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
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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
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.