Saturday, May 26, 2018

Best Roasted Carrot Hot Dogs

It looks like a hot dog-  but is it really roasted carrot hot dogs? 

Looking for a vegan and gluten free hot dog alternative for your next BBQ?
Well first look in your refrigerator for a bag of carrots. 

Yes, marinated roasted whole carrots look like hot dogsand fit perfectly on a hot dog roll ( gluten free of course). Add some ketchup, mustard and even a little sauerkraut and you now have the star of the BBQ- 

Healthy, tasty, easy, gluten free and vegan!

Easy Recipe
All you need to do is marinate some carrots in a roasting pan. Then roast until tender and serve.

The result really looks like hot dogs and they taste good.

My son and his family were visiting for dinner, and I made these cute little hot dogs ( along with a full meal) just to see their reaction.

Kid Approved

My two granddaughter ( ages 10 and 7) couldn't wait to taste them. We put them on a hot dog roll, added some sauerkraut ( which they both love) and they took their first bite.

Surprisingly they were both pleased! I asked the 10 year old if it tasted like a hot dog.
She gave me the rolled eyes and said , "No" - but then added it still tasted good and she liked it!

So there you have it for your next BBQ- If you have a vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free guest ( and who doesn't?) you don't have to run out and search for a vegan hot dog ( that is also gluten free for me) !!! Try these marinated carrots topped with sauerkraut, ketchup, or mustard. If you really want to be nice, open a can of black beans to serve on the side or make my incredibly delicious black beans in your Instant Pot. ( no soaking of beans and cooks at 45 minutes) 

I used Udi GLUTEN FREE Hot dog rolls which they stock in the freezer section of a local supermarket. I you can't find gluten free hot dog rolls, they sell other brands of gluten free hot dogs rolls on Amazon gluten free hot dog rolls .

8 organic carrots
1 tablespoon honey
3-4 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of smoky paprika
1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
** I used a Pyrex pie plate to roast

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Steam organic carrots for 10-15 minutes until they begin to be a little soft. While steaming-  mix the honey, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and smoky paprika and place in a small pyrex roasting dish. Remove the carrots from the steamer ( do not over cook- just slightly soft)  and add hot whole carrots to the small roasting dish and mix well. Allow to sit for half hour and then cover and roast at 425 for 15 minutes. Remove cover (or foil) and roast another 5 minutes.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wordless Wednesday- Carole King Musical - Beautiful

The Carole King Musical, Beautiful, was nothing short of beautifull.

Carole King Playbill
I enjoyed every minute of the story, the songs, and the fabulous cast. 

It is a play worth seeing!

BThe musical

Carole King Musical Photo

Some of Carole King's Songs

And don't forget to stop by the famous Sardis Restaurant for lunch while you are in the neighborhood- you might see a celebrity!!

Bud vase with lilacs
Flowers from my garden in a bud vase that belonged to my mother
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Brie with a Fruity Topping


Brie is one of those appetizers that everyone seems to love. 
I don't know about you, but when I entertain I like to make delicious food that is as easy as possible to prepare and serve. It doesn't get easier than brie.  

Brie requires very little preparation and can be made at the last minute. 
It tastes great with fresh fruit, jams, and nuts.

Did you know there are two kinds of brie? 

Both kinds are French but the one made from goats milk is the creamiest type of brie. It has a somewhat salty taste. 

The other is made from cows milk and has a mushroom kind of taste.

Brie is delicious on its own, but a fruit topping can enhance the flavor even more.

Whole Foods Makes a Great Brie Topping - that I made myself

Fig Jam, walnuts, dried cranberries

The other day I was in Whole Foods checking out their brie for my husband's birthday party.
I noticed that in the prepared food case near the big display of olives was some prepared brie appetizer. It was made with fig preserves, chopped walnuts, and dried cranberries. It looked amazing.

I was about to buy a good size expensive piece for the party when my frugal guardian angel whispered in my ear - " you can make it yourself and it will save you money" -

I realized he / she was right- Sitting right out in the open was a jar of fig preserves for $4.99. I had some walnuts and dried cranberries at home.

I made the beautiful topping for the brie myself and it came out great!

It was an easy appetizer that could be served at room temperature with a simple gluten free cracker.

I actually forgot to take a photo of the finished product. This is all I had from a table shot at the end of the pary.
I put a few raspberries on top too- it was after all was cleaned up and a friend was taking it hone the brie who was not gluten free and threw some bread and her shot glass on the plate

This sophisticated appetizer ( which I forgot to photograph) looked amazing, tasted great, and was totally no fuss- Perfect for your next party!

Look for Brie that is labeled Gluten Free
It's a great gluten free choice! However, I usually look for brands like  Alouette brie that are labeled gluten free. 

The cheese part of the brie is no question gluten free- it's the rind very remotely may be grown on spores from wheat. A friend called President Brand and they say their brand is also gluten free although it is not labeled- but check for yourself.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None
Serves : one who brie + 

1 small jar of fig spread ( I bought it at Whole Foods)
1/4-1/2  cup of chopped walnuts
1/4-1/2 cup of dried cranberries

Mix the walnuts and dried cranberries into the fig spread. Spread the mixture over the Brie ( depending on the size of your brie, you may have some spread left over. Serve at room temperature.