Tag Archives: Burgers

Don’t Cry over Spoiled Chicken

29 Jul

Don’t you just hate it when you go to the supermarket (Jubilee) and buy spoiled chicken? I know I do. I was so excited to try this salad recipe from Real Simple which feature chicken as the star protein, when low a behold I opened my chicken that I had just purchased and it smelt a little ammonia-ish. I googled “spoiled chicken ammonia” and of course the Internet said it might be spoiled. Being that I love my stomach and hate food poisoning, I decided to forgo the chicken. But I didn’t feel like going back out to the supermarket. It was super hot and already 9 o’clock. So what’s a girl to do? Alas, in my freezer was frozen hamburger patties from Fairway. I quickly ran them under hot water so they would thaw a little and stuck them on my grill pan, sprinkling salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder on top.

Crisis averted! But what do I eat with these?? It was carb-free Monday so I reverted back to the Real Simple recipe, except I made a few changes as I don’t eat milk and meat together and I did not have said chicken. So here it goes:

2 cups Spinach (I get pre- washed, that’s how lazy I am)

1 avocado

2 corn on the cobs

¼ red onion chopped

½ lime

2 hamburger patties

salt and pepper to taste

1.Cut corn off the cob and microwave for 60 seconds.

2. Plate spinach, avocado, onion and corn and lie hamburger on top of salad.

3. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Squeeze lime on top of salad.

I enjoy a “grapefruit spritzer” on the side. Just a mixture of grapefruit juice and lemon/lime seltzer.


Doesn’t this look like a vacation in a meal? Where’s the pool?



Red, White and Blue…Woohoo!

7 Jul

Nothing says summer like…the 4th of July!

Had such a great time with friends and family. Had a pre-fireworks extravaganza that included some grilling on both my Foreman and Grill pan.

I’ve never been a fan of gluttenous table setting, but as I get older any outlet for creativity is welcomed.

And so….

Note the partriotic color scheme. The picnic appeal. The polka dots! I definitely love being POP-y, but I didn’t want it to feel to Proud to be an American. Even though I have a sense of renewed patriotism thanks to the John Adams miniseries on HBO. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend. Abigail Adams puts us all to shame!

To Grill…. Ruminations!

17 Jun

Happy Anniversary to me (and my husband of course!) In lieu of jewelry, a spa day or theater tickets, my ever-romantic husband got me the perfect present: A Le Creuset grill pan. Not only is it perfect because I told him I wanted it, but he also got it in the color that matches our Le Creuset stock pot and French oven.

I am a big fan of grilling. I love hot dogs. Love hamburgers. Love it all. However, living in New York City, outdoor grilling is nearly impossible as personal outdoor space is extremely limited and expensive. So alternatives must be found!

I’ve been making my burgers on a regular pan with a lot of oil. This makes yummy, juicy patties. But I know they could be even better and better for me.

Recently, I have been brave enough to whip out my George Foreman grill. While I love what the Foreman did for my wieners, making them blow up and become all juicy, I was less than thrilled with the results on my turkey and beef burgers. First of all the juices and fats came out of the burgers. While this is a healthier option, it is not pleasing to the eyes to see all the fat in an almost pancake-like blob. This de-juicing also lent itself to a drier protein. In addition, while Foremans used to be much harder to clean with the grill un-detachable from its electrical plate, my grill detaches but is still a pain to clean. The grill part is a little cumbersome, but more annoyingly I find that bits of fat, juice and oil find themselves in the most unlikely of places.

But my life is slowly changing. With the grill pan, I look forward to juicy burgers, scrumptious fishes and delightful veggies. The dogs will continue to be Foreman-ized.

Look forward to yummy recipes that will surprise entice and most of all make your lips smack!