It’s been gray, foggy and drizzly for three days now. I don’t know how much more I can take!
Luckily, things are much more cheery inside. :) Probably because there’s dried apricots involved. After work, I savored a handful and put the bag away before I had apricot-gate 2.0 on my hands…
And got started on a cookie order I’m making this week! I must show you the shamefulness – I keep my dry, baking ingredients in plastic bags. :(
Momma needs some containers!!
The sugar cookie recipe and process I use takes three days. Day 1: make the dough. Day 2: roll, cut & bake. Day 3: decorate! FYI – cookies tastes worlds different when you let the dough sit for 24+ hours in the fridge before baking. Unbelievably delicious! Today was day 1 of the process = dough making. Enter my beloved pink, Kitchen Aid Mixer!
And my must have attachment – a paddle with scraper wings! Seriously, if you have a Kitchen Aid, you know what a pain it is to scrape the sides of the bowl. This attachment solves all your problems by scraping with itself. Genius! Here’s where you can buy it >
I managed to cover my sweatshirt in flour…
But not my face. :) Muwahahaha!
After the dough was made, wrapped up tight and popped into the fridge, I started on dinner – Mini Greek Burgers!
Last night I combined:
- 1lb 99% fat-free, lean turkey breast
- ~3/4 package frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
- ~1/4 cup feta cheese
- ~8 sundried tomatoes, hydrated and chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion, minced
- salt, pepper, dried oregano & dried thyme
and let it meld together in the fridge all day today.
Tonight, all I had to do was heat up a large flat-top skillet, spray it with non-stick spray,
and pop my mini burgers on top! (big burgers for Ben ;) )
After a couple minutes on one side, I flipped…
and got my toppers ready. A juicy, vine-ripened tomato,
A locally made, olive-oil based vinaigrette,
and some salty, briny capers.
When the burgers were done, I laid out a bed of baby spinach and assembled!
Oh – you guys – too good!
Talk about a dish that PoPs! Sweet sundried tomatoes, salty capers, and those unmistakable flavors of oregano and thyme. Sooo yummy! Give this a try, won’t you? :D
I am so jazzed for tonight. Now that my cookie dough has been made, I’m going to settle in to watch The Biggest Loser for the first time this season. :D I missed the first episode to watch my beloved Hawkeyes crush tail at the Orange Bowl and I was skipping around NYC during the second epi. Who should I be rooting for? I guess I’ll find out soon enough!
Veggie, beef, turkey or “other” burger? What do you like to top yours with?
I like turkey – although I really want to start making some black bean burgers. I like to KIS with my toppings. Some gooey muenster cheese, cold ketchup, and a salty pickle slice really does it for me! :D