Juicy Homemade Hamburgers made with lean ground beef, chopped green pepper, onion, and soft breadcrumb served with Bean and Corn Salsa.
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.
Approaching Estes Park on Highway 34. This picture was taken recently on our visit back to the state.
Estes Park in the fall (autumn) in all its golden quaking aspen splendor.
Trail Ridge Road at about 12,000 feet above sea level. Driving on this road was quite an experience. One must be fully awake and paying attention!
Elks relaxing in the tundra at 12,000 feet.
Snow shoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park at 10,000 feet. My boys were much younger then. Ro-Taro is now taller than I am and Ro-Jiro is catching up fast!
The 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 and had lunch before hiking down.
A date with Thomas the Tank Engine in 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 where you 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 leaf irises
Juicy Homemade Hamburgers
And now for the Memorial Day Hamburger Cookout. Nothing like grilling some good ol’ hamburgers outside on a beautiful day. Served with Bean and 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.
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• Winco UT-9 Coiled Spring Heavyweight Stainless Steel Utility Tong, 9-Inch
- 6 hamburger buns (split)
- 6 slices smoked gouda (optional)
- 1½ lbs lean ground beef (675g)
- ½ medium 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 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- ½ tsp salt or to taste
- Tomato (sliced)
- Onion (sliced)
- Tomato ketchup
- In a large bowl, combine all meat patty ingredients. Mix well and shape into six ¾ inch thick patties. Let sit in the fridge for an hour before grilling.
- Fire up the grill and allow it to heat up. 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
Bean and Corn Salsa
- 1 can dark red kidney beans or black beans (15oz/425g)
- 1 cup cooked corn kernels (from 1 corn)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- ¼ cup flat leaf parsley (chopped)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ tsp dill weed
- ½ tsp sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- 3 to 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
- In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, combine beans, corn kernels, onion, and flat leaf parsley.
- Pour dressing over beans and corn. Mix well.
- Cover and chill for 2 hours before serving.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎
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