Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Birthday Celebration

I dread my birthday every year for a couple of reasons.  Not because I'm getting older.  It's just stressful for me.  So this year, I planned a super low-key birthday, and it went very well.

We went to lunch in Sisters.  The Depot was closed (boo!), so we ended up at Three Creeks Brewery.  A philly sammy (no peppers) for me, and Emil had a bacon chicken club.  We sat outside and enjoyed the sunny day and 85 degree weather.  After a quick trip to the ReStore and a mandatory stop at Sisters Bakery, we took the scenic way home off Holmes Road.  What a gorgeous drive!

After running a few errands, we enjoyed a quiet dinner at home - Teriyaki Turkey Burgers, fruit, and a peach buckle with vanilla ice cream.  Emil loves the fruit part, and I love the crust.

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers - makes six burgers

1 pound ground turkey 85/15
Generous handful of plain bread crumbs
Couple of squirts of teriyaki sauce
Pineapple rings and juice
Sliced cheese - we like Muenster

Combine the turkey, bread crumbs, sauce, little bit of juice (couple of tablespoons), and egg.  Pat into burgers...mixture will be wet.  Drizzle a bit of olive oil in a pan and fry the burgers until lightly browned.  They will not be cooked all the way through.

Place on a a pan (covered with foil for easy clean up), toss on a pineapple ring, and bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes.  Place cheese on burger when done and let melt in the oven for about 45 seconds.  Serve on buttery toasted Crustini buns with a dill pickle on the side.  YUM!!! 

Freeze the remaining pineapple and juice for another round of burgers.

This is our current favorite recipe these days.  So good and juicy.  I created this recipe to served on Hawaiian Rolls, but we never got around to it...they're just so good on Crustini buns.  Enjoy!

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