Star-spangled holiday

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Recently I’ve occasionally heard the sound of fireworks off in the distance — a sure sign the Fourth of July — Independence Day — is upon us.

The annual fireworks display over Lake Okabena is the most vivid of my childhood memories of July 4. No matter what we did earlier in the day, my family always ended the holiday sitting on the lakeshore, watching the “rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,” come to life over the local body of water. DotMom, always eager to expand our vocabulary, challenged us to come up with a different adjective for each brilliant display. But soon the descriptive words gave way to silence as we were enraptured 


by the lights and colors in the sky.

While we now live just a hop, skip and a jump from the lake, our tradition is to head down to the home of a friend who lives along Sailboard Beach and has a view less impeded by trees. The photos posted here were taken there

 last year, showing the people lined up in anticipation of the dusk display and the ensuing light show.

But before the fireworks, the Fourth is the perfect time to fire up the grill, so I’m keeping my promise from a few weeks back to share our favorite turkey burger recipe. Hubby Bryan and I like things spicy,  but if your tastebuds aren’t as attuned to heat, use less chipotle in the meat mixture.

Chipotle Turkey Burgers

1½ pounds ground turkey breast


¾ cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 garlic clove, finely minced

2 or 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (from a can), stems and seeds removed, finely chopped

1½ teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin


In a bowl, mix all ingredients lightly, just until everything is incorporated. Divide mixture into four equally-sized balls; form into patties. Sprinkle patties with salt and pepper.

Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Place patties on grill and cook until seared on both sides and meat is cooked through,

Serve on whole wheat buns with sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise and lettuce. (We often mix some of the adobo sauce into the mayo extra heat.)



One thought on “Star-spangled holiday

  1. I love turkey burgers and Rich and I love spicy so will definitely try this. I buy my ground turkey at Costco now. I love a Swiss Mushroom burger too so another way to prepare is to mix the ground turkey with salt and pepper and some Montreal Chicken seasoning. Grill the burgers, shut the grill off and top with a slice of Swiss cheese . While grilling sauté some fresh mushroom slices in small amount of butter. Move mushrooms to the side of pan and put buns cut side down in same pan to toast. Serve burgers on buns with a healthy scoop of buttered mushrooms. You can spice this up by mixing mayo and Sarachi sauce and spreading on both bun halves before adding grilled turkey burger and sautéed mushrooms!


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