My sister’s comment the other day about Dot and Lute Green got me to thinking about Natalie Burgers. I haven’t thought about them in quite some time.
Moving to Doe Run, Missouri was quite a bit of culture shock for us. For the 3 ½ previous years we had lived in Houston, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Then we moved to Doe Run 2 months into my senior year of high school. My graduating class in Oklahoma had 300 more people in it than the entire village of Doe Run, and that is including dogs, cats, chickens and the occasional pig.
In my dad’s church there was this little old couple….Dot and Lute Green. Dot couldn’t wait to get married so she could get fat. She grew up knowing what everyone else around there knew…..if you were skinny, you were sickly. Way back then, my sister and I were………..sickly. My sister is still thin, but I wised up and got on the healthy train!
One day, my sister and I walked over to their house, and Dot fixed us Natalie Burgers. They were named after their granddaughter. I watched Dot as she formed the patties and put them in her old cast iron skillet. Then when they were almost done, she skooched them over to the side of the pan and took the buns, laid them right in the grease and grilled them. Mom would have had a coronary right then and there, and I couldn’t wait to eat them!! She also made us wilted lettuce. That was something that 1. I had never heard of before, and 2. you put melted grease on your lettuce? I was a bit scared! What else did those people put grease on??? No wonder the woman was plump!!!
Over the years, I have tried and tried to recreate a Natalie Burger. I have used different grades of burger, I have used different brands of buns, seasonings, no seasonings…I think I have tried it all, but I have now realized my problem. I just need more grease.
After I master Natalie Burgers, I WILL conquer my mom’s apple pie!
Is there something that someone special makes that you just can’t seem to recreate???
Next Tuesday the 29th, I will be holding my first “Name that picture” contest. Awoman on another blog that I read holds these often, and they are always fun. She gives out extravagant prizes. I am not her, so I will not be giving out an extravagant prize. My prize will be priceless!!! The prize is a lovely hand made dish cloth, made by yours truly.