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His & Her’s Burgers and Brews

20 Jul

After a hectic morning and an afternoon of yard and house work, the husband and I were definitely feeling burgers. We are very different people though, so when I said, “I bought these Mahi-Mahi …,” he looked like he wanted to cry. Being the amazing woman I am, I also bought some fresh butcher-ground sirloin just for him. And the kids, probably.


Mixed the ground sirloin with a little seasoning salt, pepper, and minced garlic. “Oooh, fancy,” said the man.

Oven French fries, homemade tartar sauce


Soak fries in salt water for about 15-20 minutes and dry completely before lightly tossing in olive oil. Season and bake at 425 for 40-45 minutes.


Sauce: throw a couple blobs of mayo, 2-4 pickle slices, and a dash each of salt, pepper, and Frank’s Red Hot into the food processor. The longer it sits, the better it gets. I made extra for tuna Mahi-Mahi salad sandwiches tomorrow.

The Burgers


His: sirloin, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard

Her’s: Mahi-Mahi, avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, onion, tartar

(Her’s is better. No question.)










Both: on whole wheat buns

And finally, the drink that made my birthday weekend . . . .

Mini Full Moons


  • 1oz peach schnapps
  • 1 blue moon beer
  • 2oz lemonade

Serves 2. Usually.


A classy drink, to sip while I catch up on dvr’d Real Housewives episodes. Don’t judge. You know you secretly love it.



Pesto “Pasta”

14 Jun

I am on a total seafood kick right now. And since the husband is gone at a union meeting tonight, I was able to cave into a craving without the Hamburger Helper King standing over my shoulder asking, “Are you pregnant? Cause that isn’t normal. Are you sure you’re not pregnant? You’d tell me if you were pregnant, right?” Like that time he walked in on me attempting to melt dark chocolate over salt and vinegar chips . . . but that’s a story for another night.

Quick Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Shrimp


Preheat oven to 375

Cut length-wise, scoop out seeds (like a pumpkin), put approx. half an inch of water in a shallow baking sheet, and place squash cut side down on a rack in the shallow baking dish. You don’t have to use the rack or the water, but I think it comes out better and more noodle-like this way. And I eat a lot of squash.

Season with salt and pepper, if you want

Cook for 20-40 minutes, depending on size

Let cool

Scrape out “noodles” with a fork


Heat garlic and olive oil over medium heat

Add raw, deveined, peeled shrimp (a cute seafood guy will do this for you if you ask him sweetly), and cook until just pink, stirring frequently


Okay, the pesto. Look, pesto is amazing when you make it yourself and I do, sometimes. However, there are plenty of amazing jar varieties in most grocery stores. Look at the label. Real food? Everything pronounceable and recognizable? You’re good to go. Just sprinkle a bit of grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan on top and call it your own. I won’t tell.

Although the Pilsner is not used in this recipe, I do recommend it. This is an honest place and I am honestly drinking that.

Toss it all together, ignore the weird seafood-lovin’ dog, and enjoy.