Yes, Jessie, you are awesome! Jessie came back from an unexpected break with an awesome recipe. I want to express my sympathies for Jessie’s loss. My heart goes out to you and your family and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. While you were gone you were missed big time – by me especially!

Jessie’s first post was this delicious looking Basil and Garlic Pork Burgers. This was another one of those “I see it, I have to make it NOW” recipes!

Grumpy arrived home late last evening and I had already made the burgers and the first thing he said was “I have to be honest with you, it doesn’t smell good.” I was like WHAT?? I was telling my friend Karen while I was making them that the house smelled awesome. See how different Grumpy and I are?! But, let me tell you this. Grumpy ate the burgers. He finished the burger. Then I asked (because, like the grump he is, he doesn’t say when he likes anything too often) how the burgers were and guess what? He liked them. Way to go Jessie. Grumpy ate lots of fresh garlic and basil in a pork burger. Something he would have never chosen on his own.

One of the ingredients is mashed garlic. I want to share you some info on mashing garlic that I saw on Everyday Italian! After you chop your garlic, you sprinkle it with some salt. You then drag the flat edge of the knife over the garlic and press. Gather it back together and continue doing so. The salt helps to break down the garlic and bring out the liquid.

If you want the recipe (with detailed directions on how to make the burger) make sure you check out Jessie’s post. Thank YOU Jessie. You did it again. You posted an awesome recipe that I knew as soon as I saw, I just HAD to make it. Keep up the awesome work!!