Posts Tagged ‘holiday’
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally seen as the start of the summer and the beginning of all that this most popular season has to offer. For the fashion conscious, white clothing is pulled to the front of the closet, Father’s everywhere start tying up their aprons, backyard barbeques are being stripped of their covers, and grills everywhere are prepped and ready to go. Without a doubt one of the most popular items to hit the grill this weekend will be the burger. Compliments of our friends over at Williams-Sonoma, we bring you “The Perfect Burger”.
- 1 lb. ground chuck or ground lean beef
- 2 Tbs. finely chopped yellow onion
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
- 1 or 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 4 slices cheddar or Swiss cheese (optional)
- 4 hamburger buns, split
- Sliced tomato for serving
- Sliced sweet white onion, such as Maui, Vidalia
or Walla Walla, for serving
- Torn lettuce for serving
- Sliced dill pickle for serving
- Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard or other
condiments of your choice for serving
Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat.
In a large bowl, mix together the beef, yellow onion, garlic, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form the mixture into
4 patties, each 3/4 inch thick.
Grill the hamburgers directly over medium-high heat, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Check for doneness by cutting into a hamburger near the center or testing with an instant-read thermometer. No pink should show on the inside, and the internal temperature should register at least 160°F on an instant-read thermometer. If making cheeseburgers, place a slice of cheese on top of each hamburger during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
During the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking, toast the hamburger buns, cut side down, on the grill. Serve the hamburgers on the buns with tomato, white onion, lettuce, dill pickle and condiments. Serves 4.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and everyone has their favorite way of getting their green on! If given the choice between the traditional corned beef and cabbage chased down with an ice-cold green beer, or something sweet and creamy, I would take the latter every time. Between searching for the perfect four leaf-clover and chasing that elusive pot of gold this weekend, why not bake up a batch of these and save some extra frosting for your cup of Irish Coffee.
For the Cupcakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 tablespoons instant-espresso powder
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 stick unsalted butter,
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
For the Frosting
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon whiskey
- Instant-espresso powder, for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cupcakes: Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour water over espresso powder; let cool. Combine espresso with milk. Beat butter and granulated and brown sugars with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with espresso-milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour (batter may look broken).
- Fill 15 cups (of two 12-cup muffin tins) three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool; turn out cupcakes from tins.
- Make the frosting: Whisk together cream and confectioners’ sugar until medium peaks form. Add whiskey; whisk until slightly stiff peaks form.
- Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons frosting; dust with espresso powder.
Martha Stewart Living, March 2010
As Santa wishes he said “No” to those last few cookies, tightens his belt, and gets ready to slide down chimney’s far and wide, we’re taking an easier approach and simply opening our front doors to welcome in friends and family this holiday season. Here we offer some of our favorites decorated for the holidays. Welcome in and enjoy!