I recommend burgers with an Italian spin. Use fresh basil and homemade ketchup and you’ve got yourself a gourmet meal that will meet your goal.
Meals with Midgi: Stepping up to the plate 052913 AE 1 Kelly Moore I recommend burgers with an Italian spin. Use fresh basil and homemade ketchup and you’ve got yourself a gourmet meal that will meet your goal.

Kelly Moore

Italian hamburgers would add flavor to any date night.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Story last updated at 5/29/2013 - 2:17 pm

Meals with Midgi: Stepping up to the plate

 Last week I shared an easy recipe for ladies to make for that special someone they’re trying to impress. I feel it is only fair that the fellas should consider this as well.

Living in Alaska I have learned a lot about men. Most Alaskan men thrive on the outdoors, enjoy facial hair and can’t imagine why a girl doesn’t fish and hunt. Therefore, I thought in the sense of fairness, I’d provide some assistance to the guys out there looking for their fair maiden.

Dear Mr. Man,

Ladies do love the manly men. However, we love them clean and fresh. It’s OK to have a beard, but wash it. And we’d love it if you would wear something other than Xtratufs occasionally. Ladies enjoy hiking, camping and all sorts of outdoors activities, but they also enjoy being wooed and romanced. Bring them flowers for no special reason, appreciate them for who they are, and every now and then cook a nice meal for them. It doesn’t have to be much, because it really is the thought that matters.

Eat and enjoy,


I confess I’m a hopeful romantic and still believe in happily ever after. And there’s something special about a guy who cooks for me. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the 70s and my dad was the great provider and my mom the homemaker. But now that they’re both seniors, it warms my heart to watch my dad make a meal for my mom. She really appreciates it when he does. It’s sweet and romantic and I am touched when I can see them share that moment.

For those who don’t cook very often, and who are like my husband who catches the stove on fire boiling water (true story), I recommend grilling. It’s an outside activity and a relaxed process. Burgers are an easy first-time griller recipe. They take little work, can be made ahead, and if you burn one you have spares. It’s doesn’t get any easier than that.

But, you’re out to impress. So go for something with a little extra flare, but no extra work. I recommend burgers with an Italian spin. Use fresh basil and homemade ketchup and you’ve got yourself a gourmet meal that will meet your goal.

I’m a firm believer in keeping cooking simple. Learning basic processes will enable anyone to cook something nice, elegant and even rustic in no time at all. And even the “I can’t cook a thing” male will conquer this recipe and woo his heart’s desire.

Until next time…

Eat and enjoy,


Italian Hamburgers

1 pound ground beef

½ chopped onion

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

½ cup bread crumbs

1 egg

1 tablespoon dried Italian seasonings

¼ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped

4 slices mozzarella cheese

Fresh basil leaves



Red onions

4 sesame seed buns

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Once well incorporated, separate into four hamburger patties. Pat firm and make a divot in the center. This will keep the burgers from plumping up into a ball in the center. Place burgers on grill and cook 7 minutes on one side and turn. Turn only if they release easily. If not, wait additional minute or two. Cook additional 7-10 minutes, until desired doneness. Add cheese, close grill and cook 1 minute until cheese is melted. You can cook two burgers at a time as a fail-safe if one doesn’t turn out the way you like.

Toast buns on grill and place cooked patties on bottom of bun.

Homemade Italian Ketchup

1 8oz can tomato sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasonings

2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes

1/8 cup red wine

Combine all ingredients in small sauce pan. Bring to low boil and simmer for 20 minutes until well incorporated. Cool to room temperature for serving.

Basil Mayo

½ cup fresh basil, rough chopped

¾ cup mayo

3 cloves roasted garlic

Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until well incorporated and smooth.

To plate

Place burger on bottom of toasted bun. Smear ketchup on burger. Add tomatoes and onions to your liking. Add fresh basil leaves and romaine lettuce. Smear top of bun with basil mayo and place on top of burger.