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Crevolyn Wiley: Bucket list can include new foods and restaurants to try
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There comes a time in everyone’s life when you begin to think about your mortality.

I don’t go down this road very often, but certain circumstances cause the thought to cross my mind every once in a while, especially the older I get.

Age has never really been a huge factor for me and I forget how old I am most of the time. But as middle age is closing in and pushing me right in to senior citizenship, I’ve decided to just embrace it. After all, I can get the senior discount at Belk once a month, so there’s not much to complain about there.

My husband, Darrell, and I often say we can’t believe how old we are and we really don’t feel like the age it states on our driver’s licenses. So recently we’ve decided to create a bucket list or to be honest, I’ve decided to create a bucket list for us.

Darrell has always been a bit of a risk taker and has achieved many things he’s wanted to do. He learned to snow ski at age 40 and soon was headed down the black diamond slopes but not always by choice thanks to Miles Coker. He has shimmied up every climbing wall he’s come across going all the way to the top. He ziplined in a remote area of Mexico. I’ll have to admit I was checking the life insurance policy before he left.

Darrell has driven a performance car on the Road Atlanta track as well as a stock car at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He has ridden in the front seat in the Red Baron bi-plane as the pilot performed stunts. He admits he about lost his lunch on that excursion.

So when it came to the bucket list, most of what is there are my ideas with one exception. Darrell wants to run a full marathon.

Throughout the years, he’s run several half-marathons but wants to check the full one off of his list. I say more power to him. I’ll meet him at the finish line.

We love to travel, so we have several destinations on our list. But we also have things we want to cook, places we want to eat and different foods we want to try. Life is full of so many good things that we want to experience them all.

A couple of years ago, we hosted a party to thank our vendors who service our grocery stores. The theme was Western and of course, that had to include a mechanical bull. When the bull was delivered I could see the twinkle in my husband’s eye. He was the first one on. And the first one off, but that’s another story.

Bonco Burgers

* 2 1/2 pounds ground beef

* 1 egg

* 1/4 cup steak sauce

* 1/4 cup minced onion

* 1 teaspoon Tabasco

* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

* 1 teaspoon garlic salt

* 1 teaspoon black pepper

* 1/2 cup crushed corn chips

* 8 large potato hamburger buns

* 8 slices pepper jack cheese

Additional toppings, if desired: lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, additional corn chips.

Preheat grill for high heat.

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, steak sauce, onion, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and corn chips. Divide into 8 patties.

Grill patties for 10 to 15 minutes or until well done.

Remove from grill and place on buns. Top each patty with a slice of pepper jack cheese. Top with additional toppings if desired.

Crevolyn Wiley is a Gainesville resident with her first published cookbook “Cooking with Crevolyn” available at J&J Foods. She can be contacted at crevolyn.wiley@jandjfoods.com.

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