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Double Dog Delightful – Retro Dog Dinner

7 Feb

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It’s hard to imagine someone as thrilled as I to have a meal made from all those inglorious cookbooks from the 60’s and 70’s. And yet at Hot Diggity, the happening hot dog restaurant on South Street in the great city of Philly,  they made not only a meal from these recipes, but a stellar banquet of hot dog laden retro delights.

Appetizers to start…

1. Hot Doggities – tempting pieces of hot dog enrobed in cornflakes

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2. Hot Dog Olives – olives stuffed with a cream cheese and hot dog mix

3. Glazed Hot Dogs – your favorite salad dressing (French, Ranch or Honey Mustard) on a hot dog

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4. Cuke and Hot Dog Spread

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Salads followed…

1. In the Pink  Potato Salad – potato salad colored naturally with red beet juice

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2. Apple and Hot Dog Salad -a macaroni salad with…well the name says it all

3. PERFECTION SALAD – this was a work of retro recipe art – a medley of salad vegetables encased in a beautiful work of Jell-o.

You’ll need two photos to really feel like you’ve seen it properly

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IMG_2398 (2) (up close and tempting – notice the attractive radish garnishes)

And now, the Entree….

Oriental Hot Dog Casserole – back in the 70’s Chinese food was all the rage for experimental housewives looking to add some foreign flavor to their meals. (this mostly meant adding water chestnuts and little those little corn cobs to your recipes) That this is also a casserole meant it was both easy to make and exotic!

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Specialty of the House…

Of course you want to spoil your guests when you’re having them over for dinner and the staff at Hot Diggity was no exception. This main dish was a wonder to behold…

Hot Dogs in Fruited Brandy Sauce (so impressive!)

IMG_2399 (2)  A luscious dish gorgeously presented.

And when you think you can’t eat any more, there’s always room for…

JELL-O!!!!

Berry and lime Jell-o Mold

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Want some hot dog fun of your very own? Hot Diggity does more with hot dogs than you could ever imagine. See their website for more…

http://www.thehotdiggity.com/

or go to their facebook page to check out their latest events…

https://www.facebook.com/thehotdiggity

12 Recipes of Christmas, continued

14 Dec

I know what you’re thinking, what’s Christmas without Jell-O? Everyone has some, somewhere, maybe in the back of the beyond of your kitchen cupboard behind the baked beans and Bisquik. And we love our Jell-O even though we don’t show it the respect it deserves. Jell-O is a simple, steadfast, not overly bright friend who never lets us down. This holiday season is the time to brush off those old boxes and make our little friend proud.

Our next recipe…

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Jellied Holiday Nog

2 packages (3 oz. each) or 1 package (6 oz) Jell-O Lemon Gelatin

2 packages (3 1/4 oz. each) Jell-O Vanilla Pudding and Pie Filling

2 tablespoons sugar

5 cups water

2 envelopes Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix

1 teaspoon rum extract

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine gelatin, pudding mix and sugar in a large saucepan. Add water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat. Chill until thickened.

Prepare whipped topping mix as directed on package. Thoroughly blend prepared whipped topping, rum extract, vanilla and nutmeg into the thickened pudding mixture. Pour into a large serving bowl or punch bowl. Chill until firm – at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with cherries and mint leaves. Makes about 8 cups or 16 servings.

From the New Joys of Jell-O recipe book, 1973