Hot Dog Salad, a new classic!

by Michelle on November 15, 2010

I dearly love my husband but sometimes I truly wonder what influences his decision making because I’m pretty sure it’s not me.

I know Mr. Tastebuds was born in Rome and came to the United States when he was a mere two years old. He grew up in Chicago and started working for IBM while still in high school. He graduated from Depaul University, climbed the corporate ladder at IBM, then took early retirement and launched a new career as a Stock Broker all before the age of 36! Sounds like a well educated, experienced business person with good communication skills and excellent decision making capabilities doesn’t it?

But wait, there’s more.

I wasn’t having the best day and I asked Mr. Tastebuds to make me a big salad for dinner. Now Mr. Tastebuds and I have been married a long time and he knows what I like and dislike and salad is not one of my likes! But every once in a while I do enjoy a big salad for dinner, light on the lettuce but loaded up with other goodies!

But hot dogs in a salad? Where does this stuff come from?

Was it on Iron Chef? Because Mr. Tastebuds never misses an episode! He is also a big fan of Julia Child and Jacques Pépin and religiously watches the Saturday afternoon PBS reruns.

Actually the Hot Dog Salad was pretty good. But it still has me wondering if Depaul is offering more inspiration than just Saint Thomas Aquinas!

I ate my Hot Dog Salad with some freshly baked Betsy’s Seeded Oat Bread which was so good that I can’t even give you any where near an accurate description of the taste.   I know that this bread was not on our agenda for HBinFive this week but I couldn’t wait any longer!

Along with the Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame and Flax seeds that the recipe called for, I added Smoked Sesame Seeds, Quinoa, Wheat Berries and Poppy Seeds. I absolutely love seeds in and on bread and can never have enough of ’em! We can not post the recipes due to copyright issues but you can find the recipe for Betsy’s Seeded Oat Bread at Just for the Fork of It.


Gadgets that Work

Taylor Gourmet Digital Cooking Thermometer

My friend Danielle of Cooking from my Peace of Mind had just purchased the Taylor Gourmet Digital Thermometer and gave it a glowing review so I had to buy one of my own. And I LOVE it!

I’ve used it several times and it’s worked perfectly every time. I do have a hard time judging if my bread is baked thoroughly or not and using an oven timer is not always accurate. So I do use a digital thermometer to test the internal temperature and when the thermometer reaches 205 degrees, the bread is perfectly baked.

But with the new Taylor Gourmet Thermometer I don’t have to bother with removing the bread from the oven and inserting the probe. I just set the Thermometer for the desired internal temperature, set the alarm, insert the probe, shut the oven door and walk away. When the alarm sounds I know my bread is done! My office is at least 50′ from my kitchen and I can hear the alarm very well. I am so happy with this because now I can pop my bread in the oven, go to work in my office and not worry about forgetting about my bread!

The Thermometer comes in Stainless Steel or White. I bought the Stainless Steel style because I think Stainless Steel is easier to keep clean. It has a a nice sized screen with large numbers which are easy to read and an on/off switch to save energy. And it runs with two “AAA” batteries which are included.

The probe is on a 46″ cord so there’s plenty of cord to stretch to a landing area near your oven. And if you don’t have convenient counter space, there are magnets on the back of the Thermometer and you can just attach it to your oven door.

Buy it, you’ll love it! The Taylor Gourmet Digital Thermometer would also make a great Housewarming gift or Stocking Stuffer for the cook or near-cook in your family.

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  • theUngourmet November 15, 2010 at 12:57 am

    You were such a great sport to try your husband’s hot dog salad. :) Your bread is beautiful! I love the array of seeds and berries on top!

  • Kat November 15, 2010 at 7:04 am

    You sure were gracious to Mr. Tastebud’s hot dog salad, I am afraid it would have ended up against the wall here!! I am not a fan of hotdogs, period. That being said, what a sweetheart to make you a salad on a not so good day for you!
    Your bread looks so delicious.

