Fire up that grill! Nothing more American than some local burgers. Happy almost Memorial Day Weekend to one and all!
adapted from Good Meat, Debra Krasner
1 pound ground grass-fed and finished beef
Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Approximately ¼ pound blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola, Stilton, or Maytag (also, try substituting your other favorite sharp-flavored cheeses like cheddar, Asiago, etc.), made from grass-fed milk.
Combine meat with salt and pepper. Form into four balls, taking care not to overwork the mixture. Poke a hole in each ball, insert a small piece of the cheese, and seal the cheese inside the burger by pinching the meat back over it.
Heat a dry, seasoned, cast-iron skillet, over medium heat, until the edges of the pan are hot to a glancing touch. Immediately reduce to low heat and add the patties to the pan. Cook the patties slowly and gently until browned (about 4 minutes on each side). Better yet, fire up that grill!
Serve immediately, with rolls or atop raw or cooked greens.
Adapted from Nourishing Traditions, Revised Second Edition, Sally Fallon Morrell
6 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon powdered ginger*, or to taste
Approximately ½ cup water
½ to ¾ cup raw honey, or to taste
2 cups heavy cream
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, or to taste
Place rhubarb, ginger, and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb is broken down. Allow to cool and stir in honey to taste. In a chilled bowl, whip cream and maple syrup until peaks stiffen.
* Stay tuned for fresh, Maine-grown ginger later this season. Be sure to freeze or can a batch of rhubarb to try the recipe with Maine’s own ginger crop!
Makes approximately 4 servings
1 head leaf lettuce of your choice (also, try substituting 1 bag baby lettuce)
1 bag spinach or baby spinach
¼ – ½ bag arugula (also, try substituting ¼ – ½ bag baby kale)
1 large green onion
2-3 sprigs fresh peppermint, or to taste (also, try substituting other fresh herbs like spearmint, parsley, cilantro, etc.)
1 tsp dried, ground mustard
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp minced garlic
1/3 c olive oil (also, try substituting a Maine-produced oil like sunflower or canola)
1. Wash and dry greens, herbs, and green onion. If necessary, tear greens into bite-size pieces; coarsely chop herbs; thinly slice green onion; and place all in a salad bowl.
2. Put dressing ingredients in jar with tight-fitting lid and shake well.
3. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Serve at once.
Recipe contributed by Two Farmers’ Farm, Durham . Thanks Kelsey and Dominic!
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