Organic Spinach Ribbons Topped With Smoked Mozzarella

Organic Spinach Ribbons Topped With Smoked Mozzarella

Monday, March 12, 2012


Good Morning!

The sun is shining!  The birds are singing!  Green buds are popping on the trees!  The first day of Spring (03.20.12) is around our corners!  The temps over the next ten days in the Ozarks are crazy!

SO, what does Spring-like weather mean to YOU?!?

Spring means so many things to me.  Spring means tulips.  Spring means Easter.  Spring means rain.  Spring means gardening.  Spring means fabulous sandals.  Spring means bermuda shorts.  Spring means fresh veggie pasta salads.  Spring means grillin' and chillin'!  Spring means A LOT of things!

Growing up, I have to say Spring mostly meant Easter was coming.  It meant I was dressed in a ridiculously frilly dress (with matching bonnet or hat) with white lace trimmed ankle socks and shiny patent shoes.  It meant I endlessly searched for hidden eggs on the lawn.  It meant we would put the top down on my Mom's red, shiny VW Bug.  It meant sundresses.  It meant hundreds of tulips (my fave flower in the world!) popping up on both sides of my Pappy's driveway.  It meant the ice cream truck would come down 412 Grace Street once a week.  And, finally it meant .......grilling!

Present date, at the inn, we grill on The Big Green Egg.  Back then, it was a simple charcoal grill.  My Mom (to this day, I'm amazed she didn't burn Pappy's house down) loved to grill.  She grilled fruit.  She grilled vegetables. She grilled meat.  She grilled bread for appetizers when she hosted bridge parties.  She grilled e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

It was quite a production and quite a sight.  It began with the cleaning out of the bottom of the grill from the previous grilling extravaganza.  This meant she would scoop out the ashes and sprinkle them throughout Pappy's flower beds.  This usually involved her (a) dropping half of the ashes on the lawn on her way to the flower beds, (b) tripping up or down the brick steps from the patio to the upper lawn or (c) being chased by a beyond determined bee.  As I said, it was quite a production and quite a sight.  Mostly, I think Pappy encouraged her to grill as it kicked the chaos in the kitchen down a few notches.

I have to say, she was an excellent grill master!  As with anything she did, when she was determined, the end result was fabulousness.  Some of my best memories as a child are those spent on Pappy's back patio on "grill nights."  It was just all out good times.  It was the three of us being together.  It was being in the outdoors and taking it all in.  It was the smell of the charcoal and the grill.  It was sitting on the patio watching fireflies.  And, of course, it was the excitement of knowing something wonderfully delicious would soon be served!

My all-time fave thing my mom grilled was .....hamburgers!  I know what you're thinking...."Wow, Lisa ....that's so ....uncommon.  LOL  Trust me, my Mom's hamburgers WERE uncommon!  They were unique and delicious.  As I got older, she even let me in on her "secret recipe" and I helped her make them!  Below is the recipe.   I hope you find them as delicious as I did and still do!  Enjoy!

"Always Push The Parsley"
Lisa . A Girl Cook

RoCkIn' GoOd HaMbUrGeRs

It all starts with the bun!  My Mom used big, delicious onion buns!  These were spread with a VERY thin layer of mayo (both sides) and toasted on the grill during the last 5 minutes of grilling.  Don't forget this step!!!

For Four:

2lbs. ground beef
1 bunch scallions (diced)
1 large clove garlic (diced)
1 large tomato (diced)
12 fresh mushrooms (diced)
1 cup dill pickles (diced)
1 cup blue cheese
1 Tbsp. pepper
Hearts of Romaine Lettuce

Fire up your grill!

In a bowl, mix all ingredients together  - except the ground beef and lettuce.

Make 8 (not too thick)  hamburger patties.

Take two patties, at a time, and spread a layer of the mixed ingredients on one hamburger patty.  Place the other hamburger patty on top of the hamburger patty with the layer of ingredients and press the sides together, making seams.  You're making a stuffed hamburger!

For medium-well hamburgers, grill approximately 5 minutes on each side.  Depends on how hot your grill is, how far the coals are from the heat, etc.

Dont' forget - the last 5 minutes of grilling, toss your buns on the grill!

Place your lettuce on the bun and then your delicious hamburger patty on top of the lettuce.

We never added catsup, mayo or mustard as these are just a party of flavor in your mouth without the condiments!   :)

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