Colorado Cookbook Win and Memorial Day Hamburger Cookout

Thanks to Lea Ann of Mangoes, Chili and Z, I am the recipient of Denver Junior League’s Creme de Colorado Cookbook. This cookbook contains a selection of recipes that reflect Colorado’s lifestyle and rich history. It includes nearly 700 recipes which are enhanced with color images by the renowned Colorado naturalist photographer, John Fielder. Lea Ann recently celebrated her Blogiversary…I’m 1…And A Giveaway and chose this beautiful cookbook for the giveaway. I am so excited and can’t wait to try some of the recipes in there.

Lea Ann’s blog features many mouthwatering dishes using good quality organic ingredients. Her posts has amazing pictures of the dishes prepared and is peppered with photos of the beautiful state in which she lives in. Visiting her blog evoked my own fond memories of living in Colorado. I hope you will visit her wonderful blog.

Here are some of my own pictures of Colorful Colorado taken when we were living there.

Entrance to Estes Park, Highway 34 approach. This particular picture was taken recently on our visit back to the state.

Estes Park in the fall. Those are the quaking aspens.

Trail Ridge Road at about 12,000 feet above sea level. Driving on this road was quite an experience. You want to be fully awake and paying attention!

Elk relaxing at the tundra, 12,000 feet

Snow shoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park, 10,000 feet. My boys were much younger then. Ro-Taro is now taller than I am and Ro-Jiro is catching up fast!

Ski lifts at Beaver Creek

Hiking down the ski slopes at Beaver Creek in the summer. This is a 4 mile descent. We took the ski lifts up.

A date with Thomas the Tank Engine at Durango. I remember how excited my boys were back then. How fast they grow up!

Riding the Durango & Silverton steam engine (narrow gauge railroad) hugging the San Juan mountains. That was an amazing train ride!

The cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde

The Great Sand Dunes National Park… can sandboard, sled, or ski on the sand

There are many blue and purple flowers in Colorado. Back here in Minnesota, these purple bearded irises remind me of Colorado.

Blue variegated leaves irises

And now for the hamburger cookout on Memorial Day. Nothing like grilling some good ol’ hamburgers outside on a beautiful day. Served with bean & corn salsa and corn on the cob. The burgers were moist and juicy, thanks to Ro-Ri San. It’s all in the grilling! The salsa was light and refreshing.

Homemade Hamburgers
6 hamburger buns, split
6 slices smoked gouda, optional

Meat Patties
1½ lbs extra lean ground beef
½ green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
¾ cup soft breadcrumbs from 1 slice of bread
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp chipotle chili pepper
½ tsp mustard powder
½ garlic powder
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt or to taste

Tomato, sliced
Onion, sliced
Tomato ketchup

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except cheese and buns. Mix well. Shape into six ¾ inch thick patties. Let sit in the fridge for an hour before grilling.
Grill meat patties for 6 to 8 minutes on each side until no pink remains. Top with a slice of cheese for the last minute of grilling. Remove and serve on buns. Garnish with lettuce, tomato, and onions.

Bean and Corn Salsa
1 can (15oz) black beans or dark red kidney beans
1 cup cooked corn kernels (from 1 corn)
1 medium white or red onion, chopped
¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp dill weed
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
3 to 4 dashes Tabasco sauce

In a small bowl, combine salsa dressing. In a medium bowl, combine corn, beans, onions, and parsley. Pour in dressing and mix well. Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!

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  1. Angie's Recipes says

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post..Colorado looks very beautiful.
    mmm…burger…my man's favourite!

  2. Mary says

    Congratulations on your win and thank you for sharing your wonderful photos with us. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  3. lequan@luvtoeat says

    Congrats on winning the cookbook Biren! Thank you fir sharing these beautiful family pictures of your trip. My daughter would love to see Thomas the Tank Engine! I can't wait till my children are a bit older to enjoy a family trip like that. You probably know how stressful it is to travel with an 18 month old.

    I agree with you that there's nothing like grilling some good ol' hamburgers outside on a beautiful day. I liked that you made a salsa rather than having a plain old salad. Hope you had a great long weekend 😀

  4. denise fletcher says

    Hi Biren – congrats on winning the cookbook. If you are as mad about cookbooks as I am, you must be over the moon – 700 recipes!! Wow!

