Patty Melt for Happy Tax Refunds!

Patty Melt 042RIP old ass washer and dryer! I got them from my sister Candy back in 2004, when I moved into my 2nd home. I left my 1st washer and dry set at my first house. The buyer asked if they came with the house, and I said they can. And that sealed the deal.

They are still working okay after 16 years, but it seems as though my clothes are not 100% clean. So it is time to move up to bigger and better things.

I will admit it is a bit stressful trying to pick out a replacement Patty Melt 009 (2)set. I am comparing prices with Best Buy, Lowes, Nebraska Furniture, Sears and Wayfair. I am trying to get a set that is $200 less than my refund, to allow for taxes. After all, buying a washer and dryer set only comes around every 10 years of so, unless you have buckets of money to upgrade, which I do not.

I wish I could get some fancy features, like the Smart Wi-Fi models they have now. And I have always LOVED the Red Washer and Dryer set. Not that having the color Red, would make the clothes cleaner, it just tickles my fancy. I probably will end up Patty Melt 010 (2)with the cheap white set again, but at the very least, I am going to get Front Loading, instead of Top Loading.

I have one week to pick out a set. And hopefully I will make my decision in enough time to have it installed on my day off, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Wish me luck.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rye Bread, recommended: Farm to Market Bread Co., 2 slices per sandwichPatty Melt 010
  2. Ground Beef 80/20, 1 lb.
  3. Limberger Cheese, recommended: Champignon German, 2 oz per sandwich
  4. Red onion, 1 (thin) slice per sandwich
  5. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  6. Liquid Smoke Mesquite, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap or less
  7. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  8. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Chicago Steak seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoonPatty Melt 014
  10. Granulated Beef Flavor Bouillon, recommended: Knorr, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Mushroom Rub Porcini, recommended: Manitou, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 1 teaspoon
  14. Bacon, 1 slice per burger
  15. Butter, 1 teaspoon, divided
  16. Mayonnaise, recommended: Hellmann’s, ½ to 1 teaspoon per patty, to your liking
  17. Sliced Dill Pickles, about 1 to 2 per pattyPatty Melt 015
  18. Mustard, German/Organic, recommended: 365 Everyday Value, as needed
  19. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 3 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze Limberger Cheese 20 to 30 minutes before cook time.
  2. Divide into the Ground Beef into 4 patties, using the Patty Melt 021Parchment Sheets to shape and flatten. Make sure the patties are room temperature. Polk holes in the patties with a fork.
  3. Mix the Liquid Smoke, Soy Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce, then apply evenly on burgers.
  4. Mix the Granulated Garlic, Chicago Steak seasoning, Granulated Beef Bouillon, Porcini Mushroom Rub and Truffle Zest. Apply evenly on top of wet rub.
  5. Preheat a cast iron skillet for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Fry the Bacon and set aside.
  7. Cook Burger Patty for 3 to 4 minutes per side.Patty Melt 022
  8. Move to the back of the skillet and sauté the onion to your liking
  9. Add Mayonnaise to one slice of bread, and Mustard to the other slice of bread.
  10. Put half of the Limberger cheese on each bread slice
  11. Using a “cold” skillet, cut the butter slices into 8 pieces with one of the left and one on the right side of the pan.
  12. Put the bread slices on each side of the skillet and grill the bread for about 2 to 3 minutes on Medium Low, or until cheese melts. But I peek under the bread to make sure it is not burning.Patty Melt 024
  13. To one bread slice with the Burger, Onion and Pickles. If the cheese needs additional time to melt, I flip them back and forth to meld together, making sure it does not burn.
  14. Remove and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  15. I love this cut diagonally for flair!

The American Royal is having a BBQ Sauce and Rub contest. I love watching cooking competition shows on the Food Network.

I am so glad to see that women are now competing in the Grilling Patty Melt 030cook-offs. Wouldn’t it be cool, if my rub was good enough to enter? Life is short. I have until April 17th to decide. If I decide to, I don’t want to be in last place; hopefully I will rank within the top 50.

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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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Beef on Beef on Beefy Stroganoff with Shrooms!

Beef – that’s for dinner!Beef Stroganoff 050

I LOVE Mushrooms! I did not care for them as a kid, but now, the Shrooms rule!

