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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 8/3/2015

Cookout season is among us and many cookouts feature burgers. Making the perfect burger is easier than you think. No need to run out to the local burger joint or let your guests down at your next cookout. Here are a few tips to help you achieve perfection when it comes to the quintessential backyard barbecue food: Use 85 percent lean or less ground chuck Heat your grill to medium-high. Gently work the meat and divide it into balls. If you overwork the meat or it will become dry and tough. Try to flatten the balls so that the thickness is the same throughout the patties. A ¾-inch-thick patty is perfect. To prevent over plump burgers in the middle make a shallow well in the top of each patty. Season the patties with salt and pepper. Use a paper towel dipped in canola oil and a pair of thongs to oil the grill grate. First cook the patty with the well facing up. Cook 4 to 5 minutes for medium. Flip the patty and cook 4 to 5 minutes more. Do not press or flatten the patty. Use a thermometer to confirm when done. The thermometer should read 155° F for medium. If you are making yummy cheeseburgers, add your cheese 2 minutes before the burger is done and cook with the grill covered. Gather your favorite condiments and enjoy!

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Posted by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency, Inc on 7/8/2012

You say tomato, I say tomahto may be a famous song by George and Ira Gershwin, from 1937 but there is a question of what to do with all those summer tomatoes or tomahtoes that are growing in the garden.

You may want to try this easy summer caprese salad. Here is what you will need:
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
All you need to do is alternate and overlap the tomato slices, mozzarella cheese slices, and basil leaves on a large platter. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper. Enjoy! Serves 6

Tags: caprese salad   tomato  
Categories: Recipes