Monday, September 6, 2021

Week Two

Well, I have still not regained the use of my left arm. But we have been eating quite well this week.

We started Sunday night. I tried Instacart for grocery delivery this week, no way could I try to load the conveyer belt with groceries at the checkout. Loved Instacart. The person texted me if things on my list were not available, I could get used to this.
Anyway, I had her pick up Fried Chicken. It is just the perfect comfort food for me.

Monday we had Burgers that were purchased at Fresh Market. I managed to make Annies Macaroni and Cheese as the side dish. Starting of slow…

If we have burgers on Monday why not have Hot Dogs on Tuesday.

And the week keeps getting better! Pat's King of Steaks Sandwiches.

Thursday we had a different Zuppardi's Pizza, 
Mozzarella with Fresh Tomato with White Sauce. 
Two thumbs up for this one!!

Take out Friday! This time we picked up from Quattros in Guilford. This is one of our go-to Italian restaurants. We had an order of Clams Casino and I had the Gnocchi which is the lightest Gnocchi I have ever had. They are like little clouds of air in tomato sauce. Chris opted for the Bolognese, which is always spot on.

No Friday Night Baking again….

Moving on to Saturday night. Started off with
a Cosmopolitan while dinner was on the grill. 

We picked up Bone-in sirloin steaks at Roberts. 
Chris got the temp perfect!!!! Some of Coles Corn rounded out the meal. 

And we opened a bottle of red to enjoy, which we did, with the steaks.

What has been up with the weather this summer? Seriously. Rain, Rain, and More Rain. And let's not forget the humidity. It was a pretty miserable summer weather-wise. Tonight was no exception. We were going to do burgers on the grill, but the pouring rain had us pulling out the air fryers.
Now about those burgers. Bacon Cheddar and Cheese Stuffed Burgers. I found this recipe on PlaysWellWithButter. I believe we may have a new "House Burger". 
Here is the recipe for 4 1/4 lb burgers. I was able to make the burgers… slowly coming back into the kitchen. 

Does anyone else have a problem with keeping the cheese on the burger when you use the air fryer?

3 slices bacon
1 pound 85% lean ground beef
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Par cook the bacon: Add the bacon to a skillet over medium heat (on the stove, not the grill). Cook 2-3 minutes per side until the bacon begins to render, but is not totally crispy. The goal is to par-cook the bacon since it’ll finish cooking in the stuffed burger patties. Remove from the heat. Once cool enough to handle, finely chop into small pieces.

Form the bacon cheddar stuffed burger patties: Add the chopped bacon to a bowl with the ground beef, shredded cheddar, Worcestershire, & ground black pepper. Using your hands, combine the mixture until the bacon and cheddar are evenly dispersed. Be careful not to overmix. Using a burger press or mold, form into 4 equally sized burger patties.

Labor Day!!! The Baked BBQ Chicken and the last of the Coles Farm Stand Corn.
We picked up 2 bone-in chicken breasts and basted them with Guy Fieri BBQ sauce and baked at 375˚ for one hour. I think we could have shared one of the breasts. I do not remember Chicken breasts being quite so large when I was little.

So I did do some cooking this weekend, not a lot. I made a recipe for Summer Bolognese from Bon Appetit for during the week and I air-fried tofu and zucchini for my lunch this week.

Hoping to be back in the kitchen at full capacity later this week. I have to say Chris did a fine job at the helm. The dinners were delicious and I did enjoy not having to do dishes!!!!

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