    Love the burgers – nothing beats home made! And the salsa looks so appetising. Thanks for sharing your memories and beautiful pics :)

  5. Cook with Madin says

    Congratulations on your win. My husband's grandmother still lives in Denver, Colorado, I love to visit there during Fall, because of the color of trees and the gorgeous weather. Thank you for the post.

  6. rotinrice says

    Thomas the Tank Engine moves around and maybe he'll visit Alberta one of these days :) It was a real treat for the boys and we had to drive 8 hours south to Durango for this event.

  7. rotinrice says

    Thanks Denise! Can't wait to get the cookbook. My collection keeps growing and I love them all.

    Colorado is a beautiful place to live in and I still miss it. I love the wonderful outdoors and the gorgeous scenery.

  8. Julie M. says

    Your pictures took me right back to Colorado and made me miss it all over again! We lived there for a time as well and have always wanted to get back. Loved your Thomas picture as well. We did that a couple years in a row when we were living in Texas. They absolutely loved it!

    Congrats on your cookbook win. It sounds like an awesome book!

  9. rotinrice says

    We miss CO too and hope to return there someday. The boys really enjoyed Thomas and it was a fun trip. There is just so much to see and do in CO.

  10. leaannbrown says

    Wow, don't know which view I like most, the Colorado Scenery or that burger! :-) I've been to all of those places except Mesa Verde and that Railroad trip. I know exactly where that photo is in Trail Ridge, omg white knuckle time. We were just reliving our last trip to the Sand Dunes this weekend. Phenomenal place. Thanks for such a nice write up about my blog. Amazon tells me the book will ship tomorrow.

  11. IJust LoveMyApron says

    Congrats on your win! Your kids are adorable! Seems like a fun trip. I really need to visit Colorado one of these days. Maybe next winter for snowboarding season?

  12. Reeni says

    Thanks for sharing your great pictures! And congrats on winning. Your hamburgers look delicious and I especially love the salsa!

  13. rotinrice says

    Trail Ridge was quite a drive!!! I drove one time and my eyes were glued to the road. I was afraid to take them off the road even for a split second. It's a pity we did not get to do the Mt Evans Road drive before we left. I have to agree that Sand Dunes is phenomenal. It's like you are transported to some desert in Africa. Mesa Verde is a trip you have to do as it is another one of those must see places. Sigh….I really do miss CO!

    Thank you so much for the book. I am looking forward to receiving it :)

  14. Yummy Team says

    Fabulous pictures..Congratulations on your win!! Homemade hamburgers and corn-bean salsa looks absolutely tsaty..

  15. Julie M. says


    I just wanted to let you know I left you an award over on my site this morning. It's been a pleasure getting to know you and read about your delicious dishes!

  16. Kristi Rimkus says

    I love Leanne's blog too. Like you, she has wonderful recipes to share and fantastic pictures!

  17. rotinrice says

    Julie, that is so sweet of you! Likewise, I enjoy reading your posts and recipes. Your boys remind me of my own when they were little :)

  18. CaseyAngelova says

    Burger season is here! I am always looking for new elements to add. Thanks for sharing. Great family photos too!

  19. bunkycooks says

    I can't believe there is a real Thomas the Train! My son would have loved that! Of course, he is almost 21 years old now! Very fun!

  20. Cristina TeenieCakes says

    Hi Biren: Congrats on your cookbook prize. It's always fun to win something, especially when it's a great cookbook!

    I enjoyed the images you shared of Colorado when you were living there. Looks like a beautiful place and I hope to visit it one day!

  21. rotinrice says

    I am sure he'll still love it as one never really grows out of it. He can even meet Sir Topham Hat :)

  22. rotinrice says

    It is a beautiful place Cristina and lots to see and do. You will enjoy your visit. We still miss the place.

  23. MaryMoh says

    Wow….the sceneries are breath-taking. I hope to visit the States one day. Colorado will be in my mind.

    Congrats on your win! That's awesome. Will be more recipes from you soon. I love your hamburger meal that you make. Way better than any from the outside store.

    • Linda says

      I would love to meet you too. No specific plans right now but I will let you know when it happens. Thank you, Lily! :)

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