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October 2023

Flood Watch Issued for the Wichita Area by the National Weather Service

A Flood Watch has been issued, until October 26 at 1:00 A.M. CDT 

Another round of excessive rainfall is possible through the late morning hours which may result in flooding.

Portions of Central and South Central Kansas are affected including the following counties in South Central Kansas, Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick.

The watch is in effect through this evening.

Excessive runoff from rain may result in the flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Low-water crossings may be flooded.

Heavy rain fell across portions of central and south central Kansas overnight and another round of heavy rain may develop today before diminishing toward evening.

Wichita Weather Forecast

 


Don't fall for meat club promos

Good Chop
Received in the mail:  Good Chop 'free' turkey promo for returning customers

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I'm not a fan of meat club services like Butcher Box and Good Chop.  Sure, they're convenient as heck getting meat delivered to your doorstep, but it's A LOT more expensive than buying meat locally, up to $10 more per pound more expensive for an 8-10 pound mix of beef, chicken, and pork!

I've tried and sampled both Butcher Box and Good Chop, if I had to choose between the two services, it would be Butcher Box, they're cheaper than Good Chop.  Trying to lure me back in, Good Chop recently sent me their latest promo, a 'free' Thanksgiving turkey if I come back.

No thanks.

Good Chop is also running a "$100 off your first three boxes" promo for new customers on their website, that's $50 off your first box, $30 off your second box, and $20 off your third box.  

Good Chop can get away with sending out 'free' turkeys because the rest of their meats are marked up so high.   I did a review on them back in 2021, they're WAY overpriced.   Despite the 'free' turkey, you'll be paying more per pound for beef, more for chicken, more for pork, than you would be if buying locally.  The 'free' turkey won't cover the price gap, not even close.  That turkey price is baked into the price per pound of Good Chop meats, it's not really a 'free' turkey.

A 10-14 pound turkey at Dillons (Kroger brand, whole turkey, frozen) will cost you about $17.   Check out the following price comparison, I'm using Dillons because it's the mainstream grocery store, which tends to run higher in price for a cart full of groceries vs. Aldi, and vs. Walmart.

Dillons:

  • A pound of ground beef at Dillons currently costs $3.99 for 80/20.  
  • Price per pound for boneless/skinless chicken breast at Dillons is currently $4.99/lb if you buy the name brand Tyson, for an average package weight of 1.89 pounds, or about $9.48  
  • Boneless pork loin chops are priced at $10 for a 2.5 pound package
  • Bacon, Kroger brand, a 16-ounce package costs $3.99
  • A choice boneless ribeye steak just under one pound will cost you about $14.44
  • Turkey, whole, frozen, Kroger brand, $16.88

That's about 7.39 pounds of meat, plus a turkey, for a total of about $58.78 at Dillons. 

Good Chop:

  • 2, 1-pound packages of ground beef
  • 6, 6-ounce boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 4, 8-ounce boneless pork chops
  • 1, 12-ounce package of bacon
  • 2, 8-ounce ribeye steaks
  • 'free' turkey

That's 8 pounds of meat, plus a turkey, for the regular monthly subscription price of $149.  I'll pass on that 'free' turkey.  Even if you take advantage of the Good Chop "$100 off" promo for new subscribers, you're still paying way too much.  That promo breaks down to $99 for your first box, $119 for your second box, and $129 for the third.  Then you're stuck with the regular monthly price of $149, for an 8-10 pound box of meat.

Don't fall for meat club subscription promos, you're still paying WAY too much per pound with those services.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related:  Meat Subscription Review: Good Chop vs. Butcher Box

Related:  Grocery Store Prices, Comparing Aldi, Dillons, and Walmart


Cooking up KETO friendly foods: Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Creamy Tuscan Chicken
This is loaded with flavor!

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My girlfriend Jennifer ROCKS!

In the pursuit of eating healthier and following a KETO diet, she recently cooked up a storm in the Bachelor on the Cheap Kitchen, 'Cheffing' up some KETO-friendly dishes, including the following:  Creamy Tuscan Chicken

It's Tasty and KETO friendly!

