30 Days of New – Day 14


I FINALLY did it! I tried sushi! Wow, this has been on my list of things to try for a LONG time, but I could never quite bring myself to do it. So on the 14th day of my ’30 Days of New’ challenge I did it! My husband was shocked, as I never eat anything unless it’s well done. I heard through the grapevine that a local restaurant, The Lakehouse Grille, has good sushi. So away we went. Luckily, I was accompanied by my sister-in-law who loves sushi and knew all about it. So I gave her the menu and asked her to order. We got spicy tuna and smoked salmon. For my first bite I had the spicy tuna and dipped it in soy sauce with wasabi. I though – ok, not too bad. So I tried the salmon without any dipping sauce. Didn’t care for that bite quite as much, but I did it! These were quite a mouthful and more filling than I thought they would be. I definitely liked the one dipped in the sauce better, but the second one was ok. Not sure if I’d order just for myself, but I would try again with a friend. Do you have any recommendations for a newbie sushi eater?

30 Days of New – Day 9

Breakfast BurritoWell, when I set out to do my ’30 Days of New’ challenge, I knew I would have to find some things that were a part of my regular routine that I could add some new elements to. Needless to say, my family is getting to try some new recipes thanks to this! For day 9 of my ’30 Days of New’ challenge, I made some breakfast burritos. And for once this recipe idea did not come from an online source! I have been trying to come up with new things that I can make ahead and my family can eat for breakfast throughout the week. I purchased a package of Jennie-O frozen breakfast turkey sausage links and found a recipe on the back. It looked good so I thought I would give it a try.

Now here’s the bad news . . . I didn’t get the chance to write down the recipe, the box from the sausage is gone, and I can’t find the recipe on the Jennie-O website. (But when I went looking for it I found a lot of other recipes I want to try!)  Here’s what I can remember: eggs, chili powder, turkey links, corn, sausage, cilantro and pepper jack sausage. I wrapped them up and put some in the fridge and some in the freezer. We haven’t tried the freezer ones yet. Sometimes when I freeze breakfast things they don’t turn out so great after being warmed up. I will update you when that happens. As for the ones in the fridge for breakfast this week – thumbs up!

If I come across the original recipe I will post. My sincere apologies for a blog post without it, but I had to keep to my ’30 Days of New’ reporting!

30 Days of New – Day 6

For day six of my ’30 Days of New’ challenge I decided to try a new recipe for the 4th of July celebration we had. I wanted to make burgers, but I wanted to mix it up a bit. After skimming my go-to resource Pinterest, I came across two recipes that sounded pretty tasty to me. So I mixed them together and came out with a crowd pleasing hamburger recipe that will now be permanently added to my recipe box!

Seasoning – inspiration from recipe #1 (I have some extra of this left over)
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Burger – inspiration from recipe #2
2 lbs. ground beef
3 chipotles in adobo, seeded and chopped
2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely grated
1/3 cup finely grated onion (I omitted this)
2 tablespoons minced garlic from a jar (I added this)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I added this)

Mix all ingredients together (I only used 1/4 of the seasoning since I had the addition of the other ingredients) and form into patties of your desired thickness. I also sprinkled some seasoning on the top before putting on the grill.

Garnish as desired. We served with a variety of cheeses, sautéed red onion and lettuce. They went so fast that I didn’t even have the chance to get a picture! I plan to make again this week and will update with a photo then. Please let me know if you have a go-to burger recipe or cookout favorite. I plan to have a few more this summer and would love to know what others do.

Thanks to these recipes we came up with a tasty burger!

Recipe Inspiration #1
Recipe Inspiration #2

30 Days of New – Day 1

buffalo chicken burger


Buffalo Chicken Burgers

For day one of my ’30 Days of New’ challenge I tried a new recipe – Buffalo Chicken Burgers. After a quick online search and a review of the ingredients I had on-hand, this is what I came up with.

The recipe created 4 burgers.  How many you get will depend on how thick you shape them.

1 lb. ground chicken
1/3 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tablespoon parsley
1 egg

Oil for cooking
Hot wing sauce
Ranch dressing

Condiments of choice

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and shape into patties.  Heat oil in a skillet and cook patties over medium heat until they reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees.  Remove patties from skillet and pour some hot sauce and ranch dressing (optional) into the pan and heat through.  Place burgers back in the skillet and coat with sauce.  Remove and enjoy!

We topped ours with some pepper jack cheese, ranch dressing and fresh lettuce from the garden.  There weren’t any leftovers – so they must have been good!  I personally am not a fan of onions, so if I were to make again, I would reduce the minced onion by half. However, my family didn’t even realize there were onions in the burgers.

Inspiration Recipes:
Buffalo Chicken Burger Recipe #1 
Buffalo Chicken Burger Recipe #2

So that was the first day of my ’30 Days of New’ challenge.  I did it!  If you happen to try this recipe, please let me know what you think!  Or any recommendations to improve it.