say cheeseburger!

Do you know what today is? It’s National Cheeseburger Day!

You can scroll back a few posts for our tips on a better backyard burger. Like how using the trapped steam at the end of cooking time helps make a really juicy burger.

Here’s your challenge for National Cheeseburger Day. Break out of the rut of putting the same kind of cheese on your burgers when you’re out at the grill. Check the cheese department at your store and explore some new possibilities. Do you like cheddar? Try cheddar tonight. Or, take it a step further and use a sharp cheddar. Combine the two cheeses for a combination of mild and sharp. It’s your mix.

There are cheese manufacturers who are already playing with combinations of cheese to make it even easier for you. A Colby and Monterey Jack is a pairing that works well together. Pick up a package where they’ve combined it in one easy-to-slice cheese. It’s all ready to be used for your grilling session.

Here’s another twist. Try putting the cheese inside the burger. Take a patty and split in half. Place the cheese on the first patty and cover with the second one. Seal the edges and this burger delivers cheese in every bite that melts out as you enjoy.

Make sure the toppings are as fresh as can be. Red onions sliced thin. Chilled crispy lettuce and juicy tomatoes help you build a burger your family will enjoy. Remember the aioli we talked about months ago? It makes a great condiment for a burger. Mix equal parts mayonnaise and ketchup and slather on a hamburger bun. Now, add some chopped basil or chives. Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy your burgers. The post for the Food section in Parade goes up tomorrow. Please stop by and leave a comment.

Update. Here is the link for Parade Food.  http://www.parade.com/157078/aliceknisleymatthias-2/how-to-make-your-own-dried-herbs/

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