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Food Tasting To Be Held At Miss Mamie's PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtney Boothe   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 08:04

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MOLINE, IL/ September 16 2013 – Miss Mamie’s Restaurant and Bar in Moline is hosting a food tasting on Thursday, September 26th beginning at 6:00pm. Miss Mamie’s will be introducing a quintessential Costal dish to their menu; Polenta with Sautéed Shrimp Fra Diavolo, better known as Shrimp & Grits.

In addition to Shrimp & Grits, Miss Mamie’s will feature several appetizers, cocktails, and desserts to give guests a feel for the possibilities of what could go with this exciting new entrée.

Reservations are limited to 50 people and the cost is just $30.00 per person. All proceeds and donations from this event will go to a scholarship for the Scott Community College Chef Apprentice Program.

Miss Mamie’s’ Chef and Owner, Mike Osborn, wants to bring this fresh, new Costal Cuisine to the Quad Cities. “This event offers local foodies a chance to be the first to taste a new entrée, as well as several other selections. Our launch party will highlight a Southern specialty with a Midwestern base.” Grits are small, broken grains of corn, and Iowa and Illinois have produced the largest corn crop for almost two decades.

To reserve your spot at Miss Mamie’s’ Food Tasting, call 309-762-8336, reservations are limited.

The Food Tasting event is a piece of their new, fresh look that was introduced earlier this year. Miss Mamie’s has made some dramatic renovations to their restaurant, as well as incorporating their new look. These changes compliment the rich tradition of entrees this restaurant has been known for throughout the area, while adding an upbeat and relaxed flair to your experience.

About Miss Mamie’s: Miss Mamie’s Restaurant and Bar is located it Moline, Illinois.  We define fresh as locally sourced steaks, cut in our kitchen. The best seafood we can buy. Crisp salads with house-made dressings. Original entrees crafted by a culinary chef and offered at a good value in an established, locally owned Quad Cities restaurant. Our restaurant and menu embody a casual coastal flair you won’t find anywhere else in the area. There’s something for every food mood and flavor lover, so let us take care of your current craving, whether it’s salad or steak, sandwiches or seafood.

About Mike Osborn: Miss Mamie’s’ Chef/Owner, Mike Osborn, is a Quad Cities native who has been in the restaurant field his entire professional career.  Mike trained at the most prestigious culinary school in the U.S., the Culinary Institute of America, and he has cooked in private clubs throughout the Country and owned a bagel chain. In 1995, Mike became the head chef at Miss Mamie’s. He helped open another location in Davenport, which is now Mo Brady’s Steakhouse, and in 2007, he purchased Miss Mamie’s Restaurant & Bar and Mo Brady’s Steakhouse. Mike has always been serious about food. He takes care to select just the right ingredients, cook them properly and create excitement on the plate.


“Cookbooks for Guys” Author Releases Two New Titles, One for “Single Guys” and One for “Tailgaters & Couch Potatoes” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Murphy   
Monday, 16 September 2013 13:48
What started out as a bit of joke for some fishing and hunting friends, has blossomed into a cottage industry for author Tim Murphy.

“I wrote ‘Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook’ for my friends. They would show up at deer camp or fishing with beef jerky, cheese and a case of beer. Aside from the olfactory assault, the camp needed something a bit more substantial. The guys needed ishes that were easy to make that wouldn’t take long to prepare. Let’s be honest, we (men) can lack patience and focus.”

Since October 2012, Murphy has written seven “Cookbooks for Guys.” The two latest titles are “Flannel John’s Tailgating Grub & Couch Potato Cookbook” ($9.95) and “Flannel John’s Single Guy Cookbook” ($7.95).

“The Tailgating book is for the football fanatic. It’s great food for the parking lot at the stadium or the recliner in the man cave. It’s also the biggest I’ve written in terms of recipes. The Single Guy Cookbook is aimed at recent grads, single dads or guys just kicked out of their parents’ basement. Every recipe in that book is six ingredients or less.  It’s perfect for the beginning cook,” said Murphy.

But is Flannel John the co-author?

“Flannel John is a character based on a few old hunters I knew. I wanted to honor their spirit and what they taught me. He is also part Babe Winkelman, Ted Nugent, Red Green, Grizzly Adams and crusty mountain man. I have written six Flannel John books with another four planned.  The next one, “Flannel John’s Hearty Bowl Cookbook - Soup, Stew, Chili & Chowder” will be out the first week of October.

The first book, Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook, cracked’s “Top 1%” Sales category within a month of release.

Three more Flannel John titles followed the debut including Flannel John’s Woods and Water Cookbook - Critters, Fritters, Chili and Beer in February 2013, Flannel John’s Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers in April 2013 and for the backwoods, rustic soul there was Flannel John’s Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods in May 2013.

He also released his first “non-Flannel John title this summer called “The Tube Steak Boogie Cookbook – A Celebration of Hot Dogs, Sausage, Brats & Kielbasa.”

“That book paid tribute to the hot dog stand of my youth, and adulthood, that I visited frequented for over 30 years.  It was in the south suburbs of Chicago. The comparable dining spot I’ve found  is a fish & chips spot in Astoria, Oregon called the Bowpicker,” said Murphy.

“Willie’s Wee Nee Wagon was always my first stop when I came home from college or returned for the holidays to see family. In 2009, Willie’s acquired a new owner, a new name and a different brand of hot dogs. I went there once and it just wasn’t the same.  But I have some great memories. Willie’s had been around since 1955, first a metal food trailer, then they constructed a building in the late 1970’s.  I am a bit of a fanatic about the place. I still have two of the paper bags from old orders. They must be ten to fifteen years old. One is framed and hangs in my kitchen, proudly emblazoned with Willie’s motto  - We Relish Your Bun.”

