Are you ready for fancy homemade burgers? We hope so! We love burgers, all kinds of burgers. Regular beef burgers. Salmon burgers. Bacon burgers. Matt and Stacy’s 50/50 burgers. Bison burgers. I could go on, but you might get bored. So, instead, I’m just going to tell you about our latest experiment so we can get down to business: sharing with you a recipe for fancy homemade burgers!
A couple weekends ago, I was hankering for burgers but Brent was simply not in the mood for more beef. (Admittedly, it had been a week of steak, chili and roast beef.) So, we were staring at the selections of meats available at our local Whole Foods, hungry and indecisive. Finally, he grabbed ground pork, ground veal, and ground lamb. My eyes lit up. I couldn’t wait to get home and put them together.
This recipe seems “fancy” because, growing up in my house, veal and lamb were special foods for special occasions. But these fancy homemade burgers are actually quite simple to make! We hope you’ll enjoy this casual and delicious new twist on an old favorite.
Chinese food has always been something we’ve enjoyed, but since cleaning up our habits, it has been harder to justify the questionable ingredients from the local take-out restaurant. We’ve tackled a version of fried rice in the past, but have not really ventured much into making main entrees.
Doing a little research, it was enjoyable to learn about this dish; the name (Cantonese) is based on its ingredients: moo goo (mushrooms) gai (chicken) pan (sliced). We enjoy all of these things, and it was a lot of fun putting this together. The added bonus was making homemade oyster sauce. If you can find a clean oyster sauce without corn starch and loads of sugar, let us know, because that would greatly ease the process.
I’m excited to share with you today’s recipe of curry lamb shanks. One of our goals of 2014 was to go out more often; Heather works in sales, and I work two jobs, so the majority of the time for the past two years, when we were home, we just wanted to do nothing. That is all well and good, but I decided we needed to resurrect the date night, especially after our engagement in December.
Our first date night of the year was at Old Ebbitt’s Grill, also the oldest restaurant in DC. I had the lamb shank, and it was absolutely amazing. The next time we went with friends, a few weeks later, Heather had the shank and felt the same way. Having been inspired by that dinner and our friend Russ’s new book The Ancestral Table (Did you get it yet? Here’s our review.) and it’s Lamb Tagine recipe, we crafted this lamb shank recipe. We think you’ll really enjoy it. Plus, my parents were cool enough to get us a tagine for Christmas, so it gave us a fun excuse to break it out. Don’t worry, if you’re without a tagine, a dutch oven will suffice.
The Crab Louie salad, sometimes known as the King of Salads, was something that I was made aware of during a business trip to the San Francisco Bay area. Looking at room service, this salad was one of the few things I could eat, with the exception of the salad dressing. Over my 4 days in San Francisco, this was my main-stay for lunch.
Since then, I learned more about the dish, and how it has been around since the early 1900s and is believed to come from the Bay area (go figure). We attempted to buy Dungeness crab, but alas the crab had spoiled. The good news is we used canned crab meat and it was just as delicious—well, maybe not exactly, but still incredibly tasty and way easier (and cheaper) than the Dungeness crab. This is going to make you a good deal of salad dressing, so be prepared to love salads even more than normal for the next week.
A Review: The Ancestral Table
The time has come where we may share our thoughts and love for our friend Russ Crandall’s book, The Ancestral Table: Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle. We met Russ just before he started the journey towards crafting this book at a get-together hosted by The Paleo Parents, and the time has surely flown by. If you don’t yet know of Russ, he is the brain and talent behind The Domestic Man. We’ll wait while you go check that out…