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Creamy Sloppy Joe’s – Burger Joe’s

9 May


This recipe comes from our dear friends Jennifer & Bethany.  Their mom started to create a cookbook for her daughters while she was battling cancer.  The cookbook did not get finished prior to her passing away, so her daughters are finishing it in her memory.  They are both super creative so of course their idea is AWESOME… They put out a plea on Facebook for anyone who might want to make some of their mom’s recipes, photograph the end product, and send it back to them.  This alleviates them having to make all of the food and also allows the rest of us to enjoy some of their mom’s meals… CREATIVE, right??  They put out a google doc with all of the recipes and we signed up for as many as we were able to make.   A great way to honor Ms. Denise-I’d say!  Tonight we made the first of Denise’s recipes for the cookbook.  They are called “Burger Joe’s”.  They are kind of like sloppy joe’s, but much less messy and much less tomato-eee…  They sound kind of crazy, but were actually really good.  Ben and I had a lot of fun making them together and of course being the photog that he is (www.bendodds.com) doing a little food styling while we were at it!  All THREE of my boys ate them and I didn’t have one complaint, that in and of itself makes for a good meal (and a miracle, really)!  I think these would be a hit at any gathering you’re having.  Here’s the scoop:


Yield: 8 Hamburgers

1lb Ground Beef

1 Medium Onion- Chopped

1 Tbsp Mustard

2 Tbsp Tomato Paste

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

½ tsp Garlic Powder

¼ tsp Pepper

1 tsp Horseradish

1-16oz Can Bean Sprouts, rinsed & drained (I did not add these)

½ C Sour Cream

 8 Hamburger Buns, toasted

Cook beef and onion in a skillet, cooking until meat is browned. Stir in mustard, tomato paste, soy sauce, garlic powder, pepper, horseradish and bean sprouts. Simmer stirring occasionally 10 minutes. Remove from heat stir in sour cream. Spoon on buns.  YUMMY!

Father’s Day Recipe Book

1 Jun

Anyone who knows my Dad, Larry, knows that he is the town “Pickle Man”…  He makes all sorts of different kinds of pickles from dill to sour, refrigerators to sweet.  He keeps his recipes in a box in his garage… They are all scribble scratched up with notes and formulas, changes and additions.  One of my boys favorite thing to do at G’s house is help him make and eat pickles…  I decided that this Father’s Day I would make him a book of recipes from the boys… It’s still in progress, but it has pictures of my boys helping to harvest the cucumbers, onions, dill etc.. that you need for pickling, as well as photographs of his famous pickles themselves!   The pictures coincide with the different recipes I’ve tried to translate into readable form :).  I also included some of our other favorite recipes that we enjoy at “G’s” house just because I had the pages to do so :)!   I’m ordering the finished product from a site called paper coutier that has excellent deals right now.  They have tons of varieties of books (from recipe books to journals) you can personalize for that special dad or grandpa in your family!

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