“Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.”

The morning did not start propitiously. I slept till eleven as did Henry. I came downstairs and put the coffee on then went to get the papers. I started reading the Globe, but I felt cold so I went upstairs to get my sweatshirt. The morning went downhill from there. I checked the cat room and saw one litter box upturned and litter and its contents all over the floor. I swept what I could then vacuumed the rest. I put in new litter and brought the bag of old downstairs. I also brought down the bag holding all of the empty cans and the cat poop or excrement if you’d like. I didn’t know the bag had a hole. Hansel and Gretel left bread crumps. I left a trail of cat poop. I had to pick it up and clean the stairs. It took a while.

When I was a kid, my mother was a masterful cook with hamburger. My favorite was her meatloaf with mashed potato frosting. American chop suey was a close second. She also served a dish with hamburger, water chestnuts and bean sprouts. We thought we were eating actual Chinese food. My mother seldom served just hamburgers. Those were reserved for summer barbecues.

When I go out for dinner, which isn’t that often, I order cheeseburgers. Sometimes I have cheddar cheese but mostly I have Jack cheese. When I was young, we always had yellow American cheese. It came in individually wrapped pieces. I can’t remember the last time I ate it.

I always thought Fridays had the best day of the week meals. We couldn’t eat meat so my mother didn’t make a regular dinner. She served English muffin pizzas or fried dough or the more formal fish sticks and chips. My favorite was the fried dough. My poor mother could never make it fast enough. We’d slather on butter and sprinkle it with salt. It was an Ah!! dinner.

I’m a home body today.

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4 Comments on ““Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Yes, cheeseburgers are a genius food creation. Jack cheese on mine, please.
    My mother made pretty good meatloaf. She made excellent potato salad, turkey stuffing, and fudge, and fabulous apple crisp. She made awful American chop suey. It was macaroni, hamburger crumbles, and a big can of stewed tomatoes. Bleh.

    I had to wear a jacket on our morning dog walk. It was chilly and windy. The jacket was a tad too warm in the sun and a tad too inadequate in the shade. The wind has died down so the temperature is a bit more even.

    Sorry about the crappy start to your day. I hope the rest of the day has gone rather better.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The day got worse. I went to the cellar door to check to hear if the wash was done. I could smell smoke as if something was burning. I went downstairs. My washing machine had died. I unplugged it and checked the wash. It had washed but didn’t spin. The towel was soaked more than the clothes were. I decided to throw a few pieces of laundry into the dryer. When the first load dried, I added the second. The towel was its own load. I guess I shouldn’t complain as I think the machine is around 17 or 18 years old.

      My mother was a good cook. Se also made great potato salad, and her turkey stuffing was to die for. I made the fudge from my mother’s friend’s recipe one time then my mother expected me to make it. I didn’t like it, sugary, but my father and sister did.

      I wasn’t up and out early enough to be cold, but tonight is cold so I had to shut the back door. I’ll have to bring the storm door up.

      My laundry is done so I’ll be all right for a while.

  2. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I love a good burger but most of the fast food variety are just mediocre at best. I like my burgers cooked medium rare which requires a thick meat patty made from ground steak or brisket. If I have to eat one cooked through the best is In N’ Out burgers from the West Coast. All of their meat, buns and veggies are fresh and they are actually cheaper than Mac Donald’s. Unfortunately, we in Texas are the furthest east that you can find their stores.

    The weather here in the valley of the sun was beautiful today with a high in the low 90s and clear dry skies. After all it’s a desert with mountains.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I can’t even remember when last I had a burger from a fast food joint. I do stop at Dunkin’ Donuts but usually just for coffee. I am a medium well sort. I am not a fan of red meat. I usually have a burger at pub type restaurants. I love a side of onion rings but the thin ones, not the thick batter.

      My town has only a Burger King. The town has a moratorium on drive-up windows and the top limit has been reached so no MacDonald’s.

      I have the back door closed as it is only 48˚, and I can feel the cold when the door is open. I guess I need to bring the storm door up and put the screen away.


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