Showing posts with label Diana Orgain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Diana Orgain. Show all posts

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Welcome our guest, Diana Orgain!

Welcome our guest, Diana Orgain!

Diana Orgain is the author of the BUNDLE OF TROUBLE and MOTHERHOOD IS MURDER. She holds a B.A and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University with a minor in acting. Diana has acted professionally both on stage and in national commercials. She’s written several plays, which were produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouse Productions, and PlayGround. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Visit her at

For fun – leave Diana a comment about your favorite hamburger additive (carrots, spinach, egg?) and why you love it and she’ll randomly pick someone to win a copy of her latest book MOTHERHOOD IS MURDER: A Maternal Instinct Mystery

Take it away, Diana!

First off thank you to the wonderful bloggers here at mystery kitchen for hosting me. And, what better topic for mystery kitchen than “hidden veggies”? I have three small children and believe it or not the recipe I use for hamburgers is not really to hide anything from them (like sneaking in veggies so they don’t protest). No, mostly I use this recipe because I discovered that hiding zucchini in hamburger (or meatballs) not only adds an extra nutritional punch, but it keeps the burgers moist! I’ve tried carrots – but I find they alter the texture of the burger too much and spinach while having no real flavor (therefore undetectable by the little ones) didn’t add the moisture I like so much with the zucchini.

- 1 medium zucchini (shredded)

- ½ small onion (minced)

- 2 cloves garlic

- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

- 1 tsp Italian seasoning(oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary)

- salt and pepper to taste

- 1 pound lean ground beef

> Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high, or heat an indoor grill pan to medium-high and spray with oil.

> In a large bowl, mix zucchini, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Add the ground beef, mixing with your hands until well combined.

Thank you, Diana, for a wonderful post! I love the hidden vegetables idea. Terrific. To all our fans, enjoy!