Topless Burgers

Now that June is here it is time to start firing up the grill if you have not already. This new take on the old classic burger for your next meal is delicious and reasonably easy to make. So follow the directions below to make your own. Topless Burgers Time: 45 mins Effort: Easy Ingredients 1 lb. ground lean beef, veal and pork Freshly ground pepper, salt to taste 1 large onion, sliced lengthwise 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 goat cheese log (large enough to make 4 thick slices) 1/2 cup Ketchup 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp tabasco sauce …

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Ideas to Increase Wealth and Thrift

Increasing wealth is an admirable goal for many people. Although to some that goal may seem to be selfish, if wealth is used to help others it can be a great thing. Accumulating assets may also help protect against economic downturns and provide adequate income after retirement. So how do you increase wealth? That depends on your situation. One great place to start is to see if you are generating more income than your expenses. If that is the case then you have income you can start to save or invest. Some things to consider for wealth building (please note …

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Biometric Authentication

Biometric authentication is here. Something that seemed to be a fantasy a few years back is now regularly being used in consumer devices such as mobile phones. Is this a good thing? Well it depends. For a convenience and security factor unlocking your phone with your finger or face provides better security than simple pass codes, but in the wrong situation it could be bad. Recently there was a gruesome story about police using a dead man’s finger to try to unlock his phone. So security does come at a cost sometimes. Speaking of security, what about the facial recognition …

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Starting a Vegetable Garden

Have you ever tasted home cooked fresh vegetables prepared by either a friend or relative and wished you could eat like that regularly? One way to accomplish that outside of going to a farmers market is to grow your own vegetables. May is typically a great time in Alabama to plant a garden so you can enjoy the benefits this summer. If you have never had a vegetable garden before there are some basic things to do to have the best chance at success. First is choosing the right spot. You do not want to have your garden in a …

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Fun Festivals in May

May is a great time to get out and experience one, or more of the many festivals that take place in Alabama during the month. No matter what you enjoy there is probably a festival for you. There are festivals with kid friendly things to do, arts to explore, fantastic food to eat, music to enjoy, local merchants to patronize and fun to be had. Some of the upcoming festivals in Alabama are listed below. Cullman Strawberry Festival – Saturday May 5th – If you like strawberries you should plan to go. The day will be filled with strawberry treats …

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Wiener Schnitzel and Viking Salad

Are you ready to try a classic veal recipe? Then the one we have this month for Wiener Schnitzel should be perfect for you. Pair it with a Viking Salad and you have a delectable meal. Classic Wiener Schnitzel Time: 35 minutes or more Effort: Easy Serves 6 Ingredients 12 slices of paper thin veal scallops (you can use pork as a substitute or even chicken) 1 cup white flour 2 cups plain toasted breadcrumbs 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup milk or cream Salt & pepper to taste Lemon wedges for garnish 3 cups canola oil for frying You can …

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Robotic Lawn Mower

Did you ever think you would see that title in an article in your lifetime? Sure you may have been robotic in mowing your lawn, but to think there may be a real robotic lawn mower seems to be fantasy. However, robotic lawn mowers are actually real and in use today. How do they look and work? Think about a Roomba® vacuum cleaner for your lawn. One way they work is by using something similar to the underground pet fence that has been available for many years. Can you imagine relaxing on your patio, beverage in hand, watching the mower …

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Trees

National Arbor Day is April 27th and trees should definitely come to mind when Arbor Day is mentioned. The day is focused on conservation and planting trees is a large part of it. So as we enter April taking an evaluation of the trees in your yard would be a good use of time. With the winds of March finished looking for cracked, or broken branches is important. Are there any dangerous looking limbs that should be cut? As the trees are starting to bloom it should be easy to spot the trees that are not growing as they should. …

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Swing

April is the start of several things that are great traditions in American culture. “Batter Up” is one of them, and it is sure to bring a smile to the face of many. The official start of Major League Baseball was March 29th, but many of the early spring games will be in April. Although there is not a MLB team in Alabama there are several minor league teams. In Birmingham, the Birmingham Barons take the field in Chattanooga to start their season and return to Regions Field on April 11th. The Montgomery Biscuits play their first home game on …

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Pan Seared Pork Loin with Sautéed Peppers and Mushrooms

Last month we featured an Asian recipe, and this month we will share a great recipe using pork that is sure to please. For a healthy side dish you can add steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Time: 25 minutes Effort: Easy Serves: 2 Ingredients 2 pork loin steaks – 3/4″ thick Canola or safflower oil for spraying and sauteeing 1/2 of a large yellow pepper, cut into thin strips 1/2 of a large red pepper, cut into thin strips 3 large white mushrooms, sliced thickly 1 tsp. red balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup cooking cream Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to …

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