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January 24, 2016

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Football Dinner!


Roasted Zucchini and Summer Squash

Best Salad Ever


It’s NFL football playoff time, and I wanted a meal that was super casual but filling, fun and easy.  This menu fits the bill!

Best Burger

(adapted from white on rice couple)

So in the hunt for the “best burger” I ran across this recipe.  It touts a “secret ingredient” that makes all the difference.  And…it’s FISH SAUCE! I had a bottle that was given to me by a Vietnamese friend a couple of years ago (to make a great stir fry).  And for the record, fish sauce is not “fishy” tasting.  It’s more like soy sauce or worchestershire in that it’s sodium based but very flavorful.  And I can now vouch for it in a burger – OUTSTANDING!

2 lbs ground beef

1 1/2 TBSP fish sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

4-6 Hamburger buns

condiments of your choice


In a small bowl, combine fish sauce, garlic, sugar and black pepper.


Add the marinade to the ground beef and combine until all the ingredients are mixed together well.


Refrigerate the beef for at least 30 minutes. Gently form meat into patties. Form them to the size of your burger or slider buns. Cook on a skillet or grill. 

Roasted Squash

(real simple)

It gets no easier than this recipe!  Wash your vegetables; chop them up; toss in EVOO and S&P and throw in the oven.  So good and healthy!  You can always sprinkle some fresh parmesan at the end of roasting if desired.

1 pound zucchini, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces

2 to 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

kosher salt and pepper


Heat oven to 425degrees F. Toss the zucchini, oil, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet.


Roast until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Best Salad

(Adapted from Ursula’s Cooking School)

I love this salad, and I’ve blogged about it before, but it seemed like the perfect accompaniment to this dinner.  You can use other veggies with the greens of course, but the red pepper and Vidalia onion sounded perfect to me tonight.

2 heads romaine, chopped

1 sweet onion, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped


2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

2 TBSP olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 tsp lemon pepper

1/4 tsp tarragon

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp sour cream

2 TBSP mayo



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