I could watch Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives for hours on end, or at least until I get hungry and seriously consider installing a flat-top in the kitchen. I love the kind of hamburgers where they take a ball of fresh ground beef and smash it on the griddle with a huge spatula. Jake's (Del.) makes them this way and I miss being able to go there. So Steve and I experimented with making burger patties uniformly so they didn't fall apart on the gas grill. They were good, but not amazing. Same with our sliders (which I took photos of but never blogged about, and I don't care about dangling prepositions). A year went by and another grilling holiday was approaching when Steve decided that he wanted to make burgers. He grills a mouthwatering steak so that's what we usually have since our experience with backyard burgers is that they're inevitably dry, too thick in the center, shrink up too much, or a combination thereof. Golf balls. When Steve started talking about making thick burgers I remembered something I picked up recently from watching Cooking Channel/Food Network: Bobby Flay forms his (sausage) patties with an indentation in the middle to combat burgers' (even those pre-formed from the store) tendency to get too thick in the center. This time we went with 80/20 ground beef and the same seasonings: L&P Worcestershire + Lawry's seasoned salt and oh. my. golly. Turns out my husband has a gift for burgers. We had more the next night, too.
|4th of July with my folks. Ready to eat!|
|Mini cupcake for the little one|
Also over the weekend we got to see our friends Dave & Sarah. I met Sarah freshman year in college and we'd get together while I was visiting my brother in Florida, and then Kentucky. Now they live in Maryland, just an hour away, and I couldn't be more thrilled! Their daughter Catie is adorable and so pleasant and of course I have no photos to share, but here are some others...
|Cow Train at Marker-Miller Orchard |
(also Rachel & her kids and Anne-Marie's MIL & daughter Jordyn)
There was a dog riding in the cow in front of Olivia
|Helping Daddy water the grass|