Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

The Anti Foodie Patty Melt

Well I totally blew it already.  I was so wrapped up in the election returns that I alternately remembered and forgot and then ultimately went to bed without posting.  So much for everyday for the month of November.  In any event, things are good around these parts.  Ben was out of bed yesterday at 6am to make sure he was first in line to cast his vote.  I didn’t get to the polls until 12 hours later but I did my part too.  We were glued to our tv (and sadly the computer too) the whole night.  So much excitement and now anticipation oh what’s to come.  

I’ve just got word from a friend that used to live in the neighborhood that she’s opened a shop on etsy.  I’ve checked it out and her stuff is super cute.  I want to introduce you to her soon… like just in time for Christmas.  I can’t do it now though because I’m stupid tired and have to be at work again tomorrow at the crack of dawn.  I should really be in bed right now.  Work is good too.  I’m doing lots of stuff that sounds important, is new to me, but specially reserved for those of us waaaay at the bottom of the totem pole.  When I get home I throw around words like oral exam, confessed judgment and stipulation.  Ben likes it.  

About those anti foodie patty melts.  Another planless dinner.  I had ground turkey in the fridge as well as some fresh mozzarella.  I ran into Trader Joe’s and picked up some of the ricotta that Erin recommended (although I now realize that I forgot the frickin prosciutto.)  I was thinking I would make a quick skillet lasagne from cook’s illustrated but remembered that we had pasta last night.  Plan b?  Burgers!  But why oh why hadn’t I just thought of that in the first place and bought buns when I was at the market?  Plan c, patty melts, because I have toast bread (that’s what we call sandwich bread at our house).  I seasoned the meat simply and made large flatish patties.  When the patties were cooked through I removed them from the pan.  Then I buttered several slices of bread and put a slice of provolone on one half and a slice of cheddar on the other.  Then, and this is the real anti foodie part, I put a squirt of ketchup on the provolone and put the patty back in the middle.  Then I toasted the whole mess like a grilled cheese.  I served it with steamed broccoli (sans tiny green worms thank you very much) and french fries from the freezer.  Chase ate exactly one bite of turkey burger but the grown folks cleaned their plates.  


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