It’s November, already, but it feels like January. I’m freezing cold every morning (primarily because I’m a cheapskate who hates turning on the heat when I have a Slanket as an option) and I wasn’t expecting these types of temperatures for at least another month.
Oh, weather, you tempestuous mistress.
As I mentioned yesterday, I celebrated my Halloweekend at UNC on Friday and Saturday. But yesterday, I had some treats of my own in store. We had a Paranormal Potluck at my office and it featured such tasty treats as: Heart-attack-a-roni, True Blood Salsa, Sleepy Hollow Haystacks, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Jack-o-Lantern Jambon Sammies, and my own addition.
Sorting Hat Pizza Puffs!
I adapted this recipe from an old book of Halloween treats my beau’s step-mother offered up, so unfortunately, I don’t have it to give credit where credit’s due. Mine didn’t have the crescents on top, and I made vegetarian and meat-eater versions so I went with pepperoni slices instead of salami sticks. Either way, they were tasty niblets, along with an easy parmesan pizza dipping sauce (take parmesan cheese + pizza sauce + microwave!! )
I know this is hardly a real “recipe” but I figured I’d share the picture so that someone can benefit from it all!!
Here’s my finished product:
After work, I decided to burn off the calories I consumed off with a killer cardio session at BodyCombat. I also managed to blast the heck out of my shoulders with all those jabs and hooks, so I decided to keep the blast party going with a truly flavor blasted burger.
Since Laura’s Foodie Pen Pal package to me contained awesome ingredients meant to jam as much flavor into my food as possible, I decided to combine a few and see how it turned out.
I took about 1/3 lb of 93% lean beef and formed a patty. On this patty, I added only two seasonings: wood smoked salt and pepper (wish I had fresh to grind, but oh well.)
While cooking it in a cast iron skillet, flipping it rather often, I toasted a bun with some cheddar and caramelized some red onion, and topped it all off with some avocado. On the side, Habanero Ketchup for dipping (I prefer to dip my burgers/hot dogs, not cover it in ketchup, keeps things less soggy.)
This was, without question, the best burger I’ve ever made myself. Ever. That’s 24 years on this earth (though I probably haven’t been making burgers all 24) and this one just blows the rest out of the water.
I savored every bite knowing, with total certainty, that I’d be repeating the burger base tonight. We’ll see if I decide to get more creative with the toppings…. Then again, it’s hard to improve on perfection.
What would your dream burger (or turkey burger or veggie burger) be topped with?
What’s your favorite seasoning or sauce to spice up your foods?