Projects & Recipes
Now that I am older, I visit memory lane more and sit on the benches I have installed. For the last week or two our son has been bugging us about seafood. The child loves seafood and will try anything you throw at him. Well, not throw at him, but there are days I think he needs loaf of bread up side his head. I just hate to waste the bread. At any rate, he has been driving us nuts about the lack of seafood. He doesn’t quite get the fact of Minnesota not having the amount of lobster or shrimp as Maine. I guess in that respect he misses Maine.
Years back I had a cousin that was smack dab in the middle of that little kid hotdog phase. If you are a parent or have been around kids for an extended period of time, you are aware of the phase. Hotdogs, morning, noon and night. My Aunt and I could not stand to look at another hotdog and this was only 8 months into the phase. I have to give it to her, she could have written a book titled, “101 ways to cook and serve the hotdog”. There we sat one evening, with yet another package of the dreaded things. Armed with spaghetti noodles and a butter knife we went to work on something new.
Jump forward to last night and the seafood frothing at the mouth child. A quick trip down memory lane, and I announced we were having jellyfish and octopus. Macgyver gave me a strange look, there were some “eww” responses from Hyper Minnie and the Deranged Fairy, but I pressed on. Out came the hotdogs and the girls made funky faces at me.
What you will need:
Uncooked spaghetti noodles
Doing the deed:
Lay out the hotdogs and cut the ends off, about an inch to inch and a half. Set the ends to the sides. Take the centers of the hotdogs and cut slices about a half inch thick. Once you have the center slices, push through 4,5 or 6 uncooked spaghetti noodles in the center of the dog. Set those in a pot of boiling water and cook as you would for spaghetti night. Moving on to the hotdog ends. Grab those and on the cut end, not the rounded because that will be your head, simply slice as if you are going to cube it. As you cook the hotdog the sliced sections will puff and curl a little. Toss in the pot with the slices with your spaghetti and cook together. Less pans the less you have to spend cleaning.