Everything Jennifer made on a Sunday NFL game day was quite delicious, she's a great cook, we're talking restaurant quality stuff, and she cranked out three entrees and a number of sides.  For this post, I'm highlighting the Creamy Tuscan Chicken she made.  It's Another Dose of YUM!

Here's the base recipe from greenandketo.com, but Jennifer added her personal touches to make it even more delicious.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken breasts (option:  Use boneless/skinless chicken thighs, which I think have more flavor and won't dry out when cooking)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces sundried tomatoes, chopped (Option/alternative:  tomato paste)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (the real shredded stuff, not the Kraft grind)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (option:  if you're not into basil, use fresh spinach)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sear until golden brown, about four minutes per side.  Option:  Cube the chicken for faster cooking and easier plating.  Once cooked, set aside.  In the same skillet, add garlic, thyme, and red pepper flake, stir for about one minute.  Add the chicken broth and heavy cream, simmer for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the tomato, basil or spinach, and Parmesan cheese.  Return the chicken to the skillet and get that chicken all happy in the sauce.  Transfer to an oven-safe baking dish and let all those flavors marry for about 15 minutes.  If leaving the chicken in whole pieces, make sure the chicken reaches a temperature of 165 degrees.  Let rest for about five minutes after removing from the oven.  Garnish with additional shredded Parmesan cheese.  Bacon bits are a nice add.

This dish hits all the comfort food notes, it's creamy, savory, cheesy, and it's seasoned perfectly.  It doesn't need a side, it's awesome tasting and balanced nutrition all by itself, which is key to a good KETO dish.

It's also Bachelor on the Cheap Wallet-Friendly, especially if you go with chicken thighs, perhaps the cheapest meat protein available.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Cooking up KETO friendly foods: Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup
It's as I like to say, "Another Dose of YUM!"

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My girlfriend Jennifer is awesome, and capital 'W' Wonderful.

She appreciates my passion for football, so last Sunday, we not only enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chiefs beat up on the Los Angeles Chargers (I still want to say, San Diego...) together, but she cooked up a storm!

Jennifer made a fantastic lasagna (which we enjoyed at game time, along with garlic bread and a Caesar salad), two loaves of scratch-made bread, a cheeseburger soup, and a Creamy Tuscan Chicken dish.  Bonus:  Aside from the lasagna dinner (kind of a tribute to a traditional dinner before going KETO thing), all dishes she made are KETO friendly.

Tasty and KETO friendly!

Everything Jennifer made on game day is quite delicious, she's a great cook, but today I'm highlighting the Cheeseburger Soup.  I'll be highlighting the KETO-Friendly breads, and Tuscan Chicken dish in separate posts.

The Cheeseburger Soup recipe is from www.homemade.health, but what made this KETO recipe extra special were Jennifer's personal touches.  Every great cook has that flair.

Here's the base recipe:

Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef, browned
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped, cooked bacon
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:

The beauty of this soup is it's kind of a dump recipe, catered to making a meal for another day.  After you brown the ground beef and let it cool, you can dump all the ingredients into a 1-gallon freezer bag, mix the ingredients by gently massaging the bag, then freeze the bag for a meal down the road.  You can include the cream cheese and heavy cream in the dump, but they are better if added fresh on the day of cooking.  Cooking methods can be a slow cooker, an instant pot, or a Dutch oven on the stovetop.  Jennifer prepared a batch on game day, using the stovetop method.  She browned the ground beef and then added the remaining ingredients over a slow simmer.

Serve with shredded cheese, additional chopped bacon, mustard, and/or chopped onion if desired.

