Hello and welcome to the launch of the new Rachael Ray Wednesdays here at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen. I am really excited about this new section. For those that don’t know, I began my blogging journey with a blog called Bobbi Renee and Rachael Ray. This idea was born from the movie Julie and Julia. After my family watched the movie my kids turned to me and said, “Mom you should do that!”. I kind of fluffed it off and really didn’t think about it again….for a while.
Then in November of 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Reality hit me smack in the face! After dealing with the emotions of the situation and going through the necessary surgery I began looking back on my life and realizing that I, like many people, always counted on there being time “later” to do things. I knew that food is a passion to me, and Rachael Ray was really the person that encouraged me to feel comfortable in the kitchen. She doesn’t fuss over things being chopped “just so” or being exact with your measurements. She is just about cooking food that tastes good, having fun doing it, and sharing that with people. So I took a deep breath, signed on to my computer, and jumped in with both feet!
That first blog gave me the fuel to fire up my desire to not only showcase recipes of other chefs, but to trust in my ability to write my own. I had several recipes that I had tinkered with through the years and again with my families encouragement I came up with the idea of Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen. It started off pretty slow. I had some nervousness when it came to posting my own recipes. I was thinking “What if people hate my food” “What if I sound like a fool” then came the thought “What the heck are you whining about get your rear in gear girl!”. I can tell you that I am SO glad I did and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
OK enough about me, lets get on to the FOOD! This recipe was a lot of fun to cook. Aside from the fact that I cut my finger for the second time in a week (that’s what I get for sharpening my knives) Kevin and I cooked the whole meal together. I love having my family in the kitchen with me when I cook. Cooking is love to me and sharing that love with my family and friends is the best feeling ever.
As far as the recipe goes, I stuck pretty close to it. Sometimes I can get a little side tracked and don’t quite do it as it is called for. But I did good this time. I will tell you that I caramelized the onions a bit longer than the recipe calls for, just to get them to that nice caramel color. I think it was only about 5 to 10 minutes longer. I didn’t realize I was low on onions, something that never happens in my house I always have garlic and onions on hand because I use them in just about everything I cook, so I had to use a tablespoon of onion powder in the patties instead of the 3 tablespoons grated onion. I think the grated onion would have been much better. I also used fresh thyme instead of ground thyme, about 2 tablespoons.
Other than that, things went smoothly and the family agreed that it came out good. My father, who is more of a burger/ground sirloin guy, loved it and requested that I keep the recipe. My son told me that he isn’t a big Salisbury steak lover but with the french onion gravy on them he really enjoyed the meal. Kevin, who is becoming more and more like me everyday, started talking about how he liked them and then jumped right in to “Well you know next time we could add this and change that” gotta love him I think the food bug has bitten him too. So out of 4 people this recipe probably got 3 thumbs up. 75%….not that bad. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
I also made Rachael’s Potatoes with Gruyere and Dijon, so that recipe will follow.