Mix Up Your Hotdog Toppings

Mix Up Your Hotdog Toppings

We like to mix up our hotdog toppings in the Grimmett house so that we feel a little less guilty about eating hotdogs. Sometimes it is cucumber kimchi. Sometimes chili, cheese, and fritos. Sometimes sauerkraut. Sometimes coleslaw. Sometimes ginger scallion sauce. Last night it was quick-pickled cucumbers, radishes, and green onions with a spicy mayo.     Ingredients for the quick pickles 1 Kirby Cucumber 4 medium radishes 2 small green onions, greens and whites 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon white sugar Juice from 1 small lime   Instructions for the quick pickles Slice the…

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Prep Your Corned Beef Now For St. Patrick’s Day

Prep Your Corned Beef Now for St. Patrick’s Day

I'm not Irish or that into parades, so I don't go crazy about St. Patrick's Day. To me it is a chance to overindulge in quality cured meat. Some people get excited about green beer, others get excited about corned beef. Just Say No to that grocery store corned beef. With a small amount of effort, you can do much better. Have you ever brined a chicken? Curing your own corned beef isn't much different. I've made it twice and I'm always surprised at how easy it is. Curing your own…

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Ham And Black Bean Soup

Ham and Black Bean Soup

Now that it is winter, we eat soup every week. This ham and black bean soup is high on the rotation. It takes longer than some other soups to make, but it is delicious and filling. Perfect for the cold, windy weather. Ingredients 1 Cottage ham 1 lb of dried beans, pre-soaked or boiled 2 medium carrots 1 medium onion 2 celery stalks 1 green bell pepper 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp oregano Salt and pepper Instructions Put the whole cottage ham in your soup pot and put in enough water to…

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Vegetable Broth

Vegetable Broth

Making a batch of vegetable broth is a great way to use extra veggies before they go bad and capture in-season flavors for use throughout the winter. I always try to keep a few jars of it in the freezer as a base for lentil, chicken, or bean soups, which we eat all winter long. Making a batch takes less than an hour of active prepping, cooking, and cleaning time, makes the house smell great, and tastes better than what you can buy in the store. (If you are wondering about the difference…

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“Apartment-style” Sous Vide Pork Ribs

“Apartment-style” Sous Vide Pork Ribs

I haven't had access to my smoker for about a year now and I miss it. I've been experimenting with things I used to make in the smoker to see if I can make another tasty version with the equipment available to me in the apartment. I tried a few oven and crockpot versions of ribs, but I could never get the consistency I'm looking for. Oven/crockpot ribs were always either too tough or too tender. I couldn't hit the sweet spot I was looking for with juicy tenderness and still firm…

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Simple Pesto

Simple Pesto

September 30, 2016 Note: I've revisited my pesto-making style. I no longer make it this way. Check out how I make it now. There are so many variations of pesto these days that it is almost a catch-all title for green sauces. I'm not against that, but it is hard to know what to expect when someone says pesto. I prefer the simplicity of the classic version, both in taste and ease of preparation. Classic pesto is made with fresh basil, garlic, pinenuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil all ground…

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Making Hot Dogs Without A Grill

Making Hot Dogs Without a Grill

Happy National Hot Dog Day! When summer roles around and it gets hot outside, I start to get a craving for hot dogs. I prefer cooking hot dogs on the grill, which became a problem last fall when we moved into an apartment without a porch or access to a grill of any sort. I don't like to eat boiled hot dogs (sorry, Dad!) and my grill pan leaves a lot to be desired (namely the lack of smokey grill flavor), so I had to search for another way to make…

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