For some reason I wanted to make lamb this week.  But, I’ve been tied up with some other projects so a roast was not going to work for me. Then it hit me, the purpose of my blog is to provide the busy person step by step easy recipes to put together quickly. So, I decided to look into lamb burgers.  I reviewed 4 or 5 recipes some using kalamata olives, others plain yogurt, and others cilantro and oregano.  And picking and choosing ingredients I came up with a very tasty easy meal.  Full disclosure, my 13 year requested a regular hamburger, so I can’t attest to how my lamb burger rates with kids. But I can tell you my recipe provids  a wonderful change from the normal  hamburger for those willing to try.


1 lb. Ground Lamb

1/4 White Onion – minced

3 oz feta cheese – crumbled

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/4 tsp Curry Powder

1 Clove Garlic – minced

Fresh Basil – whole

Olive Oil

Tomato – sliced

salt and pepper to taste

4 Ciabatta or other buns


In a large mixing bowl combine the onion, garlic, cayenne, curry and and stir together.  Add the feta cheese and stir.  Break up the ground lamb and by hand work the lamb into the contents of the bowl.

Form the lamb mixture into 4 patties. BBQ  the patties on medium high for 6 minutes on each side.

Drizzle a little olive oil on the ciabatta bun, brown them if you like.  To bun add a lamb  burger, top with a few basil leaves and a slice of tomato.

And in what, 20 minutes start to finish you just made an easy, great tasting meal that gets you out of the day to day cooking rut.


Last weekend there was a 5k run in our little town. For most, it is more of a fun run rather than an all out race. But no doubt someone wins it in various divisions. There was a clear winner in my mind for most clever team effort.  She Who Must Be Obeyed and I were power walking on the sidewalk watching the race when all of a sudden a group or 8 or so runners dressed in home made shark looking outfits approached running in the wrong direction on the course.  At that time an event worker handing out water to runners coming from the other direction yelled out that the 8 runners were going the wrong way. The fish yelled back, “noway we’re salmon going up stream!”  Perfect idea, costume, and execution.  And the winners are ……. The Salmon Racers!

Later while sitting on the deck enjoying a post power walk brunch our neighbor Susan walked by with her two cute dogs.  We had a nice talk about our hopes for more snow at Mammoth, and she was kind enough to ask about my blog. Then she told me she had something for the blog, deep fried waffle cookies. She had me with deep fried, but cookie sealed the deal. She told us she would be right back with a few cookies to enjoy on the deck.

Minutes later Susan returned with another dog (she thought her neighbor’s dog would enjoy an extra walk) handed us the cookies, and promised she would get me the recipe for my blog.  I hope to be able to post the recipe soon, but in the meantime checkout the photo of her cookies.

What a great neighborhood, just sitting on the deck enjoying a lovely Sunday when all of  a sudden awesome homemade cookies appear.  Thanks Susan!

Good Eating and Table Talk,



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