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March 31, 2010

Mid-Century Menu – 20th Century Wieners

Welcome to the Mid-Century Menu, everyone!  First, I must say that I did not make up the title of the recipe we picked for this week’s menu.  It is an actual name of an actual dish in the Cutco Cookbook, which was published in 1961.  Actually, Cutco is still around today.  My mom just bought a set of their knives about 10 years ago and I have to say that they still work great, even after surviving the huge flood that almost wrecked my parents house. How’s that for quality?

Anyway, this book is great for a lot of reasons.  It has cooking charts for meat, menus, recipes and the most adorable illustrations.  Plus the ridiculous recipe names, which are pretty great as well.

Speaking of the menus, it was pretty easy for me this week because the book already had everything picked out for me.  Here are the menu choices that pair with hot dogs:

I like that there is more than one choice.  There were also three more categories to choose a bread, relish and a dessert, but I figured this will be more than enough food for two people if I just pick from these choices.  I picked grapefruit, mac and cheese and carrots (just regular crinkle cut ones).

To go with this fantastic recipe:

Everyone is excited about the wieners!  Just look at this family!

Even the dog with the stupid bow choking him is excited.  Look at him.

Actually, he looks a little evil. Like he is thinking, “Go on, keep smiling.  Little do you know that while you weren’t looking I tinkled in the 20th Century Wieners.”


Anyway, on with the food!

Very few ingredients for this one, which is nice.  The nice big piece of cheddar in the back is from Decatur Dairy in Wisconsin, and is amazing!  It was almost a shame to use it here, but we have so much cheese from our recent trip that it didn’t make any sense to buy more for this.

Everything is chopped up.  I guess that is what you should expect from a knife cookbook!

Layering ingredients:

And finally, that eighth of a teaspoon of basil.  That should be enough seasoning for all those tomatoes and onions. Sure it will!

After 30 minutes of steaming on the stove and melted cheese on top. Doesn’t look too bad.

I would have slung it into a bun, but check out all the liquid at the bottom of the pan!  I should have taken off the lid at some point.

First bite! 

“How is it? Can you taste the basil?’

“Nah, tastes pretty plain.  Like hot dogs with tomatoes over it.”

I took a bite.  He was right, it was kind of plain.  I was actually disappointed, because I expected some sort of hot dog revelation.  At least they were edible.  And it was fun having grapefruit with dinner.

The Verdict: Bland, just tasted like hot dogs with tomatoes and onions.  It would have been better to make a tomato, onion and cheese topping and then put it over a hot dog in a bun.  Maybe next time.

Or not.  Man, what a creepy little dog.

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5 Responses to Mid-Century Menu – 20th Century Wieners

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    March 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    He He – tinkling on the weiners. 🙂 My Mom has Cutco too, she has had them since the 70s and they still work really well – I think she sent them in to be sharpened once in all this time! Yes, please do not go TOO overboard on the basil – a whole 1/8 tsp. WOW. 🙂 I love basil, seems like I always want to add more than the recipe calls for. Too bad the recipe did not turn out that well.

  2. Andrea Reply

    March 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    LOL, they were really spice-phobic back then, weren’t they!

    Yes, that doggie definitely does have an evil look!

    Speaking of doggies, the cute one I bought from you arrived safe and sound! He looks very cute on my mantel now~! 🙂

  3. Annie B. Reply

    March 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I love this cookbook; I have it, too. The illustrations are insanely cute.

    Maybe the doggie is in the dining room to dispose of the food the kids won’t eat! Always seemed to work for me; cats do it,too, but not as quickly! Very easy to get caught trying to feed bland weiners to a feline!

  4. Kelly Reply

    April 1, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while. Love it! My favorite part is your husbands reactions to these interesting meals. 🙂

  5. carole Reply

    April 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Kind of reminds me of a hotdog scramble I used to make. I browned the hotdog pieces with onion, add tomato chunks (sometimes not), then eggs, scrambling all together.

    Pepper and salt, and it was a pretty quick breakfast or dinner.

    I haven’t thought about that in some time. Maybe I’ll have to make it again.

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