Independence Day

What a beautiful day we had yesterday! I am so thankful to live in America and all the liberties that we have, and I am so thankful to those who have sacrificed there lives so that it can be so.

My husband and I celebrated by making Monster Cheeseburgers and Onion Rings; by the way it’s official, I am now officially a Rasmussen, I got my new Social Security card today. But back to the cheeseburgers, they were delicious!

Monster Cheeseburger

Monster Cheeseburgers

1 lb ground Beef

1 ld ground Pork

1 Onion, diced (I did one half yellow and one half red, that’s just what I had available)

1 large clove Garlic

1 1/2 Tbsp Barbeque Sauce

2 pinches dried Chile Flakes

Salt and Pepper, to taste

1 Tbsp Capers, smashed and minced

1/4 c Ranch Dressing

Gruyère Cheese, cubed

White Cheddar Cheese, sliced

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all of the ingredients, besides the cheese together inside a bowl, until combined.

2. Form the mixture into patties, to your preferred size, we probably did about 2 inches tall by 3 inches wide, being sure to put 1-3 cubes of cheese in the middle of your patty.

3. We cooked the bacon that went into the burger in a cast iron skillet. Keeping the bacon drippings in the pan, we then cooked the hamburger patties in the skillet, for 3-5 minutes on each side. Then to make sure that they were fully cooked we placed them in the oven, being sure to put on a slice of  white cheddar cheese to melt. We cooked them in the oven for about 5 minutes, just make sure that they get cooked all the way through.

4. To put together the Cheeseburger, we first lightly toasted the buns, then placed the monster patty on the bottom and some bacon on top of that. Some fry sauce, one half mayonnaise and one half mustard, and some iceberg lettuce on the top.

They were delicious! For the onion rings we simply used a packet of “Onion Ring Batter” from the store, it was still delicious and it was so easy! With some salt and pepper and a dipping of fry sauce they were a superb side dish.

One more exciting thing I have to share! Bountiful Baskets. I think that this is a brilliant and easy and wonderful concept! This is a Co-op that is completely non-profit, basically you spend $16 for $50 worth of produce, half fruits, half vegetables. They even have completely Organic Baskets. Along with produce they also have many other goods, such as boxes of fruit, or loaves of bread, or cookies, or granola, etc. Right now they are available in AZ, CO, ID, KS, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY, but can be added to new states or to your area, all you have to do is call and get set up to become a site host. This really is a cool opportunity, and sometimes you’ll get things that are new to your family so that will help you branch out and try new things. Click here to see for yourself. This was my basket for this week.Bountiful Basket 5-2-11