Bahn Mi Hot Dog

The hot dog grows up! This twist has fresh veggies and a spicy Sriracha mayo!

These Bahn Mi hot dogs are for those of us who have outgrown ketchup and mustard!  Instead these dogs are topped with veggies and a spicy Sriracha mayo! I’m not a huge fan of hot dogs.  I’m not sure I ever was a fan actually.  I think it’s a texture thing.  Which is the same reason I don’t like bologna.  I also don’t like bologna because I cannot really tell what kind of meat it really is.  It’s a bit scary to me. The only time I eat a hot … Continue reading →

Caprese Italian Sausage

A Caprese salad is the perfect topping for grilled Italian sausage!

 Caprese salad makes the perfect topping for spicy Italian sausage! The first time I had a Caprese Salad I was on my honeymoon in Mexico of all places.  I remember it was actually part of our very first meal there.  Clearly it was memorable because that is the only thing I remember eating the entire week!  But that Caprese salad, ah that WAS good!  The soft, silky mozzarella, the fresh, thickly sliced tomatoes, the brilliant basil and … Continue reading →

Smoked Sausage with Chow Chow Slaw

Grilled smoked sausage with a tangy sweet chow chow slaw!

 Grilled smoked sausage topped with the tangiest homemade chow chow slaw! One of my favorite local events is a big Oktoberfest in the city.  It happens every year in September.  Lots of cream puffs, draft beer, and the world’s largest chicken dance.  That right there is worth putting up with Portalets!  It wouldn’t be any German festival without lots of German sausage piled high with sauerkraut!  Sausage and kraut is about the only German food … Continue reading →

Grilled Steak with Roasted Tomatoes and Blue Cheese


Did you have a lovely Easter?  How much Easter candy did you eat?  Now, how much did you eat when your kids weren't looking????  I'll be honest, I kept a whole bag of the flavored Tootsie Rolls just for myself.  My original intention was to put some into the Easter baskets, but darn it, they just didn't make it.   I don't feel guilty about that either. I could go on about candy, but that's not what I want to write about today.  We did not have a … Continue reading →