Florida Gigs, Smoked Chicken Soup, and Aunt Bea’s Cafe

June 17, 2010

What A State. I Love Florida

Tallahassee, Destin, Pensacola , Tampa, Floral City, Gainesville, Delray Beach, Green Cove Springs, Port St Joe

After a smokin’ tour of the North East, we’re back home in Fla.  It’s time to chill in the cool waters of a grotto spring. Have a sip of a refreshing beverage and  get together with friends

Need the new “Hot N Heavy”  CD? Hot Sauce?  T Shirt?  How bout vintage Sauce Boss LP still in the wrapper?  GET IT HERE!

Potato Onion Soup With Smoked Chicken

4 medium potatoes peeled and diced
3 onions, peeled and diced
1 smoked chicken breast diced
1 quart water
1 cup almond milk
2 Tbs butter
½ cup parsley chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Put potatoes, onion and chicken in a pot and boil for 30 minutes
Mash the potatoes in the soup pot and add milk, salt and pepper
Add butter and parsley just before serving

111-113 BROADWAY STREET   WEST BURLINGTON, IOWA 52655   319-752-2696

In a word – Americana. In the 60s, it was high tech, state of the art, Americana.  From 1960 to 1968, every week, America tuned in to see what Sheriff Andy Taylor was up to.  248 episodes indelibly etched upon the psyche of millions of people, smack dab in the middle of television’s heyday. The Andy Griffith Show was hokiest, yet possibly the coolest ensemble of TV characters, ever assembled.  Plus, when you have the Dillards for the house band and Clarence White dropping in for a tune, you’re doing something right.

So it’s no wonder you can find homage to Andy, and Opie, Barney, and Aunt Bea scattered all over the place.  But to find Aunt Bea’s Café in West Burlington, Iowa was a surprise to me.  And if that ain’t enough, and it sure ought to be, Otis Campbell’s Bar and Grill is right next door!  Don’t adjust your set. Whoa! Somebody’s messin with the horizontal around here.

When you walk into Aunt Bea’s, you almost expect to see Floyd or Howard munching on a fried chicken leg.  Classic home cooking made with fresh ingredients, augmented with a healthy salad attitude makes Aunt Bea’s a welcome change of pace, from the “Truck Stop Glop” that you find on the road.  I had the spinach salad.  Highly recommended.

Yep, you pick from “Gomer’s Starters”, “Howard’s Hoagies”, “Sara’s Salads”, or “Aunt Bea’s Finest Dinners” for your dining pleasure.  Breakfast is served all day, and if it’s five o’clock somewhere, step next door for a drink and an “Otis Overnighter”.  A pizza with Pepperoni, hamburger, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, and, “Plenty of Cheese”.   Those farmers out in the mid-west love their cheese.  I never heard of putting sauerkraut on pizza, however, you can have it at Otis’.  The good news is, they deliver. From 10:30 am – 2 pm, 4:30 – 10 pm seven days a week.

HOT N HEAVY N.E. TOUR, Country Corner Cafe, Hot N Heavy Peach Sauce Stir Fry

June 1, 2010


New Jersey, Sharon PA, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester International Jazz Fest, Pittsburgh. Stompin!  We are smokin the blues, and cookin the gumbo.  If you haven’t been to a Sauce Boss show lately, you need to catch up. We are lovin life every step of the way.


Vintage Sauce Boss LP still in the plastic now available. This is the album released on Kingsnake records in 1989 featuring Lucky Peterson, Pat Ramsey, Drew Lumbar (Grinder Switch), and the  Kingsnake Studio Band.  Recorded at 15 ips, this is no pro tools session.  The tape was SATURATED to the MAX.  It’s warm and lively.  The insert contains recipes from all the participants, as well as Raful Neal’s fried turkey recipe.  Highly collectible, we just found a couple of boxes in the vault.   If you dig the Sauce Boss and have a turntable, this is a must-have item.

8950 STATE HWY 59 SOUTH, FOLEY AL 36535     251-943-4409

They musta changed the management.  There’s no more Country Corner Café private label jelly everywhere, not as homespun, not as countrified.  Unless, of course, you are talking about a different country.  There’s a whole lot more of a Latino feel to the place.  The salsa verde is monster tasty fresh.  The gravy/sauce laden Honduran style liver, with onions and peppers is sublime.  Huevos rancheros with very fresh home made flour tortillas.  I’d say that beef tongue, or tripe soup is pretty ethnic. “Tipical” as they say.  Seafood, chicken, pork and beef, all prepared by one hustling Mamacita tearing it up in the kitchen.  Great food.  This one is a find.

3 tbs olive oil
1 bell or ancho pepper
1 head of broccoli
1 medium onion
1 squash
1 baby bok choi
1 head of garlic minced
1 tbs fish sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 splooge of Hot N Heavy Peach Sauce
In a wok, stir fry the veggies. Add the sesame oil, fish sauce, and Hot N Heavy Peach Sauce.  Serve over rice or pasta.

The Hot N Heavy Peach Sauce is a hit.  We are shipping this stuff all over the place. Truly versatile, from stir fry to slathering BBQ, from dippin to baking on fish or meatloaf.  It makes a great salad dressing, and it goes on anything.  Put it on yer girl friend.  Here’s where you can find the Peach Sauce, as well as the Hot N Heavy CD.

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