This soup really does have the essence of cheeseburger flavor and what puts it over the top are the chopped dill pickles.  It's cheesy, creamy, loaded with burger meat, and has all the notes of classic burger condiments.  The best part, this OH-SO-GOOD soup is KETO friendly, no high-carb bun required!  It's also a Bachelor on the Cheap wallet-friendly dish, with many of the ingredients probably already in your fridge and pantry, no trip to the grocery store required!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Chip Review: Hilo Nacho Cheese Tortilla Style Chips

Hilo Nacho Cheese Tortilla Style Chips
Good nacho cheese flavor

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My favorite chips of all time without question, are Nacho Cheese Doritos.  For me, the crunch and the flavor are unparalleled, the ultimate chip snack.

But in going KETO with my daily diet, I need an alternative for those occasional guilty pleasure cheat times.  Nacho Cheese Doritos blow up a diet regimen and the more I read labels the wiser I've become as to how unhealthy Nacho Cheese Doritos really are.

Enter Hilo Nacho Cheese Tortilla Style Chips 

My girlfriend Jennifer hooked me up with a variety of chip snacks from Hilo, including a nacho cheese-flavored tortilla-style chip.   She's so thoughtful, capital 'W' Wonderful!

Made with almond flour, these chips pack 9 grams of protein per 1-ounce serving, which is unheard of in a traditional chip snack (typically 2 or fewer grams).  They have just 5 grams in carbs, only 3 net carbs if you factor in the fiber content, compare that to the typical 16-22 grams in carbs per serving in a traditional chip.  Hilo has indeed made a KETO friendly chip, but how does it taste?

Hilo chips
KETO Friendly Chips

They have a good initial crunch that satisfies a crunchy snack craving and the nacho cheese flavoring is on point, but the finish in the chew brings out the mealiness that is almond flour.  Don't get me wrong, this is a solid, good-tasting chip snack and a healthier alternative to Nacho Cheese Doritos, but, they're not as tasty as Doritos.  Jennifer and I agree, they deliver a satisfying taste with the nacho cheese flavor but they lack the crunchy depth of a regular tortilla chip.

Jennifer bought a box of Hilo chips, containing 12, 1-ounce bags and four flavors - Nacho Cheese; Spicy Salsa; Ranch; Ultimate Taco, for about $23 on Amazon.  That's a reasonable price for a healthier, alternative chip, yet high enough, to encourage less chip snacking.  Compare that price to Quest brand Nacho Cheese flavored tortilla style chips, also a KETO friendly chip and a 12-count package costing about $25, review pending.  Jennifer and I will be sampling more alternative chips before assigning a rating and deeming Hilo repeat buy-worthy.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike


Baker Farms Issues Voluntarily Recall on 16-Ounce Kroger Bagged Collard Greens Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Kroger Collard GreensBaker Farms of Norman Park, GA is voluntarily recalling a single production run of Kroger 16-ounce bagged Collard Greens, due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, there have been no reports of illness related to the consumption of this bagged collard green product.

The recalled product,16-ounce bags of Kroger Collard Greens, were sold in the produce department and can be identified as having a UPC code of 11110-18171 with a Best By date of 10-16-2023 and production code 110093-387 (see picture below). All potentially affected products have been removed from store shelves.

The issue was discovered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture while conducting routine product testing.

The product was distributed to various Kroger retail locations in the Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. The recall also impacts parts of Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

Customers who have purchased the affected product are urged to dispose of it or return it to their local store for a full refund.

Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-632-6900 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM EST.

This recall is being issued with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Baker Farms is a family-owned produce business established in 1970.

Baker Farms is driven to be a leader in the produce industry and is a proud member of the Leafy Greens Council, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and Georgia Grown.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Kroger
 1-800-632-6900
 

Nature's Path Organic Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Organic Pumpkin Spice Waffles and Organic Dark Chocolate Chip Waffles

Pumpkin SpiceVANCOUVER, BC — Nature's Path Organic Foods is voluntarily recalling specific batches of its Organic Pumpkin Spice Waffles and Organic Dark Chocolate Chip Waffles because they may contain trace amounts of undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The affected products were only sold in the USA. This issue is isolated to two batches of Organic Pumpkin Spice Waffles and Organic Dark Chocolate Chip Waffles with the following lot codes:

  • Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Spice Waffles
    o Best Before Date: 2023 OCT 24 o Lot Code:
    2C110242 o UPC: 0 5844959077 4
  • Nature's Path Organic Dark Chocolate Chip
    Waffles o Best Before Date: 2023 OCT 26 o
    Lot Code: 2C110262 o UPC: 0 5844916701 3

The impacted products are sold in the freezer aisle, packaged in 7 oz (2 waffles (70g) servings), and lot codes can be found on the bottom flap of each box.

