Thursday, June 17, 2010

Potluck in a Pinch

So, the story starts with something completely unrelated - our new fire pit. We've wanted one for a LONG time, and finally got one yesterday! I am now looking for excuses to use it. Since we signed up to feed the missionaries on friday, i thought that would be a GREAT opportunity to use the fire! We have smokies and buns already! And then i thought, now we have a fire pit, we could actually have people over (which, sadly, we never do). So i began organizing an event, and thinking of people i'd like to invite.

Then i began looking over my list - Our barbecue is on friday, i have to bring a snack to the Soccer Tournament on saturday, we're going to the city from sunday to tuesday, i have to bring snack to play group on thursday... I had quite a list building of things i had to buy and prepare food for!

Then i got a phone call about the Relief Society barbecue tonight - oops, i'd forgotten one! So i sat down and put my brain to work - i need to have some sort of salad/side dish ready in two hours. I don't like buying kits or pre-made salads from the store, and just plain lettuce with dressing - boring. The thing about Relief Society dinners, is that the women like to show off their culinary skills - at least some do, and i freely admit to being one of them.

I was going to make 24 Hour Salad (what my Grandma called her ambrosia-type fruit salad), but i didn't have enough time (it's called that for a reason!), and for some reason nothing sounded as good in comparison!

But i came up with a quick and easy alternative. From ingredients i already had on hand:

Man, how i love fruit!! So, two apples, two bananas, a half pint of blueberries, and a pound of strawberries, washed, cubed, and tossed with raspberry flavored yogourt... In about ten minutes i had this:

It's delicious AND pretty!
It's probably not the MOST cost effective recipe in the world, but with all of it being in season, and a little going a long way, it's not too bad. Besides, with our store's reward program, i got the yogourt for free. *wink*

And it was a hit at the potluck too!! Lucky for us i had some extra fruit, and i set some aside just for us. Mmmmm... i think i'll go raid the leftovers...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Recipe Time: Glorified Hamburgers

This is not a new recipe - as a matter of fact, i think it's older than i am! But I made them for dinner tonight (it'd been a while!), and as i sat there, savoring every bite, i thought "I should blog this one... I love it so much!"  It really helped that it turned out to be EXACTLY what i was craving tonight! haha!
So, here it is! A simple and delicious twist on ye olde hamburger!

Glorified Hamburgers
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. rolled oats
2 tbsp. chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1/3 tsp. pepper
Mix together in large bowl, form into patties and cook in frying pan until cooked through.
Make sauce:
1 c. Ketchup
2 tbsp. white sugar
6 tbsp. chopped onion
3 tbsp. Vinegar
3/4 c. Water
Stir sauce ingredients together in large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling. Add burgers, reduce heat and simmer for 45 mins - 1 hour.

Serve the burgers with or without buns, or you could even make meatballs instead of patties. Our favorite side is white rice drizzled with the sauce. Yumm!