Beef Wellington Burgers

Beef Wellington Burgers

Is there a meal more representative of old-school comfort and decadence than Beef Wellington? The dish’s history is murky; while many assume it pays tribute to the Duke of Wellington, following Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815, the claims that the Duke was particularly fond of combinations of “truffles, pate, beef, and wine” seem like a… 

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Black & Blue Burger Nachos

Black and Blue Burger Nachos

Here’s a fun thing I’ve been thinking about recently: What if you take familiar food form factors, remove most of the flavors you associate with that thing, and swap in something else? In this case, what if you take something everyone loves, like nachos, and then remove the cumin, the tomato, the mild melted cheese,… 

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Big Barbecue Burgers (Homemade)

Big Barbecue Burgers

Today’s sandwich is the “Big Barbecue Burger.” It combines a 1/3 pound hamburger patty, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, French fried onions, and avocado on a griddled roll. Notes: I’m not normally one for barbecue sauce, in either its real or imitation forms. Oh, sure; I’ll dump quarts of ketchup on my macaroni and cheese, or… 

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Hoss and Mary’s Tasty Grub

Hoss and Mary's Tasty Grub

When I imagine Old Orchard Beach, the seven-mile stretch of sandy beach about eleven miles South of Portland, my mind doesn’t immediately conjure up images of exceptional dining opportunities. In the Summer, an influx of tourists from all over Maine blankets Old Orchard in acres of pale white skin, Marlboro Light smoke, airbrushed t-shirts, and… 

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Manchego Lamb Burgers w/ Fried Potato Chive Cakes

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As you may have noticed, I’ve been having a real love affair with my grill. It’s an old three-burner Brinkmann I inherited that, at its newest and best, was still a $200 grill styled to look like a $600 grill. It leaks gas. The electric ignition is shot, requiring the operator of the grill to… 

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Beer & Bison Burgers with Garlic Pub Cheese and Bacon & Egg Potato Salad

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Ground bison can be shaped into burgers and grilled just like ground beef, but the result is a substantially looser, leaner burger, much lower in fat than its ground-beef cousin. On a hot grill, bison burgers have a tendency to fall apart; we use rolled oats to bind the patties with the beer just a… 

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