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Written by Charlie Becker   
Friday, 20 September 2013 15:39
MONTICELLO, IA --The annual Camp Courageous of Iowa Pancake Breakfast and Open House is set for Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Camp Courageous began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974 with campers totaling 211. Camp Courageous of Iowa is run on donations, without government support, without paid fund raisers, and without formal sponsorship. Today the camp is open year-round and the campers number is over 6,500!

Camp Courageous is celebrating their 39th anniversary. A DVD presentation about the camp, as well as new camp merchandise can be found in the camp's main office. Leo Greco CDs and DVDs also available.

A hot breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, and more. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. After your breakfast enjoy a Live WMT Broadcast from the camp's main lodge. Live Reenactment Train Robbery by Red Cedar Regulators at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM. Live! In the Sill barn performing free will be Dixie-Notes-Plus at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00.

See the new entrance to Camp Courageous, new curb / gutter, new parking surface, and location of future caboose.

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 38 and 151-Exit 65.

The Pancake Breakfast is also kick-off for sales of the Camp Courageous Fruitcakes. The fresh baked Fruitcakes are $10.00 each with no purchase limit.

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Food Safety Certification Class Offered PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vera Stokes   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 07:36
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a ServSafe© certification class on Monday, October 14, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at CASI, 1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport, Iowa. The class will be taught by nutrition and health specialist, Vera Stokes, a certified ServSafe© instructor and proctor.  

The registration deadline is October 7, 2013.  Please call the Clinton County Extension Office 563-659-5125 to have a form mailed to you.  

The $135 registration fee includes eight hours of instruction, a course book and a same day exam.

ServSafe© Food Safety Training was created by the National Restaurant Association to educate restaurant owners, supervisors, managers and employees about the dangers of foodborne illnesses and how to avoid them.  The course focuses on the foodservice leader’s role in measuring risks, setting policies and training and supervising employees.

For more information call Vera Stokes, 563/210-0587 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Pressure Canning Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vera Stokes   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 07:33
Interested in learning more about canning in a pressure canner and getting hands-on experience?  

ISU Extension and Outreach Nutrition and Health Specialists, Vera Stokes and Rachel Wall will host a workshop on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 1-5PM at Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ, 3432 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa.

To participate in this hands-on workshop you will need to:

1. Enroll in “Preserve the Taste of Summer” online classes at: (scroll down to register)

2. Enroll at the “Silver” level or above and pay appropriate fee

3. Complete the four required online lessons, as described after enrolling

4. Contact Clinton County Extension to register for the workshop at least one week prior at: (563) 659-5125.

For more information contact Vera Stokes, 563-659-5152 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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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