Sometimes, you just want a good burger. Or 3 tiny ones. :) This recipe is an adaptation of Alton Brown's slider recipe. He employs what I deem to be one of the most clever ways of producing perfectly square little sliders by rolling the meat out into a jellypan or cookie sheet. Positively brilliant and delicious!
This week I was coming down off of a vacation weekend, so I was focused on quick and simple dishes to make. Or, you could just say I was lazy. I'd prefer it if you referred to me as a time preservationist. I always like lemon and chicken, but I didn't want to make chicken picatta, so I decided a lighter version, using chunks of chicken with a touch of cream would be just as delicious and easy to prepare in minutes.
It's summer. I'm not completely inspired to cook this month, especially since Dallas in August is akin to living on the surface of the sun. Or, at least what I expect it might be like. Still, I know that if I don't cook at least once a week, and ensure I blog it, I won't ever remember what I've made. So, we both benefit. Maybe. ;) I hope you like this dish. It's an easy mid-week meal that feeds at least four.
I thought I would try something a bit different since I didn't actually cook anything this weekend. Weston's company had their annual Family Day, and this year, instead of just a couple of hours at a ranch somewhere in the Metroplex, they found a resort in Glen Rose, TX, called Rough Creek Lodge and Resort. The resort itself was massive. Only 2.5 hours southwest of DFW, sitting on 11,000 acres complete with cows, bison, horses, and a petting zoo with a donkey and goats. There were an amazing assortment of activities to participate in, and Weston and I chose to ride ATVs, he played paintball, I had a pedicure, and we both attended a cooking class with Chef Gerard Thompson. It was honestly one of the highlights of the trip.
I haven't been having the best luck with leeks lately, but thought I would take one more stab at it. Since we had a bit of a cold snap last week in Dallas (yay for highs in the 80s in July!), I decided I needed to make a creamy, hearty soup. So, I found the nicest looking leeks I could find, and decided on a combination of potatoes and leeks. This was delicious served with fresh thyme and a dollop of sour cream.
For those days when you walk in the door, just exhausted from a long day of work, try this simple and delicious couscous salad. I've never really considered couscous and other grains as a good base for salads until I started browsing some fellow food bloggers' sites. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of simple and delicious cooking. I served this with some homemade crostini and my husband and I loved it!