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Pea Salad

Pea Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pea Salad
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When trying to build an Easter meal, it’s hard to ignore peas, asparagus and ham. Peas just seem like Spring..deep green and bright. I saw this on the Pioneer Woman and thought I would adapt her recipe. I think what drew me in was her use of little chunks of cheese. I like peas in pasta and figured the little cheese chunks would be similar.

Pop of peas, with tangy sour cream, salty cheese and tiny red onions cutting through it all. Super easy but hit the spot and complimented the ham and potatoes.

Ingredients:
1 package of Peas (2 cups)
4 slices of crispy bacon (diced)
Red onion (diced tiny) I used about 2 tbs use your onion sense
3 ounces of fresh cheddar cut into little cubes (a little bigger than the pea)
1/4 cup of Sour cream
1 tsp of Dukes Mayo
1 tsp of White Wine Vinegar
Parsley

Directions:
1. Dice your onions and cheddar. If you are not an onion fan use less and be sure to chop finely.
When your peas are thawed out mix your wet ingredients and pour into a bowl with your peas, onions and cheese chunks. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. I wanted my bacon to stay crispy so cooked it, chopped it and waited to incorporate just before serving. Top with Parsley for a touch of freshness and attractiveness.
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“Mr. Jones and Me” Dogs

Mr. Jones and Me Dogs

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Mr. Jones and Me Dogs

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It’s fun hearing friends talk about their family traditions and foods they cook. One of our friends Sara, was telling us once about her family’s special hot dogs.   Franks wrapped with bacon and then sauerkraut that was cooked until semi crunchy.     So one holiday we were thinking hot dogs and decided to give her dog a shot. Over time we have taken their version and made it my own.

So I tip my hat to Mr. Jones and give him reference via the Counting Crows song Mr. Jones.   This is a storyteller version of Mr Jones and is my favorite http://vimeo.com/64669615

Sorry the audio on this vimeo version blows but worth a listen and get a hold of one with better sound. That said, I checked the link and listened to again.. Damn, Adam is still one of my favorite singers.

Ingredients (4 dogs)
White hot buns (soft and white) Gotta keep it low brow.
4 bun length dogs (good ones without all the junk)
1 cup of freshly grated cheddar cheese
1 cup of sauerkraut
3 tbs of dice pickled jalapenos
3 tbs of diced Wickles Pickles
2 tbs of spicy mustard
1 Modelo Beer
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo…whatever wets your whistle)
1-2 strips of crispy bacon (cut into chunks)

Directions:
Really the only directions I would suggest are around the kraut and the hot dog.

1. I butterfly my dog by cutting a slit and opening it up without breaking it into two pieces. In a medium heated skillet and open them up face down with a little oil and a small lid on top of them to keep them flat. We like a little black on our dogs so I get a nice sear on the inside.   Once flipped put the lid on them again but I add a little beer and keep burning it off. It imparts some flavor and also steams them to stay moist.

2. Then in another pan I add my kraut, jalapenos and Wickles pickles and cook on medium to medium low heat. Once it dries out a bit I add beer and about 2 tbs of grainy mustard. I keep adding beer and burning it off.
Roast or microwave your bacon until crispy and break up in to a topping. You could do the bacon first and then the kraut in that same pan to infuse that flavor into the kraut. We had some already roasted so I just reheated it.

Assemble. We are ketchup and mustard hot dog people. Lay down whatever condiment pleases you. Then the dog, cheese, kraut and bacon in whatever order you please.
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