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Product of the week….the burger press

Product of the week….the burger press

Grilling hamburgers.  Not just an ordinary hamburger.  A perfect hamburger.  Some say it takes skill.  I say it takes a burger press.   Too thin… you risk breaking when flipping.  Too thick…and you risk under cooking.  It’s virtually impossible to form perfectly uniform hamburgers by hand.  The natural shape of your hand tends to create burgers that are thicker in the middle and thinner on the sides which can result in inconsistent cooking.  With a burger press, you simply fill with ground beef or whatever burger seasonings/ingredients you choose, press down and then remove.  I recommend placing a piece of wax paper in between the finished burgers to prevent sticking until you get to the grill.  Burger presses are great for making ahead and freezing so that you have perfectly shaped hamburgers ready to go when you need them.

A burger press can run from $6.99 for a single plastic press up to $35 for a cast iron burger press.  Really, in this case you get what you pay for.  If you are a burger fanatic, invest in a good one… a plastic one is probably not for you.  If you rarely grill burgers, just grab a plastic one.

Happy grilling everyone!

Memorial Day

Honor those that have fallen so that we can live in this great country.


Menu Plan – 21.0

 Menu 21:

Sunday –  Blackened Trout with Spicy Kale.    This is such a great, healthy dinner to start your week off.  This recipe from The Food Network is full of flavor but not full of fat.  The only thing that I change in this recipe is swapping out black beans for the kidney beans.   Not for any real reason other than I am a black bean fanatic.  

Monday– Peas with Shallots and Pancetta (with noodles).   and.. in opposite news (fat/calorie-wise).. this recipe by Bobby Flay is amaZing.  I turn this delicious side dish into a main dish by mixing it with whatever pasta I have on hand and a little extra olive oil.  I also like to grab the pancetta from Trader Joe’s that’s already diced and ready to  throw into the pan.  This dinner takes 20 – 25 minutes tops.  Really a great Monday night recipe. 

Tuesday– Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken.  Finally a jerk chicken recipe that actually tastes like I remember it tasting in Jamaica!    I found this recipe on Pinterest but it’s originally from a site called Bakers Royale.  I have tried recipe after recipe.  Jar sauce after jar sauce and I think this may be it!  AND it’s a slow cooker recipe.  

Wednesday–  Easy night!  Make your own Grilled Cheese night!  Add ham, add avocados, use goat cheese, use three cheeses.  What ever your heart/taste buds desire!  Serve with tater tots for an all around kid friendly fun night.  

Thursday– Bon Appetit’s Ultimate Lobster Rolls.  Ok.  So this recipe looks delicious and sounds delicious BUT I ain’t killing a lobster.  I’m the ultimate meat-eating hypocrite.  I admit it.  I am a vegetarian at heart and really in my brain too when I think about… well, you know, when I think about it.  However, my taste buds are selfishly winning this argument thus far.  With all that said, I will be using faux lobster or something from the seafood counter that tastes like lobster but does not appear to be staring back at me.  

Friday –  Stop cooking, will ya?   Take a break!  Order take-out.  Drive-thru.  Have a dinner out.  Something.  Anything.  Just stay out of your own kitchen.  🙂

Saturday–  Buffalo-Style Salmon.  Yess!!!!!!!  Finally I found a new salmon recipe.  Love all of the savory (soy/brown sugar) recipes out there but I really needed something different.   This has a  little kick and delicious greens on the side.  I will admit though, that I am not an arugula fan at all so I swapped out for a different leafy green.   This is a perfect grill night recipe.

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Happy cooking and have a great week!

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

In celebration of this fabulous food holiday, here is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Sprinkle a little sea salt on the top before baking. Perfect.

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe