Arepa Dogs

Arepa Dogs

It’s opening day in my neighborhood and I couldn’t be more excited! This is the time of the year when Fenway comes alive! I made these arepa dogs on monday for the season opener in Baltimore, and it felt great to have a few during the game. I didn’t even make the connection at first, but this hot dog is a perfect dish for baseball season considering the large amount of South American players in the MLB. Arepas are huge in Venezuela, and we have several Venezuelan players on the Red Sox, like starting pitcher Felix Dubront, reliever Edward Mujich, and infielder Jonathan Herrera. These arepa dogs are a fun twist on corn dogs that are easy to make at home and are clean to eat with your hands.

Pastrami and Pickle Soup

Pastrami and Pickle Soup

We’re buried under about a foot of snow here in Boston this morning, and naturally my thoughts go right to a hearty soup. Even if you are snowed in today too, you can probably still make this soup if you can find some pastrami somewhere. If not, just toss in any meat instead. Everything else is pantry staples. This soup is a riff off of a dill pickle soup I once was intrigued by on an episode of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, that I finally decided to make a version of.

Big Mac Stuffing

Big Mac Stuffing

Big Macs are delicious. We can all be food snobs and pretend like they aren’t, but the fact is, big macs were developed by scientists for optimal deliciousness. If you don’t believe me, I bet you haven’t had one in a while, and I REALLY bet you haven’t had one drunk in a while. That being said, I’m not selling out to fast food or saying you should all be eating more big macs, I’m just stating facts. This recipe came to me a few weeks after thanksgiving last year when I was (surprise!) eating a big mac (and probably drunk?) I was thinking about what makes the burger good. Its OF COURSE NOT the burger itself. It has more to do with the interplay of the cheap bread, cheese, pickles, and crunchy lettuce. For some reason it came to me that the ratios of meat to bread to flavorings are similar to that of stuffing, and I thought it would be fun to literally buy 8 big macs, chop them up, stir in some chicken stock, and bake it off as a stuffing. Well I sobered up, realized I didn’t want to spend 40 bucks at McDonalds, and had almost a whole year to develop this recipe. This stuffing came out absolutely amazing. When you eat it there is no question that you are eating a stuffing, and also no question that it is big mac flavored.