Bobby Flay’s Crunchburger for Pass the Cook Book Club

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Vary rarely do I make a recipe exactly as it states. I don’t ever measure (unless I’m baking), I just toss things in, add things, omit things, and pretty much wing it after the title and initial concept are established. I also grind my own meat, 99% of the time. And damned if I have not whipped up some amazing burgers. The one single solitary time that I grab some ground beef from the market in a rush and follow a recipe to a T, don’t you know what happens. Handsome takes one bite and exclaims that it’s the best […]

Breakfast Burgers & Bloody Marys

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Men, I have a question for you. What did women do that every time you try to compliment a member of the other sex, you have to follow it up with a long explanation or apology? Now, I’m not talking those sleazy low brow attempts that I get while trying to check out at the market. I’m talking about genuine compliments. Today, a male client of mine asked if I lost weight then immediately started to explain that I hadn’t needed to lose weight and wasn’t fat before. This explanation turned into a 5 minute apology, all before I had […]

Michael Symon’s Fat Doug Burgers

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I have some pastrami and freshly ground beef, can anyone else guess whats about to go down in my kitchen? That’s right, I’m taking on Michael Symon’s famous Fat Doug Burger. Let me tell you, it’ lives up to it’s reputation. And it’s not the pastrami or fresh ground beef that does it, I think the real secret to this drool worthy burger is in the ShaSha Sauce. Not only is this burger worth its weight in gold, but it officially kicks off my Burger of the Month Club.  While you’re over there lick the screen, no one’s looking. Check […]

Turkey Sliders with Avocado-Ranch Dressing

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Can you believe the entire month of August went by without a single burger post on PtS? How the heck did that happen. I will never be making that mistake again. Actually, I’m considering incorporating even more burger loving on the blog. In the front of every issue of Rachael Ray magazine there’s a featured burger. It’s one of my favorite things about the magazine. Well, I’m thinking a burger of the month club is something that is long over due here as well. Meanwhile, enjoy your Labor Day celebrations if you are lucky enough to have the day off […]

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Burgers

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It’s amazing how our small corners of the internet begin to become our own little space. That in passing, people that have never met, will spot something and will recognize it as a particular bloggers without even needing to see it on their site. I have spotted pins – and I’m not even talking food – and known who pinned it without checking. There are even times I spot tiny thumbnails on food sites and know who the evil mastermind is. Yeah, we’re just one big happy family.   It should really come as no shock to me that my […]

Tex-Mex Bacon Cheeseburgers for Father’s Day

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It’s time to start brainstorming for the upcoming Father’s Day weekend. When I think of Father’s Day, I think of fishing, grilling, beach trips and back yard sitting. Most of all I think of burgers, steaks, ribs, and dogs! Sure, celebrating dad by taking him out to a nice restaurant is great, but what dad doesn’t love standing around over the grey charcoals  with a beer in one hand just talking about the day?  And these Tex-Mex Bacon Cheeseburgers are everything  that is right with the world all in one giant cheesy bite. With crumbled bacon in the beef patty, a kick […]

Smoked Brisket Burgers

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Things are starting to heat up around here, and as much as I would like to hold out until the first official day of summer, I think we will be kicking off my weekly grilling series a full month early. I never realized how solar powered I was until this year. It seems the moment the sunrise peeks across the sky and the birds start to sing, I can’t bring myself to sleep any longer. I am waking up earlier, working later, and have more energy then the cold dark winter months. Is it possibly to be dreading autumn already? […]

Rosemary Brie Chicken Burgers

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This weekend was that perfect kind of weather that inspired you to get up and go outside, fitting for Earth Day weekend. Did you get your green thumb on, go outside and roll around in the sun (you know, until all that rain on Sunday)? I took Saturday off and enjoyed a little staycation to get the garden prepped and ready for vegetables. Lowes was running a decent sale on starter plants and where we really love shopping at a local garden for all of our supplies, we figured a few to start couldn’t hurt. And lucky me, the load […]

Swiss Mushroom Burgers

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Tomorrows the big day. Or rather, the worst day in a foodies eyes… I go in to have my wisdom teeth yanked. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a speedy recovery after everyone’s stories last week to help me prepare. I was overwhelmed with everyone’s responses last week when I asked about your personal experiences with oral surgery and to offer me suggestions. We have stocked the house will pudding, applesauce, and soup and a certain someone has promised to make me copious amounts of his famous macaroni and cheese when I am up to chewing. To prepare though, I have tried to eat as many […]

Pimento Cheese Sliders

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Christmas came and went and now its time to ring in the new year with snazzy parties and fancy cocktails. I have been invited to a few of such events, but as I am mass amounts of excitement in the real world, I will probably just sit at home enjoying the evening with my own private stash of bubbly. After how much fun I had making Christmas dinner though, the idea of throwing a last minute hurrah at my house had been pinging around in my head. (Says the girl that had no dessert to offer.) New Year’s Eve appetizer’s seem […]

Ranch Burgers

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The weather seems to have finally broken from unforgiving levels of humidity and turned cool to match my over excited Fall mood. This weekend happened to be one of the best we have had in a long time and we wanted to make the most of it. I’ve got some wicked new mountain biking bruises to prove it. With the turn towards hoodies and boots, this may be the last burger I post for the season – and that’s ok, because it’s going to be hard to top perfection. Ha! Ok, it’s good – but there are far too many […]

