burgers and fries

The rolls that I made for this were FANTASTIC!! And really great for hamburger rolls- they really held together nicely while eating.

Here is the recipe- again I got the bread recipe from Peter Reinhart's "Artisan Bread Everyday". Go get it, check it out from the library. It is a MUST HAVE in your house hold. You won't regret it.

5 1/3 cups unbleached bread flour
2 teaspoons salt, or
1 tablespoon sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons lukewarm milk
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
5 tablespoons gluten (that is my addition instead of bread flour- i use regular flour and add gluten.. then it is the same as bread flour)

Mix for a few minutes and then let the dough rest for five. Mix for another few minutes and let it rest. I pulled the dough once and put it in the fridge to rise over night.

Then next day take it out two hours before it is ready to bake. Shape bread into desired shape (i did rolls). Preheat oven to 425 and then turn it down to 400 when baking. Add one cup of water in a cookie sheet w/lip for a steam bath. Cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a cooling rack.


1 lb ground meat (i used turkey burger)
1 egg
1/2 (ish) cup oats

Defrost the meat and then season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and then i use "burger seasoning" clever name, right? Sometimes I add a diced red bell pepper (but i was lazy today). Add one egg, and the oats. Mix until it holds it's shape well. If you want to pre-shape these remember to use wax paper in the middle of them to make life easier when it is time to grill. Put them on the grill or stove top at a medium heat and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side... or until cooked through out.


4-5 russet potatoes

Pre heat stove top pan with about a cup of oil on medium heat. In the mean time cut the potatoes evenly into strips. When the oil is hot (you can test it with ONE drop of water, but be careful because it will spit back at you.) put the potatoes in and blanch them for a few minutes. Then put them aside inside of a paper towel to soak up some of the oil. When you are finished blanching take a piece of tin foil and make sure to spray it with cooking spray. (You don't want potatoes stuck to it). Set the tin foil down and then spread the potatoes evenly and salt with all purpose seasoning salt. Leave for 7-10 minutes. I didn't rotate them and they were a little brown on one side but they really turned out tasty.


I love that asparagus is in season! It is such a quick and easy veggie to cook. wash thoroughly and then snap the ends off. At a medium heat with about 1/4 cup of water and a tab of butter and let it steam for 4 minutes. The asparagus will be bright green and still crisp... but that is how it should be.

And there you have your meal. mmm it was good!

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