Cleo Coyle with a new Coffeehouse Mystery
MURDER BY MOCHA
Sheila Connolly with a new Orchard Mystery
Both with new books out this week!
What a great month to dive into a new cozy!!!
Tasty and fun.
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Do you love to barbecue? You all know I do. Have I gone on and on and on about them this summer. I find such solace outdoors, listening to the wind, to the birds. Drinking in the aroma of the barbecue. Ahhh.
Earlier in the summer, I shared a steak with blue cheese. But what about a burger? With blue or cheddar. I adore a good burger. Juicy. With or without a bun. A crisp salad. A hearty red wine like a Sin Zin Zinfandel, with upfront flavors of black cherries, blueberries, vanilla and spice. Fabulous!
Now, you probably know which cheddar you prefer, but not every blue is the same, so here are a couple to choose from...depending on your palate.
I read about this cheese in Culture Magazine and had to try it. It was totally different from typical blue cheeses. The exterior rind of the cheese is powdery blue in color. Inside the semi-soft meat of the cheese is a bone white/gray interior, shot through with fine blue vein lines. The magazine said the cheese offered flavors spice imparted and an underlying sweetness. I thought it was a mild blue cheese, lovely for eating with appetizers. Mild for a cowboy burger.
Another choice is Bayley Hazen Blue. This comes from Cowlgirl Creamery in California. It iis a buttery, natural-rind blue cheese made with raw Ayrshire cow’s milk. These cows graze from late spring to early fall. Though it is drier than many blue cheese, and the flavors are spectacular, offering all the hints of the grasses that the cows feed on and a hint of anise. It’s a strong enough cheese to hold its own against a fat juicy burger.
COWBOY BURGER WITH BLUE CHEESE (OR CHEDDAR)
2 pounds hamburger (15-20% lean)
1 sweet yellow onion
¾ cup (6-8 ounces) crumbled blue cheese or shredded Cheddar (plus more to adorn burger)
4 tablespoons Penzey's Bouquet Garni (mixed herbs *)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
Heat oven to broil or prepare barbecue to a medium high heat
Peel and chop onion small bits.
Shred 6-8 ounces of cheddar cheese.
I used Penzey's Bouquet Garni herbs. If you can't find Penzey's at your store, you can mix together your favorite herbs. [*Suggestion: 1 tablespoon dried basil, 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon rosemary, 1 tablespoon dried parsley.] Add salt and pepper.
In medium bowl, mix hamburger, onion, cheese and spices. Mold the mixture into four thick patties. [Keep them thick in order to keep them rare to medium rare. If you desire medium to well-done, make the patties flatter.] [By the way, I saw Ina Garten making burgers, on a rerun, and she was adamant that you not pat the burgers too hard or they won't stay juicy. So be gentle.]
In an oven or on the barbecue, cook the burgers approximately 4-5 minutes on each side. Pressing on the burger with the back of a spatula will give you an idea of “doneness.”
Adorn burgers with extra cheese.
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