Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Here is a cute video of Carmelo...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Carrot Cake recap

I've been remiss on posting the final Carrot Cake picture. We enjoyed it's cream cheese frosted goodness all last week. The cake tasted better the second and subsequent days. The spices in the cake seemed to mellow out after a day or two. All in all it was a great recipe, easy to follow and tasty. I would have liked a different frosting but I just can't seem to figure out what the frosting recipe lacked. Any suggestions?

After all the cake eating, I was anxious to make something on the grill that was healthy. I thought of this recipe for some (not the official name) southwest taco style chicken burgers. It vaguely reminds me of a recipe of Rachel Rays, but I haven't seen it lately so this is sorta original. This makes four burgers.

Southwest Taco-Style Chicken Burgers
1 pound ground chicken
1/4 cup of yellow corn, drained
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained, then slightly smashed
2 T of tomato paste
1 to 2 T of taco seasoning (you can make your own or use McCormick's or similar brand)
1/3 cup bread crumbs, seasoned or unseasoned
Monterey Jack cheese slices
4 flour burritos wraps to use as buns
Avocado slices, tomato slices, lettuce (optional garnishes)

Mix all ingredients together and then with wet hands form 4 burgers. Having wet hands keeps the mixture from sticking on your hands to much. They will seem very moist but this is good as they won't dry out from grilling. Put the burgers on a pre-heated grill and cook approximately 5-7 minutes each side. The juices will be clear if you need to poke it to test for doneness. While the burgers are cooking, warm up the burrito wraps so they are pliable enough to fold without cracking. You can do this in the microwave for 30 seconds or in a dry flying pan on the stove top. Once the burgers are cooked through then top with cheese and melt in the closed grill for another minute or 2. Fold the burrito wrap in half and place the burger on one side folding the other over it to cover it. Here's what ours looked liked: