I've Eaten A Hamdog!

Written by Ed Williams

Remember a little while back when I wrote a column about that culinary vision of delight,repparttar hamdog? And remember how I told y’all what a hamdog was (a hot dog with a burger patty wrapped around it, deep fried, and then served in a hoagie roll along with bacon, cheese, chili, onions, and topped off with a fried egg)? And remember how I asked one of y’all to please get in contact with Chandler Goff,repparttar 135564 man who createdrepparttar 135565 hamdog? Well, guess what? One of y’all did!

That’s right, someone (who’s asked to remain anonymous) contacted Chandler, he emailed me, and this past weekend I went up to Mulligan’s, Chandler’s bar, to enjoy my first ever hamdog! And believe me, folks, it won’t be my last!

Mulligan’s is a great little neighborhood bar, it’s part of a small shopping center over in Decatur and is a very low keyed place. I arrived there around twelve thirty pm, walked in, and saw some booths, tables, and chairs. It almost reminded me of a small diner, but then I walked up on a platform and enteredrepparttar 135566 main bar area. I saw a long bar with plenty of chairs and a couple of pool tables nearby. I could tell that I was gonna likerepparttar 135567 place, and then I noticed someone behindrepparttar 135568 bar, so I walked over and discovered it was Chandler. We shook hands and immediately started talking, and I discovered that Chandler is a really bright, good natured guy. He andrepparttar 135569 bar sort of run each other, if that makes any sense at all.

After a few minutes spent gabbing, Chandler went inrepparttar 135570 back and brought out my hamdog. My mouth gaped open when I saw it - it had to be almost a foot long and six or seven inches high. What really set it off was that fried egg sitting up on top of it. Chandler included a lot of fries with it, and I was glad that I had picked water to drink as it was obvious that I was going to need every bit of room my stomach possessed to conquer it. And conquer it I did - I ate every single bite and did so using just my hands, I didn’t have to resort to cutting it up with a knife or anything. It was pure heaven,repparttar 135571 fries were great, and for desert Chandler served up a fried Twinkie - I kid y’all not, a fried Twinkie (a regular Twinkie rolled into crushed up Captain Crunch crumbs, fried, and then topped off with chocolate and cherry sauce). It was so good that it made my tongue wiggle around like a fishing lure about to be dropped into a dark part of a pond.

Holiday Cookie Exchange

Written by Chris, WebAdmin.

Withrepparttar Christmas holidays coming up, many cooks will be looking at lots of baking and preparations forrepparttar 135537 parties and get-togethers not to mentionrepparttar 135538 big day itself. How can you reducerepparttar 135539 stress and still put out a variety of tasty treats for family and friends? Try a cookie exchange.

The general idea of a cookie exchange is a group of friends each bake a batch of cookies to be shared amongstrepparttar 135540 group. Each member concentrates on and only has to purchase ingredients for one recipe but still gets a variety of goodies to offer at their own home. You need ground rules and everyone has different ideas so it is a good idea to discussrepparttar 135541 details in advance so everyone knows their role.

For some parties there is a strict rule aboutrepparttar 135542 cookies being homemade. At othersrepparttar 135543 gathering is more important so if a member feels a time crunch atrepparttar 135544 last minute they can choose to buy something fromrepparttar 135545 bakery. Store bought bagged cookies would be taboo but bakery, homemade-like would be okay.

First, agree on a timeline. Make sure each member can makerepparttar 135546 commitment and ask that they each set aside baking time at least a few days beforerepparttar 135547 scheduled exchange (that way they have time to bake and time to fix it if something goes wrong). Another reason you might want to bakerepparttar 135548 cookies early is they "cure" a bit. Fresh cookies don't really transport well and tend to crumble badly duringrepparttar 135549 exchange.

Ask your members to send you their recipes so you can make copies forrepparttar 135550 others and ensure that no two are makingrepparttar 135551 same cookies (don't forget, variety isrepparttar 135552 key!). They don't all have to bake cookies either, bars and macaroons work really well too. It is a nice idea if they include a few lines about why they chose this recipe or any memories they have of making or eating these cookies. Sharingrepparttar 135553 details of howrepparttar 135554 recipe was once grandma's or how you set fire torepparttar 135555 kitchen one time while baking them is halfrepparttar 135556 fun ofrepparttar 135557 party! Create a booklet ofrepparttar 135558 recipes and memories for each member to keep. If you have a digital camera you could even take pics atrepparttar 135559 party ofrepparttar 135560 cookies andrepparttar 135561 members to include inrepparttar 135562 booklets.

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