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How to cook a gourmet cheeseburger like a food trailer....

The secret to a tasty hamburger is this-fat content. Most of the flavor in any meat comes from the fat and the bone. More fat=more flavor. 90-95% lean beef=don't bother. At the Mustang Grille we used a 73/27 1/4 pound patty and I would recommend nothing leaner than 75/25. We cooked on a propane flat top set to 350-375 degrees-the higher temp at the lunchtime rush to handle the temp drop caused by cooking large amounts of refrigerated meats in a short period of time. Now whether you cook in a frying pan or on a grill you will need one item you probably are not familiar with and this is a dome. A dome is nothing more than a properly sized pot cover with a good heatproof knob on the lid.
The cooking procedure is simple-cook the patty long enough on the first side that it will be ready to serve with a single flip-just less than 1/2 done. After the flip the second side is cooked as long. The burger will then be flipped a second and final time, cheese and other toppings added and then it is covered with a dome-at the Grille our domes would cover four patties at a time. The dome circulates all the heat from below over the toppings and melts the cheese in about 45 seconds and your burger is ready for the roll. The advantage is outside winds make melting cheese times highly variable and even indoors it speeds melting allowing you to cook a burger to desired doneness and not to overcook while melting cheese.
Now I'll talk toppings and we will discuss two and each set will require prep cooking and I'll mention name brands.
Portabello and swiss burger-pretty straight forward. For the mushrooms I select for large heads with minimal stems which will be removed and saved for other uses or discarded. The heads are sliced to 1/4 inch and sauteed in butter. We used disposable foil pans and held them in our sandwich prep fridge. Any sandwich sliced swiss cheese will work but if you can find it Sargento Aged Swiss is superior. Cook burger as described while warming portos top after the second flip with mushrooms and cheese and dome checking at 30 and 45 seconds.
Apple Cider cured Bacon and Blue cheese-my favorite. The bacon brand is Carrando and is marked apple cider cured-not applewood smoked. Now you may have to substitute if you can't find it but the search is worth doing. Prepping bacon is nothing more than cooking it about 80-85% as done as you like yours. If your pan is large enough cook whole slices and after draining and cooling you can cut it in half with scissors and again stack in a foil pan-line this one with paper towels- and refrigerate. Prep note-because this particular bacon is cured in cider there is a large amount of surface sugars and it needs to be cooked at a slightly lower temperature than you find normal and has a tendency to carmelize and then burn black and ruined if you don't watch. OK-now the blue cheese trick-if you order a blue cheese burger you normally get one of two things-either a pretty much standard burger drowned in a vinegar based salad dressing or a standard burger with pure blue cheese past which you will never taste the beef or bacon. This doesn't have to happen-just decide you will use the blue cheese like a spice or (light) condiment. It goes like this-have on hand crumbled blue cheese-and quality counts here-and sliced american cheese. The burger is cooked as above while the bacon heats on the coolest part of your pan or grille. After second flip the burger gets 3-4 half slices of bacon and between 1 1/2 tsp and 1 tbs of blue cheese sprinkled on the bacon and topped with a slice of american cheese. Dome as above add to bun and dress as desired. This burger is special with a full cheesy cover with discreet blue highlights and a special sweet tang to the bacon.
So there you have it. You can take this post one of two ways-you can realize this long post is because Cat is drinking on a Saturday night and blow it off or you can wonder if I learned anything selling dogs and burgers for six years. But I think you could learn something...

Julian Assange just did it: WikiLeaks Dispenses 23,000 Hillary Emails Marked “C” for CoArticle title

Source: USA Politics Now

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told us a month ago that the next batch of leaked Hillary Clinton emails could lead to an indictment.
Now, over 23,000 cables were just put out for the world to see.

FBI Director James Comey on Thursday said it was not clear whether Hillary Clinton fully understood the government’s marking system for classified messages.

