Elk Burger Lettuce Wraps

Yes, you heard right.  ELK burgers. Last week, I went hunting and killed a giant Elk and carried it home on my back. Seriously though, we did get Elk meat from a wild Elk that was shot in the woods, not by me, but by one of my husband's friends. I am not that kind of awesome, sorry guys! But I am the kind of awesome that is thrilled when the husband brings home Elk burger out of the blue! I admit, I was disappointed  at first to have to eat a hamburger with no bread or cheese. However, I changed my mind after the first bite of these babies. This burger was juicy, full of flavor (but not gamy!), and the sauerkraut, fresh tomato, and avocados just sent my taste buds to heaven. Here is a simple way to enjoy Elk burgers (or even a regular old beef burger, really) [...]

March 27th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Meat Loaf Recipe

Dear Meatloaf, I'm sorry I so grossly misunderstood you when we first met over ten years ago, my first year in American college. I thought you were kind of ugly, dry, and bland. I was slightly appalled at the idea of eating just a wad of ground beef slathered in ketchup. I called you meat bread and would publicly refuse to eat you.  But once I started cooking for myself and incorporating some of the American foods I saw others making, I decided to give you another chance. After all, Clayton liked you so much - how could he be so wrong? But I cheated a little. I couldn't accept who you were, but like all true love, I know you could be something better. I mixed you with pork and wrapped you in bacon. I replaced the ketchup with a homemade tomato glaze, sauce and switched out your breadcrumbs bread [...]

March 12th, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Seven Things I learned from Grain Brain

A couple of weeks ago, when I posted on The Kitchen Rag Facebook that I was reading Grain Brain, you asked me to share what I've learned from it.  The book focuses on how our diet impacts the development and degeneration of our brain. The author, Dr Perlmutter, is not only a board certified neurologist who has been awarded the Linnus Pauling award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders, but he also holds a degree in nutrition from the American College of Nutrition. He is one of the few conventional doctors to deny the validity of the low fat theory. The points he makes in his book have caused quite a bit of negativity from his more conventional colleagues. But the seed has been planted, and his book has been on the New York Best Seller List since it was published late 2013. Dr Perlmutter has http://thekitchenrag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/grain-brain1-1024x1024.jpgbeen invited to speak [...]

March 8th, 2014|Categories: Books Reviews|Tags: |2 Comments

The Privilege of Driving

"Hey Sir, can we get a ride to Mereseni? The man looks inquisitively at me and my best friend and then opens his back door for us. "We are in luck today.", Dana whispers in my ear. We jump in the back seat, throwing our backpacks at our feet. I know what you are thinking. "Bad idea." Two seventeen year old girls  hitchhiking home from school with a stranger.  Maybe in America that is a cultural taboo, but in Moldova this is a normal way to commute. The buses that come from the capital city are typically full, so they either don't take any more passengers, or they do, which is sometimes even worse. You get to experience the epitome of Moldovan travelling - standing inside a human sandwich topped with grocery bags and sometimes even animals like chickens, pigs, goats or some other creature. If you have a big space [...]

March 2nd, 2014|Categories: Diana|Tags: , |6 Comments
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