its summer time and what other perfect meal exemplifies this but hotdogs and french fries. i, over the years, have taken a fancy to smart dogs for my hotdog eating pleasure. this batch i slow cooked in some carolina mustard bbq sauce and then in true carolina fashion topped it with coleslaw. french fries of course for the side but not just any ordinary homemade french fries mine were tossed in fresh rosemary. i highly recommend dipping those fries in garlic mayo. oh summer i love thee!
my friend ingrid and i have been friends since we were two, so that would put us at 28 years of friendship now i do believe. we both moved back to our hometown at the same time and she has become a frequent diner at my dinners over the last couple of years. a few months ago ingrid became an official home owner. her new goal to improve her culinary skills. she checked out cookbooks from the library and came up with the idea to exchange meals with me. one week i cook for her the next week she cooks for me. her first attempt a curry dish for meatless monday.
the curry dish we dubbed “tomato-vegetable curry” i provided her with a few tricks on cooking rice, something she declared is totally foreign to her. when all was done we bowled it up and i’ll say it was yum due to the fact i went back for seconds. after doing the dishes we played with her kittens she is fostering and then headed off to a downtown springfield tradition of half price wine night at the mudlounge to celebrate the beginning of her culinary journey.
what to do when you have bread going stale? bread pudding! it’s not just a dessert my friends. in fact my favorite form of bread pudding are the savory ones. i decided to try my hand at a summery bread pudding for meatless monday. i toasted up one of my leftover french loaves creating giant croutons. the next layer was cherry tomatoes of various colors mixed in with garlic and basil. then i poured my egg mixture on top and the final layer was tons of goat cheese. i also mixed a ginger-carrot salad to go along with the bread pudding. i decided it was a success when my dinner guest went back not only for seconds but also thirds!