Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Smash Burger



I love the beefy, medium-rare middle of a plump, juicy burger, the savory depth of well-browned beef is simply unrivaled, especially with melty cheddar cheese....that is what a smash burger is and I love it!

I recently discovered a technique that gives me just what I want.  This burger has a thin, verging-on-well-done profile as typical fast-food burgers, as well as their all‑American array of fixings: gooey cheese; creamy, tangy burger sauce; crisp lettuce; sliced tomato; and a brioche bun.

The first step is to form the 94% ground beef into balls no larger than 4 ounces each (any bigger and the flattened patty will comically overhang the edges of the bun). Then you place a ball in a smoking-hot cast iron skillet and—literally, as the name suggests—smash it so that the meat spreads out as much as possible and creates loads of surface area for seasoning and browning. I used a pan covered with foil, to apply pressure straight down on top the burger. Using the spatula gives you a uneven edge. It takes only a minute or two for the crust to form, at which point you flip the patty, cook it just a few seconds longer so that the meat cooks through, slide it onto the bun, and top it with cheese. Since the whole operation goes fast, it’s easy to make more. Just scrape out the browned bits and repeat.

 This was a group project with my son Dustin and daughter in law Amy. Lot's of fun and we all loved the outcome!


 Enjoy! Have fun this Labor day 2020, please stay safe!




 

Friday, 12 June 2020

Meat Canneloni



 

Meat Canneloni's are my favorite Italian food. However, I am disappointed each time I order in a restaurant. These delicious canneloni's are the best I have ever had and worth every minute of preparation. I make my b├ęchamel sauce with a basil addition, giving my dish another layer of flavor.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mask with Filter Pocket


My Mom was one of the original Rosie the riveters at Boeing company!


I started making masks in February in preparation for the pandemic to reach Arizona. No one believed this would happen. Well folks, it happened! It is in every state, some more wide spread than others. It is an invisible war.... 

My first mask I made with things I had on hand. Fabric, hair ties, pipe cleaners and pressed interfacing/embroidery backing. I ordered elastic and more pipe cleaners.

I have been sending or friends have picked up on my porch the masks.  I have sent to hospitals in other states, friends and family. I have been busy. It has been a learning experience for me. Each hospital that I have sent to has had a little different spec on what they want. I have learned that we can get very inventive using materials we have on hand for filters and ear straps.

I have made my pattern as simple as possible with the fewest breaks in sewing.







Turn the mask through the pocket opening, clip the corners, being careful not to clip the knotted elastic.










The pipe cleaner goes into the pocket. Push it to the top along the seam.






Your mask is finished! I used a deconstructed Filtrete Air conditioning filter fabric in mine, but you can use pressed fabric like interfacing or embroidery backing.


If you cannot find elastic, you can use hair ties. My first masks used hair ties. If you don't have pipe cleaners, you can use bread bag ties. 



This mask is not a N-95, but, it is the best we can do during this time for personal use. Some hospitals are desperate for these as they cannot get the N-95.  

Please forgive the writing, I got up and made the mask, photographed the steps and started writing- wanted to get this out quickly and get back to sewing.

Stay safe......#stayhome



Thursday, 12 March 2020

Pot o' Gold Coins



I made these Oreo gold coins, and it took me about 30 minutes! So easy!  

Monday, 9 March 2020

8 Year Blog-a-versary



Eight years ago March 7, 2012 I made the decision to dive into the blog world. With the help of a couple of family members I chose a name, and sitting on the veranda of our Ocho Rios cottage I alone created the web site. Trust that the "Sew whats cooking with Joan" website has changed dramatically, since that day. But, my goal to learn about the building of a website and implementing it, stimulating my brain and getting whats in that brain out to you has been so much fun and more successful than I would have ever imagine. Photography was never of interest to me, however, once I started taking the pictures of food, I became interested in improving the photography of that food. 

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Four Cheese Mac and Cheese



I admit, I don't eat a lot of Mac and Cheese....however, if I'm going to eat Mac and Cheese, it has to be creamy and complex. In order to get to what I will eat, it has got to be EPIC!! I formulated this recipe and even the hubster said, "this is the best mac and cheese I have ever eaten"! I made my recipe on a recent ski and snowmobiling trip to West Yellowstone and Big Sky Ski resort near West Yellowstone. Everyone loved it and went back for seconds! Here is the recipe~

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Hot Fudge Sundae's!



Quick! Simple! What’s the best food pairing you can think of? Anyone who does not immediately answer "hot fudge and vanilla ice cream" is far too grownup.