While no illness or reports of allergic reactions have been reported to date, these specific batches are being voluntarily recalled. No other products or lots within the U.S. are impacted by this voluntary recall. The issue stemmed from a manufacturing error through an external partner that produces products for Nature's Path Organic Foods.

Consumers requesting a refund for the affected product should return the product to their retailer. Consumers may also contact Nature's Path consumer services at 1-866-880-7284 (between Monday and Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm PST) or email at [email protected].

Best Regards, Arjan Stephens
President, Nature's Path Organic Foods


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Nature's Path Consumer Services
 1-866-880-7284
 [email protected]
Media:
Natalie Terashima, Rachel Kay Public Relations
 619-985-9519
 [email protected]

Greenhead Lobster Products Recalls Refrigerated and Frozen Cooked Lobster Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Greenhead LobsterBUCKSPORT – Greenhead Lobster Products is voluntarily recalling all frozen and refrigerated cooked lobster meat products produced from May 9, 2023, through October 19, 2023, due to the potential for the product to be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Although none of the recalled product has tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the recall is being conducted based on the presence of the organism in the processing environment. No other Greenhead Lobster retail products are impacted by this recall, including raw products.

The recalled product, Greenhead Lobster Fresh Cooked Lobster Meat was sold frozen or refrigerated in packages ranging from 1 to 2 lbs. or in cases up to 12 lbs. and can be identified with “best if used by” dates ranging from May 9th, 2025, to October 12th, 2025, for frozen product, and May 27th, 2023, to October 30th, 2023, for refrigerated product. The “best if used by” date is located on the white label on the front of the package. Products under recall are listed in the accompanying table.

Products were directly distributed to Maine and New Hampshire and then sold nationwide through wholesale distributers and online via e-commerce.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, to date.

Consumers who have purchased any of the products listed should not consume the product and can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Greenhead Lobster Products is committed to the safety and quality of the products we provide to consumers across the nation. Our customer service desk is available to answer questions at [email protected] between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm EST.

Product Name

Product Description

Type of Packaging

CK (1 lb) Fresh HPP Cooked Meat Greenhead Lobster HPP Fresh Cooked Claw and Knuckle Meat GHL-CKF oxygen permeable bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. styrofoam box
CK (2 lb) Fresh Cooked Meat - Non HPP Greenhead Lobster Fresh Cooked Claw and Knuckle Meat GHL-CKF oxygen permeable bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. styrofoam box
CK (2 lb) Fresh HPP Cooked Meat Greenhead Lobster HPP Fresh Cooked Claw and Knuckle Meat GHL-CKF oxygen permeable bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. styrofoam box
Frozen 1 lb Cooked CK Meat Greenhead Lobster Frozen Cooked Claw and Knuckle Meat GHL-CK freezer poly bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. cardboard box
Frozen Broken Cooked Meat Frozen Cooked Broken Lobster Meat freezer poly bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. cardboard box
Frozen CK Cooked Meat -- 2lb Greenhead Lobster Frozen Cooked Claw and Knuckle Meat GHL-CK freezer poly bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. cardboard box
Frozen Tail Cooked Meat Frozen Cooked Lobster Tail Meat GHL-TAIL freezer poly bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. cardboard box
Frozen TCK Cooked Meat HPP Frozen Cooked Tail, Claw, and Knuckle Meat GHL-TCK freezer poly bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. cardboard box
TCK (1 lb) Fresh HPP Cooked Meat Fresh Cooked Lobster Tail, Claw, and Knuckle Meat GHL-TCK oxygen permeable bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. styrofoam box
TCK (2 lb) Fresh HPP Cooked Meat Fresh Cooked Lobster Tail, Claw, and Knuckle Meat GHL-TCK oxygen permeable bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. styrofoam box
TCK (2lb) Fresh NON-HPP Cooked Meat Fresh Cooked Tail, Claw, and Knuckle Meat GHL-TCK-2# oxygen permeable bag, master cased in a 12 lbs. styrofoam box