Here is my take on an amped-up Beef/Mushroom Flavor Umami Bomb! How much beef can this Stroganoff handle? Well, there is:

  • Beef Ground Chuck
  • Beef Stroganoff Seasoning
  • Cream of Beefy Mushroom Soup
  • Beef Consommé Soup
  • Beef Bouillon Cubes

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INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Beef Chuck, 2 lb.
  2. Beef Stroganoff Sauce Mix, recommended McCormick, two 1.5 oz. packages
  3. Extra Wide Egg Noodles, 16 oz.
  4. Mushroom Pieces & Stems (drained), recommended Pampa, 5.3 oz.
  5. Aged Swiss Cheese Slices: 11, recommended Sargento, 7 oz.Beef Stroganoff 005 (2)
  6. Baby Swiss Cheese Slices: 11, recommended Sargento, 7 oz.
  7. Sour Cream, recommended Daisy, 8 oz.
  8. Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup, recommended Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  9. Cream of Beefy Mushroom Condensed Soup, recommended Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  10. Beef Consommé Condensed Soup, recommended Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  11. Sweet Peas (drained), 15 oz.Beef Stroganoff 043
  12. Peas and Carrots (drained), 15 oz.
  13. Beef Bouillon Cubes, 2
  14. Red Onions diced, frozen, ¼ cup
  15. White Onions diced, frozen, ¼ cup
  16. Butter, 2 pats, divided
  17. Balsamic Vinegar, 2-3 teaspoons
  18. Worcestershire Sauce, 2 teaspoons
  19. Garlic (diced or minced), 5 – 7 cloves
  20. Olive Oil, ½ teaspoon
  21. Ground Parsley (dry), ¼ teaspoon
  22. Parsley (fresh), ½ teaspoon
  23. Water Bottle, 16.9 oz. (if you prefer to brown the beef, instead of boiling, you may want to just add a can of Beef Broth or water, per Stroganoff seasoning mix instructions)Beef Stroganoff 016

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil Beef Chuck with water for about 20 – 25 minutes until it turns brown (instead of red or pink). Use potato masher to break it up every 5 minutes. Or, you can also brown it. However, the water creates a beef “broth” so that you can add the 2 packages of Stroganoff Seasoning, Worcestershire, Vinegar, Onions and Garlic. Let it cool.
  2. Melt 1 Butter pat and Olive Oil in pot with dry Parsley for 2 minutes. Add 2 Bouillon cubes, fill the pot with water and bring to a boil. Add Egg Noodles and boil for 11-13 minutes. Drain and mix in the remaining Butter pat and Fresh Parsley
  3. Mix the Cream of Mushroom, Creamy Beefy Mushroom, Beef Consommé, Sour Cream and Mushrooms and Peas & Carrots with the Egg NoodlesBeef Stroganoff 024
  4. Add half of the Noodle Mixture to the baking pan, top with 6 slices of cheese. Add a layer of the Beef Mixture and top with 6 sliced of cheese. Repeat Noodle Mixture with 6 slices of cheese and then Beef Mixture without cheese. Save 4 cheese slices for the final topping.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes at 350.
  6. Add remaining cheese slices and bake an additional 10-11 minutes to melt the cheese on top
  7. Garnish with Fresh or Dry Parsley for presentation.

We eat with our eyes!

The peas and carrots add a fresh pop of color to complete the Dinner Bowl meal. It has a protein beef, side dish pasta and veggies peas/carrots and mushrooms.Beef Stroganoff 022

The Noodles have to bring their own flavor to the meal! So instead of just plain noodles boiled in water, you want to use the Butter, Olive Oil, Beef Bouillon and dry Parsley to flavor the noodles. So that when you bite a noodle, it has enough flavor to stand up to the beef. I used to add Kosher Salt or Extra Coarse Sea Salt to my pasta. But to lower my sodium intake, I am trying to use different –non-salty options to flavor the pasta.

I love how recipes are flexible. Sometimes, I am out of fresh herbs and need to use dry herbs instead. I usually have larger diced garlic in my recipes. But I just got a new garlic chopper which allowed me to mince smaller pieces. So I was able to use more garlic in the Stroganoff.

My brother and sister-in-law test tasted this meal, and seemed to really enjoy it.Beef Stroganoff 047

Great Balls of Fire! Beam up the Beef Scotty! Captain: Make it so. Engage!

 

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