Friday, July 30, 2010

Hamburger Night Shouldn't Involve the Word, "Braised"

Why does a burger taste better when made at home? I would argue that it just does, but it may have been that David was home to make them. It could also have been that Nomi took 'big bites' and laughed about the watermelon being 'all drippy.' It may also be that Dina is finally feeling better, post a week of roseola and the high fever that goes with it. All I know is I finally had a chance to cook a meal with my husband while Nomi washed the finger paint off her arms in the sink upstairs, in the company of water toys, and Dina played happily in the Exersaucer.

Our menu consisted of the sophisticated combo of Hamburger on a Whole Wheat Bun, served with Grilled Onion, Tomato and Lettuce, Heinz Ketchup and Hellman's Low Fat Mayonaise with sides of Watermelon and Lemon Braised Green Beans. It may not qualify for high class fare, but eating together, Nomi helping to set and clear the table, and David watching the girls while I gabbed on the phone and did the dishes, was a glorious way to spend an evening. Long and short, gourmet or no, it was one of my favorite meals all summer. I'll take it.

Lemon Braised Green Beans
Adapted from America's Test Kitchen Family Cook Book

1 lbs green beans, stems snapped
1/2 onion
2 T olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Set a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and saute onion until softened. Add green beans and lemon juice. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender crisp. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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