Burgerology: DogHouse

Burgerology: DogHouse

Burgerology: DogHouse

Let’s go out to eat.

Great idea! What are you in the mood for?

How about a kick ass juicy burger, crispy sweet potato fries and ice cream sundae and a great beer selection?

Sounds great! Can I bring my dog?

Ever been in this situation? Everybody has to bring their dog everywhere these days. This severely down on your awesome burger choices. Thankfully, DogHouse in Merchant City is there for you.

DogHouse is a Brewdog pub, so they have a great beer selection, plus a full bar if you’re not int beer. I had a much needed pint of cider after walking into town with the dog. Geoff had a framboise, and Eevee had a bowl of water brought by a friendly and dog loving staff.

Burgerology: DogHouse

I had the Patriot burger. It featured cheddar cheese, thick cut bacon, barbecue sauce, and a bunch of veggies that I knocked off before eating. My burger was well-cooked and juicy. I actually prefer thinner, crispier bacon, but that’s just personal preference. The flavor was still great. I also added a good amount of their Carolina barbecue sauce, which is mustard based. It was a damn fine burger.

Burgerology: DogHouse

Geoff had the the Chipotle Chorizo burger and reported that it was extremely tasty. He hardly ever eats beef burgers anymore, so to see him finishing off every last bit was a real endorsement. He said the flavor from the chorizo was amazing. 

We also got a side of sweet potato fries to share, and there was enough for probably four people. If you’re getting a burger, don’t mention that you want to share. Just have one person add them to their order. It’s cheaper that way and would probably be enough for two.

Burgerology: DogHouse

It was pouring down rain, so we decided to order dessert. We each got an Oreo sundae with salted caramel ice cream, and I didn’t regret a single bite. It’s just the right size for one. You don’t feel like a gluttonous monster for eating the whole thing by yourself.

If you’re looking for a place for a great burger in Merchant City, with or without a dog, DogHouse is the place to be.

 

28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

28 Awesome Recipes to Eat Outside

The time has come for dining al fresco. For picnics, potlucks, backyard barbecues, cookouts at the beach, and all other kitchen free eating. Today I’ve got a round up for you of recipes that you can cook or prep ahead. These are all things that are easily transportable and either don’t need to be refrigerated or could fit in a small cooler. The next time you’re invited to a party, you won’t be at a loss for what to bring. It’s gonna be awesome.

Starters, Snacks & Sides

Everybody wants something to snack on while their waiting for the main meal to come off the grill. And of course, a hot dog on a plate all by itself is just sad. Here are some things to get you started, fill out that epic cheese plate, or accompany your burgers and dogs.

Dill Potato Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus – serve with veggies or chips to keep people from lurking around the grill

Fancy Pants Sauage Rolls – These are great hot or cold, so pack them in your picnic for sure

Southwest Pasta Salad – Mayo-free and full of flavor

Blue Cheese Crackers – That’s right, you made your own crackers

Picnic Cheese Plate – Be a hero and bring a simple, affordable, and totally delicious cheese plate for the gang

Dill Potato Salad – This is potato salad with a dash of elegance

Loaded Baked Potato Salad – This is that trashed up potato salad that you’ve been dreaming of

Homemade Oat Cakes – Another option to serve with some really great cheese

On the Grill

Because we’ve all decided that frozen burgers are the worst, I want to make it easy for you to always have the best burgers. Make your patties ahead of time, pack them on ice, and throw them on the grill when you’re ready.

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Jalapeno Cream Cheese-Stuffed Burgers – A burger with a spicy surprise

Cuban Burger – Add pickles if you’re into that because they really should be there

Spicy Southwest Burgers – You won’t be able to keep your hands off them

Basic Burgers – My tips for making awesome burgers with whatever’s in your kitchen

Sweet Treats

So this section is the longest because, let’s face it, I’m gonna ask to bring dessert. But you have to plan properly if you want people to eat something delicious instead of sad and melty. All these recipes are very easy to transport and serve outside and don’t need to be refrigerated.

