If I had said, "it's in the eyes," I may not have gotten your attention. Ok, ok, I know. Here she goes again. Talking about the eyes in the photograph. The windows to the soul. Can't help myself. They ARE important! To me, they are of the UTMOST of importance! Recently, at the Hearts in the Arts festival in Augusta, Ga I was talking with a woman who was an incredible artist/painter. Her subjects were mainly the large cats, cheetahs, lions, etc. I couldn't get over how the eyes of her subjects were PERFECT. I mentioned to her that when I used to paint, I always hated to do the eyes and kept them for last because, you know, if you don't have the eyes right, then the entire painting would not work! She said, "I agree!" But, then she said, "I always paint the eyes first, then I don't stress at the end!" Such a small piece of advice. WHY DIDN'T I think of that! Ha!
So, you are probably wondering about my title above. Did you know that mastering the perfect hamburger recipe is quite difficult. Way back when ... in Texas with my husband George, who loved to eat - - I decided to try to make the PERFECT hamburger. You know the kind. The one that makes your mouth salivate before you take that first bite. The one that literally is so juicy that it runs down your arm. That tantalizing, perfectly medium rare, hint of charcoal grilled, yumminess. I tried many different concoctions. Pure sirloin beef? A recipe actually called for that and then you had to mix small pieces of butter into the patty. Nothing seemed to work. At the time, George was teaching a new brewer the art of brewing science. He was the head brewer at the Hofbrau house close to Dallas. He also, was the chef. I asked him, because they had that kind of a hamburger on their menu. Are you ready for the secret?
He said to me,
"Laurie, you have to use the cheapest ground meat you can find. It doesn't exactly help out your heart here, but it has the fat that you need to keep it juicy."
"Yes, he said." "One more thing, don't forget the pickle." "The sliced oval dill hamburger kind."
"It's in the pickle, you know."
So, beloved readers, don't forget! It's in the pickle, and it is definitely, definitely,
in the eyes.