Posts Tagged ‘chili’

Is There a Dog in There?

May 31, 2009

Dilly's Narrow SignAfter yesterday’s disappointing experience at Lenny’s Hot Dog, we went back to an old favourite to get a good dog.  We went back to Dilly’s Corner. We have been going to Dilly’s since we got to the USA and always had good food there.  Our last visit confirmed their Dilly’s Burger as being a Best in Bucks – Top 5 Burger.

Dilly's Menu

Dilly’s offers two dogs; the regular hot dog and the Dilly’s Dog from the extensive menu.  The regular dog can come with Kraut, Chili, and/or cheese. The Dilly Dog is a 1/4 pound dog with fried onions, peppers and potatoes on a toasted torpedo roll.

I went for the Regular Dog with Chili and Cheese.

062It was a great dog.  The steamed bun held a normal sized dog covered in Sweet Chili sauce and processed cheese. Normally Processed Cheese is something to be avoided but it was working here. The first bite revealed the snap of the wiener casing and taste of the grilled flesh. I know, Steamed Bun and Grilled Dog, what’s going on. Come to find out they have one of those rolling grills for the dogs so they steam the buns cause they don’t fit on the rolling grill.  Go figure but it works. Definitely a success and when coupled with the Pink Lemonade heaven on a hot afternoon.Dilly Dog

 The Dilly Dog is the featured hot dog at Dilly’s Corner.  The 1/4 pound weiner is covered in Fried Onions, Fried Peppers and French Fries.  The onions, peppers and fries cover the dog and bun I wondered if there was a dog in there. The Dilly Dog is a meal in itself.  There must be half a medium-sized onion sauteed in big chunks. The Onions are seasoned and lightly sauteed making them el dente and slightly sweet.  There is also a half a pepper slightly sauteed here as well.  The saute made the Peppers have an almost sweet pickle taste while maintaining a crunch.  A handful of Dilly’s French Fries was sprinkled through out the onion-pepper mixture. It takes a while to eat thru the onions, pepper and fries to get to the dog but the grilled wiener is there.  I was a little surprised when they gave me a fork and knife with the order but I could see why once I started to eat.  When I got to the wiener,  I found it to be slightly spiced but well grilled.  I usually want a snap to my dog but I was satisfied with the nice grilling  job. All in all, the Dilly Dog is a very special dog and worth the trip to Dilly’s Corner.  I am including the Dilly Dog as one the Top 5 – Best of Bucks Co – Hot Dogs.  I hope you go, give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you have other recommendations for great Hot Dogs here in Bucks Co or elsewhere let us know thru the Reply Box or Comment line at the bottom of this post.

Dilly’s Corner, 2998 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938          (215) 862-5333

Mexican Hold’em

May 18, 2009

Mexican Hold'e,

Mexican Hold’em was a great time. People started arriving at 1:00 and some were still here at 11:00. Deb, Erika, Janet and Bob chopped the pot for the tournament. We also played some cash games at 25/50 cents. It was a lot of fun and everyone seem to have a good time.

Mexican Hold'em Veggie TrayNow on to the food.  We started the day off with some chips and dip and a veggie tray. The Veggie Tray had grape tomatoes, cucumbers, celery sticks, carrots, broccoli and red pepper. Poker Bob and I had a bet which veggie would go first and which one would have the most left over at the end of the night.  The cucumbers were the surprising winner of the most popular and the least popular were the grape tomatoes.  I thought the grape tomatoes were just tough to dip, although they very fresh and popped when you bit into them. We bought a large container of spinach dip at the store but when Facebook Friend and poker but Grace showed up with her homemade spinach dip in a sour dough bread bowl, people switched to her dip.  Shout out to Grace.

Guacamole I had never made Guacamole before but since the theme was Mexican I thought I would give it a try.  I searched the internet and found a recipe at the Haas site that sounded good so I did that recipe. I used four ripe avocados, tablespoon of cilantro 1/2 sweet onion, 1 jalapeño pepper, 1 diced tomato, juice of 2 limes and kosher salt to season.  It turned out great.  We coupled it some tortilla chips, Donna likes the Scoops brand the best. Facebook Friend and tournament winner Erika said it was the best she ever had.  I think she was just being sweet but I’ll take it as being very good.  I liked it. It was simple to make and chunks of the avocado in the lime soaked salsa with a little heat from the peppers was very nice.

Wings from Stella's at Mexican Hold'emPoker buddy Tony brought 200 of the best tasting Chicken Wings I have had in a long time.  Normally I would have nominated these for the Best in Bucks – Wings, but alas Tony’s family restaurant Stella’s is in West Trenton, New Jersey. These were breaded wings, medium and size but moist and tasty when you bit into them.

Hot Sauce and Blue Cheese dressing from Stella'sTony also brought along hot sauce and blue cheese dressing on the side.  The hot sauce on the side allow the poker players to adjust the heat of their wings.  This was a flavourful sauce not the burn your head off fire brews some restaurants give you.  The Blue Cheese dressing was creamy with nice chunks of cheese in the mayo dressing.  Nothing goes better than blue cheese and hot chicken wings. Since it was a Mexican theme party we took Tony’s Italian wings and sprinkled cilantro over them to christen them Mexican. LOLMexican Hold'em Chili

The Mexican Buffet started at 4:00 with Mexican Chili, Mexican Mac’n Cheese and do-it-yourself tacos and Fajitas.  For the Mexican Chili, I cooked up 3 pounds of hamburger, 1 pound of chorizo sausages, onions,  red peppers, mushrooms,  jalapeños and garlic. I seasoned the mixture with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, red pepper flakes and cumin. Once the veggies were heated thru I added red kidney and black beans some red sauce and a lot of chili powder. It was my pretty standard chili kicked up with some extra heat, chorizo sausages and jalapeños. It made the theme ingredient.

