Hot Dogs! Simple right!? If you’re boiling a hot dog for a 4 year old or if you’re a college student microwaving a quick snack hot dogs are okay in a pinch. Is it possible to make a real delicious meal of a hot dog. YES, I dare say it might be. I know hot dogs get a bad wrap but if you buy good quality all beef hotdogs it might not be as bad as you think. 

This starts with good products. Today we grilled our dogs on an indoor grill pan then once the dogs are in the buns I put it back on the grill to toast up the bottom of the bun. This is better than pre toasting the bun and letting it get too crunchy and dried out. There’s no recipe for preparing hot dogs. Everyone has their favorite method. The magic comes with the toppings and sides. 

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I’ve been looking for a way to combine the ripe mellons with the salty taste of prosciutto without making it as an individual bite sized appetizer. When I searched theses ingredients I found this combination as a salad in several places.
Martha Stewart , Foodie Crush (where I found the beautiful inspiration for my plateing.) and theKitchn. They’re all very different but after a tweak or two this is the way I like it best. The combination of mint and basil with the sweetness of the fruit and honey make this super refreshing.  These pretty ingredients make it the perfect salad to serve for company. 

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tableanddish_corn_fundido_paloma-7507Cinco De Mayo has come and gone but as we are ending May with long weekend BBQ’s I thought I would share our favorite appetizer.  I think this recipe will be a good one year round. Have you ever been to Tall Boy Taco in Chicago?  It’s one of my favorite lunch spots just a  block from my office. At Tall Boy Taco they serve a delicious side dish that has pushed guacamole to the back of the line for me. View full post »

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tableanddish_porktenderloin_dates-7822As much as I want to be thrown full into grilling season I just can’t get into it while the weather is cold and rainy. So, today I’m making a pork tenderloin with the taste of the grill but it’s all prepared in the kitchen. The good news is, if we do get a dose of beautiful weather and you feel like firing up the grill you can make this just as easily outside. I’ve incorporated one of my favorite pantry items into this dish. View full post »

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