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Recipe: March Madness Mini Burgers

One of the downsides to being a CPA is that you don’t really have time to enjoy college basketball March Madness.  I have not had a spare minute to think about filling out a bracket.  I have been much too busy focusing on your brackets, tax brackets that is.  Someday maybe I will have a job that allows me the free time for that sort of thing, like maybe President of the United States.
Nevertheless,  we do enjoy the excitement we sense from our clients when we speak with them between games, about their tax returns.  Everyone is so excited at least until their own bracket is busted.   Our wish for each of you is that your bracket do at least as well as your next door neighbor.  I came across this recipe for a March Madness Meal that may help you get the most out of the madness experience.  Mange, mange!

March Madness Mini-burgers.


March Madness Mini Burgers from Pete DiSalvo & Co, CPAIngredients: Basketball Cheese Slices: 6 slices cheddar or American cheese black food coloring
Fried Potato Rounds:
3 russet (Idaho) potatoes
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon table salt, plus a pinch
Mini Hamburgers:
1 slice of white bread, crusts removed
1 1/2 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon ketchup (or steak sauce)
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of black pepper
1 pound ground chuck 1-2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Optional toppings:
small tomatoes, sliced, need 22 slices

Special equipment needed:
thin tip paint brush (used for food only)
Mandoline Slicer or a knife 2″ round cookie cutter, and a 1″ or 1 1/2″ round cutter
heavy duty baking sheet
non-stick aluminum foil griddle, skillet, or grill pan

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Use  1 1/2″ round cookie cutter to cut 22 rounds from the cheese slices.  Pour a few drops of black food coloring into a small bowl.  Dip fine tip paint brush into the food coloring.  Paint seam lines onto each cheese slice creating basketballs.
Move an oven rack to the lowest position.  Preheat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wash potatoes.  Cut, using a mandolin or a knife, into 3/8″ thick slices. Use a 2″ round cookie cutter, to cut rounds from each potato slice.  Fill a mixing bowl with hot tap water.  Place potato rounds in water and set aside for 10 minutes. Remove potato rounds from water and set on paper towels.  Blot dry.
  • Dry out your mixing bowl.
  • Combine the vegetable oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the mixing bowl.
  • Line a heavy duty baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.
  • Pour 3 tablespoons of the oil onto the foil lined pan.
  • Use your hand to swirl the oil around to get an even coating all over the pan.  Be sure the get the salt evenly distributed.
  • Place potatoes in mixing bowl and toss to coat evenly with the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  • Lay potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle a pinch of salt over potatoes.  Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake for 8 minutes.  Rotate pan 180 degrees and continue to bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove pan and flip potatoes over.  Bake for 8-14 more minutes until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and place potato rounds on paper towels to remove excess oil.
Tear slice of white bread into small pieces.  Place in a mixing bowl.  Pour in milk.  Use a fork to smash the bread into a paste. Add ketchup, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pinch of black pepper. Stir to combine.  Add ground chuck and stir just until combined.
Scoop out 22 portions of meat and form patties into  2″ circles.  Heat one teaspoon of vegetable oil on a griddle pan, skillet, or grill pan until smoking.  Cook burgers in two batches until well browned on both sides. If serving these right away, set a piece of cheese on each burger after you flip it to cook the second side and allow the cheese to melt slightly. If preparing in advance do not top with cheese yet.
To reheat before serving, heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Place potatoes and burgers on a baking sheet and heat for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and top burgers with a slice of cheese.  Heat just until cheese melts and burger is heated through. To assemble: set potato rounds on a serving platter and top with lettuce and tomato, if using. Then top with a cheeseburger. Serve immediately.  The burgers will remain moist because of the addition of the panade (bread and milk) even after being refrigerated overnight and cooked the next day.
I love to use  potato rounds as a “bun”, but you can use a bun, if you prefer.
To see complete  illustrated instructions here.

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This March Madness recipe brought to you by DiSalvo & Company, CPA with offices in Melbourne, Titusville, and Vero Beach, Florida. Call the office ( as soon as the game is over) at 772-770-6008  to find out about their complimentary financial audit for your business.
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1800 New High Paying Jobs for Melbourne, FL?

A large aerospace company is planning an operation at Melbourne International Airport that could mean 1,800 new jobs paying an average of $100,000 a year, according to documents filed Wednesday with Brevard County.

If a new project known as “project Magellan” goes through,  it will  bolster the Melbourne Airport’s image as a growing aerospace and aviation industrial power in Florida and the United States.  This project would be in addition to major projects already announced by Embraer Executive Jets and Northrop Grumman Corp..

Melbourne - New Jobs - DiSalvo CPAGreg Weiner, senior director of business development for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast has stated that “It is potentially one of the largest economic-development projects in the United States.”

The project is contingent upon some economic concessions by both the county, and the state of Florida.

Documents provided to county commissioners indicate that if  Project Magellan is approved, it will involve “aircraft development work,” and would be broken down into two phases:

• Phase 1 would consist of construction of a 216,000-square-foot building and creating 600 jobs by the end of 2015.

