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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

Spot on. German sausage is traditionally served with mustard. End of story. It is a matter of taste that does not stop anyone from dressing the dog with oddities. Raised by a Frenchwoman, I shivered when my younger kids poured catsup on their hot dogs because they saw a cousin do it, but I didn't have to eat it... I dutifully trot out ALL the fixings because it is just a hot dog, after all.

Sep 17, 2014
macatcas in Features

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

We always split the avocado, filled it with lemon juice, salted it rambunctiously with coarse salt and then ate it with a spoon... But sliced avocados over a green salad with tomatoes and hard boiled eggs is very nicely dressed with thousand island dressing. My grandmother was French-Canadian and she always rendered the bacon fat to make a simple vinaigrette dressing for wilted soft leaf lettuce with "moustaches" of onion and sieved egg yolks. Sometimes I would see her looking distractedly out the kitchen window dipping romaine leaves in bacon fat and sighing. She always wondered why, though she ate "next to nothing", she could not lose weight! She was a great baker and pastry maker who made a mille feuille raspberry turnover that was heavenly. All the fat did not kill her, she lived to be 93 and so did my grandfather.

Toasted Cashew and Bacon Brittle

Could maple syrup be worked into this recipe ( and I think pecans would shine in that context)??? I have not made this, but the idea is enchanting...

Oct 29, 2013
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Young green coconuts?

My daughter-in-law bought a case of nine green coconuts for $8 at an Asian market in Irvine this morning. She said they were very fresh and the water was excellent.

Aug 07, 2013
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Mexican Sweet Tamales

I love sweet tamales. The Franciscan nuns that I celebrated Christmas with as a child made theirs with raisins, pineapple and ground coconut. We ate these after midnight Mass on Christmas, at weddings and at baptisms, so sweet tamales mean "celebrate!!!" to me. This recipe makes me want to try to duplicate that very delicate and fragrant pastel of my memory...

Mar 28, 2012
macatcas in Recipes