Category Archives: 4th Of July

Black Bean Burger with Caramelized Onions and Chipotle Mayo

Black Bean Burger with Caramelized Onions and Avocado

Summer is almost over but I am resisting that fact by making a bunch of summery food. These black bean burgers are totally loaded with lots of add-ons: mashed avocado, chipotle mayo, tomato, melted cheddar, and crispy caramelized onions. The actual burger is mixed with sweet corn, rolled oats and spices. It’s super filling and loaded with protein. The burgers are a little bit delicate and they do best cooked over a hot saute pan. Everything came together really well and it turned out super tasty! You can always add whatever fixins you want. Some other options would be sprouts, feta cheese, sauteed mushrooms, pickles and lettuce.
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BBQ Grilled Cheese Chicken Sandwich with Chipotle Fries

BBQ Grilled Cheese Chicken Sandwich

The messiest foods are the best foods, especially when we’re talking about sandwiches. If the sandwich can’t be contained inside two pieces of bread it’s gotta be good! This sandwich has a lot of good things going for it: shredded chicken smothered in spicy BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. Since barbeque sauce is a staple in my kitchen, I just make my own since it’s so easy. This sandwich packs a ton of flavor! The combination of the melted sharp cheddar with the flavors of the BBQ sauce and caramelized onions was so tasty. I served the sandwich alongside some smoky chipotle fries. I will definitely be making this again!

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BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Melted Gruyere

The days are getting longer and each day feels a little bit closer to summer time! And what says summer more than barbeque grilled chicken sandwiches? I chose a simple recipe for barbeque sauce made with molasses, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and chipotle peppers. Then as a side I made some baked potato fries served with malt vinegar. I chose a smoky Gruyere cheese to go with the sandwich which paired very will with the flavors of the barbeque sauce. This was a tasty dish that I will definitely make again this summer!

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Turkey Burger with Caramelized Onions, Gruyere and Sage Mayo

Turkey burgers are the perfect alternative to beef burgers because they are versatile and have great flavor.  I had never tried turkey burgers before and I was surprised by how tasty they were! This recipe ended up being a celebration of the end of summer and a good way to tie two seasons together. The burgers were juicy and charred, and went perfectly with the caramelized onions and smoky gruyere. I chose sweet potato fries for a side and they were really good with the burger. The sage mayo was another great accompaniment with the turkey burger as well.  The recipe is similar to last Thanksgiving’s Roasted Butternut Squash recipe with caramelized onions and gruyere. The sandwich reminded me of a summer version of Thanksgiving dinner, and just as tasty too!

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Steak Tacos with Chipotle Cherry Salsa and Caramelized Onions

What better way to try out a tasty new salsa than to serve it with tacos?  I picked out a skirt steak for these tacos because you can get a great sear on the outside and I figured it would go well with the salsa.  I went simple and just seasoned the steak with a little cumin and smoked paprika.  The salsa, steak and onions went really nicely together.  Caramelized onions are so good on tacos so I add them in whenever possible.  I caramelized the onions in the leftover adobo sauce which added a smokiness that wasn’t too sweet.  Then for a little texture and crunch I added some red cabbage on top.  A little crumbled queso fresco added creaminess (sour cream would probably work fine too.)  All together, this was a really delicious taco and I look forward to having it again sometime.

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Black Bean and Sweet Corn Salsa

There’s this great Mexican restaurant nearby that serves black bean salsa with corn chips before the main course. I have been wanting to recreate this salsa because it’s hard to stop eating it. The salsa is easy to throw together and has great flavor. It works nicely as a condiment for chips or in tacos, burritos, tostadas, etc. The spiciness can be dialed down by adding fewer jalapenos and cayenne or increased by adding serrano peppers which are quite a bit spicier. The corn provides an element of sweetness and the white and green onions a good amount of texture and crunch. I think the recreation of the restaurant’s salsa was a success because once again it was hard to put the bowl down and save room for dinner!

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Rhubarb Crisp

For Mother’s Day I wanted to post my mom’s rhubarb crisp recipe I enjoyed every summer as a kid. In the backyard there was a big rhubarb plant and once the stalks were ripe she would cut some off and make rhubarb crisp! Her recipe is easy and not including the rhubarb you probably already have the ingredients at home. Oats, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon cover a layer of chopped rhubarb. Then it’s baked in the oven and the result is soft and melty on the bottom with crispy oats on the top. I topped the crisp with fresh whipped cream. Mom’s recipe is a winner!

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Sour Cream and Dill Biscuits

For dinner lately I have been enjoying the great combination of warm biscuits and soup. The flaky biscuits are perfect for dipping in that last tablespoon of broth at the very end.  I recently tried a really easy recipe for sour cream biscuits and I was happy with the results.  It only took 20 minutes to prep and bake.  To spice the recipe up I added some dill which I thought would work nicely with the sour cream.  Plain or buttered, these biscuits are a perfect side dish for hot soups.  I had mine with some tasty turkey and wild rice soup and it was a match made in heaven!
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Ginger and Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

A slice of savory, spiced ham is a great dinner to fight the winter chill.  I picked up a small hickory smoked ham steak with the bone in and decided to make a simple sauce of mustard, honey, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.  I broiled the ham for a few minutes on each side and the results were very good.  The ham was flavorful but not too sweet which was the effect I was trying for.  For a side dish, I made a simple baked sweet potato which was super tasty with the glazed ham.

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Roasted Corn and Red Pepper Salsa

This corn salsa is perfect for the summer sweet corn season.  I made this to go with some Chile Verde Chicken Tamales and the pairing went together well.  The salsa was mostly sweet with just the right amount of heat.   It would go nicely on burritos and tacos too.

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