl, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, overnight if possible. This is cooking with beer as basic as it gets.

Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Beer

  • 2 pounds large shrimp

  • a bottle of pale ale

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic, plus 2 cloves smashed

  • a couple dashes of your favorite hot sauce


Put everything in a plastic bag, and shake it up. Marinate for two to four hours.

Place shrimp on skewers and discard marinade. Grill until done (quick, quick, quick) and enjoy!

Beer Can Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken (about 5 pounds)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/4 cup Chicken Seasoning

  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer (experts say any old beer will do)


Preheat grill by turning all burners to medium. Turn off burner(s) on one side of grill.

Rub chicken with oil. Rub cavity with 1 tablespoon of the Chicken Seasoning. Sprinkle remaining Chicken Seasoning evenly over surface of chicken.

Remove about 2 ounces of beer and poke 2 holes in top of can. Hold chicken upright (legs pointing down) and insert opened beer can into cavity. Stand chicken in upright position on unlit side of grill. Position legs to best support chicken (similar to a tripod). Close lid.

Grill chicken 90 minutes or until cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165°F in the thigh). Don't serve the can!

Beer-Battered Apple Rings

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 cup light beer

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Vegetable oil

  • 4 Granny Smith or Gala apples, peeled

  • ? cup powdered sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


In a medium bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Whisk in beer, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

Pour about 2 inches of vegetable oil into a Dutch oven or deep cast iron skillet or pot. Heat to 375 degrees.

While oil is heating, cut apples into slices about ¼ to ½-inch thick. Use an apple corer or a knife to remove the core part of each slice. Pat apple slices dry with paper towel and place in batter.

Coat slices well in batter and fry about 4 apple rings at a time, cooking 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Immediately after removing from oil, sprinkle with just a touch of salt.

Combine powdered sugar and cinnamon and sift over apple rings before serving. Best served immediately.

Mmmm, beer. The main ingredient of any healthy and nutritious meal. No need to wait for National Beer Day to start cooking with beer. Read More...

Edible Tricks for April Fool's Day

March 17, 2017
April Fool's Day is the one day out of the year when a good practical joke gets a pat on the back.   While some food pranks, like a soapy coffeemaker or milk laced with vinegar, are certain to produce a reaction, we'd rather not cause good food to go to waste.

To celebrate April Fool's Day, we've put together a few edible antics. There's something for everyone: from a glass of solid OJ, to chocolates with an unexpected twist. Someone is in for a surprising mouthful.

Solid Juice at Breakfast

Difficulty:  Easy

Result:  Eye-Opener

Transform a breakfast beverage into something solid by adding gelatin. Follow the instructions on the gelatin package and pour the “juice” into juice glasses. When you serve breakfast in the morning, set out the glasses of juice for the taking, stand by to see what happens.

Lunchbox Lunacy

Difficulty: Varies

Result:  Confusion

Imagine opening up a lunchbox at noon, only to find out that your sandwich has sprouted green spots. Really? Mold?

That's one of the many food pranks you can make part of your April Fool's Day tradition.  This year, turn the beverage blue with a little food coloring.  Next year, try packing some waxed or plastic fruit.  The possibilities are endless.

Dessert Grilled Cheese

Difficulty: Medium

Result: Pleasant Surprise

What's better than grilled cheese?  Dessert!  This yummy food prank might just be the sweetest. Start with a pound cake cut into "bread-like" slices. Next, mix a little orange food coloring into vanilla icing until it has the perfect Velveeta look. Be a sandwich artist. Make as many as you want; how about sandwiches for the classroom or office?   Confusion transforms into laughter. Who could be angry?

Mashed Potato Sundae

Difficulty: Medium

Result: Total Confusion

This photographer's trick may not fool everyone, but it's worth a shot. Using an ice cream scoop, place mashed potatoes into your favorite dessert bowl and top it with gravy that mimics hot fudge. The cherry on top will really pull the visual together. Hilarious!

Toothpaste Oreos

Difficulty: Easy

Result: Mild Annoyance

Simply take apart Oreo cookies and replace the filling with plain, white toothpaste. Neatness counts!  Never mind that your future credibility will be permanently compromised; it's worth it to see the look on their faces.

Chocolate Surprise

Difficulty:  Medium-Hard

Result:  Shock

Who can say no to a box of chocolates?  This ain't your grandma's Whitman Sampler!

You'll need a box of cherry tomatoes.  Wash well and, once completely dry, dip in melted chocolate.  If you'd like to leave the chocolates plain, let them dry on a waxed paper surface. Feeling arty? Garnish with kosher salt, flaked coconut or rainbow sprinkles.  Imagine the surprise when the expectation of sweet chocolate becomes a burst of tomato juice!