• Phase 2 would include construction of an additional 500,000-square-foot building and an additional 1,200 jobs.

We encourage our readers to learn more about the proposed project and make your feelings know to your local representatives in Brevard County, and the state of Florida.

This news is brought to you by the CPA firm of DiSalvo And Company,P.A.  DiSalvo And Company, CPA provides the highest quality tax planning and accounting services to businesses in Vero Beach and maintains offices in Titusville, and Melbourne, Florida.  Our clients trust our professional advice and can be certain that the numbers we provide are always accurate and timely throughout not just the tax season but the entire year.

Send us an e-mail or call us today at 772-770-6008 to discuss your business needs with an experienced local CPA.

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Invest in a Six Figure Supercar?

According to a recent article in Business Week magazine, it has never been easier to sell six figure supercars  such as the $181,000 Huracan by Lamborghini, or the $205,000 California T model Ferrari, or even the Porsche 918 Spyder with a price tag of $845,000.


It has never been more profitable either.  Business Week reports that the  Fiat  group of companies, which also includes Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati brands, produced a 12.3 percent margin in its Ferrari, and Maserati lines compared to a 3.3 percent spread on its more pedestrian offerings.   Porsche products produced a staggering 18.2% margin.

The Six Figure Supercar

So who is buying these cars and why?  The bottom dropped out of the supercar market in 2009, but since 2010, the pace of sales of these supercars has outstripped more conventional inventory by a significant margin.  With a rapidly expanding market, there comes a perception of value and worth.  Among those who can afford this kind of ride without blinking an eye, a perception of value and worth is all that it takes sometimes.

As to the question of who, when you stack up the cost of these vehicles next to the multi-year salary of  a star athlete, or the year end bonus of a Fortune 500 C-level executive, or Wall Street Mega-trader, the numbers don’t seem all that large anymore.


Huge income, and net worth alone however don’t tell the full story.  Even though the Treasure Coast of Florida is known for some of the wealthiest  neighborhoods in the country per capita, you don’t seem to see as many six figure supercars in a year  in Indian River County, as you may see in Newport Beach, California, on an a typical  Sunday afternoon.

Perhaps the  ideal buyer for a six figure super car is an individual who has not only made it, but also  feels a need to let the whole world know it.


This information is brought to you by DiSalvo And Company, P.A.  DiSalvo And Company, P.A is a Vero Beach CPA firm that provides a wide variety of accounting, tax and financial management services. Our clients are located in towns like Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Fort Pierce, Sebastian, Micco, Fellsmere, Titusville, Merritt Island, Cocoa, Viera and Rockledge, and more. We service clients in Indian River County, St. Lucie County, Martin County and Brevard County.

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Riverside Theatre – A Vero Beach Gem

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Have you taken in a performance at Vero Beach’s own Riverside Theatre.  You might be pleasantly surprised.   The theatre complex, built in 1973, cost about $1,5 million which was  raised entirely from private donations.  The inaugural season for the Riverside Thatre Acting Company began in 1985, and the theatre has since grown to be one of the largest producing professional thatres in the State of Florida.

If one does a Google search for the Riverside Theatre, one might be struck by the glowing reviews placed in third party travel and entertainment sites such as Travel Advisor, and others.


As a new visitor to Vero Beach I had no idea of the caliber of theatre here. We managed to get tickets for the Opening Night of South Pacific and were treated to a superb performance! The venue is beautiful, located in the Riverside Park with an art museum nearby. If you are visiting Vero Beach and are interested in attending a theatre event worthy of Broadway consider Riverside!”


Riverside Theatre - CPA firm  Vero Beach, Melbourne, TitusvilleReviews like this one can’t help but cause you to feel some hometown pride in our local Vero Beach gem.  In addition to the main theatre, the Riverside Theatre complex added the Agnes Whalstrom Youth Playhouse, which provides a venue for a the Riverside Children’s Theatre, along with The Anne Morton theatre, a second stage to host the Actor’s Cabaret.

As if a year round calendar of quality theatrical fare is not benefit enough, the Riverside Theatre also offers other programs throughout the year like Luncheons, the Festival of Trees, Breakfast with Santa,  Distinguished Lecturer Series featuring nationally know speakers such as President George W. Bush earlier this year.

If you are still under the impression that you must travel to New York City to enjoy a first class Theatre experience, we encourage you to check out the local fare and support the tremendous efforts put forth to bring excellent entertainment right here in Vero Beach, at the Riverside Theatre. Even if you must drive down from Titusville, or Melbourne, we believe you will be glad you did.

DiSalvo And Company, P.A. is a  Treasure Coast CPA firm, with offices in Vero Beach, Titusville, and Melbourne,  providing comprehensive accounting and tax services for businesses in the Treasure Coast and Space Coast area of Central Florida. We  are the  Dave Ramsey endorsed local provider of Tax Services in your area.

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