Monthly Archives: May 2015

Burgerlicious burgers

Lately I’ve been cooking my way through my favorite cookbook, The Rookie Cook.

This is a simple, well-seasoned burger that you can cook on the stove – particularly if you’re like me and you live in an upstairs apartment with no grill.


  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt (or seasoned salt of your choice)
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • pinch salt and black pepper
  • about 1 pound ground beef*
  • 4 hamburger buns (I used Kaiser rolls here)

*This makes 4 burgers; I made 3 here and saved the remaining meat.

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Feta and bacon stuffed chicken breasts

A few weeks ago, the husband and I were fortunate enough to have dinner with friends we don’t normally see, who literally moved to Maine yesterday. They served us this chicken, and I had to get the recipe.

Not surprisingly, it’s from the reputable here, and it’s very highly rated.

Also, even if we take out the bacon and feta (or don’t have it on hand), the oil mixture here is fantastic, as is the method of cooking chicken – super moist all the way through. I will definitely be using this technique in the future.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Note: The feta and bacon are stuffed in the breasts (obviously), but then I sprinkle some over the chicken as well. You probably don’t need more than what I listed here, but feel free to have some extra feta on hand, or cook up one more slice of bacon just in case.

Also note: You will need toothpicks to hold the stuffed chickens together. 

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Difference between: green tea and black tea

Do you drink tea? Just within the past year I’ve started to develop a taste for it.

I’ve found it can be a nice substitution for coffee, when you’re say, someone who could drink coffee constantly and you’re trying not to. And tea does have less caffeine than coffee.

How much less, exactly? We’ll find out as we examine the difference between green tea and black tea.

tea on an orange saucer, green teabags nearby

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