During a House Oversight Committee hearing, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) pressed Comey about whether he was testifying that Clinton didn’t know what a classified marking is.
“No, not that she would have no idea what a classified marking would be,” Comey responded. “It’s an interesting question whether she … was actually sophisticated enough to understand what a C in means.”

“You asked me if I would assume someone would know,” he added. “Probably before this investigation, I would have. I am not so sure of that any longer. I think it’s possible — possible — that she didn’t know what a C meant when she saw it in the body of an email like that.”



Read more: http://usapoliticsnow.com/?p=3661

Advice

Because you are my friend...It is a holiday weekend but also in your life this day is assigned a number.If you turned 40 today that number is 14,600 and if you live to 80 the number will be 29,200. The point is both your and my days are numbered. Here where most of us are, New England, tomorrow will be clement and inviting. In 90 days summer will be gone for 9 months. For the love of God make tomorrow count, you are just a sandwich and a conversation away from a memory...

My Brother's Memorial Day

46 years ago today, in the early morning hours, B co. 1st 506th 101st Airborne Division was attacked in it's night lager position near Firebase Ripcord, Thua Thien, South Vietnam. The main thrust of the attack was focused on the sector of the perimeter protected by the 2nd platoon, which was overrun. When the attack ended 4 men were dead-23 year old SSgt Vic Cambas of New Orleans, 20 year old SSgt Halqua Cliburn married and out of Tennessee, 20 year old Cpl John Angel Garza from California, and 19 year old Cpl Rodney Lee Koerner of Le Mars Iowa. There were at least 9 other WIA from the platoon including 41 year old SFC Grady Norris who would die of wounds the next day. 2nd platoon was declared combat ineffective and the survivors sent to other units until B co. could reorganize. Say a prayer for the young men who died that day and maybe one for my brother Brian, who was there.

Why Bernie can't drop out? Because he is being deceived. Repeatedly.

I won't list a litany of cases from the missing Colorado delegate to the "My fingers were crossed" promised California debate to this weeks surprise Clinton Coronation BEFORE the primaries by a "news outfit". But at midnight, a day after announcing Sanders had been beaten in California we are told that nearly half (three million) votes have not yet been tabulated and may not be for two more weeks!

This is usually the part in a hard fought campaign when an "honest broker" works to reconcile the candidates and their supporters. Well in this case the head of the DNC is out. Sander's cannot trust his opponent-she has a history of reneging on promises. Obama is the only possibility and now if he calls for Sanders to drop out before the convention he to may be viewed as tainted.

So no-I'm not ready to make nice. Clinton and the DNC and the media has earned my distrust. They'll just have to live with that.

It's a lie

the DNC SAID SDs don't count until they are voted and AP should be banned from this site for lying deliberately.

“If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

No offense to Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and whoever is anchoring the news at ABC right now (Diane Sawyer? Really?), but it’s hard to imagine any of them saying anything that would help lead a president of the United States to consider leaving office. But that’s what happened 42 years ago tonight, when CBS Nightly News anchor Walter Cronkite concluded a special broadcast on the recent Tet Offensive with a rare, brief, and potent editorial suggesting that America cease fighting the Vietnam War.
That evening, the highly-respected and influential Cronkite said:
To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past. To suggest we are on the edge of defeat is to yield to unreasonable pessimism. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion. On the off chance that military and political analysts are right, in the next few months we must test the enemy’s intentions, in case this is indeed his last big gasp before negotiations. But it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.
President Lyndon Johnson, watching live in the White House, reportedly then turned to aides and said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.”

So far this week Clinton has lost Time.com, USA Today, and others...

http://www.iancfriedman.com/?p=383

I feel certain we can easily child-proof gorilla cages

But after the unwatched child climbs under the fence no fair complaining when he is knocked unconscious by the electricity in the secondary wire barrier.

She's just a girl whose intentions are good...

Oh Lord, please don't let her be misunderstood.......
Diane Feinstein

So if Hillary is elected

...will she agree to have a password on the nuclear football or do we all spend her presidency worrying about her triggering Armegeddon by accidentally wiping a "Go" button, like with a cloth???
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