Friday, May 11, 2012

Private Selection Moroccan Burger with Mint-Pepper Glaze

Freshly Ground 100% Angus Ground Beef blended with Moroccan spices and finished with Havarti cheese and a fresh mint-pepper glaze for a gourmet burger experience!

Private Selection Moroccan Burger with Mint-Pepper Glaze

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6
  • Mint – Pepper Glaze1/2 cup apricot fruit spread
    1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 Tbsp Private Selection Organic Fresh Mint, chopped
    Zest of 1 lemon + 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Burgers
    1 tsp Private Selection ground coriander
    1 tsp Private Selection ground cumin
    1 tsp Private Selection fancy paprika
    1 tsp Private Selection California garlic powder
    1/2 tsp Private Selection ground red pepper
    1 tsp Private Selection sea salt
    1/2 tsp Private Selection freshly ground black pepper
    11/2 lb Private Selection Angus ground beef *
    Cooking spray
    6 grilled or toasted Private Selection jumbo whole wheat sandwich buns
    6 Slices Private Selection Havarti cheese
    *For a more authentic taste, use 1 lb. of Private Selection ground lamb and 1/2 pound of Private Selection ground beef.


  • For mint-pepper glaze:
    1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Cover and chill.
  • For burger:
    1. Combine first 7 ingredients in small bowl; mix thoroughly. In a large bowl combine ground beef and seasoning blend . Mix gently with fingertips or fork just until incorporated. Form into 6 (4 inch-wide) patties.
  • 2. Place burgers on platter. Burgers can be made up to 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
  • 3. Preheat grill (medium-high heat). Lightly coat with cooking spray. Grill burgers to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Grill buns, cut side down, just until lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
  • 4. To assemble the burgers, spread the mint-pepper glaze on the cut sides of the buns. On each roll bottom, place a cooked burger and Havarti cheese. Add the roll tops and enjoy. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

DYI Make-up kit box with mirror

My family was recently involved in a community theater event.  My make up was in a cardboard box.  Some people had some nice make-up storage devices!  I felt a little inferior.  I then went to Target to see what they had.  Caboodle seemed overpriced for a little doohicky thing and it didn't even have a mirror! 

So I purchased a mirror and some contact paper and went home and got to work.  I had a stack-em tackle box tucked away not being used, I was all set!

The contact paper says it doesn't stick very good to bumpy surfaces, so I used a little extra strength glue stick to help it along.

I started covering the inside and decided to stop after getting just the bottom covered and a little accent.

Looks cute!  I then hot-glued the mirror on to the inside lid.

Now it's time to fill it!

A note:  I showed this to my 13 year old son and he grabbed the mirror and ripped it off.  So, I'm thinking a stronger glue might be in order.  Or...never let him touch my stuff again!

Update:  Two strips of sticky velcro works much better than hot glue.  Mirror is removable and then stores nicely inside the lid.  This converted tackle box holds all my make-up supplies!