“A hamburger by any other name costs twice as much.”

Yesterday was summer, hot and humid summer. It was a back to the deck day which started with morning coffee and papers and ended with me sitting in the dark enjoying the night air and listening to all of its sounds. Today is a bit cooler and far breezier but still warm enough for lazing on the deck. The paper said cold Canadian air is on its way. The nights will drop to 40°, perfect sleeping weather.

I took a ride yesterday. First I went to the garden center and bought bulbs. I bought hyacinths, dafs, crocus, though I am tempted to call them croci, and a few tulips then I headed to the shore road. As I drove over the bridges, the air was clear on each side of me, but further out, fog sat over the water. It was beautiful.

Every day my mailbox is bulging with catalogs. Some of them go into the discard pile without a glance. Others get a look through, but if I find nothing interesting, they too are discarded. The ones I save have dog-eared pages where there is something I might just order. Yesterday, one item took me aback. It was a plastic form for making hot dog shaped hamburgers. It’s just wrong. Hamburgers are round.

I know ground beef can take many shapes. If it’s square, it’s meatloaf. If it’s squat and round and you add gravy, it’s Salisbury steak. If it’s in a small ball shape, you’ve got meatballs. If you dress it up a bit and add noodles, you’ve got ground beef Stroganoff.

Ground beef is versatile, but the one thing it can never be is a hot dog. We’re talking apples to oranges, (though Christer might say äpplen och päron). Some things are just sacrosanct and never to be messed with. Hamburgers are one of them.

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20 Comments on ““A hamburger by any other name costs twice as much.””

  1. s Says:

    Actually – I sent you the perfect song for today awhile back. John Mellencamp – Hotdogs and Hamburgers. 😉

    And … if you think hamburgers are round, you’ve not been to Wendy’s!


  2. hedley Says:

    Alright, Christer got a shout out in the main body of your posting – does that mean he has favored Blogger status ?

  3. katry Says:

    My Dear Hedley,
    Of course not! We are all equal before Coffee. It’s just that I stumbled on it and thought I’d add it. Christer is so good with English I figured a bit of Swedish was in order.

  4. olof1 Says:

    Yes we do say äpplen och päron 🙂 You´ve been studying 🙂

    26,1 here this morning and much the same yesterday. I´m preparing for a cold winter and have ordered a pallet with fire-logs. I´m going to have it warm at home even if no one else is this winter 🙂 🙂

    No a hamburger can never look like a hot dog!!! That´s an abomination to be honest 🙂

    Have a great day now!

  5. Zoey & Me Says:

    And I love the ones we get at Five Guys. Do you have a Five Guys up there?

  6. splendid Says:

    as a native northern Kentuckian who lives much closer to Cincinnati ohio,the sausage capitol of the world than to any bluegrass cities, i must say tube meat is always in abundance here. Our German ancestors loved to stuff meat into casings. We have delicious sausages made from every meat there is.


    • katry Says:

      I am a sausage fan, love them all. My market makes their own, and they are the best off the grill. I also love linguica, kielbasa and chicken with apple.

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