Sunday, April 3, 2011

Nice Buns!

I've been craving a hamburger for more than a month now. I don't think I have ever craved a hamburger, let alone allow the desire follow me around for weeks, yet that is exactly what happened.

Oddly enough, I felt compelled to share this craving with The [vegetarian] Valedictorian. I can't recall why I told her I wanted a hamburger, but during the conversation (in which I used strong language to convey my distaste for the styrofoam discs labeled as gluten-free burger buns) she suggested that a baked potato replace the traditional bun.

Pure genius. (She's The Valedictorian for many a reason.)

Getting a hamburger craving with a brilliant g.f. bun solution from desire to dinner proved somewhat challenging, however.

Time, equipment and motivation have been in short supply in recent weeks, so when Mark asked what I wanted to do this weekend (our kid-free weekend), I replied, "I want a hamburger." I can only assume that he thought I'd lost my mind, yet didn't want to question or quell my carnivorous cravings so he happily agreed. I wrangled supplies and he dusted the winter off the grill and we made burgers.

Fantastic! My appreciation for the white potato has increased in the last year or so. Versatile and inexpensive, high in fiber and vitamin C (no scurvy for me, thanks!), it gives Idahoans a reason to be proud. I started the potatoes in the microwave, gave them a good rubdown with oil and salt, then finished them in a hot oven. The skins turned slightly crunchy, making them great finger food. So to a sirloin burger I added caramelized onions and mushrooms and garlic-scallion sour cream.  A happy baby greens salad and grilled strawberries rounded the meal as did a delightful rum-ginger concoction. The outdoor furniture was moved from the basement to the porch and we celebrated a beautiful spring evening.

Do I need another burger? Probably not for awhile. But next time I do, at least I'll be happy with my buns.


Jess said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) If I accomplish nothing else in life, I can rest peacefully knowing this happened.

Casey said...

Like! What a good-looking dinner! I'm going to have to remember that, as going gf might be my new food experiment. I wonder if I would feel better. :o) Can't wait to see you in a couple of days!

Jamie said...

Dang. Now I'm craving a burger.