Great Ideas

UPDATED 05/18/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/18/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

ENTERTAINING

Katie Lee Joel's

AWARD-WINNING BURGERS

The chef and food critic shares her blue-ribbon Memorial Day menu

BURGER & DRINK
$4.70 PER PERSON

LOGAN COUNTY BURGER

Serves 6

• 1 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• 1 medium yellow onion, half grated, the other half thinly sliced
• ¼ tsp. garlic powder
• 1 tsp. kosher salt
• 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
• 12 slices white bread
• 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
• 12 slices American cheese

1. In a bowl, combine beef, egg, grated onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Form thin patties. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers about 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Drain grease from the skillet.

3. In the same skillet, place six slices of bread, butter side down. Top each with a slice of cheese, some onions and a burger. Top with remaining slices of cheese and bread, butter side up. Cook each sandwich until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.

BOURBON SLUSH

Serves 10

• 3 cups bourbon
• 24 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
• 12 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
• 4 cups strong brewed tea

In a 1½ gallon pitcher, mix bourbon, juices and tea. Stir in 3 quarts water. Place in freezer. Stir after 8 hours. Continue to freeze for 2 hours more, and up to 2 days. Defrost 30 minutes before serving. Stir and serve in a mason jar.

FOOD

Jewels & Jill Elmore ...

LUNCH FOR FOUR UNDER $10

The sister team of personal chefs for stars like Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta and Kelly Preston share their recipes for a light and low-cost lunch

CELERY SOUP

• 4 cups celery, chopped in 1-inch pieces
• ½ head cauliflower, cut into 2-inch pieces (or 1 potato, peeled, cut)
• 1 small onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 8 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock
• ½ tsp. salt
• 1 tbsp. heavy cream (optional)

1. Put all ingredients, except the cream, into a large stockpot.

2. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and skim any impurities off the top. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are tender.

3. Mix with a hand blender and stir in cream, if desired. Return the soup to the pot and gently reheat if necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary.

BURRITOS

• 1-2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 medium onion, sliced
• 2-3 cups leftover meat such as steak or chicken, cut into chunks
• 2 medium ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks
• ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
• Salt and pepper
• 4-6 flour tortillas
• Optional additions (1 cup of each) salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the olive oil and sauté onions for 2 minutes or until soft.

2. Add the meat, tomatoes and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for another 3-4 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and the meat is warm.

3. Divide mixture evenly among the tortillas and add toppings.

USE LEFTOVERS!

DRINKS & DANCING

Toast the Dancing with the Stars finale on May 19 with the judges' favorite cocktails

BRUNO TONIOLI
"I'm a very cheap date. Two glasses of champagne and I'm wheeeeeeee."

CARRIE ANN INABA
"A margarita brings out your inner dancer and makes you want to shimmy!"

LEN GOODMAN
"My father told me, 'Martinis are like women; one isn't enough and three are too many.'"

HAVE A BALL
12-in. silver mirror disco ball, $27.95; epartyunlimited.com

TRAVEL

FUN AT THE MUSEUM!

With Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian opening May 22, travel expert Pauline Frommer picks her favorite museums

THE FIELD MUSEUM

Chicago, Ill.

HIGHLIGHTS
Besides the largest, most complete T. rex fossil ever found, "the newly opened pirates exhibit is good for Jack Sparrow fans," says Frommer. Web site: fieldmuseum.org

SHELBURNE MUSEUM

Shelburne, Vt.

HIGHLIGHTS
Set on 45 acres, this is "as much a small town as a museum," notes Frommer. The Americana includes a restored steamboat. Web site: shelburnemuseum.org

THE AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

Washington, D.C.

HIGHLIGHTS
"Visitors can touch a moon rock, learn about the physics of flying or simulate the experience of piloting a fighter jet," says Frommer. Web site: nasm.si.edu

GRAMMY MUSEUM

Los Angeles, Calif.

HIGHLIGHTS
"It's high tech and high fun," says Frommer. Interact with touchscreen exhibits or mix tracks and learn about sound engineering. Web site: grammymuseum.org

STARTALK

We Asked ...

What Is Your Favorite Museum?

GREG GRUNBERG
"Mount Vernon. A few years ago it was just a house; now it's an impressive learning center."

CLAIRE DANES
"The Neue Galerie in New York. I like the scale of it, and they have a lot of Gustav Klimt art and a great café."

HANK AZARIA
"The Museum of Television & Radio. I love classic TV, and you can look up any show from any time."

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters