Archive for January, 2014

Football’s grand finale is this Sunday, and we’ve made it pretty clear many of us at BAT are big fans of the sport. So, of course we know exactly what food to prepare for our family and friends who will be watching the game with us.

Here are some of our favorite recipes you should try:

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

(submitted by Charles Elmore)

 

1 package of little smokies to 1 package of bacon,

Slice bacon into halves and roll it up around the “smoky”

Set oven to 350 and very lightly oil the pan, depending on how you like your bacon cooked will determine the cook time so you will have to check periodically.

Drain the grease from the pan and place the “smokies” on a plate of paper towels to remove any excess grease.

Place them in a container or bowl and layer in BBQ of your choice.

 

Buffalo Chicken and Cheese Balls

(submitted by Cindy Moreno)

 

1 store bought rotisserie chicken

¼ cup hot sauce (recommended Franks Red Hot)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 ¾ cups sharp cheddar cheese

¼ cup freshly sliced scallions (I don’t use these)

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 eggs (lightly beaten)

2 cups panko bread crumbs (or any brand bread crumbs)

Vegetable Oil, for frying

Heat Oil to 350 degrees

Pick the meat from the chicken and discard the skin. (I cut up the chicken in my food processor but you don’t have to) Place chicken in a large bowl and add the hot sauce, pepper, cheese, scallions and toss to combine. Roll the chicken into 2 oz balls about the size of a golf ball.

Place flour, eggs and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg and then the bread crumbs and set aside.

When the oil is hot fry the chicken balls in batches cook for about 2 minutes per batch. Remove the chicken to paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.

***another thing I have added in the past is cream cheese to the middle. I roll the cream cheese into small balls and when making the chicken balls I wrap the chicken around the cream cheese and then fry them. YUM!! But extra work and time.

For frying I use my Fry Daddy. They are inexpensive if you need to buy one and handy for this and chicken fingers.

I serve these with a bowl of ranch or blue cheese dressing.

 

Easy Summer Salad

(submitted by Krysten Parrish)

 

Salad:

1 package of coleslaw

1 package of chicken flavored Ramen Noodles uncooked (break up the Ramen noodles in the package so they are small and in bite size pieces)

4-5 green onion stalks (chop into small pieces and use the entire stalk)

1 small package of sliced almonds

½ cup of sunflower seeds

Dressing:

½ cup of oil

3T of vinegar

2T of sugar

Chicken flavoring from Ramen Noodles

Throw all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Toss. Make sure Ramen noodles are broken up well. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Super easy and super yummy! Only takes 10 minutes to make.

 

Football Treats

(submitted by Ashley Jankowski)

 

I do a giant rice krispie bar… but made with cocoa krispies instead of regular to get the brown color, and I shape it in to a football and put frosting laces on it.

I also make Oreo ball footballs.

Take 1 package of your favorite flavored Oreo’s (I use Mint Oreos) and crush them. Mix the crushed Oreos with 1 8 oz package of softened cream cheese.

Mix these together until the mix is almost paste like.

Mold the mix in to football shaped individual servings and set aside.

Once all molded together, freeze the footballs to hold shape.

After frozen for 30 min to an hour, remove from freezer and dip in melted chocolate.

Allow chocolate coating to harden and top with melted white chocolate laces for decoration.

Anyone who doesn’t completely understand intermodal shipping, or who may not be able to see the benefits, has a tool to help them. CSX shared this week their information kit on intermodal shipping.

The page includes two easy to understand videos which explain the benefits- both financial and environmental- of intermodal shipping.

Check out the “course” at www.intermodal.com.

Did you know transportation incidents are the top cause of fatal work injuries? In fact, according to stats from the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries and published on Finances Online, transportation incidents are almost half the causes and more than double the second most common cause.

Thanks to that, truck drivers (combined with drivers and sales workers) are on the top ten list of most dangerous jobs in 2012. Road incidents also helped put refuse and recyclable material collectors on the list.

Probably the only positive piece of information from the stats is that the overall number of work fatalities has gone down by about 29 percent in the last 10 years.

Top 10 most dangerous jobs in America: It's not truck drivers, electricians or power line installers who have the most safety hazards

People in every state are facing the effects of the polar vortex, and many really don’t know what do when they face the hazardous conditions the weather can create on the roads. Alan Wrobel came to our rescue this week– he is a truck driver who has driven more than 800,000 miles in 8 years, and provided tips he has used to stay accident-free.

His tips can be found on Road & Track’s website.