Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Lazy Summer Days...and hotdogs

Everyone is busy this summer with weddings and activities while we have been preoccupied with roofing and yard-scaping that was destroyed by the roofing company. The gutter guys finished the job on the landscape so we really don't feel like having anyone over to our yard mess.

Out eats lately have been simple. Grill it if you can and keep the heat out of the house. So far we have had ribs and chicken as well as the occasional flat iron steak and I bought a beef tenderloin for a treat this past Sunday. Whole New York strip was on sale and I bought one to cut into thick steaks. We are really liking the infrared grill on our new cooker. It makes a great crust on the steaks.

Saturday was a full day of Baptism of our newest Godson, Justin. He took it like a trooper and made not a sound even during the dunk. We dined and lunched with his parents and grand parents, attended church and lunched again. Saturday night we had an Engagement Party for Mackenzie's best friend Emily. Her and the girls did a fantastic job of professional entertaining and Mackenzie et al truly out did themselves on behalf of Emily. It was a beautiful event and the boys graciously loaned their apartment digs.

We had hot dogs and Italian sausages on Monday since I am heavily influenced by television and Bobby Flay made some sort of onion sauce for his grilled franks, I had to try it. I have several 1/2 pound dogs in the freezer that I found at Wohlner's Market. A half of one makes an excellent meal especially in a fresh brat bun.

The sauce went like this:

1 onion sliced in thin half moons
1 Tb olive oil
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/4 t cinnamon
1/2 c ketchup
hot sauce (I used Siracha)
2 T water
S and P to taste

Saute the onions till translucent then add the spices, ketchup and water. Adjust the seasoning and cook till thickened.

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