Best Beef Jerky is in New Mexico

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New Mexico Beef Jerky

Best Beef Jerky
There’s a new Sheriff in Town

New Mexico beef jerky has become my new favorite. While I have always loved and still DO love Robertsons beef jerky, a recent trip through Albuquerque, New Mexico has given me the chance to try something entirely new and different. New Mexico beef jerky is thin – so think that it crumbles in your mouth. Unlike other beef jerky that is full of gristle and chewiness, the Vigil’s beef jerky from New Mexico has nothing but dried, cured beef that falls apart the moment it hits your tongue. This stuff is magic. While visiting 2 or 3 different travel stops, I had the opportunity to try a few of the different, New Mexico-style brands. They were all very good, but the Vigil’s was my favorite due to its consistency – just the right amount of salt throughout. There is one thing, however, that I think makes New Mexico beef jerky the very best: simplicity. The natural flavor has no extra seasonings – no MSG, nitrites or anything else that would make you question what you are eating. What you taste is 100% natural beef with a tad of salt flavoring. There are no artificial ingredients. This is what real beef jerky should be and used to be back in the days when John Wayne was eating it in the Westerns. And, in case you haven’t clicked on the picture to the left, you probably should know that you don’t have to go all the way to New Mexico to get it. You can order Vigil’s Beef Jerky online. Just click the image or the link.



Robertson's "Real" Beef Jerky
Robertson’s Beef Jerky

If you’re wondering how to make beef jerky, or looking for the perfect Beef Jerky recipes, you might want to visit a smoky ham plant in central Oklahoma. We are certain that the very best beef jerky recipe is stashed away at Robertson’s Hams in Marietta, Oklahoma, where Robertson’s Beef Jerky is made.
Want some jerky?
Want some jerky?

Best Beef Jerky Recipe

There is a line from an old cowboy movie somewhere in which John Wayne, while riding across the desert on a horse, asks one of the other characters, “Do you want some jerky?” I always imagined that the beef jerky referred to in the movie is the real thing; real jerky. It only makes sense that in order to find that perfect beef jerky recipe or learn how to make beef jerky, we need to agree on what real jerky is like. Robertson’s calls their product, “Real” Beef Jerky.

Robertsons Beef Jerky

I stumbled upon Robertsons beef jerky in my many travels through Oklahoma. It can be found in Loves Gas stations and other road stops in the surrounding areas of Oklahoma. Less commonly, you may be lucky enough to find it in some of the nearby, neighboring states. A large, 1lb container is rather expensive at $20.00, but once you’ve tried it, you’ll never be able to eat another brand of beef jerky, until you’ve mastered your own Beef Jerky Recipe. Actually, the $20.00 price is only available at the gas stops in Oklahoma. If you buy online or at other places in neighboring states, expect to pay $25.00. What makes Robertson’s “real” beef jerky so good? To start with, it is the smoke. Open up a small package or unscrew the lid on a 1lb container, and your nostrils will be filled with an appetizing aroma of smoke – smoke that is reminiscent of the thick, Oklahoma woods in which this tasty stuff is dried, cured, seasoned and produced. Unlike other beef jerky recipes, Robertson’s is fairly thin, dry and rather crisp on the outside, with no visible signs of oil or grease. It is brittle enough to almost snap in your hands, yet durable and chewy enough to keep your teeth busy devouring it. Their beef jerky recipe is so tasty, you will enjoy just licking the outside of a piece before biting into it with your teeth. If you want to know how to make beef jerky or find the best beef jerky recipe, don’t jerk around. You will want to give Robertson’s a try, first. Head for the woods of Oklahoma or buy it online today! Maybe your own best beef jerky recipes will make it big someday and be featured on a future review at Product Review Ratings.

