A few days ago my friend posted this post, saying how she doctors up her mac & cheese when she serves it for lunch. I do almost the same exact thing to mine! Except instead of Tabasco I use Tapatio or Frank's Hot Sauce. Anyway, I thought I'd post a couple of my own fancy up normal food tricks. This last week I made grilled cheese with tomato soup for dinner, and used canned tomato soup. All I had was the cheap store brand kind, which I don't really care for. Anyway, I had a can of Campbell's French Onion soup and thought, hmmmmm.... So I put 2 cans of condensed tomato soup, 1 can of condensed french onion soup and 2 cans of milk in a pot. Heat and serve, and voila! A fancy little touch that made the soup de-lish!!
OK, and now for last night's dinner. Oh boy!!! Remember this post where I talked about Moreno's and their fabulous Sonoran style hot dogs? Well, I forgot to list a couple of other things they put on their dogs. Like bacon and beans. Anyhoo, since they are on sale every Thursday, I dream about them on Thursdays. So last night I decided to make my own. I bought hot dogs and all the fixins and they turned out positively gourmet! You MUST try this!! OK, so first, get a hot dog (I bought Nathan's and if you haven't tried those, you should. They are sooo good!) and wrap a slice of bacon around your dog. I cooked them on the Foreman grill, but you could use a regular grill, grill pan, or just frying pan if you don't have any grill type thing. Cook until the bacon is pretty much done. Then put in a bun. Now comes the fun part: top with avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo (just chop tomato, onion, and cilantro and add some lemon or lime juice), a squeeze of lime, chili beans, mustard or mayo if you want, and there you have it! The best hot dog you will ever eat. At Moreno's they serve a roasted jalapeno on the side, but we took it a step further and made poppers. Take a jalapeno or anaheim if jalapeno is too spicy for you. Cut in half and fill each half with cream cheese. Wrap a piece of bacon around and bake at 400 until the bacon is done and pepper is cooked. (probably somewhere around 20 min.) Oh, baby! They are better if you let them sit for just a little bit and cool off before you dig into them. It's hard to wait, though. And let me tell you, they are even better for breakfast the next day. Yup, cold and spicy and yum-my.
So, there are my ideas for the day. If anyone tries this, make sure to leave a comment and tell us how you like it!!