Saturday, March 3, 2012

Diet and Healthy Eating

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Seasonings, Sauces, Marinades, and Rubs

Meat Seasoning

Original Recipe by Skip Graden

5 tsp. Garlic Powder

1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper

2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

2 tsp. Chopped Onion Flakes

1 tsp. Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

1 tsp. Onion Powder

Blend all ingredients in a clean dry bowl.  Store in a sealed dry container.  Keep away from moisture.  May be sprinkled on or rubbed into meat.  Seasoning amounts may be adjusted to personal taste.

Chicken or Fish Marinade

1 Cup White Wine (Riesling, Chardonnay, or White Zinfandel)

½ Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Tablespoon Coarse Ground Pepper

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

1 Teaspoon Parsley Flakes

½ Teaspoon Onion Powder

Mix all ingredients well and pour over meat one to two hours before grilling or smoking.  Discard any marinade after meat is cooked.

Honey BBQ Sauce/Glaze

1 Cup Orange Juice

1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Can Tomato Paste

½ Cup of Honey

1 Tablespoon Smoke Flavor (hickory or mesquite)

1/2 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper (Ground)

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon of Onion Powder

Pinch of Coarse Ground Black Pepper

Season with Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

Thicken with Brown Sugar

Combine all ingredients, simmer until brown sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly & Thickened.  Cool or brushes onto meat warm during lasts 16 – 20 minutes of grilling.  

Dry Rub for Pork

Great with Smoked Pork or Chicken

By: Harrison J. Graden

2 Cups Brown Sugar

3 Tbl. Garlic Powder

2 Tbl. Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

1 tsp. Onion Powder

1 tsp. Cinnamon

½ tsp. Seasoned Salt

1/8 tsp. Ground Red Pepper

1 tsp. Coarse Ground Black Pepper

1/8 tsp. Ground White Pepper

Dash of Mustard

Dash of Paprika

Blend all ingredients.  Rinse Meat and pat dry.  Liberally apply mixture to meat and wrap loosely in aluminum foil and let marinate in refrigerator overnight, up to 24 hours.  Grill with indirect low heat until meat is cooked through.

Spicy Honey Wing Sauce

1 C. Hot Sauce

¼ C. Butter (Melted)

3 T. Honey

Blend all ingredients and pour over prepared chicken wings and shake until well covered.
Will cover 20-24 wings.

Garlic Butter Spread
By: Harrison Graden

1 Stick of Butter (Softened)

1 Stick of Margarine (Softened)

1 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon Parsley Flakes

1/8 Teaspoon Onion Powder

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Taste and adjust ingredients to your taste.  Store in refrigerator in sealed container.  Suggested uses: Garlic Toast, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes, etc.

Menu from (now closed)

This was the menu from Heartland Range & Shooter's Saloon in Sparta IL at the World Shooting and Recreation Center, where I was the GM in 2006.  I helped to design and come up with some of the menu items. I have removed any phone numbers as they are no longer operational so if I missed any, they are not for Heartland Range or me.  Also logos have been removed, as they did not copy to this blog posting.

October 2006
Crispy Breaded Onion Petals, served with our assertive Range Dipping Sauce   $5.99
A Heap of Nacho Chips covered with Range Chili and Cheeses; topped with Jalapenos, diced Tomatoes and Scallions $6.99
They’re big, breaded and 12 in number We deep-fried ‘em toss ‘em in our own Special Sauce  & serve ‘em with Celery Sticks and Blue Cheese Sauce
12 Best Darn Wings   $5.99
24 Best Darn Wings    $10.99
48 Best Darn Wings   $20.99
Get ‘em Boneless 5 for $6.99  
Thick sliced Portobello Mushrooms,
Breaded & deep fried; served with
Ranch Dip $6.99
Jalapeno Peppers stuffed with Cream Cheese; deep-fried & served with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dipping Sauce   $6.99
Slices of fried Potato, loaded with melted Cheeses and Bacon; topped with Sour Cream and Scallions   $6.99
Your choice of seasoned Beef or Chicken on a grilled tortilla shells and blended Mexican Cheeses, topped with Sour Cream, Diced Tomatoes, Scallions, and Jalapeños.  $6.99

Bowl of Soup  
Redskin Smashed Potatoes
Big ol’ Baked Potato,   Spud Chips
Big Ol’ Baked Sweet Potato (as available ),  Baked Beans,  Roasted Vegetables,  Cottage Cheese,    And Cole Slaw
   all the above available for $2.49

House Salad, Caesar Salad   $3.49


12” Rising Crust
Sausage & Cheese   $7.00
Pepperoni & Cheese   $7.00
Cheese $7.00
Supreme   $7.00
Chicago Stuffed Pizza
Spinach & Cheese $9.00
Stuffed Sausage $9.00
Stuffed Supreme $10.00

Mixed Greens topped with strips of Turkey, Ham, Cheeses & Tomatoes; choice of Dressings 
Strips of fried Chicken Tenders served with mixed Greens, Tomatoes and Red Onion Rings; choice of Dressing   $6.99
Romaine Lettuce tossed with Creamy Caesar Dressing and topped with
Grilled Chicken   $6.99

Range House-A mild Creamy Curry,
1000 Island, Blue Cheese, Ranch,  French, Creamy Italian, Poppy Seed,
Vinegar & Oil

Sautéed Mushrooms, & Onions $1.49
Added Cheeses   $.99
Blackened in Cajun Spices $1.29
Served As Noted

Breaded deep-fried Chicken Breast served over Smashed Potatoes with White Pepper Gravy    $7.99

Grilled Chicken served over Penne Noodles with creamy Alfredo Sauce & Garlic Bread.   $8.99
Add Mushrooms for just $1.49

Heartland’s own mixture of chicken, Cajun sausage and vegetables sautéed together with homemade Cajun butter, cooking sherry and penne noodles. $10.99

Timm’s Chicken Parmesan
A Meaty Grilled Chicken Breast seasoned, meaty and moist topped with a blend of Italian Cheeses and smothered in our own special Marinara with a blend of Italian Seasonings.  Served on Penne Noodles with Roasted Veggies and Garlic Bread. $ 8.99

Served As Noted

The Range Chili served over Penne Noodles, topped with Shredded Cheeses and
Chopped Onions    $6.99

Smoked Chopped Pork Loin, served with Smashed Potatoes.  $7.99

Chopped Pork served open faced over Smashed Potatoes and Bread; topped with Pork Gravy and served with a side of Roasted Vegetables $7.99

Grilled and Cooked until tender.  Served with a side of BBQ and with Choice of one side
1/3 Slab $7.99 2/3 Slab $11.99 Full Slab $15.99

October 2006

Served with Fries & Cole Slaw

Ground Steak and Chuck, grilled to order   $6.99            Cheese Steakburger $7.25

Our Steakburger Grilled to order with Tomato, Bacon, & Melted Swiss served on Sourdough with 1000 Island Dressing   $6.99

Our Steakburger served on Toasted Rye Bread with Sautéed Onions and Swiss cheese   $6.99

A grilled Steakburger topped with grilled Onions, BBQ Sauce and Cheddar   $7.99

Texas Toast, topped with your choice of meat, our Secret Sherried Cheese Sauce and Crinkle Fries; choice of Turkey or Hamburger   $6.99

Turkey, Bacon, Tomato, American & Jack Cheese all melted in Sourdough Bread   $6.99

A tasty 4oz Rib-Eye Steak seasoned and grilled, then topped with Swiss Cheese, Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions, served on a Grilled Hoagie Roll $7.99

Chopped Smoked Pork served on a bun with BBQ $6.99

Apple Pie (hot or cold), Red Velvet Cake, & Decadent Brownie $3.99
Add a Scoop of Vanilla Bean or Cinnamon Crumb Ice Cream for only $1.00
Aunt Virginia’s Bread Pudding! $4.99
Served with a Scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
We proudly serve Pepsi Products
All Soft Drinks   $1.79
Ice Tea, Sweet Tea, Raspberry Tea,
Or Coffee   $1.79


The Heartland Range proudly serves “Natural” Steaks and Prime Rib from select Midwest Ranches.  Natural Beef Cattle are never introduced to steroids or growth hormones and they are weaned off antibiotics for over 100 days.  “Natural” Beef Cattle are corn-fed for 220 days, which is over 100 days more than average.  This extra corn diet gives “Natural” Steaks a buttery texture and rich flavor.  We specially season all “Natural” Steaks and grill them to order.  All Steaks and Prime Rib are served with a choice of two sides.

Strap on that appetite for 20 ounces of Beef Tenderloin and Strip Loin   $19.99

A 12-ounce boneless Strip Steak   $17.99
Get it marinated with Tequila & Lime $19.99

9-ounces of Fork Tender Enjoyment   $18.99

The most popular cut in the Midwest
14-oz.   $16.99   8-oz   $12.99

This 6 ounce Shoulder Cut is dipped in our Italian Marinade and grilled to order
Single $9.99 or Twin Cuts $14.99
Rubbed with Olive Oil, Rosemary, Thyme and other seasonings.  Marinated overnight and slow-roasted till tender; served au jus.  Horseradish Sauce available
JOHN’S CUT 16-OZ   $18.99
AL’S CUT 12-OZ.  $15.99
SHOOTER’S CUT 8-OZ   $12.99
WILD SELECT SALMON                                                            Individually line caught Ocean Alaskan Coho Salmon, oven-poached or grilled; served with Mustard Dill Sauce    $13.99

Farm-raised, breaded and deep-fried or grilled
One Fillet   $7.99 Two Fillets $9.99

Breaded and deep-fried Popcorn Shrimp; served with Tartar or Cocktail Sauce   $6.99
Try ‘em Buffalo Style    $7.49

All you can eat deep-fried Pollock, all day any day!  $7.99

October 2006

Lil’ Shooter’s Menu
(Lil’ Shooter’s Menu is for 12 & under please)
Lil’ Shooter’s meals served with Fries and a Soft Drink, unless otherwise noted.

