Inspired by Saveur Magazine
OPENING DAY HAMBURGERS
• 4 1/4-inch thick yellow onion slices • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil • Salt and pepper, to taste • Condiments of your choice
• 1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean • 4 soft, white hamburger buns, split • 4 1/4-inch thick tomato slices • 12–16 pickle rounds • 4 small leaves iceberg lettuce
MOUNTAIN RANGES Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, we don’t have to go far to find mountaintop winter activities. If skiing or tubing is your idea of winter fun, Bogus Basin is just a short drive away, and heading to McCall makes a fun weekend getaway. ... AND RIVERS Not only are we surrounded by the Payette and Boise rivers, Idaho is also home to the deepest gorge in North America: Hells Canyon. Take that, Arizona! 3. Sear patties on each side, about 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until desired doneness, about 1 more minute per side for medium-rare, 2 more per side for medium-well. 4. Let meat rest for a minimum of 3 minutes. 5. T assemble, place patty on bottom bun and top with tomato, pickles, lettuce, and onion (in that order). Spread condiments o t p half of bun and place on top of onion. Serve. Directions GOOD CHEER Beer lovers, rejoice! Idaho is the world’s largest hop producer, and more and more people are taking advantage of our agricultural bounty by opening breweries in the Treasure Valley. Share a few of these treasures with visiting family members and their only question will be “How did we not come here sooner?” 1. Lightly grease a small nonstick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high. 2. While heating, gently shape meat into four patties 3 1/2 inc es in diameter. Be careful to handle the eat as little as possible to prevent tough burgers. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
Out-of-town relatives who are visiting for the holidays might wonder what makes Emmett so special. But we already know the Treasure Valley is full of gems — and we don’t just mean the rocks. Here are some additional reasons Emmett and The Gem State are great. WE’VE GOT SUNSHINE On average, we have 210 sunny days per year. Compare that to 144 rainy days in Portland and we can feel pretty happy about all our free vitamin D.
GEM STATE? WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE
13th Annual Wings and Wheels Where: Emmett Airport When: April 20
14th Annual Family Pet Expo Where: Expo Idaho When: April 27
TWINS ARE BREWING! We had a pop-up baby shower for Kalie! Oh! And the banana — someone’s snack ended up in their gift bag! We laughed so hard!
THE GREAT POTATO HOAX
April Fool’s Day inevitably spurs on the pranksters and gagsters among us. Sometimes, though, accidental pranks pull the wool over people’s eyes, as in the case of the Great Potato Hoax of 1895. Joseph Swan, a farmer in Colorado, was only hoping to get people excited about the upcoming street fair, and with the help of photographer Adam Talbot, Swan did just that. Talbot took a photo of one of Swan’s potatoes, enlarged it, cut it out, and posted it on a board that Swan held up for a second photo to make it look as if he was carrying a giant potato on his shoulder.
The doctored photo soon made its way around Colorado and the nation. Eventually, one fan got a copy and sent it to the editors at “Scientific American,” who promptly published the photo of the mammoth potato as real. Upon discovering it was a fake, Scientific American published a letter of error, informing readers of the “gross fraud” that had taken place. Nevertheless, Swan was swamped with calls from folks asking to see the mammoth spud. We’d say the potato had the last laugh.
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