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Scalloped Potatoes And Ham

Tonight’s dinner was something we have had many times- scalloped potatoes and ham. Comfort food.
I pulled leftover ham from Easter out of the freezer for this dish and used my very last onion. I use onions a lot I guess. This is the recipe I used->  http://www.food.com/recipe/scalloped-potatoes-and-ham-5194
I followed the recipe exactly except I did not have green pepper so put in 2 cups of frozen cut green beans instead. It is tasty either way.
This took almost 2 hours total to prepare and cook. I made the full recipe for just 3 people so we have a bunch of leftovers to have for lunches or put in the freezer.

From my home to yours,
Lounmoun

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A Windy Spring Day

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I went for a short walk around my yard today to see what is growing. It is pretty windy outside today. There are not many plants blooming in my yard yet although there are green things. I have a  solitary red tulip standing defiantly in the wind. My white lilacs have started bloom and sway back and forth with quiet resilience with each blast.

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The grass creeps over the old brick path. I love the geometric pattern on these old bricks.

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From my home to yours,
Lounmoun

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Oven Roasted Chicago Style Hot Dogs

I’ve always hated hot dogs… until a couple of years ago when  Hagbard got me to try a Chicago dog that is. A Chicago style hot dog is a beef frankfurter topped with mustard, chopped onion, sweet pickle relish, tomato, dill pickle, celery salt and pickled sport peppers often on a poppy seed bun. I was really dubious of this combination since I hate sweet pickle relish. Hot dogs and sweet pickle relish!  I was shocked at how good it is though. This is now my preferred way to have a hot dog.

I’m not a purist. Where I live poppy seed buns are not in the stores so we just use a regular hot dog bun. We don’t find jars of pickled sport peppers locally either so I use pepperoncini or pickled banana peppers. If that scandalizes you then there are places where you can order more authentic peppers and things online. Vienna Beef offers a Chicago Dog kit. http://www.viennabeef.com/chicago-style-hot-dog-kit

Maybe you don’t have a grill and don’t like boiled hot dogs. You can put your hot dogs in the oven and get a pretty good result.


 

Oven Roasted Hot Dogs

Heat oven to 400F. Put your hot dogs on a baking sheet. Cook for about 15 minutes. Serve in a bun with your favorite toppings.

For a Chicago Style Hot Dog: Put cooked beef frankfurter on a bun. Put relish on one side and mustard on the other. Put tomato slices on one side and pickle spear on the other. Top with chopped onion and peppers. Sprinkle with celery salt.


 

What is your favorite style of hot dog?

 

 

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Batsaria- If You Like Spanakopita Try This

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A few months ago, I really was craving spanakopita. Our local store did not have phyllo dough week after week. I was getting kind of grumpy about it. I found a recipe for something that didn’t need phyllo dough. It has a pancake-like batter instead- using ingredients I already have on hand all the time. I was pretty excited to give this a try. http://food52.com/recipes/25622-batsaria-phyllo-less-spanakopita
It was delicious and very easy to put together. If you have trouble finding phyllo dough or don’t like working with it give this a try!

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Lounmoun

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