Monday, July 2, 2012

Keeping the cows happy - Recipe 43 - Burger and Fries

Ah, it's that time of year.  Cookout time!  Tis the season when we fire up the grill and get ready to throw a hamburger on... then we throw on the cheese and everything else and top it off.
Ok, well at least you're going to go running around your back yard chasing fireworks or jumping in a swimming pool after, right?

No matter... the ol arteries are hardning as you swallow.. but let's go back to the origins of the 'burger and fries' shall we?  What can we learn from this past-time?
Sit down.

"Texas historian Frank X. Tolbert attributes the American version of the Glasse cookbook to Fletcher Davis of Athens, Texas. Davis is believed to have sold hamburgers at his café at 115 Tyler Street in Athens, Texas in the late 1880s, then brought them to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. An article about Louis' Lunch in The New York Times on January 12, 1974 stated that the McDonald's hamburger chain claims the inventor was an unknown food vendor at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Tolbert's research documented that this vendor was in fact Fletcher Davis. Dairy Queen spokesman Bob Phillips made a similar claim for Dairy Queen in a commercial filmed in Athens in the 1980s calling the town the birthplace of the hamburger.

Residents of Hamburg, New York, which was named after Hamburg, Germany, attribute the hamburger to Ohioans Frank and Charles Menches. According to legend, the Menches brothers were vendors at the 1885 Erie County Fair (then called the Buffalo Fair) when they ran out of sausage for sandwiches and used beef instead. They named the result after the location of the fair. However, Frank Menches's obituary in The New York Times states instead that these events took place at the 1892 Summit County Fair in Akron, Ohio.

The Seymour Community Historical Society of Seymour, Wisconsin, credits Charlie Nagreen, now known as "Hamburger Charlie", with the invention of the hamburger. Nagreen was fifteen when he reportedly made sandwiches out of meatballs that he was selling at the 1885 Seymour Fair (now the Outagamie County Fair), so that customers could eat while walking. The Historical Society explains that Nagreen named the hamburger after the Hamburg steak with which local German immigrants were familiar.

The Library of Congress credits Louis Lassen of Louis' Lunch, a small lunch wagon in New Haven, Connecticut, for selling the first hamburger and steak sandwich in the U.S. in 1895.  Newyorkmagazine states that, "The dish actually had no name until some rowdy sailors from Hamburg named the meat on a bun after themselves years later", noting also that this claim is subject to dispute.

There is good evidence that the first hamburger served on a bun was made by Oscar Weber Bilby of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1891.

"In April of 1995, the Dallas Morning News reported Oklahoma author says Tulsa beats out Texas as the birthplace of delicacy. Michael Wallis, author of "Route 66, The Mother Road", was quoted by the newspaper to say he had discovered Tulsa's place in culinary history. The discovery was made while researching the state’s tastiest hamburgers. What better place to start than the restaurant that has been voted Tulsa's best burger more often than any other restaurant since 1933... Weber's Root Beer Stand. Mr. Wallis’ research revealed that Oscar Weber Bilby was the first person to serve a real hamburger. On July 4, 1891, ground beef was served on his wife’s homemade buns. The Fourth of July party took place on his farm, just west of present day Tulsa. Until then, ground beef had been served in Athens, Texas on simple slices of bread, known presently and then as a "patty melt". According to the Tulsa-based author, the bun is essential. Therefore, in 1995, Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating cited Athens, Texas' feat of ground beef between two slices of bread to be a minor accomplishment. The Governor's April 1995 Proclamation also cites the first true hamburger on the bun, as meticulous research shows, was created and consumed in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1891. The Governor's Proclamation on April 13, 1995 cites Tulsa as "The Real Birthplace of the Hamburger."

The hamburger bun was invented in 1916 by a fry cook named Walter Anderson, who co-founded White Castle in 1921."

Well get a load of that, Templeton.. that's lot's of fairs.  (You know, a fair is a veritable smorgasboard).

Well, regardless - I am going to enjoy a cookout all of my own volition.. and it's going to have fries and burgers in it too! 
I'm baking red-white and blue fries and making vegan red white and blue burgers to go with it..
So, let's look at some numbers, shall we?

Original Fries                                    Baked RWB Veganies
Calories   200                                           123
Total Fat    31.1                                         2.2
Cholesterol     5                                             0
Sodium  335                                               49
Total Carbohydrate   67.3                            25
Dietary Fiber  5.9                                        2.0
Protein      7.27                                           2.7
WWpts –  16                                               3

Original Cheeseburger                            Independence Burgers
Calories   859                                             125
Total Fat  23.5                                             3.1
Cholesterol  52                                              0
Sodium    976                                               460
Total Carbohydrate   29                                 8
Dietary Fiber   0                                           5
Protein      17                                              13
WWpts –  11                                               2

Yup.. you saw it here.
And now that we don't have to make the cows mad....

My veganization is going to take place on Saturday (hopefully on the girlfriend's outdoor grill - if not, we'll do it inside).  I already know it's going to ROCK my SOCKS.. mmmm...

So - until then - Happy Independence day!  Be safe, look out for your furkids and enjoy a dip in a pool somewhere.

Our veganization will start soon!

Music enjoyed while blogging:
Strangely, nothing but what's in my head.

Current Motivation:
Happy Cows

Current Craving:
A potato.

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