BVC Eats: Comfort Food

At this time of year, with lots of festive foods and deserts playing havoc with your digestion and your wallet, sometimes you just want something simple. With funds in short supply from buying gifts and all those special family meals, stretching the basics can also be a priority.

How about home made hamburgers?

Easy you think, but lean beef gets spendy, not to mention fresh tomatoes in winter.

My mom had to feed 6, 2 of them teenagers, and often there was too much month at the end of the money for more than 1 pound of hamburger. So…

Stretch it.

1 lb hamburger
1 handful chopped onion,
1 handful chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic minced
1 egg
2 slices stale bread ripped into small pieces

Combine all the above, cutting them together like you would meat loaf.
That’s right, like meat loaf. Shape the meat mixture into 6 patties and fry, grill, or broil til no long pink in the middle.

Garnish each burger with a slice of onion, a slice of tomato (optional), lettuce, ketchup (hey it’s tomato), mustard, relish. Pickles and olives on the side.

If you have hamburger buns on hand, great. Otherwise, use up the no longer fresh bread, toasted if you prefer. If you have teenage tummies to fill, try cooking up frozen potato bites for a change from frozen potato fries.

I didn’t know there was any other way to fix hamburgers until well into my teens and I was a few short years from leaving my folks empty nesters.

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Irene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck. A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between. Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else. If you wish information on the latest releases from Ms Radford, under any of her pen names, you can subscribe to her newsletter: www.ireneradford.net Promises of no spam, merely occasional updates and news of personal appearances.

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