I apologize for being such a poor blog host lately. I'm here, and I am still cooking, but I'm feeling rather lazy about posting recipes. I'll blame the heat; everyone else does! ;-)
I hope that you tried one of the red or green margaritas. Really, you must. On Sunday evening, I tried a variation of the strawberry by substituting a whole diced peach for the strawberries. Oh my goodness, it was really so very good -- and a whole serving of fruit. Yay!
Today's Summer Supper is what my husband calls the epitome of a good summer dinner. It's rather light (as in not a large quantity of food) but very tasty, with a little bit of grilling and some wonderful summer flavors.
I will warn you, it's a hot dog. "Yuck," you say. "I don't eat hot dogs." Well, I don't normally serve hot dogs for dinner, but the right kind can be quite a treat. I use good hot dogs (Nathan's or Hebrew National Beef almost exclusively) which you will pay a buck or two more for than pork dogs, but they are worth it. I have served this dish twice to my family and I think they would eat these dogs every week. They are really, really good. Try them.
I served them with a side of fresh fruit -- some watermelon or a bowl of diced fresh fruit, and some chips for ease of homemade potato salad. It's an easy meal and won't fill you too much.
Avocado Hot Dogs
8 good beef hot dogs
8 hot dogs buns (I prefer split top)
2 ripe avocados, peeled and diced
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered or diced finely if they are large
a handful or cilantro, minced
2 T. finely diced red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
a few squirts of lime juice
a dash or two of salt
ketchup and mustard, if desired
Preheat the grill.
In the meantime combine the avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, onion and garlic. Add a few squirts of lime juice (the plastic green lime kind is fine) and a dash or two of salt. Stir gently to combine and taste. Adjust lime juice or salt if needed.
Grill hot dogs until hot and with grill marks.
Place hot dogs in buns. Top with mustard or ketchup if desired and Avocado Relish.
Serve with cubed or diced watermelon or fresh fruit salad, and some chips or potato salad.