Psycho Cooker

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D-Lux Turkey Burgers

You may not typically associate turkey burgers with the word “deluxe,” but anything is possible in the psycho kitchen.  The phrase “turkey burger” most readily conjures up images of frozen, gray hockey pucks, dry in texture and with a processed flavor, but they don’t have to be like that if you make them at home.  I like turkey burgers because they offer a bit more creative license than beef burgers.  When purchasing good quality ground beef, burgers should be an exercise in simplicity.  Since ground turkey is a little blander, it lends more flexibility with flavor profiles and add-ins, without […]

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Turkey Meatball Burgers

A lesson in semantics: if you refer to something as a “burger,” it should be a patty made of meat, and only meat.  Some salt and pepper are also acceptable, but it should stop there.  If you are adding breadcrumbs, egg, herbs, and cheese, it is no longer simply a “burger.”  Think about how you would respond at your local bar if you ordered a cheeseburger, and it was full of breadcrumbs and minced onion.  It might be delicious, but that’s not what you ordered.  Rather, these augmented patties require some sort of qualifier in the title, like meatballburgers, or […]

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American Fare Remix

I spend copious amounts of time perusing recipes on the Internet.  Perhaps I should say I spend copious amounts of times “cruising” recipes on the web because there is a certain lustfulness to it.  The indefiniteness of web-based recipes… it makes my heart race a little.  I can never get bored of it.  And my own relentlessness combined with the infinite abyss of the Internet lead me to the Juicy Lucy. The Juicy Lucy is a burger stuffed with cheese.  As I am in the midst of romancing my new grill, the Juicy Lucy was an obvious next step in […]

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Psycho Griller

I finally did it, and I cannot understand what took me so long: I bought a grill!   I suppose it was the level of commitment; now that I own it, I will have to drag it around with me whenever I move.  But now that I have it, I would never want to let it go anyway.  It’s the cutest little grill I ever did see.  Given the magnitude of this decision, I did the necessary research prior to making my purchase. As far as I’m concerned, Weber is king of the grilling world, so that’s where i started to look. I had to buy a […]

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Turkey Burgers

I made these turkey burgers after I saw Anne Burrell whip them up on the Food Network.  She is truly a gifted lover and creator of food.  Her recipes are so thoughtful.  She has a reason for everything she does, and she doesn’t feel the need to dress up her show with phony stories about staged social events.  Sometimes that can be entertaining, but Anne Burrell’s straightforward quality is refreshing. Her recipe for turkey burgers has a couple unexpected and lovely touches, such sautéed onions and garlic (so nice to have them present, but without any raw acrid flavor).  Also, […]

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