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Machine Popcorn

Old-Fashioned Home Popcorn Machine

Popcorn Machine
Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper

Who invented the Popcorn Machine? Whomever did, is one step ahead of the home theater industry. If you want to have a professional movie theater installed in your home, but you’re holding back because you don’t have a Theater Popcorn Machine, you’re not alone.  Audio/Video technicians may be experts at installing audio and video, but what do they know about smell? A movie theater has to smell like a movie theater, right? These days, any audio-video installer with any integrity should not even consider installing a theater in your home if you don’t have a decent Theater Pop Corn Machine or Machine Candy Maker. If you’re going to watch movies without the movie theater aroma, you might as well stay in your living room in front of your 27″ Zenith and a bag of artificially-butter smelling microwaved popcorn. The Old Fashioned Popcorn Machine is an invention that never grows or smells old and outdated. In fact, your home theater will look and smell outdated without a Movie Theater Popcorn Machine

Machine Popcorn
Machine Popcorn

Theater Popcorn Machine Style

This Old Fashioned Popcorn Machine is made by, Maxi-matic. Maxi-Matic makes an abundance of quality home & kitchen products, and you can tell this is not a toy, but a genuine, high-quality popcorn machine. This particular popcorn machine is not only retro in cosmetic appeal, but in it’s high quality construction. There are no cheap plastics; it is built with sturdy metal. The front tray, popping kettle, serving trough; and even the salt shaker are all made with shiny, stainless steel. The 60″ wheels are heavy duty, as well, and roll quite nicely, even on a carpeted floor. Some assembly is required, but the instruction manual makes it easy. All parts fit together precise and snug, resulting in a very solid, attractive unit. The finished product weighs approximately 80lbs and makes a very appealing addition to your basement, rec-room or bar.

Making Theater Popcorn

Making popcorn with the Maximatic EPM-400 Popcorn Machine is easy, clean and fun. Plug the unit into an outlet. There are three switches: One for inside light and heater, two for heating the oil, and three for stirring the kettle. You can buy premixed popcorn with the oil and butter already in it, or you can use you plain popcorn with your own oil. Pour 2 Tablespoons of oil into the kettle and let it heat for about 3 – 4 minutes. Then, add 1 cup of plain ol’, regular, dry popcorn. Turn on the mixer switch, and within a 3 or 4 minutes, you will have about 1.5 quarts of delicious, fresh popcorn. Simply repeat the instructions as often as you like, or until the glass storage compartment is full.

Best Popcorn For Popcorn Machine

I recommend trying some of the premixed packages that use real butter and ingredients to emulate the authentic aroma and taste of movie-theater popcorn. We will rate some of the many brands in an upcoming, future review.

Old Fashioned PopCorn Machine Features

The other great part about this popcorn maker is how easy it is to clean. The bottom of the tray has holes which collect unpopped kernals. Unused kernals can be easily sweeped with your hand into the holes where underneath lies a convenient, slide out tray for discarding them. The inside of the glass can be wiped down very easily with a damp cloth. Also, the kettle can be completely removed for easy clean-up, which is not necessary until it’s been used several times. This machine is a Poppers Popcorn Paradise.

What Good Is a Theater Popcorn Machine without the Theater Popcorn?

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Top 10 Mixed Drinks

Top 10 Mixed Drinks Rated


Top 10 Mixed Drinks: #1 is a Gin Martini
The Classic Gin Martini

Number 1: The Gin Martini

What are the Top 10 Mixed Drinks? What is the recipe for heaven on earth?
It definitely includes the top 10 mixed drinks. In a stainless steel shaker, pour two shots of Bombay Sapphire or any other good quality brand of gin. Add just a splash of vermouth, a handful of ice cubes and shake vigorously.

Top 10 Mixed Drinks Are Shaken Not Stirred

You’ll know it’s ready to pour when the stainless steel gets so cold in your hand you can no longer hold it without getting frost bite. Pour the frothy-chilled mixture through the strainer into a classic martini glass; drop in a couple of olives and watch as their round, shadowy figures form stencils of steam inside the glassy cylinder. In seconds, the frothy, shaken mixture of gin transforms back into its fully transparent state and is practically begging to be sipped by a snobby, elitist. Now, that’s how to make a gin martini. It’s pretty obvious we’re talking about the # 1 drink in the world: The Classic Gin Martini. When enjoyed slowly over an intimate conversation, a properly made martini leaves no room at the top of life. All mixed-alcoholic drinks give you a buzz. The martini does one better than that by providing the sensation of an all-over body rub-down. For most of us, the massage kicks in about the time we reach the bottom of the glass and bite into that first olive. The massage may happen a little earlier or later, depending on your weight and metabolism – just trust and believe that it really will happen if you give it a chance. I’ve never introduced a martini to someone who didn’t absolutely hate the drink their first time, then love it after their second try. The magic of the martini is enhanced by this mystery: How could something you once thought tasted so unbelievably bad become your very favorite drink? The Gin Martini has mystical powers and effects that go beyond tastes and alcohol. It is number one because once you’ve learned to love it; no other drink can take its place. The Gin Martini is number one.

