Char Steak Lounge (Cookeville, TN)

Char Steak Lounge is an American restaurant located on 14 South Washington Ave in Cookeville, TN. The atmosphere of the restaurant is rustic and very comfortable.The staff is also very personable and attentive, taking good care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages with a full bar including local craft beers, wine, mixed drinks, and soft drinks. The entrance has a beautiful stone bench with a waterfall cascading down the etched glass with the Char logo, which has colored lights that are constantly changing. 

Customers have the option to be seated in the dining room at a booth or a table, or in the bar area. The booths are quite tight, so I like to sit at a table. Their seating is flexible and can easily accommodate large parties by putting tables together.

The food is all homemade, reasonably priced, and very delicious. They are open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, and 4 pm to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served on Sunday’s from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Drink specials are every night from 9:00 pm to close, and Happy hour is from 2-6 pm which include $5 appetizers, $2 draft beers, and $4 wine. They offer live music after 9 pm during most evenings. 

They are well known for their steaks such as Prime Rib and Filet Mignon. We also had the Grannie’s Meatloaf and Rattlesnake Pasta.

The Prime Rib is dry rubbed and slow cooked to medium rare. It is served  daily starting at 4 pm with an option of with au jus, raw horseradish, or a creamy Dijon horseradish sauce. Customers have the option of choosing a size between the 9 oz, 12 oz, or 16 oz. It is also one of those meals that go fairly quickly, so it’s best to order it while they have it in the restaurant. 

The Filet Mignon is an 8 oz juicy steak served with a choice of two sides.

 The Rattlesnake Pasta is fettuccini noodles tossed in a spicy Caribbean alfredo sauce with broccoli and mushrooms.

Next, the Grannie’s Meatloaf, is a special served every Friday during lunch. You also have the option of one side, two sides, or three sides. I had the Caesar salad and mashed potatoes and gravy as my side, which were very good.

Finally, for dessert we ordered the New York style cheesecake, double chocolate cheesecake, and the brownie sundae. The desserts were all very delicious. My favorite was the brownie sundae. When ordering the brownie sundae, customers have the option of adding nuts on top, which I didn’t do since I’m not a big on nuts on desserts.

 If you are interested in checking out Char Steak Lounge, click here: http://chsteaklounge.com

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Meatloaf Meatballs

Meatloaf and meatballs have always been a favorite in my family. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and I want easy finger foods, as well as a meal for later in the week. I decided to make a large batch of meatloaf, and turn the rest of the meatloaf mixture into meatballs.You can also make an extra-large batch of meatballs for a huge gathering. This recipe is super easy, and is also great for parties, gatherings, and sports events such as the Super Bowl. It is a very versatile recipe. You can do many different things, such as meatball subs, meatball sliders, lasagna, meatloaf, wedding soup, and pasta with meatballs. I look forward to reading all your comments!


Things you need:

Mixing bowl

Frying pan

Baking sheet

8×8 pan or a loaf pan

Aluminum foil


Crock pot

4-5 pounds of hamburger

2 portabella mushrooms chopped (You can also use any type of mushrooms.)

2 eggs

8 oz Thai chili sauce

¼ cup of bread crumbs

½ cup old fashioned oats

2 cloves of garlic chopped

2 green onions chopped

1 colored pepper chopped

1/8 cup of Banana peppers chopped

Dash of banana pepper juice

Italian seasoning (optional)

2 jars of chili sauce

1 jar of currant jelly (melted)

Instructions:

  1. Using your mixing bowl, add in hamburger, mushrooms, eggs, Thai chili sauce, bread crumbs, old fashioned oats, banana peppers, and banana pepper juice.
  2. Next, take your frying pan and add the chopped garlic, green onion, and colored pepper and sauté them.
  3. Add into meat mixture, and mix well.
  4. Split the mixture in half.
  5. If you want to make meatloaf out of half the mixture, add half of it to 8×8  or loaf pan. Put in refrigerator or freeze for later in the week Bake at 375* for one hour. 
  6. With the other half, roll into balls and place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake meatballs for 20 minutes at 350*.
  8. Next, take your crock pot, and dump chili sauce and stir in melted currant jelly.
  9. Place meatballs in crock pot and let cook throughout the day.  