Why cookbooks for guys?

“I didn’t see anything written for men, especially beginner and novice cooks,” said Murphy.

“The first book covered comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and drinks. It was aimed at hunters and anglers but it’s great for campers and RVers.”

Future releases include “Flannel John’s Winter Cabin Cookbook” in late October and a rock and roll themed title, his tenth book, called “You Cook Me All Night Long” in November.

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University. This 23-year radio veteran spent 17-years hosting morning radio shows in several Michigan cities including Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, Saginaw and Houghton plus Fargo, North Dakota, Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Ketchikan, Alaska. Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network. He lives in Seaside, Oregon with his wife LisaMarie Costanzo.  

All seven of his books can be found at and at They are $7.95 except for the Tailgating book which is $9.95. For additional information on the books or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or like him on facebook.

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New This week at the Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Freight House Farmers' Market   
Friday, 13 September 2013 15:22

September 14 - Scott County Extension Office presenting s program on composting 10:00

Fresh local dew kissed apples. Nothing but goodness. You just have to try some.


Saturday Sept 21st (next week) Bring the Kids, you're all Invited!

This will be a great fun activity for the whole family.  We provide the cupcakes and all the supplies you bring the smiles and laughs!  Bring your camera and have memories to share!  Starts at 10:00 on the deck area and lasts as long as the cupcakes hold out.

What a difference a week makes, all those buds starting to open. Look at all of those gorgeous Mums! Each of the plants have tons more of buds on them and will bloom into even a bigger vibrant bouquet. Several vendors have a large selection, so come and get them. They would look great at your house!




Bring in 2 Canned Goods and Get a Free Appetizer! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Texas Roadhouse   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:09

Please join us for dinner at Texas Roadhouse in Davenport on Monday, September 9th. Bring in two canned goods and you'll receive a FREE Appetizer* with the purchase of an entree! All canned goods collected will be donated to the River Bend Food Bank!

Thank you for your support!

Are You Passing Down the Wrong Family Traditions? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:59
Grandma’s Recipes May Also Carry a Legacy of Ills;
Expert Shares Tips for Change

High blood pressure ran in Dee Louis-Scott’s family, along with a talent for preparing delicious, beautiful meals that kept everyone at the table for hours.

“I hear many families with a history of medical problems who say they can’t do anything about it because it’s ‘genetics,’ ” says Louis-Scott, author of “Believe in the Magic,”, an inspirational biography of her late mother, Mattie Fisher.

“But for families like ours it wasn’t just ‘genetics.’ It was also handing down treasured family recipes for great-tasting foods loaded with unhealthy fats and salt.”

After a frightening emergency room visit during which mother and daughter learned Fisher’s blood pressure was an alarming 240/180, Louis-Scott’s mom made changes. For starters, she cut most of the sodium out of her diet.

“The first time she made collard greens without ham hocks or salt pork, they tasted awful,” Louis-Scott says. “But she kept experimenting and after a few tries, she had a healthy version that tasted good!”

A year after starting to monitor her sodium, Fisher’s weight had dropped from 250 pounds to less than 200.

Louis-Scott shares this story because she sees that many families, especially African-Americans, are prone to preventable, diet-related chronic health issues.

She offers these suggestions for some new family traditions:

• Explore complementary and alternative medicine traditions, which often include a dietary component. “I’m a big believer in the mind-body-spirit connection,” Louis-Scott says. “If you find an integrated approach that works for you and your family, you’ll have a much easier time making lifestyle changes.” She practices many of the elements of Ayurveda, an ancient natural healing system that originated in India. It starts with a questionnaire to determine your body type, or dosha – Vata (airy); Pitta (fiery); Kapha (earthy). Once you know your body type, you learn which foods, exercises and lifestyle elements will best support your health.

• Cut back on sodium without cutting back on flavor. You’ll be surprised by how much you don’t miss mega-amounts of sodium in your food. People generally don’t detect a 25 percent reduction in sodium, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Some tricks for reducing sodium intake: When buying frozen or prepared foods, check the nutrition label. If one serving has more than 1 milligram of salt for each calorie, put it back on the shelf, Louis-Scott says. Skip the fat-free salad dressings, which usually have more sodium to make up for the reduction in fat. (And a little bit of fat won’t make you fat!) Avoid or limit popular high-sodium foods such as pizza with meat toppings, catsup, hot dogs and white bread.

• Establish fun new weeknight traditions, like Meatless Taco Tuesdays. Like adults, children are more apt to accept and even embrace change if they’re invited to participate – and if it’s fun. Instead of a rushed fast-food meal on a busy school night, make it Meatless Taco Tuesday. Come up with some recipes for vegetarian tacos or fish tacos (hint: you can get lots of great ideas online) to prepare together. Or, older kids can take turns being the Tuesday taco chef. Who can come up with the tastiest original combination? “Another idea is to explore new vegetables at the produce stand,” Louis-Scott says. “When was the last time you had a turnip? Have the kids help you pick one new vegetable to try each week. You just might discover flavors you never expected to love!”

Today, Louis-Scott points out, developing a chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease can be as financially devastating as it is physically.

“At some point, one generation needs to say, ‘It’s time to stop passing down these traditions and create some new ones,’ ” she says.

About Dee Louis-Scott

Dee Louis-Scott is retired after working 30 years as a federal employee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Scott has co-chaired the Black Family Technology Awareness Association’s Youth STEM Fair for nine years; its mission is to encourage studies in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum in urban communities. Twenty years since the death of her heroic mother, Mattie Fisher, Louis-Scott honors her life, which was experienced in a time in American history when it was a double-curse to be a black woman.

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