Spring is in full swing here in Los Angeles. I love this time of year because everything is green and blooming. For the last month, our weekends have involved a trip to our local nursery to spruce up our backyard. This past weekend we planted a ton of Jasmine outside our kitchen window. I can’t wait for it to fill in a make a wall of greenery and block the hideous concrete wall behind (and our neighbors kitchen window that we can see into). I am fully embracing the season with these Green Spring flats and hoping the greenery last all season long.
I’m about to tell you about the best. burger. ever. Recently my husband and I found ourselves in Long Beach with several hours to kill before picking up our pup from the vet. It was the weekend of the Grand Prix so every restaurant was completely packed. We stumbled on Tavern on 2 and found a table on the patio with our name on it. The company of my hubs and the food were equally perfect. It was an unexpected date night that turned out to be one of my favorite nights. Apparently I was in need of some quality time with my husband away from the pups. And the food, oh my! We started with a beer (cider for me) and their Tavern fries with pecorino & truffle oil that started the meal off right. I immediately knew what I wanted for my entree when I saw the menu. I think their Tavern Burger was made for me. I was drooling over every bite and never wanted it to end. I knew I had to recreate it at home since Long Beach is a bit of a trek for us. That’s just what I did this weekend. It wasn’t as good as theirs but it’s a close second.
Tavern Burger (serves 4)
4 buns (if you can find brioche buns that’d be perfect but I was out of luck)
1 lb – 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (depending on how big you like your burgers)
3/4 cup mayo
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
2 large sweet yellow onions
2 tsp butter
2 tsp extra virgin olive
Sweet potato fries:
3 medium sweet potatoes
In a cast iron skillet add butter and olive oil for the onions over medium low heat. Once it’s melted add the onions. Cook the onions for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are dark golden and full of deep flavor. Be sure to not let them burn. Once the onions are brown, buttery and sweet put them in a bowl for assembly of the burgers.
While the onions are caramelizing, start on the sweet potato fries. I followed this recipe: Baked Sweet Potato Fries, but just used course salt and pepper to season.
Gently mix the ground beef with your hands and add salt and pepper and form 4 even patties. Using the same cast iron skillet as the onions, add a small drizzle of olive oil and put over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot add the patties and cook till your desired internal temperature.
Meanwhile, make garlic aioli. I followed this recipe: Garlic Aioli. Then add to assembly line. Slice the brie and have arugula and ketchup at the ready.
Once the burger are cooked place them on a plate. Add a pat of butter to the skillet and place buns, inside part down and let toast in the butter for about 30 seconds.
Assemble burgers. Serve with sweet potato fries and aioli for dipping. Enjoy!
Happy Earth Day! Embrace today with a healthy green smoothie. Enjoy!
Earth Day Green Smoothie
1 ripe banana
1 packed cup spinach
1 celery rib, minced
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp coco powder
1 tsp honey
2 ice cubes
Andrew and I have been nonstop busy for the past month. It’s been hard to find time for just the two of us. Our two pups keep us quiet busy too. We got Doodle fixed last weekend, which was the a saddest thing ever! Our poor baby is healing and doing much better. Over the last week all our focus has been on him. So this weekend I’m looking forward to sleeping in a little (which I haven’t gotten to do in such a long time!) and Easter with our families. Here’s a couple things that made me smile this week. Hope you all have a great weekend & happy Easter!
|Laguoile Silverware. A few years ago, I brought my mom back a set when I came home from study abroad in Paris. Ever since, I’ve searched for a fairly priced set and finally found them at Home Goods. I squealed very loudly when I found them!|
Back in high school, fajitas (minus the steak) was the first thing I ever cooked all on my own. I would help my mom in the kitchen often, but never ventured off to make something completely on my own. Over summer between freshman and sophomore year, I discovered the Food Network. I have no clue why I started watching, but I was hooked. My grandparents would drop me off after summer school and I would pull up a stool to the teeny tiny TV in the kitchen and watch Rachael Ray. At the time I was a vegetarian and felt like there was nothing I could make myself for lunch while my parents were at work besides a pb & j. I asked my mom to buy me some veggies and one day made these fajitas (minus the steak) for myself while watching my newest obsession. I probably made it everyday for a whole week and then attempted to widen my abilities. The rest of that summer I cooked myself nice substantial meals everyday. I’m no longer a vegetarian so I add steak, but all veggies is just as delicious!
Steak Fajitas (serves 4)
1 lb flat iron steak (I just used some chipotle marinaded steak from Trader Joe’s, but any Mexican seasoning works great)
1/2 large red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 large orange bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 large yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 red onion, sliced
lemon wedges (to me, the lemon makes it! lime is fine too)
Spray a large cast iron skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium high heat. Cook the steak for 3-5 minutes per side, depending on how well you like your steak. Put steak on a plate and let rest. Spray the skillet some more and add peppers and onions. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Heat and brown tortillas directly over a low flame. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!