Summer Kickoff

by Cait on June 21, 2012

We kicked summer off right tonight with a little cookout!

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I made these turkey burgers (best ever), we roasted up some Trader Joe’s Potato Fries (only 4 ingredients – love that!) and in a feeble attempt to make up for the lack of veggies I consumed today, I threw a little “side salad” on the plate as well.

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Summer at it’s finest!

On to my burger I put: lettuce, mustard, ketchup and avocado.

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So good.

I can’t say enough about this recipe.  I’ve made it several times now and every time I’m so pleased with the results.

Another thing I can’t say enough about?

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These fries!

These are the Trader Joe’s Potato Fries.

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14 minutes on 425 and they’re crispy, crunchy and absolutely perfect.  That on top of their short ingredient list made these a total winner.

Much better than my other “side” ;)

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Was super pleased to find this on the shelves at the store:

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It tasted different – like the vinegar came out more than in other ketchups…but still good!  Totally worth it for the lack of HFCS and salt!

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And it wouldn’t be a summer night without…

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A perfect end to a summer night.

I’m being eaten alive…

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…time to head in!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 21, 2012

There’s always room for ice cream in the summer…always! ;)


Cait June 21, 2012

Haha exactly!!


Ramani June 21, 2012

Cait- I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I still consider myself a new reader but I love reading your posts. You are so sweet and refreshingly honest. I love the tone of your blog. No wonder Chad likes you…;)

Quick question: any tips for storing avocado. Yours looks fresh (not brown) and I’m assuming you dont use the entire thing in one day. Thanks!


Cait June 21, 2012

Aw thank you so much! What an incredibly sweet thing to say. It means so much to me to hear you like the blog – truly, it makes my night!

As for the avocado, you’re definitely right – I only use a quarter at a time. I simply store it in a plastic bag – sometimes I’ll put a little lime or lemon juice on it to prevent from browning but for the most part I find that they last okay on their own for at least 3 days. I go through them quick so I don’t often have to deal with them turning brown ;) I’ll do a little research and see if there’s anything I can find on storing tips though! :)


Ramani June 21, 2012

Thanks! You are SO sweet. I will also try the ziploc bag technique and try to use the avo within two days. :)


Cait June 22, 2012

Of course! Good luck! I’ll let you know if I find out any other good tips! :)


j3nn June 21, 2012

Yup. That looks like summer to me! I need to get that no salt added Hunt’s ketchup with no HFCS. I usually get the Heinz no salt added, but it has HFCS. I’ll check it out. :)


Cait June 22, 2012

Definitely do – it’s different…but in a good way.


Lauren June 22, 2012

Oh goodness, we had burgers last night too! Definitely the quintessential summer food.


Cait June 22, 2012

Perfect for the first summer night!


Gillian June 22, 2012

Those burger pictures are serious food porn!!


Cait June 22, 2012

Haha – they’re SO delicious! I highly recommend the recipe!


Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep June 22, 2012

No matter where I am (even inside), if there is a mosquito, it WILL find me. I guess we’re just sweet like that, eh? ;]


Cait June 22, 2012

Hahah – I like the way you think! ;)


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