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First Blog Post - Cheeseburger Pies 
Nov. 10, 2013 9:50 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2014 12:01 pm
Hello!  My name is Kate, and I am very excited to be starting my first food blog.  I have thought about doing this for at least the last couple of years, so I am really happy to be starting!  I want to write a blog because I like to eat, cook, and write, so this seems to make sense.  I have been cooking for about four years or so, and really did not start cooking until after college.  Back then, I would usually skip breakfast (bad idea!), drink A LOT of regular Mountain Dew, and eat in the student union.  My go-to's were always the bread sticks with marinara sauce and french fries with cheese sauce.  Lovely, right?  While I do miss those days, I am happy to be expanding my food knowledge and tastes.  Plus, I really can't eat like that anymore!

I want to write a blog, first because I think it is just enjoyable and fun.  Second, I like to share what I am doing and get other people excited about food, whether it's eating out or cooking yourself.  I like how food typically brings people together, and I like the project and feeling of accomplishment (or learning) that comes with preparing a meal.  I like trying new things and think cooking can be relaxing and a way to de-stress.  I am also excited to follow other people and be a part of a community that loves food as much as me!  Here come a couple of stories and a recipe for my first post:

Funny story: My husband and I were out to eat last night, and as I'm ordering, the waitress says "Soup or salad?"  Honestly, I almost said back to her, "What is the 'super' salad?"  Never thought about it this way before.  Maybe you will notice this next time you eat out. 

While we were out yesterday, we also came across the coolest plates shaped like pizza slices at an antique shop near our house!  I have all six and it actually forms a pizza!  This was a great find, and I can't wait to use them!

Recently, I also attended the Taste of Home cooking school.  At this event, they demo 10 recipes, give you a magazine with all of the recipes, and a bunch of free discounts.  I even got a jar of JIF chocolate hazelnut peanut butter.  I definitely recommend the event and am hoping I can go again sometime.  Anyway, I made one of the recipes from the demo tonight: Cheeseburger Pies.  This dish makes a good appetizer or snack.

Burger mixture:
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion (chopped)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz.) or 8 oz if you really like cheese like me

Baking mixture:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 Bisquick mix (I used heart-healthy)
2 eggs
Garnishes optional: kosher dill pickles, tomatoes

1. Heat oven to 375 F.  Spray 12 cup regular-size muffin tin with cooking spray.  In a skillet, brown ground beef with onions, drain.  Let cool 5 minutes and add Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and cheese.  Stir to combine.
2. In a medium bowl, stir baking ingredients with a whisk until blended.  Add burger mixture and stir together.  Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out mixture into each muffin cup. 
3. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and muffin tops are golden brown.  Cool for a couple minutes and loosen sides of muffins from the pan with a knife.  Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.  Serve with garnishes and enjoy!

I really liked these.  I think they would make a really great appetizer, or you can freeze them for later.

That is everything for tonight.  Thank you for reading, and I look forward to adding more recipes and fun food stories soon!  

Nov. 11, 2013 3:09 am
Your pizza slice plates sound great! I love when I can find something a little unique like that. Welcome aboard to the Blog World. It is fun and I enjoy reading everyone else's stories as much as I enjoy writing my own.
Nov. 11, 2013 4:37 am
Blogging is a lot of fun. I normally blog off site but this is a good place to start. Enjoy it, and it will be fun for you!
Nov. 11, 2013 4:54 am
Welcome Welcome! Love the sound of those pizza plates! I think i'll order the Super Salad next restaurant visit! Teehee!!!
Nov. 11, 2013 8:56 pm
Thanks everyone!! I added a picture of the pizza plates to my page so hopefully you can see them. Hopefully I can add them to the blog sometime too.
Nov. 12, 2013 4:53 am
We went out for New Year's Eve with another couple, MANY years ago. The waitress asked the other gentleman, a few times!, if he wanted the soup or salad, and he kept saying "yes!" Turns out that's exactly what he was hearing, "Do you want the Super Salad?" We still laugh about that (=
Nov. 12, 2013 6:56 am
Welcome to blogging! You wrote an interesting story, and I'll be looking for more. (I wish I had that "pizza" plate...)
Nov. 12, 2013 12:14 pm
Love the pizza plates! And welcome to blogging here on AR. I haven't made the cheeseburger muffins, but a few years ago I converted a sausage ball recipe and created cheeseburger balls instead. I am required to make those for the super bowl now. Cooking and creating is so much fun. :)
Nov. 13, 2013 4:23 pm
Sounds like something our students would like to sample, I will give it a try and let you know how it turned out! Jeb
Nov. 14, 2013 9:12 am
Welcome Welcome! Actually I'm going to a Taste of Home cooking school this weekend. I'm SO excited~
Karen from Winnipeg 
Nov. 15, 2013 6:32 pm
I've seen the Pizza Slice plates recently at Bowring's in Canada. They are actually part of a line of Italian Serving Dishes for Pasta, Soups & Pizza Slices as well as various sizes of platters.
Feb. 3, 2014 12:01 pm
hey that sounds good!here ill take this opportunity 2 tell u about my recipe.i wont include it here but check out my recipe box.its 4 these sugar cookies with a bunch of different flavors theyre really good.please try
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About Me
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
My cooking triumphs
I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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