We are delighted to be participating in The Secret Recipe Club this month. It is so exciting, kind of like Christmas. This is how it works... A name is 'drawn' and assigned to you. "You simply choose any recipe from the blog you are assigned, make or bake it, and blog about it on the date specified..."
We drew The Keenan Cookbook. We were very excited to find this blog. It is a joint venture by husband and wife Chris and Rachel from New Jersey who have one child (and one on the way, congrats!!!). I really enjoy husband and wife blogs, I appreciate the difference in style when it is a collaboration (much like TSRI). At The Keenan Cookbook he cooks and she photographs.
It was a lot of fun perusing this blog. I had not seen it before and I love discovering hidden gems! I especially loved reading Mom's Baked Ziti. It took me back, made me think of my Mom... who will be here in hugging distance in 2 days. I can hardly wait. I am giddy!!! Giddy? Me? Oh yes! Anyway, back to what I was saying. It was like someone was writing about my mom (except she has 5 kids). I love stories that draw you in. My mom is also not a recipe writer. She just uses some of this and some of that. If I can pin her down long enough this trip I am going to guesstimate recipes while she cooks. But something tells me my mom and dad will both have lists of recipes they have seen on the blog that they want to try!
I really felt at home with all the family posts. It is kind of like stepping into someone elses living family cookbook complete with stories. Mom and Great Grandma’s Biscotti Milk Biscuits, Mom’s Christmas Butter Cookies, Nana's Pound Cake, these all look delicious and come with incredible stories and certainly make you feel like you have been invited in. Like my dad always says, "First time you are a guest, second time make yourself at home".
If you haven't had the pleasure of sitting down at the Keenan's table or stepping into their living cookbook, I highly recommend you stop by!
Oh, after all that perusing and bookmarking Chad and I agreed on the Suburban Cheeseburger. I loved reading the recipe at Keenan's and then the original at Crepes of Wrath. The recipe completely inspired my creation. We are in the midst of our Summer Grilling Celebration and this recipe was a welcome dish on our little picnic table! Full of flavor and easy to prepare. You are going to love it!
The Suburban Cheeseburger
1 pound 85% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 hamburger buns, split and buttered
4 grilled onions
4 slices cheddar cheese
8 slices bacon, cut in half
condiments (mayo, ketchup, mustard)
Preheat grill to high.
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Divide in 4ths and form into thin patties.
Grill burgers until done. About 3 minutes on each side. Add cheese slice to each burger before removing from the grill.
Place buttered hamburger buns on the grill buttered side down. Grill until golden brown and toasted
Serve on toasted bun, top with cheese, bacon, grilled onions and your choice of condiments. Enjoy!
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