Monday, May 29, 2017

Vidalia Onion Thousand Island Burger

THE GAME: Angels vs Braves (sort of) 

I had the evening all planned out.

Earlier in the weekend, I'd bought stuff to grill burgers, watch baseball, and end the three-day weekend in a relaxing manner by watching the Angels take on the Braves in interleague action.

Then Mike Trout tore a ligament in his thumb on Sunday afternoon and he's going to miss a minimum of two or three weeks. But let's be honest: this is the Angels. He's going to be out at least two months. (This is the same organization that lost its best hitter for two years when he broke his foot celebrating a walk-off grand slam.)

So, for the record, the Angels are missing their top 4 starting pitchers, their top 3 relievers, and they just lost the best player on the planet.

They are currently tied for second in the AL West; I will be surprised if they aren't dead last when Trout returns. 

Watching an Angels game without him is ugly, boring, and pretty much pointless. So I wasn't going to bother. But then I had a thought: why not watch at least until an Angel gets a hit? Because without Trout, there's always a chance they won't, and then at least I can say I saw a no-hitter.

NOTES ON THE FOOD:  
  • Vidalia Onions are grown only in Vidalia, Georgia, where the abnormally low amount of sulfur in the ground yields onions that are remarkably sweet. When grilled or caramelized, they become even sweeter. So I diced one and cooked it on low in a covered wok for forty minutes until it was like candy. 
  • You can choose from any number of bottled Thousand Island dressings, but it's even better when you make it yourself. I prefer it a little chunkier, so instead of relish, I dice Bubbies bread & butter pickles and mix them into the dressing. In addition to the three ingredients pictured, I used a teaspoon of horseradish and a couple of drops of Worcestershire sauce. 
  • I found this ketchup at Cost Plus World Market the other day. It's made with jerk spices and has a healthy amount of heat, though by no means is it overpowering. I fried up steak fries and dipped them in the ketchup. Steak fries are probably my least favorite kind of frozen fry; I have no idea why I decided to buy them. 

NOTES ON THE GAME:  
  • Did you watch Sunday Night Baseball last night? Me either. The Dodgers were playing the Cubs yesterday (Kershaw against Lester, no less), but for some reason, ESPN scheduled the Mets vs. Pirates. 
  • Julio Teheran is pitching for the Braves. In 2017 he has an ERA of 8.40 at home and 0.71 on the road. That's... bizarre. 
  • The Angels go in order in the bottom of the first. No surprise there. Pujols with an unimpressive two-pitch at bat that ended with a lazy fly out. Five years ago, the Angels signed him to what was then the third-largest contract in baseball history with the expectation that he would lead the team. He has not, and I don't expect him to while Trout is out. 
  • Simba! Adrelton Simmons hits a home run in the bottom of the second. That was sweet. He's my second-favorite Angel. Now I can go to Whole Foods. 
  • The NBA Finals start Thursday, and I cannot freaking wait to watch those games. There will be plenty of good food to accompany them. 

2 comments:

  1. The picture of the burger reminds me of Pie 'n' Burger somehow...

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  2. The beef came from the same place PnB buys theirs, though it's a different grind.

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