Friday, May 28, 2010

The Ronald, The Big Mac and Me.

I wanted to brag about my brush with greatness.

This is a photo from a few years ago of me with fellow community volunteer Jamie, with none other than Ronald McDonald himself!

I was asked to be a judge of our local kiddie and Pet Parade which was sponsored by our local McDonald's and they brought in The Ronald to be the parade Marshal.

I really didn't realize how great Ronald was with the children. He performed magic tricks, was very generous with the many photos ops and answered any questions while keeping that famous Ronald smile of his the entire time. The kids were in awe of him.

This icon has been around since the sixties (so have I!) and continues to wow those he comes in contact with (me...not so much, anymore).

Our local McDonald's Owners, John and Mary Moreland are extremely generous to our community- always giving back and helping meet needs and putting smiles on faces of children and adults alike. The McDonald's corporation are also involved in helping with the needs of children -going above and beyond helping busy mothers feed their hungry kids- pronto!

And besides getting a quick meal when you need it- I have found that in my travels across several states, McD's are the cleanest and the most well run fast food restaurants of any chain across the nation.

Having said all that, I will give you my version of their famous BIG MAC which is THE most popular burger in America- making its debut back in the sixties. (Their burger, not mine)

1 sesame seed hamburger bun
Half of an additional bun
1'4 lb. ground beef
1 T. Kraft Thousand Island dressing
1 tsp. finely diced onion
1/2 cup chopped lettuce
1 slice American cheese
2-3 dill pickle slices

With serrated knife, cut the top off the extra bun, leaving about a 3/4 " thick slice. This will be the middle of your sandwich.
Place 3 bun halves on hot griddle or pan, face down. Toast to a light brown. Keep pan warm but set buns aside.

Divide beef in half and press into two patties, slightly larger than the bun.

Cook patties in pan over med. heat 3 minutes each side (or until no longer pink in center). Salt lightly.

Build burger in this order:
Bottom bun
1/2 of dressing
1/2 of onion
1/2 of lettuce
middle bun
remainder of dressing
"" of onion
"" of lettuce
Pickle slices
top bun.

Makes 1 burger.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cole Slaw

Howdy, foodies! It's been awhile, hasn't it?
I wanted to share this delicious cole slaw recipe just in time for your Memorial Day picnic!

You'll love the sweet/sour taste and it's much safer than the mayonnaise-style recipes when you are eating outdoors!

The recipe is from my Aunt Kathryn Wall- a wonderful cook.

1 med. head cabbage
1 thinly sliced onion
1 green pepper (diced)
1 carrots, shredded
7/8 cup sugar
1 c. vinegar
3/4 cup salad oil
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. celery seed

Shred cabbage; put in covered dish. Mix cabbage with onion, green pepper and carrot. Cover with 7/8 cups sugar. Bring to a boil the vinegar, oil, 2 tsp. sugar, salt, dry mustard, and celery seed. Immediately pour over onion/cabbage/sugar and cover. LET STAND 4 HOURS; then stir and serve. Will keep in fridge for two weeks.