It has been a while since I’ve had creative time in the kitchen; we’ve been in maintenance mode since the end of June. A string of easy, go-to meals became a real lifeline … sometimes dependable, get-it-on-the-table (boring) is what life demands. Yes, even food bloggers have seasons when inspiration is lacking and we rely on taco night. (I have wedged more random ingredients in a flat corn disc over the last two months than I ever imagined possible).
The kitchen is my favorite room in the house, my happy place, but like I said to a friend over coffee a few weeks ago—when life is overwhelmed, cooking is tedious for me too. It is especially so when there isn’t any margin for browsing grocery aisles, thumbing through glossy magazines, or pondering new recipes. I don’t know about you, but when I notice I’m not passionate about something I’m normally passionate about, it is time for a break—a short hiatus to invite creativity and inspiration to return.
Early in the summer, before life was interrupted with fire evacuation and what not, we decided to blend some of our favorite Italian flavors into burger night. Since it is still grilling season, we are sharing our Lil’ Italy Burger for you to enjoy while I am away from blogging these next few weeks. Fresh garden basil and ripe tomatoes are like a jeweled crown for this mushroom and cheese infused beef-prosciutto burger.
I have grown quite fond of adding cheese and savory components directly into the beef instead of waiting to add them as a topping. It’s all there, distinct flavors of Italy—prosciutto, fontina cheese, porcini mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and fresh basil—in each and every bite. We surrounded ours with toasted Caramelized Onion Sprouted Wheat Buns to catch all the juicy details.
I hope you enjoy the last bit of summer with family and friends on the patio or around your table. Hearth & Soul Hop will still appear on Tuesdays (blog friends, add your links!) … otherwise, I’ll see you again in September.