Number 2: The Vodka Martini

Except for the taste and the massage, the Vodka Martini is identical to the number one drink in the world. It is made the same way; chilled and shaken, but with vodka instead of gin. As wonderful as it is, a vodka martini will always be a pretender. It is a great drink and packs a nice little punch, but it will leave you with the feeling that you still need to have your shoulders rubbed. So, why, you might ask, would someone drink a pretender over the real thing? The answer is that vodka is a kinder, gentler white liquor. It is a little bit more forgiving than gin if you decide to go over your limit. When you’re in the mood for the number one drink in the world, but want to minimize your risks of a headache and massive heartburn, but still have a good time, you play it safe and go for the Vodka Martini,  #2.

Number 3: The Rob Roy

Rob Roy
Imagine a couple of shots of Johnny Walker Black; a splash of sweet & dry vermouth; a dash of bitters; vigorously shaken with ice, and then poured through a strainer into a martini-style glass, with a cherry or lemon peel garnish. This is the Scotch drinker’s Martini. The Rob Roy is the # 3 of the Top 10 Mixed drinks in the world. Drink a couple of these and you will know why Scotch drinkers rank right up there with gin drinkers for snob appeal.

Number 4: The Margarita

Who sings Tequila? Who cares? I’d rather drink it. When you’re having a Margarita, you’re sipping on memories of a vacation in your favorite summer destination, most likely south of the U.S border. Your lips feel spicy and your soul is hot with the taste of salsa. Every sip offers a hint of paradise, freedom and the fantasy that it will last forever. The quality of the Tequila is crucial. No good Margarita was ever made with Cuervo Gold. Cuervo is the worst tasting, yet best marketed Tequila in the world. Even the cheapest unknown, brand of Tequila is infinitely better than Cuervo Gold. There are many good, inexpensive brands. A good margarita is 2 parts of good tequila, 1/2 part real lime juice, 1/2 part Contreaux; served in Margarita glass full of ice with a little salt on the rim. When made properly, they go down smoother than any other drink and are nearly impossible to stop drinking. It is for this reason that the Margarita is the # 4 drink in the world of our Top 10 Mixed Drinks list. There are more Margaritas drank that are forgotten than any other drink in the top 10 mixed drinks list.

Number 5: The Manhattan

Do you like bourbon over scotch? Okay, then grab a bottle of Jim Beam instead of the Johnny Walker and follow the instructions for the # 3 drink in the world. The result is a Manhattan. It is a drink where bourbon drinkers, too, can feel like Martini snobs. The Manhattan is # 5.

Number 6: The Mojito

It is any coincidence that four of the five Top drinks thus far are served-up, chilled and shaken like Martinis? Make that five out of six with the Mojito. Get out the stainless steel shaker and ice cubes one more time and this time reach for the Myers Rum. Add a teaspoon of sugar and a few mint leaves into the icy, stainless-steel and shake like crazy. Pour into martini glass and add a mint leave or two for garnish. It is the martini fantasy of every pirate and the numer 6 drink in the world: I rank this one a solid 6th.

Long Island Iced Tea is a Top 10 Mixed Drinks FavoriteNumber 7: The Long Island Ice Tea

Would if you were about 3/4ths done swigging down a tall glass of Pepsi one day when you suddenly decided to go a little crazy and just start pouring a bunch of different types of booze into your near-empty glass? Apparently some drunken New Yorkers came up with this idea and named it the Long Island Ice Tea. It is the # 7 drink in the world because it is strong, refreshing and has the same can’t-stop-once-you-start habit as the #4 drink. It seems that not all New Yorkers are snobs and have to drink their booze out of a martini glass. Don’t think because it has the name Tea in it that you’ll be able to remember how many you drank. Here we go: 1 Part of the following: Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Gin, Triple-Sec; 1-1/2 part Sweet & Sour or Lemonade, and a splash or more of Coke/Pepsi. Leave it to New Yorkers to call this Tea.  At number 7, the Long Island Iced Tea makes it among the Top-10.