Someone is in for a delicious, but unexpected, edible food prank.  Happy April Fool's Day! Read More...

St. Patrick's Day History and Traditions: 8 Facts You May Not Know

March 17, 2017
With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, it's time to break out your best green ensemble.

So what's the real story with St. Patrick? Here are eight surprising facts about St. Patrick's Day.

The real St. Patrick wasn't Irish!!

Contrary to everything your intuition has taught you, St. Patrick was actually English. He was born in Britain around 350 A.D. and probably lived in Wales.  History has it that St. Patrick, at age 16, was kidnapped and brought to Ireland where he was sold into slavery.  He was a shepherd for about 10 years before escaping to England, and seeking sanctuary in a monastery in Gaul.  Thus, began his priesthood, which he later took to Ireland.

St. Patrick originated the Christian Church in Ireland, which angered the Celtic druids.  He was arrested several times.

St. Patrick didn't rid Ireland of snakes

Perhaps the most famous legend associated with St. Patrick's Day is that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland during one of his sermons. The story relates that the serpents were driven into the sea, but snakes are not actually found in post-glacial Ireland because of the country's geographical position.

Leprechauns were first mentioned in the 8th century

Belief in leprechauns, a term that comes from the Irish word meaning a “small-bodied fellow,” probably originated as part of the Celtic belief in fairies. According to history, Celtic folktales told stories of tiny men and women with magical powers who were known for their deceptive powers. They probably looked nothing like the boozy, round men in green attire we think of today.

The chance that you'll ever find a four-leaf clover is 1 in 10,000

Those fortunate enough to find a four-leaf clover are said to gain good luck.  The shamrock is certainly a popular Irish symbol, but it's not the symbol of Ireland. Note that if you do find a 4-leaf clover, look around the place where you find it.  You'll probably find more!

The official color of St. Patrick is actually blue

The history of Saint Patrick's Day says green is the color of choice for the holiday, although several artworks of St. Patrick show him wearing blue vestments. Blue was also commonly used on flags and coats-of-arms to represent Ireland.  Green came later, probably as a symbol of the greenness of the “Emerald Isle.”

St. Patrick's Day was a dry holiday in Ireland until about 40 years ago

In fact, Irish law between 1903 and 1970 made St. Patrick's Day a religious holiday for the whole country. Pubs were closed for the day. That law wasn't overturned until 1970. Many believe that the craziness began when Ireland realized that a celebration could boost springtime tourism.

Corned beef and cabbage--the non-traditional tradition

Corned beef and cabbage is thought of as a “traditional” Irish dish and part of the history of Saint Patrick's Day, but its roots only date back to the turn of the 20th century.  A dish of corned beef and cabbage is more American than Irish.  Early Irish-Americans were poor, beef was a cheaper alternative than traditional bacon, and cabbage happened to be a springtime vegetable.

St. Patrick's Day, as we know it, began in America

In the early days of the U.S., Irish Americans who wanted to celebrate their shared identity started St. Patrick's Day with banquets at elite clubs in cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia. The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in 1762 and was common by the mid-19th century.

St. Patrick's Day was a relatively minor religious holiday in Ireland until the 1970s.

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Valentine's Day Ideas: Mixing the Rich & Romantic

February 3, 2017
Valentine's Day ideas are no longer confined to flowers or a box of chocolates; though you can't go wrong with either one.  We've asked some of our friends and family for their ideas on what makes for a special day?  You guessed it--sweeties come first with romantic acts close behind.  Here are some really simple ideas to show your love.

Homemade Valentine's Day Treats

strawberries

 

Chocolate Nutella  Dipped Strawberries

The traditional Valentine's Day Treat, with a nutty twist!

INGREDIENTS

12 large strawberries

½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

2 heaping tablespoons of Nutella

Slivered almonds, Shredded coconut, Sprinkles (optional garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Wash and dry strawberries. In a small bowl, microwave chocolate chips in 30-second intervals. Once melted, stir in 2 tablespoons of Nutella until smooth.

Dip each strawberry into the warm chocolate mixture, being sure to coat each side evenly. (Tip: Berries must be dry pre-dip. Set each strawberry onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Garnish your chocolate covered strawberries with shredded coconut, slivered almonds, white chocolate, sprinkles, etc.

candy sticks

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels for Valentine's Day Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 bag of pretzel rods

regular and white chocolate almond bark

Valentine's Day themed sprinkle candies

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt almond bark in microwave according to package directions. Dip pretzels in chocolate.

  2. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles right after dipping pretzels in chocolate. Lay on wax or parchment paper and let harden.


oreo truffles

 

Easy Oreo Truffles

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces cream cheese

1 package Oreos (any flavor)

4 ounces white chocolate, or semisweet chocolate, melted

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place the cookies in a food processor and pulse until "crumby." Add cream cheese and pulse again until a sticky dough forms. Form into 1? round balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Place them in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.

  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in microwave. Roll the chilled truffles in the chocolate until completely coated, then place them back on the lined cookie sheet. Chill them in the refrigerator until set, about 1 more hour.


Valentine's Day Ideas #2--Tell Them/Show Them That You Love Them

Create an intimate Valentine's Day evening at home, without the children.  Little acts of love and kindness go a long, long way...

  • Privacy and weather permitting, watch a romantic movie on your deck or patio.

  • Ice Skating at Main Street Square.

  • Write a loving note or poem for your spouse, and frame it.

  • Make a special “Reasons I Love You” Valentine's Day dinner for your sweetheart. On his/her plate, leave a letter or card listing the reasons that you love your spouse.


Valentine's Day Ideas #3--Say It With Dinner

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, getting her out of the kitchen is almost as good.  A Valentine's Day dinner is a great way to show everyone in the family just how much you care.

Shooters Wood Fire Grill is the premier Rapid City bar and grill for your Valentine's Day dinner. Great steaks, seafood and pasta, 7 HD TVs for your entertainment pleasure, and a full service bar with all of your favorite drinks.

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Super Bowl LI: Are You Ready For Some Football?

February 3, 2017
February 5, 2017. It's Game On.  Pull up your Super Bowl snacks "to do" list.  If it has anything on it that will take you more than two hours, cross it off. The Super Bowl is not about gourmet cooking, planning and a big investment.   Fun is the prime directive, and no one can have fun if the host is stressed out about cooking and coasters.

Let's start with the basics.  Every good Super Bowl party needs:

  • Lots of ice. For drinks and for coolers

  • Beer (plus coolers/ tubs if you don't already have them)

  • Soda

  • Paper plates and bowls

  • Plastic cups

  • Plastic cutlery and paper napkins

  • Bottle openers (even if you have one, might be worth buying a couple extras)

  • Bar ingredients


Time-tested Super Bowl snacks

Nobody watches the Super Bowl on an empty stomach.  Finger food is the name of the game, and these Super Bowl snacks are at the top of our list

  • Popcorn— Popcorn is often mentioned as a healthy snack food, and this is as healthy as this list is going to get.

  • Candy— It's a no brainer. M&Ms, Skittles, Starburst—the gamut of "pop 'em in your mouth" favorites.

  • Hamburgers— America's sport meets America's food. It's never too cold to fire up the grill.

  • Chips— Well, of course, every Super Bowl party needs chips. You are sure to find something in a bag to munch on during the big game. You can even get some tortilla chips and dip it in salsa. Ole!

  • Pizza— It's hard to go wrong with pizza. Get it from your favorite place or get some frozen.

  • Ribs— Messy, but hard to pass up. No one will complain if they miss a play.

  • Subs & Sandwiches—The trick with subs and sandwiches is to keep them small. Mix it up—roast beef turkey, cheese, ham and veggie.  The "something for everyone" Super Bowl

  • Chili— Great chili is like a great quarterback. There aren't too many but, if you find one, it's awesome.

  • Wings— If you are going to have anything, you have to have some wings. Boneless or bone in, wings are the perfect treat for you at your Super Bowl Shindig.

  • Guacamole— This is the mandatory Super Bowl food. I mean, this is a classic. So get out the sour cream, onions and grated cheese.  Dig in!

  • Cookies & Brownies— After you have indulged in all the saltiness of snack foods, you will be in the mood for something sweet. What better than some cookies to make that happen? Everyone needs a little somethin' sweet.


There's only a few days left until the big day.  Don't want to miss a single minute of the game? Come join us at Shooters Wood Fire Grill for the Super Bowl with our Super Sampler. Get onion rings, cheese planks, jalapeno corn nuggets, smoked Gouda Mac bites, Asiago Portabella mushrooms, loaded taco wontons, and a 16 oz. domestic beer for just $5! We're also extending the Stock Show Special into Sunday: two pork sliders, two riblets, with your choice of fries and a 16 oz. domestic beer for just $8.99.  For info on our Super Bowl specials, call Shooters Wood Grill at 605-348-3348.