Chicken Tenders
Three delicious pieces of Breaded Chicken Breast Strips deep fried to perfection and served with a side of BBQ Sauce for $4.99

Shooter’s BBQ Ribs
Grilled and Cooked until tender.  Served with a side of BBQ Sauce for $5.99

Chuckwagon Mac & Cheese
A generous portion of Penne Noodles and “Cookie’s” Special Cheese Sauce for $3.99

Jumbo Hot Dog (1/4 lb)
A Juicy Plump ¼ lb Hot Dog served on a Bun $3.99

Lil’ Shooter’s Burger
A juicy seasoned grilled ¼ lb Burger served with cheese for $3.99

Big John’s Prime Rib
A cut just for the Lil’ Shooter of “ALL NATURAL”
Herb Crusted Prime Rib that is rubbed with Olive Oil, Rosemary, Thyme and other seasonings.  Marinated overnight and slow-roasted till tender; served au jus for $6.99

Fried Shrimp
Breaded and deep-fried Popcorn Shrimp; served with Tartar or Cocktail Sauce for $4.99

Grilled Texas Cheese
A GREAT BIG OL’ Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which needs no further introduction for the Lil’ Ol’ price of $3.49

Fish & Chips
A generous piece of Deep Fried Pollock either battered or breaded served with a Lemon Wedge and Tartar Sauce and Choice of Spud Chips or Fries for $4.99

October 2006

Special Features
October 2006
(Served as noted)

Manhattan Steak Sandwich
A tasty 4oz Rib-Eye Steak seasoned and grilled, served on top of Grilled Texas Toast with Smashed Potatoes and Brown Gravy.  Served with a side of Roasted Veggies.

Tequila & Lime Chicken
A meaty grilled Chicken Breast that has been marinated in Tequila & Lime along with our own special blend of herbs and seasonings. Served with Roasted Veggies and Texas Toast.

Shooter’s Burger Special
A juicy grilled ¼ lb Burger served with cheese, fries, & slaw.

Soup & Salad
Our Daily Soup combined with a freshly made House Salad and topped with your choice of any one of our delicious Salad Dressings served with Warm Garlic Bread.
Make it all you can eat for just $2.00 more!

Aunt Virginia’s Bread Pudding
For many years, Skip’s, Aunt Virginia ran the Morrisonville Café and served 1,000’s of people.  One thing they all agreed upon was that she could throw together anything and bring a smile to your face.  One of their favorite deserts was her Bread pudding topped with a Lemon Glaze and a Scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream this is one desert that is sure to make you go…
MMMMMMM Good!  Enjoy.

October 2006
Weekly Shooter’s Specials
October 2006

Sunday – Sports Sunday…

Come out and cheer your team on and wear your team’s jersey with pride and enjoy…

Free Snacks in the Saloon with the purchase of a beverage, $5.00 12” Rising Crust Pizzas, and $1.00 Domestic Drafts.

Monday- Miller Lite Pool League Night

Kid’s Eat Free from the Lil’ Shooter’s Menu,
$3.00 Nacho Supreme, $3.99 Monster Taco Salad.
Enjoy Miller Lite & Coors Light Buckets of Beer - $8.75 for 5 Bottles of Beer,
½ Price Glass of House Wine, & $1.75 Corona and Heineken Bottles.

Tuesday - Ladies Day
All ladies receive a free desert with the purchase of an entrée. 
$1.50 Pulled Pork Sandwich, & $4.99 1/3 Slab of Ribs. 
Enjoy domestic Pitchers of Beer for $6.95 & ½ off Bottles of Wine,
$2.00 Mike’s Hard Beverages, Smirnoff Malt Beverages, & Bacardi Malt Beverages.

WednesdayMidweek Blues Day
Free Snacks in the Saloon with the purchase of a beverage,
$5.00 12” Rising Crust Pizzas & $1.50 Domestic Bottles,
$1.50 Mixed Well Drinks, $1.00 off all other Mixed Drinks.

