Friday, December 31, 2010

Beer‐Battered Onion Rings–Willy Style

1 12 oz bottle of traditional beer of your choice. 
(reserve another bottle to drink as you prepare the mix)
2 cups of all‐purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of black pepper – fresh ground if possible.
3 large onions, sliced into rings –
(Vidalia or TAM1010 is preferred by Willy)
Vegetable oil – in an amount to immerse rings in your pot or pan.

Combine and mix flour, eggs, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Slowly add ONE bottle of beer to the mixture, until a thick batter forms.

This recipe calls for deep‐frying. Always use extreme caution when working with hot oil!

Add the oil to the pan and turn the burner to a medium/high heat. Dip the sliced rings of onion into the beer batter and add to the hot oil. Cook for about 30 seconds and flip to brown the other side.
Remove the onion ring(s) from the oil and place in a container with a paper towel to soak up any excessive oil.


10-4 Willy

Mail Boxes in America

What do you know about blomus mailboxes?  What do you know about stainless steel mailboxes?  Do you know anything about these things?  Well each of these are very modern mailboxes that will set your home or office up as one of distinction.  These mailboxes will say “you run a class act”.

Why do I say this about these mailboxes?  Well, I say this because I notice very often what type of mailboxes are in front of houses in different areas or neighborhoods.  The type of mailbox that is present will often say that the neighborhood or the house or the business is very progressive and very modern or the mailbox can say that this place is not successful or not with the modern era.

So, do you want people to drive up to your house or business and talk about how nice and appealing your place is?  If you do you should make sure that you have a mailbox in front of your house or business that says success. 

If you do these things you should be proud.  This is my thoughts for now.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Willy the Book Publisher

Willy is trying something new.  In researching the new Kindle that Willy bought for his wife for Christmas, Willy discovered that a book for Kindle does not have to have all of the beautiful hardcovers and the illustrations, it is best just to have content.

Willy realized that he had a lot of recipes that  had been accumulated over the past few years along with a little humor to go with them.  All Willy had to do was get these in an acceptable form and he could publish a book. 

This lead Willy to Publishing Kindle books under Hillbilly Willy Productions.   The first two books are Hillbilly Willy Smoking Meat Course and Hillbilly Willys Deserts.

If you have a Kindle and are interested in a couple of short books that you can put on your Kindle and have available then check these out.

Willy would appreciate it.

1—4 Willy

Monday, December 20, 2010

Black Friday 2010 Deals

Content by Mac Kline

Black Friday 2010 was an event filled morning for me! This year I decided to narrow it down to the stores with the absolute best deals that I actually needed. I narrowed it down to Target and Kohls. This was also convenient because I live just a few blocks away from both stores. I prepared a list a few days before Black Friday so that I would have an actual game plan, and so that I would not waste time looking at things I did not need. The main thing that I wanted to accomplish was to buy all my two year old son's Christmas presents. All of the toys at Kohls were 50% off, plus I had an additional 15% off coupon to make the deals even sweeter! I hit Target first at 5 am. It was crazy, but I expected that! The main thing that I wanted at Target was a Pre-lit Christmas tree for $25. There were only two left, so I grabbed it as fast as I could. The lines moved faster than I thought. I ended up only having to wait about thirty minutes. Next I headed to Kohls. It was even crazier than Target. With my list in hand, I headed in! I found all the toys I wanted, plus my best deal of the day. I bought a Black and Decker digital coffee maker for $19.99, plus I had the 15% off coupon. What made the deal even better is that there is a $10 rebate for this product! So I ended up paying six dollars and some change for an awesome coffee maker! After Kohls, I was exhausted, so I came home and curled up on my comfy couch to watch my Directtv package deals.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Grilled Flank Steak with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce and Asparagus

Willy is a big fan of the food network and especially of Pat and Gina Neely.  Today Willy is presenting a great recipe that they have given.  Also is a link back to where Willy got the recipe.

Recipe courtesy Pat and Gina Neely for Food Network Magazine

Prep Time:
20 min
Inactive Prep Time:
5 min
Cook Time:
25 min
4 servings (with leftovers for sushi)


  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, plus 1 stick slightly softened
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 pound gorgonzola cheese,crumbled
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 pounds large asparagus, trimmed


Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until tender, about 1 minute. Add the heavy cream and simmer until reduced by half. Whisk in the gorgonzola until it melts. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.
Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Brush the steak lightly with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Grill the steak, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, turning once. Remove from the heat and cover with foil. Let the steak rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
Meanwhile, combine the sugar, paprika and onion powder in a small bowl. Reserve 4 teaspoons and store the rest in an airtight container. (Seasoning will keep in the pantry for up to 6 months.) Mix the stick of softened butter with 3 teaspoons of the seasoning in a small bowl; cover and refrigerate.
Toss the asparagus with the remaining 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning mix and 1 tablespoon olive oil; add salt and pepper to taste. Cook the asparagus in a grill pan over medium heat until tender, turning once, about 6 minutes total. Reserve 4 stalks for the sushi.
Reserve a quarter of the steak for the sushi; cut the rest into -inch-thick slices. Top with the gorgonzola cream sauce, reserving about 1/2 cup for sushi, and serve with the asparagus and some barbecue butter.
Southern-Style Sushi

Monday, December 13, 2010

Skiing - Bon Fires - and Hot Chocolate make a party

What could be be better than for Willy to have a guest host writing about bon fires and cooking hot chocolate.  Hope you don’t mind Willy using an occasional guest host. – Enjoy and 10-4 Willy.

Guest written by our friend Trent Horton

The winter time is always full of activities in the snow and our family has a tradition that when it snows we all get together and build a fire, make hot chocolate and get the quads out. There is a hill not far away that is a great place to go skiing, snowboarding and sledding. We pack up all of our gear on the quads, including the dog, to make it easier to carry all of the things we will need and then set the home alarm system (click) before we head out for a day of fun.

The only problem with the place we go sledding and skiing at is, once you get to the bottom, it is a hike to the top. The quads are used to carry everyone back to the top of the hill by loading them up on an old toboggan and pulling them back up the hill so they can slide down the hill over and over again. The bon fire is nice to keep everyone warm and the hot chocolate just makes it a special day that everyone enjoys and looks forward to anytime they see the snow start to fall. Everyone gets anxious to find out if this weekend will be the sledding party weekend.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pecan Snowball Cookies

  • 1 cup all-purpose or cake flour pecan-snowball-cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 pound butter (at room temperature)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Powdered sugar, to coat (about 1 cup)
1 Preheat the oven to 300°F and prepare a large cookie sheet.
2 Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, walnuts, salt, sugar) in a large bowl. Add the vanilla extract. Add the butter in little pieces, and combine everything together with your (clean!) hands until the mixture looks like a coarse meal with nut bits in it. Form the dough into small balls no larger than a walnut and place on the cookie sheet, spaced at least an inch apart from each other.
3 Bake for 35 minutes. When they are still warm, but cool enough to touch, roll the cookies in some powdered sugar. Set aside on a rack to cool completely. When cool, dust again in powdered sugar.
Makes about 20 cookies.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pulse Oximeter?

Are you familiar with a pulse oximeter?  Are you familiar with Concord Health Supply?  Well, if you are like willy and know nothing about either one of these and are now curious, maybe you should go check it out. This is what Willy does because not only does Willy cook but Willy likes to learn about the things that can better his health.

This will give you the opportunity to test your search ability and it will also help you to find out that there are great health supply websites that can get you the right supplies that you need in a timely manner.  That is what you will find out there.

So, if curiosity has you now and if you are like Willy and need to know when you get curious, then you need to get online and check this out.  It is very interesting and it will help you learn what to do about some health issues that you are your friends might have.

These are my thoughts for now.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Interactive Meat Case

Willy likes to cook and Willy is a fan of

On that site Willy has found an neat interactive tool that allows the user to select a certain section of the animal and check out the cuts of meat that comes from that area or that type of meat desired.  The area is called an interactive meat case.

Check out the site and check out the cut that you want for supper.  This is kind of interesting to Willy.  Maybe you will like it or not.

10-4 Willy

Tuesday, December 7, 2010–Weight Loss Solutions

Ok, it is obvious that Willy likes to cook and if you could see Willy it is also obvious that Willy likes to eat.  It is a shame the something that is so satisfying as eating good food can mess up the body so bad. 

This is where many people say that if you can’t do it alone that you might want to think about the use of diet pills .  If this is on your mind than it might be the best to make sure that you know about the best diet pills that are out there and to make sure that these pills that are noted as weight loss diet pills are ok to take and that they will not do harm to your body in the long term.  There are many things out there and many are ok and good to take.

So if you are like Willy and you need some help with your weight loss then this is something that you might want to check out.  This is my thoughts for now and hope this helps you make a decision.

10-4 Willy

Monday, December 6, 2010

Figgy Pudding

Ok.  Willy wants to know ---- what exactly is it.  Does anyone have a recipe for figgy pudding.  It is a major part of a Christmas and Willy does know what it is.  

Can someone leave Willy a recipe for Figgy pudding.

Get me some.

10-4 Willy