The Old Fashioned Cocktail is a Top 10 Mixed Drinks Favorite

Number 8: The Old Fashioned

In a short cocktail glass, add one and a half shots of bourbon; a dash of bitters; a teaspoon or two of simple syrup. Stir, add a few ice cubes, and fill it to the rim with Club Soda. Add Cherry and/or Orange slice for garnish. You may not know it, but if you’re in sales, this is what your boss drinks and it’s Number 8 out of my Mixed Drinks favorites.

Number 9: Rum and Coke

A very popular drink, and a better way to say, “What I really need is some strong alcohol, but I’ll order it with coke to make it sound sweet and respectable. 9 out of 10 Bourbon and Coke drinkers usually drink beer, and have not yet experienced their first martini.
Simple recipe: one or two shots of Rum, and fill the rest of the glass with Ice Cubes and Coke. If you’re a Pepsi drinker, use Pepsi. If you like RC Cola, use that…if you like Seven-Up, sorry – that’s a Shirley Temple. Whoops. Wrong Blog! Rum & Coke is ranked nine.

Drink Number 10: Daiquiri

No top-10 mixed drinks list can be without the daiquiri. Okay, so you tried a Marg, but that nasty Tequila (Cuervo) tasted so bad. Unless you’ve had someone lecture you about good tequila, you’re probably drinking something else with a little lime, zest and fun in it. The Number 10 Top drink is the Daiquiri: One ounce of fresh lime juice; 2 ounces of white rum, and one or two teaspoons of sugar. Prepare as you would the martini with plenty of ice cubes, shaken vigorously in a stainless steel shaker and strain into either a gimlet-type or martini glass, depending on how snobby you feel. The Daiquiri is the # 10 rated drink in the world and that completes our Top-10 list.  Feel free to offer your own variations, recipes, advice, opinions, criticisms, etc. Cheers!

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Anthonys Pizza

What’s to Like about Anthonys Pizza

New York Style Pizza Anthonys Pizza
Anthonys Pizza

Who invented pizza and where did pizza originate? Who knows? What’s more important, do you like a good, thin New York Style Pizza crust, with a crisp bottom, and light airy middle that you can pull apart with your teeth?

Do you like plenty of premium mozzarella cheese and generous amounts of fresh meat toppings? Just like a New York Style Pizza?

Do you like lots of grease – so much of it that it drips down the underside of your arm and onto your ribs when you attempt to lift a slice up to your mouth? Uh, maybe not quite like a New York Style Pizza?
If you answered yes to all of the above, you will love Anthonys Pizza.  Is there a better New York Style Pizza?

Got Grease?

On the other hand, if you prefer not to have so much grease that you require an oil-pan under your dining table, you might consider looking else where to satisfy your craving for a New York Style Pizza. There are plenty of places that claim to have New York Style Pizza in Denver. So, while Anthonys Pizza joints are cropping up everywhere go out and compare them to a real New York Style Pizza in New York.

Where to find It

The original Anthonys Pizza joint is a popular landmark near DU in Denver, CO.
There is no doubt, plenty of fans of Anthony’s Pizza original restaurant. On their website, they now advertise over 20 franchise locations in the Denver Metro area. The franchise deal must have occurred very recently. I was surprised to see an Anthony’s Pizza open up near my home in Arvada, CO, and I wondered if it was the same company I knew near Denver University. My family and I decided to give it a try for Lunch one Sunday afternoon. I only needed to walk in and smell the aroma of the hot, large pizza ovens, to know this was the same place. There is nothing better than the smell of fresh baked pizza crust, and Anthony’s does have that look, feel and smell of an authentic New York Pizza joint.

The menus vary slightly from location to location. Other menu items offered at the Arvada location include Meatball, Sausage, Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan sandwiches; a variety of pasta dishes, including spaghetti, baked ziti, ravioli and a few different choices of salads. We ordered a large Pepperoni Pizza for the four of us for a fair price of $16.50. They also sell pretty generously sized single cheese slices for $2.25ea. Pasta dishes and sandwiches range from around $6.25 to $6.75. It is pretty reasonable.

