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Hamburgers, and food hang-ups

Anyone watching ‘Next Food Network Star’? I always watch this during the summer when all the other shows are on hiatus. They did a burger bash, and I was hooked. I kept daydreaming about burgers, pictures of burgers, and ways to dress them up. I will share my madness below.

I am not going to go into crazy detail on my food hang-ups, but let’s just say I have to have a burger a certain way, with an OCD meat/bun ratio. Hey it’s my thing, I own it, but some people find it odd (i will just say no meat can hang over the bun) So this burger has a big bun, to cover all the meat. I garnished it with a combo slaw, stone ground yellow mustard, red onions, and tomatoes. The meat is seasoned with just salt and pepper, and cooked on the stove in a grill pan. I got a pound of ground chuck for two burgers, the butcher told me a half pound per burger. And make sure your meat has some fat in it, so it will stay juicy and tasty. Some people mix meats, but I am a ground meat purist. 

My informal recipe-make your patties, thick and round. Heat up your grill pan pretty hot, and go to town. Flip once the meat has had a few minutes to brown on one side. I also used a pot top to cover the burger, let the steam stay in to cook through. Once it’s to your doneness (i am a well done girl, i know, i know) add your cheese (I used fresh deli sliced provolone) and let melt. Garnish with any toppings you like, and enjoy with a beer, lemonade, fries, chips, pickles, or solo. It’s summer people. Let’s do this. 





Weekend meals

Winter has decided to stick around for awhile longer. Which means I am in for a few more bundled up soccer games until Spring decides to show up. But that is my job as soccer mom, and I take it seriously. If those girls can play in 23 degrees, I can surely sit outside and cheer them on. 

I decided to make something new this weekend, for someone fairly new in my life. Chili. My family never grew up eating it, but I can see why many families enjoy a good chili night. It smells of memories and home. The recipe is from this cute blog I found, and it was definitely a hit! So get that slow cooker out, and go to town, because it puts a smile on your face, and anyone eating it. Image