Test Tube Burgers


Did you know? I didn’t till yesterday.

Burgers created in a test tube may be a reality by the end of this year according to a news report in yesterday’s USA Today newspaper.

By using cow stem cells scientists are making artificial fat that can be made into a hamburger.

Making the  burger in the lab is expensive. Very expensive.  However, the cost is expected to decrease considerably once the process is commercialized.

The project was started to help lessen the effect on the environment by so-called factory farming. But if it becomes a commercial success it could also help lessen the growing worldwide demand for more meat. And it could make “meat” less expensive at grocery stores too

What do you think of this? Would you eat hamburger made in the lab?

Vote in our poll below. Leave your thoughts in the Comments section below the recipe.

The poll is now closed. 89% you said you would not eat a test tube burger.

Featured Recipe    Cowboy Beans

No matter what anyone says, Cowboy Beans is a nothing more than a French Cassoulet, but more delicious.

More often than not this recipe is used a side dish at a picnic or cookout. It is fantastic with hamburgers and hot dogs.

However, with all of the meat in it, it can also be used as a main dish. I like it with a salad of pink and white grapefruit. I love the contrast between the sweet of the dish and the sour of the fruit. I am weird that way!

This is one of those recipes that have endless variations. You can add what you want to the recipe.

This is my take on this popular dish.

While this recipe has more ingredients than I usually use, it nevertheless is very quick and easy as most of the recipe is a dump one. So don’t let the number of ingredients intimidate you.

This is what you will need for 4-6 people:

¼ pound bacon

1 pound sausage

1 pound smoked sausage or Kielbasa

1 medium onion

1-2 cloves garlic

1 15 ounce kidney beans

1 15 ounce can pork and beans

1 15 ounce can butter or Northern beans

1/3 cup brown sugar

½ cup catsup

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 teaspoon chili powder

Here is what you do:

Rough chop the bacon, garlic and the onion.

Dump the bacon, garlic, and onions into a big pot and sauté over medium heat.

After removing the wrapper from the sausage, using your fingers tear big chunks of the sausage off the roll and toss into the pot.

Mix everything together and cook until the meat is cooked through, stirring a couple of times.

Drain the Northern or butter beans and add to the pot.

Add everything else to the pot except the smoked sausage or Kielbasa. Mix well and simmer over medium low heat till heated through about 20-30 minutes.

NOTE: If fat is an issue for you, you may want to drain some of the fat from the pot BEFORE you add all of the other ingredients.

While you are waiting for the meat to cook in the pot, place the smokked sausage or Kielbasa in a skillet to heat up and brown slightly.

When the sausage is heated through cut it on the diagonal into medium chunked pieces.

When the beans are heated through place some of the bean mixture on a plate and top with a couple of pieces of the smoked sausage or Kielbasa. Serve with some fruit or a salad.

Bon appétit!!!


¼ pound bacon                       $1.07                                      

1 pound sausage                     $2.78

1 pound Kielbasa                     $3.38

1 medium onion                      $0.68

1-2 cloves garlic                      $0.14

1 15 oz. kidney beans              $1.15  

1 15 oz. can pork & beans        $0.85 

1 15 oz. Northern beans           $0.92

1/3 cup brown sugar                $0.18

½ cup catsup                          $0.36

2 tspns Dijon mustard              $0.03

2 tspns cider vinegar               $0.03

1 tspns chili powder                $0.24

Total Cost =$11.81
Cost per person (4) =$2.95

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Gene Cruz


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