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Author of “Flannel John’s Cookbooks for Guys” Releases Two More Titles in the Series for Dads and Grads Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Murphy   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:33
Just in time for Fathers’ Day and Graduates, writer Tim Murphy has penned two more titles in his “Cookbooks for Guys” series. For fish and seafood and lovers there is “Flannel John’s Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers.” For the backwoods, rustic soul there is “Flannel John’s Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods.”

How did “Cookbooks for Guys” get started and just who is Flannel John?

“It started with friends complaining about food at hunting and fishing camp. Guys need more than just beef jerky, cheese puffs and beer to exist but often we’re too lazy or impatient,” says author Tim Murphy. So he launched “Flannel John’s Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook” in October 2013. This first book cracked’s “Top 1%” Sales category in six weeks. The book features over 130 recipes, some as simple as two ingredients. The book covered breakfast, burgers, dinners, snacks, venison, desserts, breads, appetizers and beverages.”

“The one thing you always need at the cabin, camp, RV or fishing shanty is good food. These recipes can be prepared quickly and taste great,” said Murphy. “You don’t have to be an expert cook or master chef. This is the perfect cookbook for a beginner or novice to make rib-sticking meals with a bare-bones kitchen set-up.”

Who is Flannel John? “He is equal parts Babe Winkelman, Red Green, Ted Nugent and crusty mountain man,” said Murphy. “Born in northern Wisconsin and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, he has hunted and fished in 40 states, Canada and Mexico. He is a true character.”

A second book was released in February 2013 “Flannel John’s Woods & Water Cookbook: Critters, Fritters, Chili & Beer.” Picking up where the first book left off this book focused on wild game and some decidedly "rustic" meals including Mountain Bear Stew, Rasta Mon Squirrel and Rattlesnake Chili. There were dozens of traditional dishes too including burgers, stews, corn breads, chilies and chicken.

“The Pirate Galley Cookbook focuses on seafood, lake and river fish recipes with a touch of southern cooking,” said Murphy. “If you like albacore, lobster, sea bass, crab, lake trout, salmon and walleye this is for you. It covers dishes from the Great Northwest, Alaska, the Gulf, Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, New England and the Bayou.”

“The Mountain Man Cookbook goes real old school with recipes that go as far back as the mid-1800s. It features pioneer recipes and country staples like corn pone, hard tack, rhubarb cake, venison stew and sourdough plus new twists on older dishes.” Both new releases feature over 110 recipes.

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University and a former resident of Storm Lake, Iowa. He worked at Buena Vista College as a Residence Hall Director, Assistant Activities Director and counselor. 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, ND, Stevens Point, WI. and Ketchikan, AK. 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. At the moment he lives in Oregon with his wife Lisa Marie Costanzo.

All four Flannel John books are available through, and at For additional information on the books, to interview the author or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . During May, 25% of profits from online orders of all four books will be donated to The Maslow Project. This group helps homeless kids from infants to 21. The Maslow Project provides food, clothing, counseling, laundry facilities and even art therapy for
their clients. Details can be found at


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Written by Ashley Rowatt   
Monday, 29 April 2013 15:08

Bettendorf, Iowa (April 29, 2013) –Isle® Casino Hotel Bettendorf’s Executive Chef Jason Gomez recently took top honors at the 4th Annual Riverside Culinary Classic.

The Culinary Classic is the largest, most prestigious culinary event in the State of Iowa. The event hosts an unprecedented eight food categories in which chefs can compete. Chefs can compete in one or several of the categories and competitors include culinary educators, corporate executive chefs, and certified executive chefs from universities, hotels and hospitals from Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. The integrity of the 21 judges that judge the event are also unmatched in level of skill, knowledge and expertise in their fields.

This year, a total of 31 entries competed. Chef Jason Gomez entered the beef category and won the gold  medal with a whimsical dish that amazed the judges in the way that all of the ingredients worked together. The dish included: Grass Run Farms beef short ribs, Great River Bend Redband stout reduction, Maytag blue cheese mousse, with caramel corn, rhubarb gastrique, Grass Run steak tartare, Sutlif cider vinaigrette and kimchi spring onion.

Chef Gomez’s gold medal beef dish qualified him for the Best of Show category in which all of the gold medal winners from all of categories go head-to-head for the big prize. After four years of competing in this event, Chef Gomez was awarded “best of show” and the $2,500 dollar prize sponsored by King Foodservice.

The public can try some of Chef Jason Gomez’s other dishes at several upcoming events:

  • April 30 from 4:30pm – 9:00pm – Calypso’s $25 Gourmet Dinner Buffet.  Enjoy an all-you-can-eat gourmet dinner buffet with some of Chef Gomez’s recipes. Dinner includes a complimentary glass of wine, live jazz music and $5 of every purchase will be donated to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.
  • May 2 at 6:00pm – Cinco De Mayo Chef’s Showroom Cooking Demonstration & Dinner.  See award winning Chef’s Jason Gomez and Matt Meadows prepare delicious spreads. Get recipe tips, enjoy the foods and get ideas for creating your own culinary masterpieces.
  • May 13 at 6:00pm – Getting Ready for Summer Chef’s Showroom Cooking Demonstration & Dinner.  See award winning Chef’s Jason Gomez and Matt Meadows prepare delicious spreads. Get recipe tips, enjoy the foods and get ideas for creating your own culinary masterpieces.
  • May 28 from 4:30pm – 9:00pm – Calypso’s $25 Gourmet Dinner Buffet.  Enjoy an all-you-can-eat gourmet dinner buffet with some of Chef Gomez’s recipes. Dinner includes a complimentary glass of wine, live jazz music and $5 of every purchase will be donated to the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.

