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Old 08-05-2007, 03:00 PM   #11
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Nice job Phil. I'm sure your wife was very pleased.

For presentation, personally, I like the pic with wedges along side rather than fanned out. That burger looks darn tasty.

Hope you continue to have fun in the kitchen.
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Old 08-05-2007, 03:06 PM   #12
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You did good Phil, keep on cooking, and enjoy as you learn.
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Old 08-05-2007, 03:52 PM   #13
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The only problem I see is I didn't get any!

Add about 1/2 tsp of Dijon mustard to your dressing along with a minced clove of garlic - it's amazing what the Dijon does for the flavor. I like a simple dressing such as you made. It's all about the herbs. My suggestions just give you another dressing option. You may have and didn't mention it but I also would add some salt and pepper to it, white pepper would be nice versus black pepper too.

I also add some olive oil, fresh finely minced garlic, kosher salt, horseradish from a jar, and Worcestershire Sauce to my burgers - just another idea for you.

Another idea for potato wedges is melt some butter with some minced rosemary and garlic and a bit of salt then drizzle on them when plated.

Nice job! Thanks for the pics too!
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Old 08-05-2007, 04:09 PM   #14
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Hi, Phil. Sounds and looks great

Personally, I like to cut up all salad ingredients into bite-size pieces (about 1.5 inches at most), because I love salad and like to just dig in without cutting it up I also like to add chopped roasted red peppers and capers and sprinkle it with some shredded cheese. My local grocery has a mixture of shredded Parmesan, Asiago and Romano that I like, and I also recently discovered that I love fresh, cubed avocado on a salad.

This is a great beginning, Phil. I'm sure your wife was very pleased.
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Old 08-05-2007, 04:12 PM   #15
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GotGarlic reminded me - if you cut up your tomatoes and cucumbers into small squares you can marinate them in the salad dressing. Then when you are ready to serve just top your chopped greens with the mixture. Spring onions would be a nice addition as would celery, all of which can be marinated with the tomatoes and cukes.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:01 PM   #16
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These burgers look great! Next time for the salad, try something besides iceburg (baby greens or rocket). Good job Phil!
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:13 PM   #17
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Phil - I'd dine with you & your wife anytime!!!

My only suggestion would be - & this is just a personal preference - that for just a few ingredients - like lettuce, tomatoes, & cukes - I'd make everything bite-size, including the lettuce, & toss it with the dressing. The salad as you presented it is fine, but a bit awkward to eat - especially when served with finger foods like burgers & fries (wedges &/or chips, as you say).
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:25 PM   #18
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Congratulations on your first success.

For a pound of ground beef, a pinch of onion powder is not enough. Try a teaspoon. Also consider some garlic powder and fresh ground black pepper and salt.

For the potatoes, coat them thoroughly with plain oli then sprinklethem with the paprika and cheese. Turn them once. No need to brush on more oil. You don't want to keep opening the oven.

Consider Boston or romaine lettuce for the salad. The cucumber pieces should be smaller than the tomatoes.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:37 PM   #19
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hi all thanks for all the comments i will these next time, probably later this week or next.
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:05 PM   #20
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Ok Phil...

Ya cooked the burgers! What I want to know is, Did you impress her????









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