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Sunday Dinner: Tots and Dogs

October 24, 2011

Stuff on J.D.’s weekend to do list = brontosaurus-type proportions.

Weekend time slot allotted for brontosaurus = tea cup.

Hot dogs was really the only reasonable option for Sunday Dinner. Thankfully, we  spent enough time in Mexico (where the hot dog is a glorified and often gourmet dietary staple) for J.D. to not feel too badly about his menu.

A minor aside: While in Mexico, I was watching a cooking show wherein my Latino host was preparing some kind of fancy stuffed chicken breast. The filling consisted of shallots, portobello mushrooms, expensive cheese, and…chopped up hot dogs. Of the Oscar Meyer variety.  Also, one time while shopping at a Mexican grocery store, we were offered a sample of something sausagey-looking on a toothpick: Hot dog. Uncooked.

J.D. also served up tater tots because you might as well go all the way.  He wants you all to know that it takes a lot of time and diligence to successfully flip forty tater tots.

James, who is J.D.’s toughest Sunday Dinner critic, gave the whole ensemble a big fat ketchup stained thumbs up.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Eileen permalink
    October 24, 2011 10:29 pm

    If anyone can make a hot dog look healthy, you guys can!

  2. tom permalink
    October 25, 2011 12:08 am

    and fancy! JD made it loo like gourmet “chien chaud” – flat bread, extra long wieners, and is that chopped up avocado?? and the tiny pickles with the behemoth tomato – priceless! 😀

    arent most hot dogs pre-cooked as part of the manufactturing process?

    i thoroughly recommend German ketchup (and Japanese mayo while i’m at it) – speaking of German, at the berlin airport i had this curry-wurst “hot dog” that was just orgasm-a-tronic!
    perhaps for the next foray into “Mexican cuisine” 😀

    • Claire permalink*
      October 25, 2011 8:38 am

      I should clarify…they were “cooked” (because I think it’s probably illegal, even in Mexico, to sell uncooked hot dogs) just not heated.

  3. bakerjac permalink
    October 25, 2011 4:47 am

    That’s the kind of Sunday dinner my kids would go crazy for. Tell J.D. the secret to quick flipping (Tater Tot or otherwise) is chopsticks.

    • Claire permalink*
      October 25, 2011 8:40 am

      chopsticks! I knew something good would come of me telling the internet we eat tater tots.

  4. Davida permalink
    October 25, 2011 9:10 am

    hot dogs and tator tots, you gotta love it! Thanks for sharing Claire!

  5. Phil permalink
    October 25, 2011 10:21 am

    You should know that there’s a Mexican place in Victoria called La Fiesta Cafe that serves genuine ‘Mexi Fries’. And they are none other than these same, delicious tots. Not sure if they actually call them that in Mexico, but JD may have stumbled upon this cultural connection much like geographically separated civilizations once simultaneously invented crayons. Or, paper, or whatever.

    That, and I really, really want a wall magnet for my knives. Soooooo sweet.

    love you guys!

    • Claire permalink*
      October 25, 2011 1:16 pm

      Tater tots are pretty much the Mexican equivalent of sushi.

  6. elena permalink
    October 25, 2011 12:57 pm

    Amazing how a post about hotdogs can elicit so many responses! My children go wild with joy when I give into the cancer sticks – there is something about those things (esp. wrapped in Wonderbread buns) that provides total comfort.

    • Claire permalink*
      October 25, 2011 1:13 pm

      I also go wild with joy. On the inside.

    • tom permalink
      October 26, 2011 10:41 am

      cigarette hot dogs??? not even the mexicans could have thought of that one…

  7. Jean permalink
    October 25, 2011 5:40 pm

    In the novel “Christy” by Catherine Marshall, the main character’s father (Quaker I think) says to her, “It is my duty to make sure thou hast a happy childhood tucked into thy pocket.”

    Tater tots and hotdogs have been designated by the Canadian Council of Childhood Tucks as a baseline on which all other Tucks are stacked.

    Here endeth the Lesson.

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