Revisiting Oklahoma Fried Onion Burgers – A 5-Star Recipe

This is a great recipe for a turkey burger.  It comes from Cook’s Country Magazine, which is part of America’s Test Kitchen and I can guarantee this is one seriously excellent burger. The Fried Onion Burger (FOB) apparently originated during the Depression in El Reno, Oklahoma, which is 25 miles from Oklahoma City. Mashing onions…

Post Wedding + Link to Pictures

It is 2:24 in the morning. I have been talking to my sweet niece, Katie, and her boyfriend, Noel, about all manner of things in life. Before they returned home this evening, I had another wonderful conversation with our friend, Jared. Katie, Noel, and Jared are staying through Tuesday. My brother Sam, his partner, Jaime,…

Family and Friends Arriving!

I am sitting in the living room with Ray, daughter Liz, Jared, our Texas friend and our Utah relatives, nephew Jim and his wife, Karri. JIm’s dad has already gone to bed and so have Jim and Karri’s kids, Eli and Sophie. We are waiting up to greet my Texas niece, Leslie, and her friend,…

Our Cooking Day In Pictures

Today we made all sorts of food for the wedding reception and Thanksgiving. Sarah lead the charge on making homemade lasagna for the reception; I coordinated making Thanksgiving fare. We cooked in the St. Thomas kitchen since it has a convection oven and a big industrial stove. Here is our bride, Sarah, making a giant…

Comfort Food in Fridge

I am in eye-rubbing mode at this time of night. Ready to hit the sack. I had one student today, then what? Jerod and I talked while I chopped apples for homemade cranberry sauce. I think. Or was that last night? Uh oh, I actually can’t remember. Bad sign. Major fear at this point –…

Welcome to Our Daughter and Our Friend from Texas

Today my beloved Rachael and our dear friend, Jared, arrived safely from Texas. Hurray. There is nothing like knowing that people you care about are safe. There is also nothing like seeing people you love after a period of absence. Of course, one of the benefits of Rachael picking Texas for her post-college experience is…

Final Press Before Celebrations

This will be a short post. I am dragging my rear-end this evening for good reason: the homeless breakfast this morning and then a day filled with students. I am finishing up with all of my students by Monday at noon, so I have more coming tomorrow morning and early afternoon and one at 9…

The Tension of Awaiting the CA Bar Exam Results

Tonight at 6 pm the California bar exam results were posted. The exam was administered back in late July/early August so it’s been quite a wait to see if daughter Liz and her boyfriend, Ron, were going to be among the recent law graduates who could officially call themselves California attorneys. Ron and Liz went…

My Cup Runneth Over

I am happy. Liz and Ron have returned from their 60-day trek around the country. They have seen all sorts of relatives and friends along the way and visited 25 states, the District of Columbia and a small portion of Canada. They made it safe and sound after logging over 10, 000 miles on Liz’s…

A Mantra Worth Repeating

My last student just left: it’s 10:11 pm. My first student arrived at 1:30. Enough said? Ah…nothing like the throes of college essay time. I will say that the essays are turning out really well – actually stunning in a few cases – so I can go to bed feeling satisfied and proud. Before 1:30,…