Happy Super Bowl!🏈

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Mint Chip Pie

Mint ice cream, has always been a favorite of mine. For Christmas this year, since Mint is such a popular flavor during the holiday, I decided to try making a Mint chip pie. This is my first time making this type of pie, and I’m really happy with how it turned out since it was my first try. This recipe is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. It is great for holiday parties. Also, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to reading all your comments!

Things you’ll need:

6 oz Graham cracker crust (You can also use an Oreo crust)

24 oz Mint ice cream

Whipped Cream (You can also use cool whip, but it gets soft very fast.)

Green or Red Food Coloring (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Take your Mint ice cream, and spread into the Graham cracker crust.
  2. Place in freezer for 20 minutes or until firm.
  3. Using your food coloring, place two drops and swirl into pie. (I used green on this pie.)
  4. Decorate with whipped cream or cool whip
  5. Place back in freezer, until ready to serve.
  6. Enjoy!!!

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Cheddars Scratch Kitchen (Cookeville, TN)

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Cheddars Scratch Kitchen is an American restaurant located on 1375 Interstate Drive in Cookeville TN, and is not far from Tennessee Tech University. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and casual. The staff is also very personable and attentive taking good care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from a full bar including spirits, local craft beers, wine, and soft drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room and bar area with the option of a booth or a table. The food is  all homemade, reasonably priced, and very delicious. Their open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 10:30 am to 11 pm, and on Friday and Saturday they are open from 10:30 am to 11 pm.

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We had the combo platter with Top Sirloin Steak and Shrimp, combo platter with Top Sirloin Steak and Chicken Tenders, Chicken Tender platter, and the Bacon Cheeseburger. The Top Sirloin Steak with Shrimp is a 6 oz steak served with either grilled or fried shrimp with a choice of two sides. I chose mashed potatoes and a house salad.

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The combo Top Sirloin Steak with Chicken tenders is a 6 oz steak served with hand breaded chicken tenders and a choice of two sides.

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The Chicken Tender platter is served with hand breaded chicken tenders with a choice of two sides.

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The Bacon Cheeseburger is as described. It comes with four slices of bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and honey mayo. Any sides are an additional charge.

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Finally for dessert we ordered the Cheddars Legendary Monster Cookie, which is served with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry. You can also ask them to add nuts if you like nuts.

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Unfortunately, the cookie did not hold up to its name. I have had it in the past, and this time it was a lot smaller than what it normally is because it usually fills the whole pan. I’m not sure what happened, and it was definitely not worth $6.00. Hopefully, the next time I go back the food quantity goes back to the way it was in the past. All the portions were much smaller, but the prices remain the same. It used to be a great value to eat at Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, but I don’t think it is as good a value anymore. If you are interested in checking out Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, click here: https://cheddars.com/our-story/

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Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite dishes to have on the table during the Thanksgiving holiday. Usually for Thanksgiving, my family and I buy the canned cranberry sauce in order to save time, but this year I decided to make my own. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out at first, but it was very simple to prepare and very tasty! I have included the recipe down below, so you can try making it for this upcoming Thanksgiving.

Makes 8-10 servings

Things you’ll need:

2/3 cup water

2/3 cup sugar

1- 6oz bag of whole cranberries 

Instructions:

  1. Add water and sugar to saucepan, and let it boil.
  2. Add the cranberries, and return to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat down to low, and stir occasionally until cranberries are purple, or the skin pops. 40 min for 1 hour for full bag.
  4. Remove from heat, and let it sit at room temperature.
  5. Put in bowl and serve immediately, or put it in the fridge until ready to serve
  6. ENJOY!! 

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Daniel’s Restaurant & Pub (Henniker, NH)

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Daniel’s is an American pub located on 48 Main St, Henniker, NH right next to New England College. It is right on the Contoocook river, which makes it a great place to eat outside during the summer months.

