Burgerology: The Counter

The Counter at Kahala Mall

When I’m feeling fancy, I like to grab a custom built burger from The Counter at Kahala Mall. They’re big and juicy and completely customizable. It doesn’t hurt that they have a full bar, either.

Ham, brie, and cranberry burger

The burgers at The Counter are made with high quality ingredients, and there are about twenty different toppings you can choose from. The menu is actually a form you can fill out, checking all the toppings you want on your burger. I’ve gotten a different combination every time. This time around, I got brie, dried cranberries, black forest ham, and roasted garlic aioli on my 1/3 pound beef burger, all served up on a toasted English muffin. I’m basically a genius. 

Spicy Everything Burger

Geoff got a beef burger with fresh jalapenos, sauteed onions, roasted green chiles, spicy pepperoncini, pepper jack cheese, and habanero salsa. He’s a mad man. Previously, you had to order sides, like fries, seperately, but now one side is included with your burger. We both got sweet potato fries. Duh.

Boozy Shakes

This time, Geoff ordered a Kona Long Board, and I got a Woodchuck Cider. They have a pretty good selection of beers. The very most amazingly awesome selection from the bar is the boozy milkshakes. There’s a really creative selection. I had the Thin Mint. Geoff’s was a caramel something. I don’t remember what it was called, but they both tasted so good. One of these days, I’m going here just for drinks and dessert. The menu is so tempting.

The Counter at Kahala Mall

 The Counter is creeping toward the upper end of what I’m willing to pay for a burger, but for a special occasion or a fun night out, it’s totally worth it. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth. The atmosphere is trendy and relaxed. It’s the kind of place where you can laugh as loud as you want. Go get a burger. Fun, laughs, good times!

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Okay kids, I’ve got another magically fast and ridiculously delicious recipe for you today. While it’s probably not as cheap as buying actual potatoes, sometimes what you save in time can be worth more than the money you spent. This one also comes from the brilliant Nigella Lawson. I’m never going to stop talking about how great she is, so just deal. 

Roasted potatoes, gorgeously browned, crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside, are a thing of pure beauty. The only trouble is, they take about an hour to make and heat up your house something awful because you have to leave your oven on at a high temp for a ridiculously long amount of time, and guess what, it’s already 90 degrees in your kitchen before you even get started and that just sucks. We’ve solved this problem. We’re going to secretly swap them out with something equally as awesome.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

You’re going to go to the store and buy a packet of premade gnocchi. I usually get one from the refrigerated pasta section that has a little packet of herbs and parmesan included. That’s my first choice. They didn’t have that yesterday, so I got plain gnocchi and improvised. It’ll be fine. Relax.

You’re going to get out the good olive oil, add about two tablespoons to a big skillet, let it get good and hot, and then dump those gnocchi in. Give them a good toss with your chefy wrist moves to coat them in the oil, cook them for about three minutes, flip them over, give them another three, then sprinkle that parm over the top and let that cook for another thirty seconds. Bam! You’re done.

And guess what you have on your plate? Gorgeously browned, crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside, absolutely beautiful and full of flavor fried gnocchi. It couldn’t possibly be easier. I was so surprised how great these were the first time I tried them, and everybody I’ve ever served them to has thought they were truly awesome.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

Go ahead. Cheat. Save yourself some time. I won’t tell. Especially if I can come over for dinner.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi
Serves 4
Gorgeously browned, crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside fried gnocchi. The perfect quick alternative to roasted potatoes.
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Total Time
6 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 package gnocchi
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  4. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  5. 1/4 cup grated parmesan
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the gnocchi to the pan. Break up any gnocchi they might be stuck together and toss them in the oil.
  3. Sprinkle with oregano and red pepper.
  4. Cook for about three minutes, or until lovely and brown, then give them a flip.
  5. Brown gnocchi on the other side, then add cheese.
  6. Cook until cheese starts to get melty and crisp.
  7. Serve piping hot.
Notes
  1. If you can get the package with the parmesan cheese included, you're good to go. Just sprinkle the packet over your gnocchi at the end.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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Super Fast Faux Pizza from Awesome on 20

Super Fast Faux Pizza

Super Fast Faux Pizza from Awesome on 20

Having a real grown up job is mentally exhausting. I’d forgotten how much it can wear you out to have actual responsibilities. For eight and a half solid hours, I am currently learning at least a bazillion and a half new things every day. By the time I get home, I don’t even want to keep my eyes open. I definitely don’t want to make dinner. But I live with another person in my house who never forgets about eating dinner, ahem, tea. Something has to be done.

As usual, Nigella Lawson solves all my problems. This recipe is a pizzaesque concoction that takes about five minutes of actual effort and thirty minutes to cook. And there’s a good chance that you’ll have most, if not all, of the ingredients already in your kitchen. Nigella is a genius.

Super Fast Faux Pizza from Awesome on 20
Top this puffy crust to your heart’s content

Think savoury Dutch pancake topped with cheese and pepperoni. The crust is fluffy and eggy and super cheesy. Did I mention it takes five minutes? It’s post-work zombie-proof and super tasty. One pie is plenty for two people. It all comes together with one bowl and a whisk, then you can top it with whatever you want, and make it perfect for you.

Super Fast Faux Pizza from Awesome on 20

Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple. Don’t overthink it. And always, always eat pizza. Any way you can get it.

Super Fast Faux Pizza
Serves 2
A super fast pizza on an puffy, eggy crust
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 100 grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  3. Salt to taste
  4. 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  5. 100 grams (3.5 ounces) shredded cheese (whatever you have in your fridge)
  6. Pepperoni, jalapenos, and all your favorite toppings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 and lightly spray a 9-inch pie pan with oil.
  2. Beat the egg, flour, salt, and milk in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  3. Stir in half the cheese.
  4. Pour batter into pie pan and bake for 30 minutes. It will become puffy and golden.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and add remaining cheese and all your favorite toppings.
  6. Return pan to the oven for about 2 or 3 minutes to melt the cheese and warm your toppings.
  7. Cut into slices and serve.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
http://awesomeon20.com/
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