ThursdayOpen Bluegrass Jam at the WSRC from 5:00pm to (?)
Come out and enjoy $.35 Wings (Minimum of 6 wings must be ordered along with a Beverage)

$1.00 Drafts & Budweiser Buckets of Beer - $8.75 for 5 Bottles of Beer,

Along with some good ol’ country hospitality!

Friday- Friday Sports Night!!!  Post Game Specials Galore…
$1.50 Cheeseburgers, $1.50 Cup of Chili, $1.50 Fish Sandwich,
$2.50 Rib Eye Steak Sandwiches, $5.00 12” Rising Crust Pizzas, & ½ Price Apps…
$1.00 Domestic Bottles of Beer, & $1.50 Well Brand Shots.

Heartland Range and Shooter's Saloon
thanks you for joining us and would like
to remind you to drink responsibly.
Heartland General Store
October 2006

Firewood $3.99 per Bundle

20# Bag of Ice - $4.00

20# Bag of Charcoal - $12.49

Propane Refills      20# Bottle - $15.99
30# Bottle - $19.99
(Larger Bottles can be refilled by per gallon charge, rate fluctuates with market variance)

Beverages – Assortment of Pepsi Products, Gatorade, Water, and other beverages with assorted prices.

Gift Shop available upon request at Heartland Range and Shooter's Saloon host station, just ask and someone will be glad to let you in to shop and browse.

Please go to
Heartland Range and Shooter's Saloon
to complete all
Heartland General Store purchases. 
Thank You, Management

Located on the grounds of the:
World Shooting & Recreation Complex
#1 Main Event Lane
Sparta, IL 62286

Restaurant Hours
Open Daily for Lunch
October 2006
Monday – Saturday at 11:00AM
Opening for Breakfast on Sundays at 8:00AM
Close at 9:00PM Monday – Thursday
Closing on Friday & Saturday at 10:00PM
(11:00PM on Fridays through Football Season)
Sunday’s Kitchen Closes at 7:00PM

Shooter’s Saloon Hours
Monday – Thursday 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday 11:00AM to Midnight
Sunday’s 11:00AM to 9:00PM
Join us for daily drink and meal specials!

We will Deliver to area Schools and Businesses on weekdays.

1     Minimum Order amount will apply.
2     Delivery Charge may apply.
3     Orders must be placed a minimum of two hours before desired.

Call Skip / Tuesday – Friday for more information on Catering, Banquets, or Parties.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Smokey Corn & Avocado Salsa

Smokey Corn & Avocado Salsa

Servings: 24
Yield: 3 cups

Categories: Vegan

3 whole Corn, sweet, Grilled
1/4 cup Vegetable oil, or Olive Oil
1/4 cup Red wine, prefer Red Zinfandel
1 teaspoon Sea Salt, coarsely ground
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, freshly ground
1/8 teaspoon paprika, smoked
1 clove garlic, minced fine
1 tablespoon green onion, finely chopped
2 medium jalapeno chile peppers, grilled, seeded, and minced
1 medium red onion, grilled, diced small
1 whole avocado, diced small
2 whole tomato, diced small with seeds removed
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, coarsely ground and/or to taste
1/8 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground and/or to taste
1/4 cup cilantro, stems removed and chopped fine
1 whole lime, zested and juiced


1. Mix Oil, Wine, Salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and green onion as a marinade for the corn, jalapeno, and red onion. Let marinade for at least 30 minutes.  You can reserve onion until just before cooking.

2. Grill vegetables just until grill marked.  Do not over cook.

3. Dice onion, mince jalapeno and slice off corn kernels.  Place in a stainless steel bowl.

4. Add Diced Avocado and Tomato. Lime Zest and Juice with Cilantro.  Mix gently.

5. Season to taste with Salt & Pepper to taste.

6. Serve chilled with Tortilla Chips or as a condiment with Breakfast Buritos or Tacos.

Notes: 1/4 cup Green Onion may be used in place of the Red Onion, May use hot sauce when adjusting seasonings.
If you do not have a grill or wish to mess with one, you can oven roast your veggies or add some liquid smoke for the smokey taste.

Serving Ideas: May be served chilled with Chips or as a condiment with Tacos, Burritos or Sandwiches


Copyright: Self

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 52 Calories; 4g Fat (61.3% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 104mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat.

Nutrition Warnings:

    Corn, sweet:  MasterCook assumes an average 'whole' size of this ingredient. 
    jalapeno chile peppers:  MasterCook assumes an average 'whole' size of this ingredient. 
    red onion:  MasterCook assumes an average 'whole' size of this ingredient. 
    avocado:  MasterCook assumes an average 'whole' size of this ingredient. 
    tomato:  MasterCook assumes an average 'whole' size of this ingredient. 
    lime:  MasterCook assumes an average 'whole' size of this ingredient.