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Could Use a Break…


By the time you read this we will about a week out from finding out the results of the Presidential election. Hopefully by now a good portion of the social media hate will have died down. Because, y’all? It’s. Been. Ugly. The things I have seen via social media in the last 5 days kinda makes me question who I associate with. People have been mean and rude, blatantly disrespectful and outright nasty.
  Now, I could use my space to tell you how we should treat each other better. That we should be civil and have civil discussions. That we should lose gracefully and win graciously.
  But I’m not going to. Because, let’s face it. The majority of you reading this are adults and you know how you should behave. In public and online. For the two in the under 18 set that are reading, well I know for a fact that your mom tells you to be nice and make good decisions on the regular, so you’re covered.
  If you need help determining if your behavior is acceptable, just ask if your mom would be proud of you.
  I could also use my space to tell you that even if you aren’t happy with the results of the election, that you should still give President-Elect Trump the benefit of the doubt. As Hillary Clinton said, “Give him the chance to lead.” I am by no means Trump supporter, but you have to remember, if he succeeds, we succeed. However, if he fails, the only people who lose are the American people. So why wouldn’t we want to hope that he succeeds at making our country successful?
  But I don’t need to tell you all this right? Because we are all mature adults who understand that win, or lose we are the United State of America. Right? Yeah…I thought so.
  So, since I’m not using my space to tell you to be respectful, have open, honest and civil discourse and to make good decisions, instead we are going to talk happier things. Food things. Because when I am stressed or upset or need a break from reality, I find cooking to be a really great escape so that means you get a new recipe.
  Whenever I tell someone about this recipe I get two distinct reactions. People are either immediately intrigued or immediately disgusted. I am going to ask you to have an open mind. These ingredients may not seem like the will go together very well, but the results are amazing and delicious.
Spicy Peanut Butter Bacon Sliders
• 2 pounds ground beef
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 2 tablespooons Sriracha (or more to your liking)
• 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
• 1 pinch pepper
• 6 tablespoons butter, softened
• 12 whole slider buns
• 12 slices pepper jack or cheddar cheese
• 12 slices cooked bacon
• 2 whole jalapeños, sliced
• 2 cups crispy French fries
• 1 whole purple onion, sliced
  Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
  Mix together the ground beef, soy sauce, Sriracha, 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter (you can leave the peanut butter out of the patties if desired) and a pinch of pepper. Divide the beef in 12 balls and flatten each ball into a patty the size of the slider buns.
Butter both halves of each bun.
  When the grill is medium high, place the patties on the grill and cook for 4 minutes. Flip the patties over with a spatula and cook until your desired doneness is reached. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, place a slice of cheese on the top of each patty and close the grill lid. Remove the sliders to a plate and cover with foil.
  Grab the buttered slider buns and place cut side down on the grill for 1-2 minutes to toast them.
  Divide the remaining peanut butter among the 12 bottom buns, top each with a burger patty, slice of bacon, jalapenos, crispy fries and red onion. Drizzle with more Sriracha, if desired. Cover with the top of the bun and serve immediately!