  • Cheryl B. November 15, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Hi Michelle :-) I thought I should surprise you and actually comment on your site, rather than just send you the occasional email ;-p
    What your ‘Mr. Tastebuds’ came up with, looks very much like something my own husband would create!!! Perhaps it’s a male thing? o;-p
    I enjoy reading all of your postings, which by the way I am glad you allow us to get via email! I just don’t come over often and comment. Yeah, I know, shame on me.
    I hope your feeling totally on top of things today – and may you soon be feeling that way all of the time!

  • Bonnie- November 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

    The TableRunner told me about this bread last year. It is my favorite recipe in the HBinFive book. Your addition of the extra seeds is wonderful. I’m going to have to try adding more next time I make it.

  • Renee (Kudos Kitchen) November 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Not sure I’d be a big fan of the hot dog salad but that bread looks wonderful!!!! Love a hearty, heathy home made loaf of bread loaded with seeds and nuts. Right up my alley Michelle. LOVE it!!!

  • virginia richards November 15, 2010 at 9:48 am

    comment is a littl late, BUT I made your Pumpkin cupcakes for a halloween party and they were a hit. Made thema gain this weekend for the grandkids and they passed muster again. Whipping the egge whites certainly makes them light and airy, not dense as you might expect with pumpkin.

  • Guff November 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Hot dogs in a salad make perfect sense to me, especially if they are Chicago dogs. Some baked beans would be good too.
    As to your added seeds, how much extra did you add, and did you soak the wheat berries first?

    • Michelle November 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      I answered Guff thru email but I will post my response here as well in case someone else has the same question.

      I made 1/2 a recipe of bread dough and yes I did soak the wheat berries, in fact I just soaked all my seeds.

      All together I had about 1 1/4 cup seeds which I put in a glass measuring cup and covered the seeds with water. Let it sit for about 2 hours and the seeds absorbed all the water. And just added the entire amount of soaked seeds to the bread dough. The wheat berries were still a little chewy but not too bad.

      For the topping I sprinkled unsoaked pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and smoked sesame seeds.

      Michelle

      Michelle

  • teresa November 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    haha, delightful post! i loved that you labeled the salad. the bread sounds heavenly, i need to try it!

  • Melanie November 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Looks like Mr Tastebuds was cleaning out the fridge! Salad doesn’t look too bad. The bread looks wonderful!! I have wanted to try that bread too. Now I know I’ll have to try it soon.

  • Mags@OtherSideofFifty November 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Awwww… he cooked for you. (I’m sitting here giggling myself silly over hot dogs on a salad!)

    Oh my…. THAT BREAD!!

  • Kristi Rimkus November 15, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Now that’s what I call a fun salad!

  • Mary J November 16, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Like the Bread and the Salad . Your thermometer looks easier to use than mine.

  • Kim November 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Love this post, Michelle! I think this salad is a true representation to a man’s philosophy (at least my husband’s) which is GO BIG OR GO HOME. I love how he threw in all the odds and ins. It really is very pretty and would’ve put a smile on my face for sure. I am curious though about the type of dressing that Mr. Tastebuds used?

  • Cathy (breadexperience) November 16, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I’ve never thought of adding hot dogs to a salad before. What a great idea especially for kids. The bread looks delicious with all those seeds. I’ll definitely have to try this one.

  • Carlyn November 17, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Your bread looks amazing! I love all the seed– I can’t wait to try this bread. Great pictures! My husband would love hot dogs in a salad too!

  • Guff November 18, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Based on your recommendation I tried the seeded oatmeal bread. I was going to follow your lead and pump up the seeds, but since it was a first time effort I decided to make it as written. You are right (as always), it was great. One of our new favorites.

  • Emily Z November 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Hi there, I saw you over at Gera’s “Best of” post and had to check out your hot dog salad. Very interesting. I recently made a “Chicago Dog Salad” I got from Rachael Ray’s cookbook, with a similar concept to this but yet very different. I love hot dogs so I will take anything involving them! Nice to “meet” you!
    (Here’s the Chicago Dog Salad recipe: http://ezsrecipes.com/2010/08/17/chicago-dog-salad/)

  • Taryn PYle November 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Rachel Ray makes a mean Hot Dog Salad! You go. If the hubby is cooking, I can’t complain!

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