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 The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and casual. The staff is also very personable and attentive taking great care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from local craft beers, wine, and soft drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room and bar area with the option of a booth or a table. The food is reasonably priced and very delicious. Their open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, and on Friday and Saturday they are open from 11 am to 10 pm.

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We had the Nachos, French Onion soup, the Portobello Tuscan Tower, and  the California burger. The Nachos are piled high with cheese, black olives, scallions, tomatoes, and jalapenos, served with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, and chicken.

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The French Onion soup, is a classic dish that is served with melted provolone and swiss cheese. It’s also a great dish to order on a cold chilly fall day.

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The Portobello Tuscan Tower has salad greens with Portobello mushroom caps filled with artichoke hearts, oven roasted tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella cheese topped with a large roasted red pepper drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

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The California burger is a burger served with guacamole, lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese, and a side of chips and a pickle.

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Finally for dessert, we shared a Midnight Chocolate Torte and a Brownie Sundae.

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Everyone enjoyed their meal, but my most favorite had to be the French Onion soup, and the Midnight Chocolate Torte. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s looking for a great place to eat in the Henniker area. If you are interested in checking out Daniel’s Restaurant & Pub, click here: http://danielsofhenniker.com

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Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (Sudbury, MA)

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Recently, I visited Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. It started out as a two bedroom home in the year of 1707. Then, in the year of 1716, it was named Howe’s Tavern. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would frequent the tavern, and wrote his famous poems about the tavern including The Tales of the Wayside Inn. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is the oldest operating inn in the United States, and is located on72 Wayside Inn Rd in Sudbury, MA. It’s also a famous historic landmark in Massachusetts. A history fact that we’re all familiar with is the ride of Paul Revere. Paul Revere rode all the way to Lexington, MA before being captured by a British on his way to Concord, MA. In fact, he stopped by the Tavern at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn on his way to Lexington, MA. In 1923, Henry Ford purchased Longfellow’s Wayside Inn property along with 3000 acres and added three other famous attractions to the property, which include The Grist Mill, The Martha-Mary Chapel, and The Redstone Schoolhouse. The Inn is a living museum with rooms preserved with period furniture and living history actors that are happy to share historical stories with the patrons. The dining restaurant serves tasty food and tavern provides appetizers and a full bar.

First, the grist mill was built in 1929, and operates using a water wheel to turn the mill used to produce corn meal and flour. All of the products produced from the grist mill are used in Longfellow’s Wayside Inn’s food or sold in the gift shop. Visitors who also visit the grist mill, will find the beautiful waterfall as a great place to have a picnic and take pictures when visiting Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.

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Next, the Martha-Mary Chapel was built in 1940 by Henry Ford as he was developing the property. He named the chapel after his mother-in-law, Martha, and his mother, Mary. This chapel has been recognized along with the inn as a historic landmark in Sudbury, MA. It has also become a very popular destination for weddings. If you’re in the area, you will hear many great stories about Longfellow’s Wayside Inn and the Martha-Mary Chapel.

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Finally, The Redstone Schoolhouse is a one room schoolhouse that taught grades one through four, and was built in the late 1700’s on Redstone Hill in Sterling, MA. Henry Ford purchased the school because it wasn’t being utilized and moved it onto the property near the Martha-Mary Chapel in Sudbury, MA at the Wayside in 1927. A fun fact about the Redstone Schoolhouse is that the nursery rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb was based on a true event at the schoolhouse and was written by Mary’s classmate. The schoolhouse is open mid-May through mid-October, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 5pm. The school has been restored to a one room classroom, and is a great place to stop for a little history lesson of Mary Had a Little Lamb. The onsite historian was happy to share stories of the times about what went on throughout the school day years ago. It is a great place to take the kids for a live history lesson.

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Finally, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is a great place to go if you want to learn some history about Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, The Grist Mill, The Martha-Mary Chapel, and The Redstone Schoolhouse. I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area of Sudbury, MA. If you are interested in checking out Longfellow’s Wayside Inn online, click here: http://www.wayside.org

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