An eighty-degree day in mid-October? To the grill we go!
Mushroom burgers have always seemed wimpy to me -- a cop-out to a wonderfully rare and juicy beef burger.
But Bean wanted to grill today, and the urge for a burger strikes me in slow intervals. The urge for mushrooms, however? ALL OF THE TIME.
1. Boil some kale that a dear roommate has in surplus.
2. Crack open some goat cheese
3. Put a giant portabella, doused with olive oil, garlic and salt, on the grill for five or six minutes.
4. When you flip the mushroom, put the intended bun on the grill; flip after around three minutes.
5. After five minutes (or so) of second-side cook-time: take everything off!
It is imperative that you assemble all of the ingredients at once after cooking, and then promptly mow down.
1. Spread goat cheese on top (toasted) bun
2. Lay kale on bottom bun
3. Plop on the (flaccid and willing) mushroom
4. Join top and bottom buns
The first (and only previous) time I tried a mushroom burger, it was unsatisfactory, but the heartiness of this might actually pass for a beef patty. And for a mushroom-lover like me, it was many times better!
Asparagus & tons-o'-mushroom pizza (with Brie cheese) on the grill for supper tonight.
How glorious (and wistful) it is to realize that tomorrow is the first day of fall. Many cooking adventures await (pumpkin, mulled wine, pumpkin, soup, pumpkin, etc.), but many will be missed -- and the grill perhaps most of all.
After yesterday's blueberry debacle, I wanted even more to bring something to work to share.
Even with the safest of cookies -- chocolate chip -- I still do not feel comfortable. I've come to this realization after batches and batches of them, and it is perhaps due to my reluctance to measure ingredients -- ironic, as I am an engineer. Perhaps I am too used to cooking, which requires much less accuracy.
But! These certainly came out better than the blueberry mess.
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
and then mix in:
1 tsp cinnamon
dollop of cinnamon
The cinnamon, I think, is what makes these interesting.
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp hot water
and stir in. Then add:
1 1/2 c. flour
and then stir in:
more than 1/2 c. chocolate chips
handful of chopped walnuts
and bake in spoonfuls for 10-14 minutes at 375 degrees. When they came out, I added a sprinkle of raw sugar for visual appeal.
We will see tomorrow, in the public eye, how they fare.