Saturday, August 13, 2011

Whatever happened to homemade?

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Earlier this week, Mr. L and I decided we'd like to have hamburgers. We went to the store and they had NO premade hamburger patties.

Come on.  This is the height of summer.  NO premade hamburger patties?  We asked one of the store employees and she shook her head and looked at us as if we were crazy.  Mind you, we always buy our hamburger patties from this grocery store.(And no, it was NOT Wegmans.)

So we settled on something else for supper, but we really wanted hamburgers.

Half an hour later, Mr. L decided to go to another store four towns away (yes, we were in rural NY at the time).  So off he went.  When he came back half an hour later, he reported that store No. 2 didn't have hamburger patties either.

So guess what?  He bought some hamburger and made the patties himself.

Duh.  Why didn't it occur to us that we could do that when we were at the first store?  Maybe because they didn't have any packages of hamburger in less than 2 pound amounts.  (The second store did.)

We were so entrenched in our thinking that we just didn't think outside the box.

BTW, it turned out to be the best burger I've had in a long, long time. Of course, I like lettuce, (my own grown) tomato, dill pickle chips, onion, catsup and mayo on it.  Yum-Yum.

Have you forgotten that you could make something simple because it's usually available premade for you?