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Homemade Cheesy Chili Dogs

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There are a plethora of regional variations of chili dogs, more than you can shake a frankfurter at!


Toppings range from some source of meat sauce with cheese, onions, mustard, pickles, tomatoes, hot pepper relish to sauerkraut piled on top. 
However, the origin of chili dogs is a little vague…
Texas chili dogs were originally called Texas Hot Wieners, and originated on the East Coast.  Huh?
Peter GeorgeKoufougeorgas, a Greek immigrant from the town of Nea Koriniput, put the railroad town of Altoona, Pennsylvania on the map with his “Texas hot dog,” in 1918.
They surprisingly pretty much had nothing to do with Texas.  The “Texas” reference is to the chili sauce, which actually has more of a Greek cuisine influence, due to the Greek ethnicity of Kourougeorgas and his cooks.

After watching workers leave the coal mines each day, covered in soot, and seeing their calloused hands, George envisioned them clasping a hot dog.   His chili dog ranged from the eastern to the western sides of Pennsylvan…

Savory Pork Roast with Pince-nez on the Side

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Growing up on the farm, Sunday dinner at noon was always a feast, many times withAunt Jessie, Aunt Lucy and Ronnie joining us at the table.   

I remember it all with good memories, except this one time:

Aunt Jessie, actually Dad’s aunt, my great aunt, was a tiny proper little lady, who wore pince-nez glasses







Neither oneAunt Jessie, but the glasses are similar






On this particular day, Mom made roasted pork for our Sunday meal, and I got to sit at the dinner table beside Aunt Jessie.I liked to talk a lot, and this one time I became more than a little animated in the story I was telling.  I swung my hand with a fork in it, right up toAunt Jessie's glasses ~ hooked the side of them ~ and hurled her pince-nez glasses clear across the table.  
Not a good moment, but then I was probably only around 7 or 8 years old.
Mom always went the limit with meals of fried chicken, roast beef or roast pork like this.
I carried the Sunday dinner tradition on until the boys got older, and life carried on, ba…

50 Years Ago Today w/Easter wishes for tomorrow!

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50 years ago today,  in Louisville, KY,  I married a lucky guy,  and he's still the love of my life, he's the best!




HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, DEAR!





 And to all of you,   a very  Happy Blessed Easter!











Easy Self-Rising Buttermilk Biscuits

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No kidding! These are delicious little biscuits  just like Grandma used to make!


And no one will believe it when you tell them how easy they are to make!  

You will need just 3 ingredients, four, if adding herbs for this King Arthur Flour recipe.



Keep the butter and buttermilk cold.  Grate the cold or frozen butter ~ it's a fast easy technique to incorporate ice-cold fat into flour.




Use a gentle touch when handling the dough.

Work with it quickly and handle it as little as possible; too much handling will cause the dough to release gluten which will give you dry, tough biscuits.




Stir gently, fold gently, and pat dough into a rectangle before cutting out the biscuits or cutting into 12 squares.  




Bake the biscuits, and rest assured ~ you will have soft buttery biscuits with this recipe!


Easy Self-Rising Buttermilk Biscuits
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups self-rising flour
6 tablespoons butter, cold
½ teaspoon dried rosemary or thyme, optional
1 cup buttermilk, cold

Method:

Preheat oven to 450°.

Delicious Garlic Shrimp and Pasta w/Vegetables

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This is a  lick-your-plate-clean  sort of dish!



With a pound of shrimp, a box of pasta and assorted veggies, you can have dinner on the table in less than a half hour!
Not only it this recipe easy, it’s a healthy protein-rich dish too.  The omega-3 fat acids in the seafood boost immune function and regulate inflammation.  The vegetables are filled with important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid, and vitamins A and C.
Rotini is corkscrew-shaped pasta.  The names comes from a 17th-century Italian word meaning “small wheels.”  It originated in Northern Italy and the tight twists help them retain a wide variety of sauces better than some other pastas.  
Colloquially, they may be called “Scroodle Noodles”  or “Scroodle Macaroni,”  or just plain “corkscrews,” like I call them.



Be sure though, there’s no skimping on taste here ~ this dish will fill you up, without weighing you down!
It makes Monday night dinner seem more like Saturday night!

Garlic Shrimp and …

Skinny Saucy Chicken Parmesan

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Look at the menu in any Italian restaurant and you’ll see  Chicken Parmesan, usually fried like Mom used to do and served with a ton of good cheese. 




This recipe is a delicious lightened up version of that classic sinful dish.

The lightly breaded chicken is baked juicy and tender, surrounded with marinara sauce in the skillet and topped with mozzarella cheese. 




Served over a little pasta, it’s perfect Italian comfort food, that you can eat without feeling guilty.





It’s truly delicious and I will definitely be making it again for our dinner, or maybe for company.

It’s that good!


Skinny Saucy Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

Cooking spray
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
2½ cups Marinara sauce (recipe below) or store-bought marinara sauce
¾ cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
Your favorite cooked pasta, optional

Method:

Preheat oven to 450°…

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When you feel like eating boiled eggs,

if you have some truffles in the house,

put them in a basket

with the eggs

and the next day you will have the

best boiled eggs you have ever tasted in your gastronomic life.

--- M.Des Ombiaux



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Since 2009