When our 18” pizza came out of the oven it appeared every bit as mouth watering as you would imagine from the great aroma; A great looking crust; thin, cheesy and fully covered with crisp, round slices of pepperoni. Grabbing a slice was a bit of a messy proposition as there were gobs of bubbling oil flowing over the top of the cheese. Getting one onto your plate without leaving a trail of the oozing flow of orange-colored grease on the table, proved to be a bit of a challenge. Anthony’s advertises on it’s website that it’s the pizza you like to fold. I found that it is pretty much necessary to fold it, due to how soggy it is from all the oil. The crust would be quite good, if wasn’t so drenched from the juice. The pepperoni and cheese were as good as advertised. You can add a little flavor with the available jars of Parmesan, red pepper and garlic seasoning salt at the counter. I was only able to finish a couple of slices before succumbing to the fear of what affect the grease might have on my system if I continued. My wife sopped up as much as the oil as she could with napkins before eating just one slice. We boxed up the remainder of the pizza, which was about half and took it home. It was later at home when I realized the purpose of all that grease. When I took a slice out of the refrigerator and reheated it in our toaster oven later that day, I noticed that much of the excess oil had baked into the dough. It was no longer sopping with grease, yet the baked-in oil kept it from tasting dry and bland as you would normally expect from a re-heated slice of pizza. Aha! Then I knew: This kind of pizza is designed to be re-heated in Anthony’s own large pizza ovens and sold by the slice. It’s really much better that way. If you want to eat it as it is freshly made out of the oven, you’d better be in the mood to drink a quart of oil, or take it home first, save it and enjoy it later – the way it’s meant to be savored by the slice in a New York Pizza joint: in its reheated form. Anthony’s Pizza Recipe succeeds. Is it the best Pizza? Probably not, but it’s worth a try. At the very least, you will enjoy the pizza dough recipe, the thin crust, and generous amounts of cheese.

Toppings: 88
Sauce/Oil: 55
Crust: 85
Value: 89
Overall: 81

Bake Your Own New York Style Pizza

Don’t like all the grease on Anthony’s Pizza. We’ve reviewed a home pizza maker that you might like.

If  either the above or Anthonys Pizza doesn’t satisfy your craving go to New York to find the best New York Style Pizza.

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Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps

Peach Schnapps
Peach Schnapps

Pineapple Orange Juice
Pineapple Orange Juice

What is a Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps? Or is it called, Orange Juice Pineapple Peach Schnapps?

Drink Recipes change with the season. While this one doesn’t belong on the list of Top-10 Mixed drinks, it does have it’s own special place for the autumn season.  Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a good tropical drink. This delicious drink recipe can be enjoyed in the fall and makes an especially good Halloween, holiday treat. If Orange Juice and Peach Schnapps together are called a Fuzzy Naval, then Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps is aptly named, the prickly-fuzzy naval. Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps will bring the cold bite of fall into your favorite beach memories of last summer. The pineapple orange juice adds a little bit of tropical flare to the popular, fuzzy naval.

One of the things this drink reminds me of is the combination of peaches and cream. If you’ve never had peaches with your ice cream, then you don’t know what you’re missing. The flavor of this combination is simply amazing. If you’ve tried the ice-cream treat known as the Dreamsicle than you’ve got the concept: Ice Cream and sherbet. The two were simply meant to go together.  The flavor seems to explode, though, when you add the alcohol of a sweet liqueur, like Schnapps.

To make the Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps, you only need two items:

  1. Peach Schnapps
  2. Pineapple Orange Juice (available at your grocery store in regular orange juice containers.

Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps RecipeNaval Orange
The traditional way would be to use half and half of each of the ingredients above and add them to a cocktail glass with a cherry.


The preferred way: 3 parts Schnapps to 1 part Pineapple Orange juice, or Orange Pineapple Juice. Shake with 4 ice cubes, then strain into a martini glass. Add an orange peel for garnish.That, my friends, is a Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps….err.. or a Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps.

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