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New Year's Resolutions: Dine Out but Dine Better

January 24, 2017
New Year's resolutions often include weight loss and nutrition-related goals; dining out at restaurants doesn't have to be thrown out to stay on track.

Setting aggressive and disagreeable goals ? like quitting carbs when you haven't already been making small changes to improve your diet ? is a major cause of failure. Say you're thinking about giving up red meat as your resolution for 2017. Rather than go cold turkey (pun intended) you might decide to indulge in a burger once a week only, or cut your meat portion sizes in half and add more vegetables to your plate instead.

We felt powerful on December 31st, now we're weak as water when we realize how difficult our goals might be. The trick is translating that big and exciting resolution into a long-term lifestyle change that doesn't leave you feeling deprived.

With a few expert tips, some smart choices and determination, you can dine out and fulfill your New Year's resolutions:

  • Do your research. Many restaurants now offer nutrition information to help you make the best choices. Don't be fooled by pictures of healthy looking foods; they can be chock-full of fat, sugar, salt and calories.

  • Police your portions. If the portion is too big, even the healthiest meal can contribute to weight gain. Why not go creative?  Substitute an appetizer and salad for an overflowing main course.  Try sharing larger entrees with fellow diners.  Will it taste great tomorrow?  Box it up for a future meal.

  • More Color, Less Calories. When it comes to dining out, make half your plate fruits and vegetables; generally lower in calories and higher in fiber and nutrients. Choose a side of veggies rather than fries.  Most restaurants will be happy to steam the sides, and help you with your New Year's resolution by holding back on the butter, cream and oil.

    • Tip: Be sure to pair those fruits and veggies with lean protein (skinless chicken or fish, sirloin tip if you're going read meat) and whole grains to round out your meal and satisfy hunger.



  • Water is Wonderful. Beverages can be loaded with hidden calories. What a waste!  And those diet drinks are full of chemicals.  Stick with water or unsweetened beverages.

  • Treat yourself well-Every day. We often think of dining out as a "treat," and that mentality leads to bad choices. Because resolutions have a start date, we often think that there's an end date, too.  Successful New Year's resolutions are all about lifestyle changes.  Treat yourself to flavorful and healthy foods each and every day. You'll feel better about your occasional indulgence.


Being realistic doesn't have to compromise your goals.  Use these simple dining out tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions of weight loss and health this year.

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Go Green with Beer Can Crafts

January 24, 2017
It's January 24, and surely you know what that means: Beer Can Appreciation Day! On this day in 1935, the first canned beer was sold in a shiny aluminum vessel.  After initial resistance, the market exploded—today more than half of beer sales are canned products.

Why does the beer drinking world love cans? For a few reasons, really.

  • The can itself is more portable; perfect for camping, boating, a day at the beach and basically anywhere glass is not welcome.

  • The beer cools faster in cans as opposed to bottles, which is convenient if you're running late to a party.

  • Some argue that it tastes better. The insides of most cans and lids have a special coating that eliminates contact between the beer and aluminum.

  • Light and oxygen can't penetrate the can, unlike the bottle. This helps keep the beer fresh and drinkable longer. Did we blind you with science?


So we're agreed...cans are cool.  But what to do with all of that aluminum?  We've searched the web, and found lots of beer can crafts projects to make Beer Can Appreciation Day extra special.  Here's a few of our favorites...

Beer Can Crafted Coasters

Rest your favorite beer on top of your favorite beer— or something like that. These coasters are super easy to make and a fun addition to any living room. A  great project for rainy days with the kids.

Beer Can Crafted Key Chains

You know you want one... a key chain sporting the logo of your favorite brew. Whether you're creating them for yourself or someone special, road trips are sure to be raucous when you keep your car keys on a beer can crafts key chain.

Beer Can Crafted Pencil Holder

Cut the top off those empty beer cans and use them to create unique and handy pencil holders. Kids will love decorating these as a special gift to a favorite teacher. Cover with  felt, cork, paper...the possibilities are endless!

Beer Can Crafted Christmas Tree

Start early on this extra special beer can craft project.  Picture this in the corner of your neighborhood pub or eatery.  Everyone will want to contribute to the high-jinks of this ho-ho-holiday extravaganza.

Beer Can Crafted Furniture

The perfect tribute to Beer Can Appreciation Day!  A lot of folks like to hit the easy chair with a cold beer after a long workday, so why not have that chair constructed from beer cans? The chair may not be as comfortable as a Barcalounger, but at least it's recyclable.

Even if you typically recycle cans for cash, there are things that you can do with empty beer cans that are even better than getting a few pennies for them at the recycling center.  Pop  a top, get out those snips and start your next beer craft project.

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