Of burgers and fries

Wow, I just looked at my posts for the month of April and I really was slowed down from my surgery! I have my good days and I have my bad days. This morning I have had a lot of aching. I really think the muscle relaxers that I have been taking just aren’t working anymore like they were. I try not to take them during the day now that I have been out of surgery for 5 weeks. I have a strong desire to be back to normal and go back to work but it just it taking too long for me. Yeah. I’m impatient!

Last week I didn’t have to worry about much cooking and really didn’t do any baking except for Nanny’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe and a Strawberry Pie (which I may be posting later this week). I didn’t have to cook dinner all week because Grumpy has been busy at work and getting home too late to eat dinner. Kind of a good thing since I didn’t really have the energy to cook meals anyway.

Saturday we never had a real “cooked” meal. We went to see if we could find a truck for Grumpy and he has decided that he wants a Toyota Tundra! My Chevy man is looking at something not a Chevy! He test drove two trucks and loved them both. We just have to make the money part work before we commit to anything. Story of life isn’t it?

Last night I actually decided to “fix” dinner. We had these burgers and sweet potato fries. The ground sirloin burger was just seasoned and grilled. I sauteed some onions and mushrooms to top the burger with. There are several recipes all over the internet for baked sweet potato fries. Just do a search and you will come up with many different versions. I enjoyed them baked but Grumpy wants me to fry them next time (go figure!). I adapted the recipe below to suit our taste.

Oven Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced in long strips
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place sliced potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil, then sprinkle mixture of cumin, salt and cayenne pepper and toss to coat well. Drizzle some olive oil on baking sheet. Spread potatoes in single layer on sheet. Place in oven and let bake for 15 minutes. Turn fries over and return to oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.


  1. says

    These burgers look so great! I actually had a delicious burger the other night at a bar, it was topped with cheddar and kalamata olives! The olives were awesome.

  2. says

    I’d like a bite of that!! YUM!
    I love sweet potato fries too. Nice that you baked them.
    I can’t believe it has already been 5 weeks since your surgery!
    Hope you are coming along…it takes time.

  3. says

    Looks like a great dinner! I love sweet potatoes, and turning them into fries sounds perfect!

    Hope you continue on the mend. Have to let the body do it’s thing, so don’t rush it!

  4. says

    I hope your back is back to 100% in no time! I’m sorry this morning was a bit off for you; here’s hoping tomorrow is a pain-free day. I’m glad that you had a chance to make a homemade meal for you and Grumpy–these burgers look incredible!! Not to mention, sweet potato fries are my fav. One of my favorite restaurants in Chapel Hill served sweet potato fries with a sprinkling of brown sugar…sooo good!

  5. says

    Those fries are so crispy! I would say don’t even bother frying them, if you can get them that crispy in the oven. They look delicious.

    As for that burger? Well, now. I could say some things about that burger, but they would be indecent.

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