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kahlua Brownies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lofthouse Cookie Bars

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mexican Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

S’mores Brownies

Go eat outside while you can, kids!

Eating Out: Max's Bar & Grill

Eating Out: Max’s Bar & Grill

Eating Out: Max's Bar & Grill

One of my very favorite places to pop in for lunch after an afternoon of shopping in Glasgow’s City Centre is Max’s Bar & Grill. From the outside, it’s an unassuming little place. You might have walked past it a dozen times and never noticed. On the inside, it’s got a beautiful 20’s speakeasy vibe with lots of wood and a gorgeous mirror backed bar. Be sure to look up and notice the light fixtures, as well. But what keeps me coming back is the menu.

Max’s might have a historic theme to their decor, but the service is very millennial. They bring an iPad to your table, and you get to browse through their entire menu on it. Each item has a drool-worthy photo and description if you want to know more. For someone who loves reading menus, this is heaven. And it’s not easy to choose what I want because there’s no shortage of tempting dishes. I need to get back quick to try something new.

This is not just standard pub food friends. I promise, Max’s has the best chicken strips I’ve ever eaten. Normally, I just see chicken strips as a vehicle for a variety of sauces, but these do not need sauce. They’re tender, juicy, crispy, and so flavorful all on their own. I didn’t know chicken strips could be so good. The chips are also perfectly cooked, and I love any opportunity to eat corn on the cob. 

Eating Out: Max's Bar & Grill

Geoff opted for a spicy veggie burger the size of your face, and he loved it. He’s officially the worst at describing his food, but I can attest that there was not a crumb left. They have a lot of creative burgers and dogs on their menu, and I can’t wait to try one myself.

I’ve also had their mac and cheese with garlic toast before, and I can assure you that’s fantastic as well. 

Unfortunately, the restaurant is a bit dim, which is great for intimate conversation but not fantastic for food photography. My photos here certainly don’t do the food justice. You’ll be too excited about your delicious to take many photos, though. The next time you’re hungry in the city, be sure to pop into Max’s and fill up on something delicious.

Basic Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Basic Burgers

Basic Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Summer is all up on us, and there are a few things we’re definitely going to need. First thing’s first, we’re going to need like eight gallons of sunscreen because while a tan may seem fashionable, you’ll probably regret it when you’re forty and wrinkly. Throw a cute hat in for good measure because while the sunshine will eventually fade, your face will be with you forever. We’re probably also going to need a healthy supply of rose and/or Pimm’s because what’s the point of summer without them. 

Let’s also pick up a cute picnic blanket in the hopes that the sunshine continues. In Scotland, there’s a big risk that this could be it for sunshine. But I believe we’ll still have the chance for a picnic in which we eat eat cheese and drink sneaky wine under the shade of a huge old tree. Maybe we eat sandwiches and Victoria Sponge. Or maybe we go all out and grill something.

Basic Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re definitely going to need a great basic burger that we can transform into a million different delicious permutations. But wait, you ask, can’t we just go and get some frozen burger patties from the grocery store and plop those on the grill? Squeeze some ketchup on there, and Bob’s your uncle. Yeah, no. I don’t want your summer to be sad and bland. With only an ounce more effort, you can be eating something truly tasty.

I’m not writing a recipe here, because I want you to rely on your instincts. If you think there’s pressure to make a burger in a certain way, you might just revert back to grocery store boringness. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. If you want juicy burgers, they need to have some fat, so make sure to buy ground beef with at least 15% fat. 
  2. You’ll need to have an egg and some breadcrumbs on hand to make everything come together.
  3. Your hands are your best tools, so don’t be afraid to get in there and get messy.
  4. Make sure your grill or other cooking device is properly preheated before you start cooking your burgers.