Fajita and Taco FixingsSpicy Chicken for Tacos and Fajitas   For the do-it-yourself  Taco and Fajitas Bar, we sauteed some chicken and beef strips in taco spices and some extra cumin.  For the taco meat, we took regualr ground beef and cooked it with some finely chopped onions and garlic, we added salt, pepper, cumin, taco seasoning and red chili flakes. We also sauteed sweet onions and red peppers with onions and garlic.  For sides we chopped up fresh romaine lettuce, jalapeños and tomatoes. We put out a bowl of sour cream as well.

Mexican Mac'n CheeseFor the Mexican Mac’n Cheese, we boiled the elbow macaroni as directed on the package. While that was happening, Donna made a bechamel sauce with flour, butter, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  To the sauce she added pepper-jack cheese. The drained pasta and cheese sauce were combined and then we added red pepper flakes and diced chorizo sausage to match the theme.  We spread the Mac’n Cheese out in a lasagna pan and topped the mixture with moistened bread crumbs, pepper-jack cheese and some more red pepper flakes.  Donna baked the dish at 350 degree F for 45 minutes to get the nice brown coating you can see in the photo.  Mac’n Cheese is normally a comfort food classic (shameless plug inserted here for the survey on Favourite Food Types – do the poll if haven’t already) but with the addition of the spicy cheese and chorizo sausage this dish becomes very festive.

I didn’t think to take pictures of the desserts that folks brought but they were all delicious.  JoJo, from the Church Ham post, made Chocolate Mexican cake and a Coconut Custard pie. JoJo brought the recipe for the chocolate cake and we didn’t see anything in the recipe that would make it especially Mexican so we figured it must be the chocolate that made it Mexican so from then on all desserts with chocolate met the theme ingredient. JoJo’a pie was creamy with great flecks of coconut. Shout out to JoJo for the pie and cake. 

Poker buddies Pete and Stella made her famous Brownies and these are to die for. Moist and chocolaty.   Facebook Friend and poker buddy Polina came with homemade chocolate covered strawberries. Tournament winners Deb,  Bob and Janet brought a pies.

All in all it was a great Mexican Buffet and dessert contibution were well appreciated.  Donna and I had a great time preparing the food and spending time with our friends and poker buddies.  I hope they had a great time too.

Chili Dogs

May 3, 2009

We made chili last night and one of my favourite things to do with the leftover chili is Chili Dogs. They make me think of the summer, relaxing and family outings.  It was a cold rainy day today, so the Chili Dogs cheered my up and I hope they cheer you up too.

To make the Chili Dogs you first need chili.  I make a decent chili.  I start by browning a pound and half of half inch pieces of sweet Italian sausage and then brown two pounds of 80/20 hamburger both of which I set aside so I can cook the veggies in same pot.  I like to saute about 2 cups of yellow onions, four cloves of garlic, a pound of sliced baby bellas mushrooms, a chopped red pepper,  a chopped green pepper, a thinly sliced jalapeno pepper and a cup of celery.  Salt and pepper to season.  Once the veggies are soft, I add the meat back in and stir to combine.  I then add spices oregano, thyme, basil, cayenne pepper and chili powder.  Chili BowlThe amounts vary each time I make it so use your own judgement.  I like a nice bean to meat ration so that every spoonful gets meat, veggies and beans.  I also like to use different types of beans so you get different colours and and shapes.  Last night I used thee cans of black and three cans of red beans.  I also added the big  jar of red sauce and stirred to combine.  Salt and pepper again to season.  As the mixture comes to temperature, I did a taste taste and adjusted the spices and heat for the audience (mostly Donna and I but we always make more for Ryan and Robbie and their portions disappear during the night).  Last night was a mild chili night so I didn’t kick up the spices too much.

I like to serve my chili covered with some cheese.  Last night we used a shredded cheese blend of mozza, provolone and cheddar.  A few minutes under the broiler gives the cheese a nice melt.  I also like to serve some bread for dipping.  I have served garlic toast on occasion but with the four cloves already in the chili I thought the french bread would do.

Chili Dogs

So now we have day old chili to make the Chili Dogs for supper. I like an all beef dog pan fried and a steamed bun. Once you get that far it’s pretty straight forward, cooked dog goes in bun, cover with reheated chili, sprinkle with cheese (same blend as last night) broil until the cheese melt, plate and serve.  It takes a bit of practice to figure out the right amount of chili in the bun so that you can control the chili with the bun and loose only a little chili with each bite. I like potato chips and pickles to garnish and to add some crunch to the dish but Robbie ate all the chips while we were out and didn’t tell us.  Darn kids keep eating and it’s like everyday we have to feed them again. LOL.

These Chili Dogs were great.  The soft lightly steamed buns holding the moist chili.  The veggie and meat chucks in the chili and the heat from the cayenne and jalepeno peppers gives the dog great mouth feel. The pan fried dog snaps when I bit into it making all those memories and feelings return even on a rainy night.  They were really good. Soon it will warm enough to grill outside every night and I can revisit the recipe again and perhaps make spicy chili dogs.

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