Funkytown Limburger Burger

Limburger Burger 055I LOVE Disco music! It seemed like “funky” was popular back in the 70s and 80s. For example, songs like:

Play that Funky Music by Wild Cherry or Funkytown by Lipps, Inc.

Then came along “Once More With Feeling” the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical, Season 6, Episode 7 in Nov. 2001.

I must admit that I love all of the songs, but my favorite is when Limburger CheeseXander and Anya sing “I’ll Never Tell,” “She eats these Skeezy cheeses, that I can’t describe.”

I guess that Limburger can be considered skeezy, stanky and only for the brave. I have an “iron gut” so I think I will survive this. If not, someone call 9-1-1!

I remember watching the 3 Stooges a long time ago, in an episode with Limburger cheese. They cracked me up. So in the name of science, I will try it. Maybe it won’t be so bad. After all, I like Feta cheese, Chitterlings and Kimchee.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Prime Rib Beef Steak Patties, 4Burger Prep4
  2. Limburger Cheese, recommended: Champion, 1 oz per patty
  3. Soft Pretzel Buns, recommended: Pretzilla, 4
  4. Liquid Smoke, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap or less
  5. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  6. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  7. Granulated Garlic, recommended: Hy-Vee, ¼ teaspoon
  8. Chicago Steak seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Granulated Beef Flavor Bouillon, recommended: Knorr, ¼ teaspoonLimburger Burger 018
  10. Mushroom Rub Porcini, recommended: Manitou, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Butter, Unsalted, ½ teaspoon, divided
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 1 teaspoon
  14. Red onion, sliced
  15. Beefsteak Tomato, sliced
  16. Bacon, 1 slice per burger
  17. Sliced Dill Pickles, about 1 to 2 per patty
  18. Mustard, German/Organic, recommended: 365 Everyday Value, as neededBurger Wet Rub3

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. I had to prep the burgers in advance and then freeze them. Make a well (indent) into each burger. Divide the Butter into 4 pieces, and place in the well on each burger.
  2. Mix the Liquid Smoke, Soy Sauce and Worcestershire Sauce, then apply evenly on burgers.
  3. Mix the Granulated Garlic, Chicago Steak seasoning, Granulated Beef Bouillon, Porcini Mushroom Rub and Truffle Zest. Apply evenly on top of wet rub.Burger Dry Rub2
  4. Bring patties to room temperature.
  5. Preheat a skillet and fry the bacon.
  6. Remove the bacon and fry the patties, 5 minutes, with butter-side down first, then 3 minutes on other side.
  7. Deglaze with Balsamic Vinegar.
  8. Add Limburger cheese to the 2nd side for 2 minutes and top with bacon.
  9. Remove patties and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  10. Toast the Pretzel buns in the same skillet
  11. Slice the Tomato and Red onion.
  12. Add Mustard, Pickles, Tomato slice, Onion slice and Bacon on the bun. Top with the Burger and enjoy the funk!Patties4

On the “Funk-O-Meter” from 1 to 10, with Chitterlings being the funkiest # 10, I would rate Feta Cheese an 8 and Limburger Cheese a 4. It adds just extra “Umami” bomb of flavor. Sort of like an aged Swiss Cheese. Give it a try. You might like it.

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Farewell “Leana” Sunset April 22, 2007; La La LaToya!

K Jackson1You only get ONE mom!  But even though, it is surprising that so many people take this for granted.  Every child should treat their mom and grand moms with the utmost respect.  Give them love and respect them, because once they are gone, they are gone forever!

My mom, the real “Leana” from my book, The Vampire Dancer Saga, departed on April 22, 2007.  I have this date set on my calendar every year to think about mom.  She was the BEST mom in the world!  I couldn’t have asked for or dreamed for a better mom.  I play Cribbage and Solitaire.  Why?  Because she taught me.  I drink coffee and beer.  Why?  Because she did, and I wanted to be just like her.  I’m good at computers.  Why?  The Jacksons TV ShowBecause my mom was so ahead of her time and got us a home computer when they first came out.  The old kind that was connected to a cassette tape player for storage and a TV.  The apple did not fall far from the tree, so I can see her positive influence all all of my brothers and sisters in some way or fashion.

She is the reason behind writing The Vampire Dancer Saga.  The very first chapter had to start with my roots – my mom.  So Chapter 3, Le Hot Jazz Dancer, the 1920s, is really about why my granddad and mom were forced to relocate from Mississippi.  Life begins through your mom, so if you are lucky to still have a mom or Grand Mom, please give them your love and respect while they are here.  Word up – to 3 of my nieces, you know who you are!

GravyMy mom prepared us for life!  She was a teacher and I loved and I miss her life lessons.  One class that I flunked was her cooking classes – for gravy, greens and “chitlins” (chitterlings),.  I never got the Roux down pat, so now I have to just deal with my “faked” faux roux gravy.  But at least my sisters passed with flying colors, so it is great when they cook our old family favorites.  But I will say this again, and again, that I was honored that she loved my chili!  She requested that I cook chili for one of her last birthday celebrations.  That was such as big deal for me.  Even though I flunked gravy, greens and chitlins, at least I could cook something that she was proud of.

ChitterlingsSpeaking of great moms, I really like the new show Life with LaToya.  Last week’s episode featured LaToya and mom Katherine Jackson going back to Indiana for a tribute to Michael.  I loved what Katherine said about Michael being the only one that can’t return home.  And that Katherine still maintains the former family home in Gary, IN.  That was so sweet!  Home is so important.  No matter how rich and famous you might become, you still have the “special” family home that was shared by parent and children.  My brother now has our special family home.  I’m so glad he kept in the L Jackson1family, because it gives us a place to return home and relive memories of Mom.

Katherine and my Mom are so similar in certain ways.  Both gave birth to a large family, my Mom with 7 kids and Katherine with 10 kids.  Also both had a child pass away.  Having a child pass away has to be the most difficult thing a parent has to face.

Call me a bit crazy, but I get a feeling of comfort when watching Katherine Jackson on TV.  She reminds me of my mom and it’s great to at least have “mom” figure on TV.

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Check out this episode of the Jacksons TV Show from March 7, 1977, featuring Lynda Carter.  Janet was sooooo cute!  And MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE BEST DANCER EVER IN ALL HISTORY!  I just loved this clip with him doing the Robot and dancing with Janet Smile  Here is the YouTube link

The Jackson TV Show – March 1977

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