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Local Hardee's assist military families and veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angie Taylor   
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 14:50
This week kicks off the third annual Stars for Heroes in-store fundraising campaign, a special partnership between your local area Hardee’s restaurants and military charities. Proceeds will benefit charities that support military personnel and their families, including the 2013 national beneficiaries American Red Cross, Dream Foundation and USA Cares, and several other local and regional charities.

From now through Sunday, May 12, your readers can donate $1 at their local Hardee’s to help assist military families and communities – and receive more than $10 worth of restaurant coupons in return for their generosity. In addition, those who donate will receive a patriotic, Stars for Heroes’ star cut-out to personalize and place on display in the restaurant. Additionally, supporters can donate online via the Stars for Heroes Facebook page.

Since the program’s inaugural campaign in 2011, Stars for Heroes has raised more than $1.75 million to support more than 40 military charities, including prior national beneficiaries USA Cares, Homes for Our Troops and The Mission Continues, as well as many local and regional charitable organizations.

More information on the Stars for Heroes program and the charities that will benefit, including logos and video, is available here.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 22 April 2013 14:59

Families can enjoy a brunch buffet on the Sky Deck before the River Bandits game Sunday, May 12

DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 18, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits will host their second annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12. Individuals and families can now reserve tickets for a special brunch buffet on the Modern Woodmen Park Sky Deck before the 2 p.m. game between the River Bandits and the Peoria Chiefs.

The pre-game brunch buffet will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Modern Woodmen Park Sky Deck overlooking downtown Davenport and the Mississippi River.

“Families in the Quad Cities area can make so many memories at Modern Woodmen Park throughout the year, and the Mother’s Day Brunch is another great way for families to share a special day at the ballpark,” said team owner Dave Heller. “The River Bandits are excited to see this special event return after last year’s memorable event, and we are delighted that families can treat their mothers to brunch and a baseball game – all in one fun-filled, affordable package!”

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat brunch must be purchased in advance by Monday, May 6, and are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 10 and under. The ticket includes Sky Deck admission for the River Bandits’ 2 p.m. game against the Peoria Chiefs as well as the pregame brunch. The brunch menu includes waffles, hashbrowns, scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy, garden salad, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, glazed ham, meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, french fries, chicken nuggets, assorted cookies, fresh fruits, mini desserts and muffins, water and orange juice.

The Sky Deck, which was completed during the 2011 season, is a climate-controlled environment that features large glass windows offering a beautiful view of the ballpark, downtown Davenport, and the Mississippi River.

“It’s very exciting to be able to celebrate a holiday as special as Mother’s Day at Modern Woodmen Park and include it with a baseball game,” said River Bandits General Manager Harold Craw. “Our ballpark is a great venue for annual and special occasions, such as our Bandits Race to Home 5K, Frost Fest and Valentine’s Day Dinner, and it is great to make the Mother’s Day Brunch one of those occasions for a second year in a row.”

Reservations must be made by Monday, May 6, for the Mother’s Day Brunch by calling 563-324-3000. Please ask to speak to either Amy, Andrea or Shauna.

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park for a six-game home stand beginning Thursday, April 25, with Manti Te’o Night and a Thirst-Day with $2 drink specials presented by Rock 104-9, the Quad Cities’ CW, and the River Cities’ Reader. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits will make one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is scheduled to open in early June, along with a dual zip line, a carousel, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will see last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the major league draft this June and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!


Spirits From Iowa Distillery Named Among World’s Best PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:51

Le Claire, Iowa, April 17, 2013 – A small distillery in LeClaire, Iowa has been recognized as producing some of the world’s finest spirits.  Three of Mississippi River Distilling Company’s products recently received top industry ratings at one of the world’s top spirits competitions.

Results were recently announced from the 13th Annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey won silver and Cody Road Rye Whiskey earned bronze in the American Craft Whiskey category.  River Pilot Vodka received silver in the vodka category.

“This is a huge honor.”  Said owner and distiller Ryan Burchett.  “We obviously like our stuff a lot.  But to line up against some of the finest spirits in the world and walk away with this kind of recognition is an amazing feat for a tiny distillery like ourselves.”

The 2013 competition had record entries, up 17% from last year. Distillers and importers submitted 1407 spirits from 63 countries into 85 different classifications.  Many categories of spirits experienced a marked increase this year, included in the most notable, American Craft Whiskey which MRDC won two medals.

“We’re really proud of the whiskies.” said owner and distiller Garrett Burchett.  “To have them stand out in such a huge crowd of entries this year is really a thrill and an affirmation in all the hard work we have put into it.”

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition has gained a reputation as the leading gauge for spirits trends and top quality products in the country.  This competition is considered to be the rite of passage for top quality spirits as it has 34 of the most professional global palates serving as judges.

Cody Road Bourbon, Cody Road Rye and River Pilot Vodka are now available at retailers across 10 states including Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Mississippi.  Free tours of the distillery in LeClaire are available daily.


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