Navy Wife vs. Pickle Jar

Yesterday I found myself in a pickle. I had a jar of pickles that would not open. I had tried smacking it on the bottom, holding it under hot water and lastly hitting it on the floor. The sucker wouldn't open.

This brought me back to 3 years ago, gearing up for a deployment and thinking, Why isn't 'have husband open every jar in the house' on the deployment checklist? You know the list. The list that has you prepare for every possible occurrence while they are gone, from where to get the car fixed to every detail of their Will to making sure that your Power of Attorney is up to date. Why isn't opening pickle jars on that list?

I brought the jar to my neighbor. She asked if I had smacked it on the bottom.

Yes. And then I listed everything I had tried.

She asked, Did you whack it with a knife?

Well no, I hadn't thought of that. 

She hit it a bunch of times with the end of a butter knife and like a miracle, it opened. Never underestimate a Coastie wife. They'll whack you when you least expect it. She could have told a Coast Guard/Navy joke after accomplishing something I did not, but she refrained. I'm sure it was out of pity. Maybe.

Navy Wife- 0

Pickle Jar-0

Coastie Wife- 1

We're keeping tally.

Thankfully, the jar opened and I was able to enjoy a pickle at 7 am. I could have waited for my husband to get home later that night, but no, I saw the jar of pickles and had to have one.

One more blessing of knowledge my neighbor has bestowed upon me, those potato chips. There are 4 different types of potatoes and they are awesome. Awesome like...WOAH! They are made by UTZ and they are available at the commissary (and if you have ever been to our commissary, you know, that's quite an achievement). I now know where to buy cool chips and how to open a jar of pickles.

As for the burger, that is courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow (again.) It's a turkey burger stuffed with cheddar cheese and it was so good (and easy, which is always a plus).

Cheesy Stuffed Burgers

Adapted from My Father's Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup finely minced yellow onion

1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 pound ground turkey (preferably not ground turkey being recalled)

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup coarsely grated cheese of your choice (I used sharp cheddar)

4 whole wheat burger buns

Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over low heat. Toss in the onion and rosemary and cook until the onion is softened, about 10 minutes. Let that mixture cool a little bit and then add it to the ground turkey (put the turkey in a bowl). Mash it all together using any means necessary (I used my hands, but you can use a fork). Divide into quarters (I did this by weighing each burger, but I'm a little OCD, you can just eyeball it). Take each quarter and divide it in half and form a patty. Place 2 Tablespoons of cheese in side and place the other patty on top, pinching the sides. Repeat with remaining burger mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Serve on a whole wheat bun with whatever you want (here we used tomato, lettuce and of course, pickles). Enjoy!

I actually used a 'Stuffed Burger Press' that I picked up at Williams-Sonoma a week ago. It's a great tool, made the whole process so easy, and it's only $12.

Have a great day everyone!


Navy Wife to my salty sailor

Mommy to two pint size princesses

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