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Jodi’s perfect burger

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Just had to take a picture of this – a perfect burger. Mixed up by me, grilled up by Murphy on our gas grill. It looked so good. So American! It tasted really good, too.

I also have to note – that it will be my last for a little while. I am beginning training for the 10K! Emile and I are doing this one together also. Last time I did not watch my diet so much, just ran and ran. This time, I’ll look after my nutrition too.

How do we do the perfect burger?? Ground chuck, lipton onion soup mix, a squirt or 2 of ketchup, and garlic powder. Mix it up, pat out the patties, grill. Simple – but great. I like to put cheese on mine as soon as it comes off the grill so it melts nicely. I don’t like to get too fancy with a burger – so this is what works for us. Love it!

FYI – the 10K training schedule is also online at http://www.murphysamandjodi.com

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February 27, 2009 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Sam-Greasy Slice of Heaven

Quick…think of one of the greatest flavors ever…BACON.

 

I was googling bacon stuff this morning (don’t ask why) and came across the most amazing bacon story…stick with this and you too will go WOW!

 

The other day I came across a link to a product called Baconnaise.  I told the room about it and of course Murphy and Drew thought it sounded like heaven.  Bacon AND mayo…hello…think of the uses.  Two guys came up with it when a friend asked them to make a spreadable bacon.  What a great idea, and now they have Baconnaise and Baconn aise Lite…like you want to be health conscious when spreading bacon flavor on your sandwich.

 

Now back to the amazing bacon story.

 

A few years back two brothers, at a Jewish wedding, were bemoaning the fact Jews can’t enjoy the great flavor of bacon.  One brother jokingly said to the other that it would be great if there were a bacon flavored salt.  LIGHT BULB!

 

The short version is that the brother then discusses the idea with his boss (over drinks), they google domain names, trademark the idea and realized they needed money to embark on the venture.

 

Here’s where you will say AWWWWWWW!

 

Turns out the boss’ 3 year old son had won $5000 on America’s Funniest Home Videos for one of those “hit a baseball in dad’s face” videos.  SEED MONEY!!!

 

They grabbed the money (which they have since reimbursed to the kid) and undertook the project themselves in their kitchens trying to mix bacon drippings and kosher sea salt.  The results were apparently disastrous, so they approached food flavor tech folks to help perfect the flavoring.

 

Badaboom, badabing…after tons of testing and bacon eating they get a flavor they like and launch the product and website.  It’s called BaconSalt…it’s low sodium, no calorie, no fat, vegan friendly and kosher.  BaconSalt comes in four flavors…they had 5 but said the Maple flavor just didn’t go well with anything.  They even have product placement in some regional fast food chains and national grocery stores.  It was after launching BaconSalt that a friend asked them to come up with the spreadable bacon, and hence Baconnaise.  They’ve also developed a bacon flavored lip balm.

 

There…happy story huh?  All because I googled bacon products.  And btw, by googling I did find bacon flavored dental floss, bacon mints, bacon flavored jelly beans, gummy bacon, bacon flavored food spray and even the bacon air freshener to hang in the car; but none of those stories was as inspiring.

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February 19, 2009 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

Sam-Where’s My Ring?

Okay so I got this thumb ring exactly one week ago today (Monday).  Now I can’t find the thing.

 

The last time I remember seeing or having it was when I was sleeping Sat nite/Sun morning.  After that I can’t for the life of me remember anything else that I may have done with it.

 

I have quickly developed a habit of taking it off when I wash my hands, but I’ve checked all the sinks and it’s not by any of them.

 

I actually went so far as to dig the weekend bag of garbage out of the garbage can, tear it open, and rummage through it…all to no avail.

 

Personally I think…no, I know it’s in the house somewhere.  I think I took it off to wash my hands and somehow Parker found it and spirited it away.  I know it may sound mean to blame it on the toddler, but it’s the kind of thing he would do.

 

So, I went to his room and scoured it for the ring with no luck.  I even checked Maddie’s room in case he hid it there.  Nothing.

 

A FB friend suggested a prayer to St. Anthony, the Saint of Lost Things.  I googled him to see if there was a certain way to ask for his “intervention”.  I went to Catholic school for 8 years but I don’t remember ever covering “How to ask a Saint…” protocol.  They had a couple of examples of cute little poem/prayers…like “come on down and make it found” kinda stuff.  It felt like a voodoo chant.

 

I know lots of Catholics and mean no offense, but I guess I never really thought about the fact that there were all these Saints to offer intervention.  Instead of just going straight to the Big Guy, you kinda beg off on the Saint for a little favor with God.  Course, that’s how they get to be Saints anyway…pulling miracles out of the hat with help from the Almighty.

 

Well I gave one of the incantations a little spin and still no ring.  I tried to do it from the heart and with feeling, but the whole time I kept wondering what I was doing.  I was closing my eyes assuming I’d open them and there would be my ring right in front of me.  I guess it doesn’t work that way.

 

I even found a penny in a parking lot this afternoon, so I picked it up and made a wish.  Still no ring.

 

No luck from St. Anthony or Abe Lincoln.  I’ll keep looking but I’m losing hope of finding it.

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