Friday, May 3, 2013

Homemade Burger Buns

It's very fitting for my first post to be about something that I made for dinner ;)

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to cook and that I am not shy about trying new things in the kitchen. I love cooking because you get to dream, create, problem solve, and occasionally fail; but it's all part of the process. The possibilities are endless.

I will also admit to being an avid cookbook junkie. I get them at bookstores, yard sales, and have a whole wishlist dedicated to them on Amazon. You always know what I would be happy to get for my birthday. I feel like you can learn a lot about life & the world through reading cookbooks, somethings that I don't get as readily through my culinary internet wanderings.

For Christmas this year my mother in law bought me a new favorite... The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila (see it here on Amazon).

I love, love, LOVE this book. The way it is written is like having coffee and conversation with a friend. With every recipe there is a story from her own life, and the things she writes about have a pleasant, normalizing quality to them. It's refreshing. Not to mention the recipes are fantastic and have helped me cut out some extra unhealthies from our diet, and have saved my butt a time or two.

A few days ago was one such time when my butt needed saving. Grocery shopping was 2 days away, we had nothing in the fridge besides some ground beef and pickles. When that happens, it can only mean that we are fated to drag out the grill and have some burgers. Unfortunately, no burger is complete without a bun. So what is Little Mother Hubbard with her bare cupboard to do? MAKE SOME!!

You can view the recipe here on Alana's blog if you are so inclined to try them yourself... I am just going to share pictures of my empowering bun making experience.

It's neat to make something that you would normally just throw in the cart for $3 at the store. Plus, sometimes when you have 2 sleeping babies and no time to pop them in the stroller & take a 45 minute walk while your hubby is at work with the car... you just do what you have to do.

The burgers were so good, it made me sad that we only had pickles and lettuce to put on them. I usually like bacon and grilled pineapple rings on mine.

What are some of your favorite burger toppings?