August is not my favorite month, but is still summer so it has that going for it. What I don’t like about August is it is the last month of my favorite season, summer. However, since we’re at this point in the season, we should make the best of it with lots of BBQ’s, although Jennifer is in pain and not up for much company. I even have to cancel a much anticipated get-together for this weekend. I don’t feel well this morning myself. I think it’s just too much stress. I hope it gets better soon.

Cooking. Let’s see, I am still behind on my recipes. I still owe you a cheese burger slider recipe. Pfft. Its just a hamburger. We have made them before. Only I made them smaller because their was so much other stuff to eat and not enough people to eat it.

I started with 80% lean ground beef. I like this grind for this hamburger as it needs the extra fat to keep it juicy. I made little meatballs and pressed them flat. Then shaped them into squares. Why? They needed to be square because the buns, which were Kings Hawaiian Rolls, were square.

Next, I seasoned them with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and fresh ground pepper.

Surely by now you are are asking yourself, “how many damn photos of food can one man have?” The answer is simple: it’s a lot. I have been writing a cookbook now for twenty something years and I’m still not done. I can now sympathize with Tolstoy on writing a never ending book. At least he finished his. I don’t think I will be so lucky.

Now, it’s time to get those burgers on the grill.

Yes, I added cheese and closed the lid so it got all nice and melty. Then I added pickle slices and ketchup. They are thicker then they look so they are still juicy with just a hint of pink. No one wanted rare a hamburger this day. Except maybe my mother in-law….

So, let’s see what’s next? Oh YES! Next time is Grilled Buffalo Wings.

Until then, be well, be happy, and be safe.

The Drunken Chef (Russ)

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