Texas Dogs

Please understand that I have no interest in discrediting the standard summer hot dog served up on that doughy white bread bun and weighed down in yellow mustard or store-bought ketchup.  Plant one of those babies in front of me right now and I dare you to predict how long it lasts!

The whole experience of the low-brow, shiny stadium-style dogs clumsily wrapped in cheap wax paper and dripping with salty juices will never get old. Forget that they’re considered traditionally American, family-oriented, and best of all, cheap.  They just taste good!

But a simple, inexpensive hot dog can go so much further.  And right now is the perfect time of the year to take this standard summer staple out for a test drive, and see what it can really do for you.

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Burgers Diane and Homemade Wedges

Since I’ve started this culinary quest, certain meals have just been ruined for me forever.  Well, they aren’t exactly meals so much as cardboard-packaged frozen food items I used to pick up in the freezer section because I didn’t know how to do much more than boil water and run the microwave at its most basic level.

Nevertheless…  Jose Ole, White Castle, CPK,  Lean Cuisine and the entire Hot Pocket clan… we had some good times together, didn’t we?  And if I had known it was all going to come to such an abrupt end, I would have savored our time together more.  Remember as we waited anxiously to see if Ross and Rachel would ever get together?  And how you were always there to nurse me through the weeks when 21 Jump Street was about the Vietnamese guy and not Johnny Depp?  You stood by me during the Z. Cavarrici phase, the colored hair mousse months, and the George Michael dangling cross earring, and this is the thanks you get… total abandonment!

I rarely even stop in the freezer aisles anymore, which can make things tough when it’s late at night and the hunger hits.  No fast fixes in my kitchen anymore.  In fact, MG and I didn’t sit down to this meal until after 10 in the evening because it took close to an hour to make it from chopping and combining to searing and simmering, but my god it IS true that good things come to those who wait.  These are not just burgers, these are events.  Soaked in thick creamy sauce and accompanied by homemade fries right out of the oven.  Eating it later only meant going to bed sooner with partying tummies and satisfied grins on our faces.

Recipe and more pics after the jump.

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