Company Contact Information

 

New job opportunities with Sedgwick County, 10/23/2023

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Senior Real Estate Analyst - APPRAISER - Wichita, KS, US
Part-Time Crisis Clinician - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
CCBHC ACT Integrated Care Specialist III - COMCARE - Wichita, KS, US
Zoo Construction & Maintenance Technician - ZOO - Wichita, KS, US
911 Technology Coordinator - EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS - Wichita, KS, US
Case Manager III - HCBS Eligibility and Options Specialist - AGING AND DISABILITIES - Wichita, KS, US


Bill's Charcoal Grill has the best char-grilled burgers in the Wichita Metro

Bill's Charcoal Grill
Bacon Cheeseburger

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A lot of burger joints in the Wichita Metro claim to have the best burger around, but who really does?  For all the nuances involved in the crafting of not just a good, but a great burger, the bite that really matters is all about the beef! 

Bill's Charcoal Grill is one of those places that delivers on what really matters.

The restaurant proudly states the following on its website:

Famous for our flavorful char grilled burgers.

Bill’s Charcoal Grill was founded in 1987 offering The BEST in grilled burgers, hot dogs, sausages, steaks and more!

Ladies and Gentlemen, that's not trash talk, it's the real deal!

Bill's Charcoal Grill
Bacon Cheeseburger & Sweet Potato Fries

Bill's Charcoal Grill was my Top Pick for Best Burger Joint in the Bachelor on the Cheap Best in the Wichita Metro Burger Challenge - 2022.  Bill's scored 60 out of a possible 63 points on the Burger spreadsheet, the top score of the Challenge, narrowly beating out other great burger joints such as Fizz Burgers & Bottles, and Buster's Burger Joint.

After learning my girlfriend Jennifer had never been to Bill's, we made it a Thursday Date Night Burger Night. 

We both appreciate the 'burger purest' simplicity of a straightforward cheeseburger, each of us ordering a single cheeseburger with a bacon add.  Jennifer opted for the sweet potato fries side, I went with the onion rings.  Burgers are made to order at Bill's, so after pouring our drinks and finding a table, we were teased by the aromas emanating from the kitchen.

I like how Bill's serves up their burgers, with neatly packaged toppings and condiments.  It allows you to assemble your burger as you see fit.  You get lettuce, tomato, and onion in a little packet, pickles in a little capped plastic cup, and in yet another little packet you get condiments and napkins.

Bill's Charcoal Grill
Bacon Cheeseburger & less than generous portion of onion rings

In my book, Bill's still has the best char-grilled burger in town.  You get those smoky char notes from the perfectly seasoned beef, followed by the compliment of the bacon and the melted cheese.  The veggies were fresh, provided great added flavor and coverage, and the bun had a nice toast.  The patty was thick and juicy, a big mouthful of burger even as a single.

Jennifer's sweet potato fries were quite good, but I was a little disappointed in the onion rings.  This was the first time I've tried them at Bill's.  They are a battered onion ring rather than breaded, which I prefer and they were good, but not great and the portion wasn't all that generous.  Harry's Uptown makes a much better onion ring and isn't shy on the serving size.

Bill's Condiment Packets
Condiment pic from previous visit

Costing $27.12 for two bacon cheeseburgers, sides, and drinks, Bill's isn't the cheapest local burger joint, but the char-grilled flavor of their burgers makes it very much worth it.  Located at 2957 N Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204, the service at Bill's Charcoal Grill was courteous and the burgers are repeat-buy worthy!  

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related: The Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: The Top 10 Best Burgers