Archive for April, 2011

April 17, 2011

Pimento Dogs in a Blanket

I bought the supplies to make regular pigs & blanket like when I was growing up… and then Kirk had a great idea.  He first asked if we could find a spicy cheese to use instead of standard cheddar.  Then while we were at Costco earlier today he found a Jalapeno Pimento Cheese spread and we decided that would be our filling.  Absolutely delicious!   This will definitely be repeated in the future in our kitchen.

  • 1 Package Hot Dogs of Your Choice (we used Ball Park Turkey Dogs)
  • 1 or 2 Packages Crescent Rolls (you can either use a full section of dough or a half…I used a half)
  • Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread
  • Directions:
    • Preheat the oven to 350 or 375, depending on the pan you use (follow directions on cresent roll package)
    • Cut hot dogs in half and then cut a slit lengthwise down the middle
    • Stuff with a tablespoon of cheese spread
    • Wrap uncooked crescent roll dough around the stuffed dog
    • Place on baking sheet and cook according to package directions (~13 minutes or until browned)
Voila!  So yummy and really quick to make.
Happy Cooking 🙂
April 16, 2011

Bodum French Coffee Press, Nice to Meet You!

As I was walking to the office Friday morning, I decided that I finally wanted to boycott the free coffee machine that I have been using for the past year.  It’s one of those automatic Flavia coffee machines where you can “pick your strength” and the choose a flavor pouch.  While I appreciate the fact that it’s free and the Costa Rica blend tastes pretty darn good, it just doesn’t give me the caffeine punch that I really need to have a more productive & alert day.

I had heard about French Presses for a while and had seen them in stores and in the Starbucks line, but never had a particular reason to buy one…. until now!  SO, before I got to the office I diverted and marched right over to the nearby Starbucks and purchased their 4-Cup Bodum French Coffee Press and a small bag of their Tribute 40 Year Anniversary blend.  To top it all off, they grounds the beans for me on the spot… and made them coarse, which I didn’t even know was required for a French Press.  Thank goodness!  I would have totally botched that.  I immediately made a pot for me and a co-worker to try out and it was heavenly.  Bold flavor and that caffeine punch that I was craving, all brewed at my desk!

*I need to give a shout-out to the hot-water feature of the Flavia machine I am boycotting (coffee feature only..) and note that I am not out of compliance with the small appliance guidelines here at work…which we were just sent a reminder of last week, hah 🙂

My friend Paige has been raving about Coffee Presses for as long as I can remember and I am now thankful that I finally gave it.  There are all sorts of benefits to the Coffee Press that I never thought about before yesterday!  Here they are…

Benefits of a French Coffee Press:

  • Doesn’t use electricity = Green!
  • Its portable!  You can take it anywhere… office, home, vacation, boyfriend/fiances house who doesn’t have a coffee maker (ahem, Kirk)!
  • It tastes like the fresh coffee from Starbuck’s or that little shop near your office….way stronger than an auto-machine like a Keurig or Flavia…
  • It makes coffee more of an experience than just a routine 🙂
  • 21 Ways to Use Old Coffee Grounds  You can use the coarse coffee grounds for many things (instead of them being trapped inside a little pouch or pod)!

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