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Baseball, Burgers and Bathtime 
Apr. 9, 2009 10:16 am 
Updated: Apr. 9, 2009 11:45 am
The title of this blog may not make sense to most of you. But for those of  us with kids playing baseball this spring, I know you can relate. The weekly calender reads like a scratched record with every afternoon repeating the same thing.... baseball practice, baseball practice, game, game, practice, pictures, etc. Our family loves baseball, but getting dinner on the table is really challenging when so much time is spent away from the kitchen. We get home at 7 PM each night and have to get dinner, homework and baths all done in under 60 minutes. We're like a Nascar pit crew trying to get it all done.

In past years, we've been known to hit a few drive through windows after games to everyone fed fast (our favorite is Dick's drive-in in Seattle), however this year we're pinching pennies and trying to eat healthier. Which means.....finding a way to get that home cooked meal on the table.

We are just a few weeks into the season and so far, it's the beloved burger that's been feeding the family most nights. I am particularly fond of Best Burger Ever submitted by Susan. I found it on the Dinner Spinner iPhone app which was super handy to have on hand at the grocery store. The recipe works great with ground turkey and ground beef. I serve it with fries, baked beans and salad on the side. So, for now, I am considering this recipe my 'baseball season wingman' recipe. Which got me curious to thinking... what's yours? I'd love to hear your 'wingman recipe' for crazy, last minute, everyone's starving and it's way past dinner time recipe.
Apr. 9, 2009 11:45 am
Well, I can't relate to having a family to feed. But I can most definitely relate to a hectic schedule and issues with dinner. My favorite quick, easy, and moderately healthy meal is this: Quick and Easy Shrimp Fajitas from this site. They are so good and take no time to prepare, especially if you have pre-cooked shrimp. Also, you can change up the toppings for any picky eaters. So this one in a winner in my book.
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Esmee Williams

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My love for cooking is a result of my passion for eating. Good food can make any day better. My mother is from France so food has always been a focus of conversation, travels and special occasions. I also am the vice president of brand marketing at I have been lucky enough to be part of Allrecipes for 10 years (since the early days). It has been one of the true pleasures of my life. Seeing all of the really great cooking ideas posted to the site everyday is a total joy.
My favorite things to cook
I love just about anything that combines fresh meat, vegetables and spices/herbs. In the summer, I couldn't live without my barbecue. In the winter, I love pastas, soups and fresh breads. I never know what I am going to cook until I go to my local market. I just buy whatever looks good (or is on sale) and figure out what to make when I get home.
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Sunday dinners are a tradition I couldn't live without. I find it really relaxing to spend the afternoon cooking a special meal.
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Homemade sushi!
My cooking tragedies
It was a few years ago and I was preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my in-laws at our new house. Little did I realize when I put the turkey in to cook, that the oven thermometer was broken so the temperature was 100 degrees or so less than the dial showed. It took HOURS for the turkey to cook. Thankfully, we all had a good laugh rather than panicking and no one got food poisoning from the dinner. My other tragedy is really any sort of baked good. Cakes, cookies, muffins... you name it and I have either undercooked them, burnt them or fouled them up in some other way...
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