Sunday, September 19, 2010

Here's how my garden grows

Our backyard garden is small — we’ve got two tomato plants, two pepper plants, some raging rosemary and a few herbs in a clay pot — but I still get a kick out of harvesting my crop one sprig of oregano or handful of yellow pear tomatoes at a time.

Two pepper plants went in this spring. I’ve only got one bell pepper right now, but it’s getting bigger by the day.

Last summer I had an overabundance of Roma tomatoes. This year, it’s the little yellow pear tomatoes that are coming in strong.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A cheeseburger like no other

I ran 14 grueling miles this morning. What kind of healthy reward did I give my body for all that hard work? A Squeeze with Cheese.

The Squeeze Inn is a Sacramento must-try as far as burger joints are concerned. This is not your everyday burger. The signature Squeezeburger ($4.95) features a 1/3 pound beef patty and all the goodies. You must add cheese ($1.10) for the full experience. It’s basically a big fat burger that comes with a cheese skirt, as they call it.

According to the Squeeze’s website, they cook the patty on a flap top grill, cover it with a handful of grated cheddar and the top half of the bun before throwing a handful of ice chips on the grill and covering the whole thing with a hood.

The burger comes with so much cheese it’s hard to handle, and I easily went through a dozen napkins before finishing up. The skirt is perfectly crispy and gooey at the same time, and is such a treat that you really shouldn’t eat it more than once every decade or so.