thank you!

Thank you for all of your sweet comments!  It feels great to be blogging again.

In celebration of being back, I imagined that my first recipe for you all would be something special.  Something classy.  But the truth is, the recipes we have been cooking up recently have all be really basic.  Basic, but delicious.

This first recipe I will share with you all is a staple in our household.

Black bean burgers!

I have made them before and the recipe is here.

The only difference is that I had Taylor grill them this time!  They were amazing!

And look at the view.

Grilling black bean burgers under a full moon is pretty amazing!

We served our burgers with a side of spicy sweet potato fries.  The fries were a major bonus since I thought we had used up all the sweet potatoes from the season already.

Good news though… the back corner of our cupboard was a paper bag filled with about 10 sweet potatoes! Christmas in February!

I cut up about 5 sweet potatoes.  peeled them and sliced them into thin fries.  Coated them evenly with olive oil, paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.  Baked in a 425 degree oven for about 35 minutes.  Turning once.  They were perfection!

The icing on the cake (or fries for that matter) was the spicy aioli sauce I made to accompany the burger and fries. (Yes, we both smothered our burgers in this heavily sauce!)

The sauce was easy, and made the whole meal!

Spicy aioli sauce: (this makes a lot of sauce but you will have plenty of leftovers for another use)


  • 1 quart mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Thai-chili paste, (recommended: Sriracha)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • dash of cumin
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper.

Mix all ingredients into a bowl and chill until you are ready to serve!

We have been dipping celery sticks into the leftovers all day! Yummy!

And as always, I recommend serving this meal with a glass of your favorite wine.  Cheers!



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2 Responses to thank you!

  1. HeidiK says:

    Re. the black bean burgers — I have to tell you that since you posted the recipe before, these have become a favorite for me. They are so much better than the Morningstar Farms black bean burgers, which I had thought I liked!! (Well, they’ll still do in a pinch, but I really much prefer yours…)

    Haven’t made the sweet potato fries yet, but those are next 🙂

  2. Jean says:

    Agree with Heidi — these are the best black bean burgers. Also will try the fries and sauce. I have a hard time keeping sweets for any length of time. Glad yours were fine.

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