Sunday, June 26, 2011

6-26-2011 Sunday Night Hamburgers

This blog post is dedicated to my dear Grandmother, Mimi, who passed away today. I am sad that my Mimi is forever gone, but comforted knowing that her life of suffering (from severe arthritis for many years) is over.

I would love to share with you somet hings about my Mimi, where do I begin?

Mimi was the epitome of class, style, and poise. She taught me manners at a young age, and she strictly enforced them...Sit up straight, napkin in your lap, left arm in your lap, fork in your right hand, elbows never touch the table, chew with your mouth closed, eat slowly, and it goes on and on.

She was a very creative woman, surely where I get my creativity from. She loved to decorate homes (especially with English antiques), be very fashionable by wearing beautiful clothing (mainly Escada),  and love cooking and baking. She used to make birthday cakes for my mom, aunts, and uncle when they were children.

Mimi was never scared to share her opinion, whether it be that she thought I needed a haircut, or that she didn't like my outfit. I had special clothes I would have to wear when I was with her, and she herself gave my hair a trim from time to time.

She endlessly drank Coca Cola. Her favorite foods were chicken salad, scones (stemmed from her love of London), steaks, and hamburgers.

My grandmother was very grand. She enjoyed the finer things in life, from Rolls Royce to Mercedes, to having me rub Chanel cream on her face for long periods of time.

One of my favorite memories of Mimi, is one summer going to her house for a week with my cousins to "Camp Mimi." She even had hot pink shirts made with the Camp Mimi logo on them. We spent the week cooking, baking sugar cookies, going on a train ride, having a picnic, and just hanging with Mimi.

She will be greatly missed.

I already had plans to have my whole family over for dinner tonight. After the bad news came in this morning, there was even more reason for us to all get together. Nothing soothes sadness better than being around loved ones, and of course eating.

I made the most delicious hamburgers, the recipe for that is below. We also had potato wedge fries, green beans, corn on the cob, and skillet peach cobbler. The meal definitely raised every one's spirits.

One important part of good hamburgers is the accoutrements. I always make a thousand island dressing a.k.a.  McHockald's Secret Sauce. I also always have a platter of fresh cut tomatoes, lettuce, and hamburger pickles. You can never go wrong putting out a variety of sauces too, ketchup, mustard, mayo, whole grain mustard, dijon mustard, relish, etc.

Here is the hamburger recipe:

Jay's (and Lee Hock's) Burgers

This recipe is inspired from Jay's Burgers in Kosher Palette 2. It has barbeque sauce in with the meat, which gives it a nice flavor, not a barbequey taste.  

2 pounds ground beef (80/20)
1/2 large onion, very finely chopped
3/4 C. bread crumbs, plain or seasoned
1/2 C. barbeque sauce, I used KC Masterpiece
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 T. dijon mustard
1 t. salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. pepper

Preheat the grill. Mix all of the above ingredients. Shape meat into balls and then patties. Grill to your liking. . If you want your burger to have a bbq flavor, feel free to brush the patties generously with extra bbq sauce, and more when you flip it.


Enjoy your life, live each day to the fullest. Be happy. Hug your loved ones.

Have a good night.

R.I.P. Mimi

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