I vetoed Devil Dogs immediately, but the boys held firm on hot dogs. My sons were given the job to pick out any five ingredients to be included in our dinner. Their choices:
- hot dogs
- elbow macaroni
- Ritz crackers
They could have been a lot more diabolical. There had been talk of caramel, anchovies, and beets as featured ingredients.
I decided to use the hot dogs and escarole in a “Dress it Up, Dress it Down Mac and Cheese.” I crisped up hot dog slices, sauteed the escarole, and threw it all together with elbows and a cheese sauce.
I wasn’t so sure what to do with the tomatoes and crackers. I finally decided to give the tomatoes a Ritz cracker breading and put them on top.
The verdict: This was one of my more popular family dinners. I wouldn’t have planned on the tomato topping, but it worked out well.
At least I didn’t have to top the mac and cheese with Devil Dogs. That would have been really diabolical.
I thought this video on YouTube was pretty cute. “Lost in the Supermarket” by the Clash:
#61. 101 things in 1001 days. Have my kids pick five ingredients from the grocery store; feature them in a meal.