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Hot Dog Days.

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There is nothing like grilling hot dogs. The sizzle, the smell. The fun that usually goes with a cook out. It says Summer Time!

I have some ideas for some different toppings. Try a taco dog, or a burrito dog, or maybe a pizza dog. Hot dog Nachos or that old childhood favorite hot dogs and spaghetti. Then there are chili dogs and Chicago dogs. How about a Hawain Dog? (add pineapple and sweet and sour sauce.)


Peanut Butter Cookies

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So it’s a busy Sunday in the kitchen.  The morning started off with biscuits, and sausage gravy. Then I made a sour dough starter. It is now happily bubbling away. I can’t wait to use it next weekend. I've got butter softening to make peanut butter cookies. They will be dipped in chocolate.
The family reunion is coming up in a month. Mom said “You’re the cook” plan us a menu for the week.  I have some ideas. I've been thinking dishes like, steak brushed with rosemary infused olive oil, grilled chicken with a white barbecue, pasta with fresh spinach and beans with a lemon sauce, and of course beans and corn bread, fried chicken and grilled corn with Parmesan cheese. Maybe a chocolate pie
And I have recipes to start organizing for the cookbook. --Thanks to the cousins for providing some goodies.  I've been working on that. And so yeah, A very busy Sunday.
For the peanut butter cookies: Preheat the oven to 375
½ cup butter softened ½ cup peanut butter ½ cup white sugar ½ …

Cherry Limeade Pie

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Sunday dinner for two? Looking  For a special meal for two? OK, how about steak with a mushroom sauce, rice pilaf, and asparagus with lemon. Followed by a slice of cherry-limeade pie. Sounds good, yes? 
Start with pie. Since this has to chill a few hours before serving.  You need one graham cracker crust 1/2 cup lime juice 4 eggs 18 oz sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup cherry juice  4 tbl water 15 maraschino cherries. 
For the filling: Separate the egg yolks from the whites and place in a separate bowl. Put 3 yolks in one bowl and the 4th yolk in its own bowl. Set the whites aside.  Beat the 3 yolks with a wire whisk. Slowly add 3 tbls of water and 14 oz of the milk. Blend until smooth.   Pour into pie shell.  Beat the other yolk, water, cherry juice and remainder of milk. Blend until smooth. Pour over lime mixture.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 325 degrees.
For the meringue:   While the pie bakes place the egg whites in a mixing bowl. Start with the mixer on low and start beating the whites, when they st…

Mocha Java Chocolate Cake

1 cup cocoa powder (unsifted) 2 cups fresh brewed coffee   1/8 tsp coffee extract 2 3/4 cups flour, all-purpose (sifted) 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup butter (or margarine, softened) 2 1/2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1) To make the cake: In medium bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with wire whisk until smooth. Cool completely. Sift flour with soda, salt, and baking powder. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease three 9 by 1-1/2 inch layer cake pans. Line with parchment paper. Grease paper and lightly flour pans. Set aside. In large bowl of electric mixer at high speed beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, scraping bowl occasionally, until light, about 5 minutes. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths), alternately with cocoa mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Do not overbeat. Divide evenly into pans; smooth top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until surface springs back when gen…

Lemon Chicken Pizza with Spinach

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Cute. This happens to be one of those things to reproduce at home. This cute little bite of culinary bliss came from Old Chicago. It is a thin crust topped with a lemon garlic sauce, grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, and a lemon vinaigrette. The cheese tasted like an Asiago Parmesan blend.  The drinks were a sparking effervescent mix of pomegranate and ginger ale.   The only set back--The pizza was not warm enough.  But I will be attempting to make this succulent wonder at home soon. Wish me luck.