chicago hotdogs and rotini salad: welcome memorial day

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It looks like we are going to have rain and thunderstorms again today so our plans to grill out are going to change. Here are a couple recipes to greet summer and that call for a trip to the farmer’s market or the backyard garden.

Chicago Hot Dogs ~ A restaurant in our area serves these and they are delicious, though I have never eaten one in the Windy City. I guess we will have to make a trip to a Cubs game to do so! This is my own version of them.

Oscar Mayer Deli Hot Dogs
good bakery buns, lightly toasted
mustard
dill pickle relish
chopped tomatoes
banana peppers
chopped onion
celery salt, sprinkled over all

Boil hot dogs on stove top and assemble. Don’t ask me why but this combination is amazing. I used the mild peppers but the spicier ones would be good, too.

Rotini Salad

1 # box of rotini pasta, cooked al dente
1 medium sized jar green salad olives, including the brine
1 can black olives, drained
2 cups chopped red onion
2 cups chopped green pepper
1 chopped cucumber
1 cup olive oil
Pepperoni slices, optional

Mix well and chill before serving

You also might want to listen to the May 2007 Memorial Day podcast I did entitled Honoring and Remembering Past Generations.

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