National Hamburger Week II – The Secret of the Ooze

Oozing with cheese.

Finished plate

National Hamburger Week / Month is back again!  Now with Marisa pregnant, and having to eat her meat atleast medium-well, I had to think fast.  How can I make a burger still delicious, yet still cooked all the way through.  Boom, Juicy Lucy’s.  Yes, made famous in Minneapolis, and covered on every single show on the Food Network, Travel Channel, and Cooking Channel.  Essentially a burger with melty cheese in the middle.
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4.20.14 Easter Brined BBQ Chicken

Crispy sauced skin

So I haven’t posted in a while. I was busy making something else, a baby. Marisa and I are expecting our first child in June. I’m not going to get into the details of how I made that. But I did brine and grill a whole chicken for Easter.

The chicken floating in a bag of brine

The chicken floating in a bag of brine

I made a simple brine of water, salt, sugar, chili powder, onion powder, and some peppercorns. I let the brine soak in for two hours(osmosis baby!). I patted off the excess brine from the outside of the chicken. After that, I butterflied it, so it would lay flat on the grill and have more surface area to get crispy skin. After that I oiled the outside of the skin. I didn’t put any rub on the chicken, because I didn’t want to add any more salt, due to the large amount of salt in the brine.

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1.3.14 Snow Day Dill Pickles

I added fresh dill, garlic, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, and a little pickling spice

Happy New Year! New York had some snow, so I figured it would be a good day to make some pickles. This was the first time I’ve made dill pickles, so I figured I would experiment a bit. I jarred half of the pickles and the other half were set in the fridge.

Cleaning the cucumbers

Cleaning the cucumbers

First off, I picked up a bunch of small pickling cucumbers. I washed them, and cut off the flower end. Apparently there are enzymes in the flower ends that soften the pickles. So I chopped those off.

My ingredients

My ingredients

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12.30.2013 Homemade Italian Sausage in under 2 minutes (not really)

So, this is my first venture into homemade sausage.   I’ve had an 8lb  pork butt in my freezer since the summer, and needed something to do with it.  Armed with only my Kitchenaid, grinder, and sausage attachment (and hours of youtube video research, and recipe websites.)  There are a ton of recipes on the net, but this was my favorite.    I know, top of the line web design, right?  I think that is what added to the charm of the recipe.   I made both the hot and sweet.

I ground the pork the night before.  Once through the larger die.  Then I added my spices, and then once again through the smaller die.   This really destroyed my kitchen, so I figured I would put them in the casings the next day.  I cooked up a little piece to taste, and I liked it.  But I knew it was missing something, but I bagged the meat and put them in the fridge.

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