Basic Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

As far as mixing up the actual burger patties goes, just have a look around your kitchen, and add in whatever you think tastes good. For a regular burger, I like to add salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning or dried oregano, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, and tobasco sauce. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these things. Salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce will still make a delicious burger. And to be honest, I never do it the same way twice. Just don’t be shy with the seasonings. Unless you have a notoriously heavy hand with seasoning, you’ll probably need a smidge more than you think. 

Once you’ve got all your seasonings in, add in a lightly beaten egg (one egg per pound of ground beef) and a sprinkling of breadcrumbs. Leave the lid off the breadcrumbs in case you need to add more. Use one hand to gently mix everything together. If it’s still really wet, sprinkle in a few more breadcrumbs. Form your mixture into four burger patties, again if you’re using a pound of ground beef. Be sure not to overmix or press your patties too tightly. You want your burgers to be tender at the end, not spongey.

Basic Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cook your burgers over medium heat in a well oiled pan or grill, and only turn them once. How long you cook them depends on how pink you like your burgers. Do what makes you happy. Top your burger however you like. Just promise you’ll never make sad frozen burgers again.

Happy summer, friends.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buffalo Chicken Burger

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We know I’m a picky eater. It’s so obnoxious. A sliver of onion hidden in my pizza can ruin my night. The thought of putting a mushroom in my mouth is about as repulsive as the thought of eating worms. A slice of orange is two seconds of joy and then a big mouthful of disappointment. I’m the absolute worst. 

What you may not know is that I used to be worse than the worst. As a child I probably ate about five different foods. As a teenager in a small town with only about three non-fast food restaurants, going out to eat usually ended in a cheeseburger or fettuccine alfredo. It wasn’t until I visited exotic Oklahoma City that I got to eat my first meal at Chili’s. Not gonna lie, the first several times I went there, I ordered a cheeseburger.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Then finally one day I went craaaazy and decided to try something different. I ordered the chicken ranch sandwich (no lettuce), and it was awesome. Spicy crispy chicken paired with cool creamy ranch. What had I been waiting for? Trying new things was a great idea.  

Of course, since then I’ve gone much further afield (for me) and am totally into food. And of course I’ve learned that blue cheese dressing is actually much better with buffalo chicken than ranch. I mean, eating the blue cheese is kind of half the point. 

Now finding a good buffalo chicken burger in Glasgow is not as easy as I thought it would be. Luckily, they’re pretty easy to make at home. Well seasoned chicken, buffalo sauce, a soft bun and some blue cheese dressing are all you need. It may not seem so adventurous, but I assure you, it’s delicious.

Buffalo Chicken Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Trying new things is awesome, but digging into an old favorite is just as great. Get yourself a buffalo chicken burger and smile!

Buffalo Chicken Burger
Serves 2
This Buffalo Chicken Burger is crispy, spicy, and so delicious.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 chicken breasts
  2. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  3. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, divided
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  7. Vegetable oil
  8. 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  9. 2 burger buns
  10. Blue cheese dressing
Instructions
  1. Cover each chicken breast in two layers of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin or something else heavy and unbreakable to pound your chicken to an even thickness, about half an inch.
  2. Place your flattened chicken breasts in a sealable bag or container. Pour over the buttermilk and add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Give your bag a good squish to mix things up and make sure your chicken is completely covered. Let this sit in the fridge for at least an hour. You could do this in the morning before work.
  3. On a plate or in a shallow container, mix the flour, salt, pepper, and another teaspoon of cayenne.
  4. Put a large skillet on the stove and add enough oil to cover the bottom. Turn the heat up to medium to heat up the oil before the chicken goes in.
  5. Remove your chicken breasts from the buttermilk, allowing any excess to drip off, and dredge each piece of chicken in the seasoned flour until covered completely.
  6. Fry your chicken breasts for about four or five minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. While your chicken is cooking add your buffalo sauce to a bowl or container that's large enough to fit your chicken breast.
  8. Once your chicken is cooked through, carefully move it to the sauce bowl and turn the chicken in the sauce a few times until it's completely coated.
  9. Add your chicken breast to the bun and top with blue cheese dressing and any other toppings you desire.
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