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May 26, 2019

Food Thread: Don't Slap That Sausage Into Just Anything!

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There was (and probably still is) a glorious late-night hot dog joint on Durant Avenue in Berkeley. "Top Dog" was about 100 square feet, packed to the rafters with supplies, and pumped out very high quality hot dogs and sausages to legions of drunk students, usually late at night, and just before they wandered across the street to get doughnuts hot out of the oil from "King Pin Donuts."

They used a plain bun that was substantial enough to hold the relatively big sausages they sold, but not so big that the dog got lost in the bread. They weren't gummy and easily compressible, and they held the chopped onion and sauerkraut and mustard (don't start your ketchup crap or you will be grounded) without falling apart or soaking through.

Those gummy and too-soft mass-market buns are actually pretty good with a regular hot dog, but for more substantial fare like a good bratwurst, I think it is worth seeking out something better.

Or baking them yourselves, which is going to be my project some rainy weekend!

****** is usual with The Food Horde, somebody took one of my suggestions and did a better job. Well, to be precise, reader "David" married quite well, because this is his wife's handiwork.

That bacon looks nice and crisp!



Just because we CAN do something doesn't mean that we SHOULD do something.




What a marvelous design! It's simply a mashup of two kinds of corkscrew, but it is done elegantly, and seemingly well, since the videos at the company's website show it working perfectly...extracting old and crumbly corks without a hiccup.

Unfortunately it is expensive...certainly too expensive for most people who never consume wine old enough to have decaying corks. And even if you have an odd bottle or two with a decaying cork, there are other ways to deal with the detritus. A $125 corkscrew is about $110 more than I am willing to pay to keep cork crumbs out of my wine. A fine mesh strainer will work just as well!

But is a very nice looking corkscrew.


A large proportion of The Horde has been in the service, so if any of you folks need some chef's attire, complete with service patches, and a whole lot of other stuff, take a look at this site. It's called Newchef military store, and if you are like me, you probably need a chef's jacket to keep the splashes off your clothes.

That makes me wonder why there is a one-to-one correspondence between making tomato sauce and wearing light colored shirts.
[Hat Tips: artisanal 'ette]


From Nikki Haley's husband's Instagram feed.

[Hat Tip: MTF]

Food and cooking tips, triple-cream cheeses, young wild pigs, crisp bacon, thick and fluffy pita, and good tomatoes that aren't square, pale pink and covered with Mestizo E.coli: cbd dot aoshq at gmail dot com. Any advocacy of French Toast with syrup will result in disciplinary action up to and including being nuked from orbit. And yes, shaking a Manhattan is's in the Bible!

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