Onion-Cheddar Pork Burgers

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Handsome and I have recently gotten ourselves knee deep into a new hobby. One I would have never imagined myself doing alone. Mountain biking. Every weekend and on weeknights where one of us doesn’t have school or work, we load up the truck with out two new Cannondale bikes, our silly sport apparel, and helmets and head out. We have discovered several great trails at some local Maryland and Delaware state parks that each offer something different and enjoyable for our rides. The guys at Wooden Wheels bike shop in Newark have been great to us as well, helping us pick […]

Pesto Burgers

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  You all know I love me some burgers. I mean love. It’s  a little awkward sometimes as I choose to ignore the man across from me at the table and rather stare longingly at the juicy grilled delight in front of me. Sorry boys, but you  don’t stand a chance. Fortunately for me, I have a man who doesn’t question my bizarre love of foods. When I saw these burgers over at Hot Polka Dot(seriously, how cute is that blog!) I was so excited. I’ve also had an unnatural addiction to basil this summer (perhaps its from the three […]

Thai Turkey Burgers with Broccoli Slaw

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The other day I stumbled across this post from Chow about Backseat Grillers. It talks about those people that can’t help but be a little to involved with your grill at a barbecue. Those people that jump in and flip burgers, change temps and try to run the show for you. They are just trying to be helpful, but we all know how much this can grate on your nerves. It also talks about how hard it can be as a female at the grill to avoid these people. I talked last week about how in our household, I am […]

Barbecue Chicken Burgers – Going Back for Seconds

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With all the new recipes I post on PtS, it rarely leaves time for any repeat meals. Sure we have our favorites (Mr. Ortega, will you please marry me so I may inherit your wonderful taco empire?) but it’s pretty much a new surprise every time I call out that dinners ready. “What do you mean you don’t know what were having? Have you tasted it?” “No” “Then how do you know if it’s good?” “It just is.” “But how do you knnoooooow?” This is not a dramatization, wish I could say it was, but it ain’t.  It’s a normal […]

Baking Buns: Light Brioche Buns

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A key component to any great sandwich is the bun. You need a bun that can hold up the fillings but doesn’t take away from the experience. (oh, insert the bun jokes here.) I’ve been known to throw away a bun if it’s too overpowering for the burger, or just takes away from the experience. Oh and if its too chewy or dry, its out. So, needless to say, with all the burgers off the grill lately, there have been some bun baking in this household – we’re not even going near the oven jokes – that just freaks me […]

Beef Burgers with Crunchy Sour Cream Onions

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Burgers are one of those great classics where when you have a recipe – and its good – its so hard to deviate and try something new. But with all the other burger recipes out there I realized I had to break my mold and try new things. Chicken, sausage, onions, mushrooms, barbeque, cheeses, stuffed, smoked, and seared… The possibilities are endless and Lord knows, I’ve yet to meet a burger I didn’t love. There’s something about the fresh ground meat cooked to perfection with the combination of bun and other deliciousness (or sometimes naked and cold leftover from yesterday) […]

Pan Seared Burgers – The “From Away” Burger

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I am a meatarian any which way you slice it. I’ll enthusiastically take a slab of beef over the worlds most tantalizing desserts every single time. I’m not sure how my parents programmed me to salivate over beef and not over candy but that’s just the way I’m wired – (For all I know I was rewarded for ringing a bell when I was first learning to crawl with jerky) and I get the impression I may not be alone. So, upon seeing the image of meat being ground to perfection and a tag line stating ‘grinding your own meat […]

Get your flame on, Asian Burgers

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Remember to enter to win 6 pints of Graeter’s Ice Cream through May 8th! Can you smell that? It’s the smell of hot coals and an open flame, the low heat of a smoker slowly infusing its flavor into a thick piece of meat, the joy of a hot dog and it’s plethora of toppings. That’s right. It’s time to fire up those grills. I may not have a brick oven tucked into my gardens, but my little back yard has its fair share of outdoor cooking equipment and oh, the bonding we are going to do this summer. There […]

Hello Im Kita, and Im a meatatarian.

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(I find the timing of this post ironic only because we are in the process of making new friends (woot!) who are vegetarian and I am learning a lot about it. This post in no way is meant to offend vegetarians in any way. If you have any aversion to wild game or are lacking a sick sense of humor I also suggest straying away from this post. Check out this awesome Twix Tart instead! )   When I was 6 or 7 years old my father pulled in from a hunting trip. It was cold outside and he told […]

Spicy Sausage Meatloaf Burgers

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Oh, you wanted something healthy? Well, I’m pretty sure this isn’t it. This is down home comfort food. I was trying to hold off until fall to make this but the taste buds were calling.   Spicy Sausage Meatloaf Burger adapted from foodnetwork.com Ingredients   2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 large onion, chopped and divided Salt and pepper, for seasoning 1 pound ground beef 1 pound bulk hot sausage 1 pound ground sweet sausage 1 egg 3/4 cup bread crumbs, 3 generous handfuls, Italian or plain 1/2 cup grated […]

Maybe its not me, its you….

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You know the saying – “full me once shame on you, full me twice, shame on me.” Well, full me a third time – it’s my damned fault – I should have learned my lesson. What was I thinking? In the past week I have prepared 3 recipes from the Neely’s on Foodnetwork.com and for all 3 my taste buds have been left saddened by the lack of flavor, zest or zing. I am not a fan of the Neely’s on TV because it’s just too much mushy for me. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy for anyone who […]

Foodnetwork = soft core food porn?

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Ever notice that if you are just listening to the food network it could easily be mistaken for a soft core porn? I put the food network on at work. It’s not what my average customer expects to see when they walk in, but I don’t have to pay attention to it and get more work done. If a sitcom is on, even one I hate, I feel like I may miss something, so I pay way to much attention to the tube. With food network, if they are cooking something I’m interested in, I can google it later. But […]