Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cooking hot dogs and sausages

Friends, I have just discovered today the absolutely best way to cook your hot dogs and link type sausages in the oven.  For the longest while, a digestive problem I have wouldn't let me eat hot dogs and the like.  But lately I have been doing better, so I decided to try some hot dogs.  I got some of the Ball Park brand hot dogs that come individually wrapped, and threw the package up in the freezer.

Well today I decided to cook a couple for my husband and me.  So here is what I decided to do:

I unwrapped the two hot dogs.  Then I took a piece of aluminum foil and laid the two hot dogs on one half of it, then folded the other half over; and folded the edges over, and sort of made a packet out of it.  Then I put it in my preheated toaster oven and baked them for about 20 minutes.  This worked really well.

It worked so well, that just a few minutes later my husband baked some hot dog type sausages he had that way too.  He baked those for 30 minutes.  And they turned out really good too!

I used just a simple little toaster oven set to 350 degrees.  Below is a simple illustration to help you understand about making the foil packet.  The foil packet works great in that it keeps all the juices inside.  So you end up with really juicy, tasty hot dogs or sausages.

Packet folding illustration

Happy cooking and delightful eating!


Jacqueline Driggers
the cook behind it all

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Having a great pizza at home

We had a great pizza last night, and it didn't come from a pizza restaurant.  But before I get into what we did last night, I want to talk a bit about what we had been doing.

For a long while, we didn't order pizza home delivery from our local pizza restaurants because we didn't think they were too good.  We would get the occasional frozen pizza.  But lately we had discovered that they had improved, and that a new restaurant had opened up.  We would sometimes get a pan pizza from Pizza Hut topped with ham, bacon, and mushrooms.  Also sometimes we would get a pizza from Pizza Kings, also topped with ham and bacon and mushrooms.

But last night we did something different.  Now the heat doesn't agree with my husband or I, so we wait to do our Walmart runs late at night when it is much cooler.  And last night we decided we wanted pizza.  Now by the time we got home -- well, it was already too late to order one from a restaurant when we went out.  So we got the fixings to do what we had done in the past, but hadn't done in a while.  So here is the recipe for our prize winning pizza that we had last night:

Get 1 Digorno's 4 cheese pizza

Also get your favorite meat toppings.  Last night we used canadian bacon and smoked turkey.  You could use any meat toppings that you like.

You will also need some shredded cheese.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Put some Reynolds non-stick aluminum foil over your pizza pan or cookie sheet that you are going to bake your pizza on.

This will help keep your pizza from sticking to the pan, and I think it helped to make our crust crispier.

Put your frozen pizza on the pan.  Add the chopped meat you got.  In our case I chopped up some slices of canadian bacon, and just hand shredded some slices of really thin smoked turkey.  Then cover this with your shredded cheese.  I used Kraft shredded pizza cheese.  Bake for 28 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  When putting the pizza in and out of the oven, you will want to use care as the non-stick foil is really slick; and your pizza will slide around.  You want it to end up in your tummy and not on the floor.  

Our pizza turned out just great.  Crisp, brown crust; and plenty of toppings.  I would show you a picture of it, but hey -- it's just a great food memory now.  We will definitely be doing this again.  I think it is safe to say that Pizza Hut and Pizza Kings won't be getting too much of our business anymore.  The cost for this pizza was around $10-11 dollars, and you will probably end up with extra toppings for other uses.  We did.  A delivery pizza from either of the 2 places I mentioned:  ham, bacon, and mushrooms -- runs around $12-15 dollars.  A better deal and just as good a pizza.  

Happy cooking and delightful eating!

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-- jd --