Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern National Hamburger Day is this Saturday! The hamburger, an American classic, is celebrated every year on May 28th. The hamburger has mysterious origins and started showing up on American’s dinner plates in the late 19th century. Part of what fueled the hamburger’s popularity was the Industrial Revolution, with more people working, there was an increased need for meals that could be prepared quickly.So what is it about hamburgers that draw the interest and taste buds of a nation? What used to be a simple meal of a ground beef patty stuck between two pieces of bread, has evolved into a dish that many strive to perfect. Take a look at the burger section of the menu the next time you go out to dinner. There are often so many variations that it’s often hard to choose which burger you want for dinner. It’s interesting to see how a meal that became popular over a century ago, more out of necessity rather than flavor, still continues to captivate a nation. My perfect hamburger for instance has sautéed onions and a fried egg on top in addition to the more traditional toppings of lettuce, ketchup, and mustard. So tell us in the comments below what you will be eating in honor of National Hamburger Day!
Written by Sara Lilkas, Marketing Intern The official start of summer may not be until next month (June 20th to be exact), but I am already in the summer spirit! What appears to be a warm and beautiful May has me already searching the for the perfect summer recipes!Now what constitutes the perfect summer recipe? Does it have to be prepared on the grill, does it have to include a certain ingredient? As with most things involving food, your own taste buds are the only authority that truly matter. For me the perfect summer meal is something that’s really simple. I love a simple meal of grilled chicken with a side of grilled vegetables, but even though simple may be my favorite it can get boring every night of the week. For me summer recipes should be light, tasty, and hopefully they do not involve turning the stove on. So in my search for the perfect summer recipe I have stumbled upon a few that I know are going to become staples in my summertime recipe collection. Since there is a much wider variety of fruit in season during the summer months, I love incorporating strawberries, peaches and the like into my cooking as much as I can. I recommend this recipe from Dole, for Grilled Peaches with Crumbled Blue Cheese. They are a great side dish and do not take long to make! I absolutely love to make kabobs on the grill. The best thing about kabobs is that they can be customized for everyone you are making dinner for. When we have our friends over we usually have a kabob making station. I will have everything prepared in different bowls, a variety of veggies, fruits, and proteins, then everyone gets to choose what they want on their kabobs! It’s a really fun way to make sure everyone is happy with their meal!For more summer recipe inspiration check out Price Chopper’s Savory Summer Pinterest Board! What will you be grilling this summer?