Last month our family went to Toledo, Ohio to see my aunt and grandma. My grandma is 97 and still going strong – slower, but strong – and my aunt is one of my favorite people in the world. We try to get up there every year to see them and so they can see the boys. It is usually a fast trip as school is always about to start.
This year we took the boys to one of my favorite fast food restaurants in the world; Rudy’s Hot Dog. I have been going to Rudy’s for as long as I can remember. They have the world’s best chili dogs. They steam their buns, boil their hot dogs, and put no beans in their chili. My aunt gave me a recipe for a chili that is similar to Rudy’s. Tonight I made it for the boys. Mmmmm good. They really liked the chili, but they did think it was a little hot. We took them there this past visit – my oldest had a chicken tenders, and my little one had a bowl of chili. Now my oldest likes chili dogs.
During my visit, my grandma was telling me how she goes to Tony Packo’s – of Mash and Klinger fame. When she is there she likes to order chili – a small portion. They serve it to her like a sundae. I thought it was such a cute idea that I would try it myself. I must say that I did really enjoy eating my chili out of a crystal sherbet glass.
Since I served my chili in such a fancy glass; the crystal was from my parents’ wedding, I decided to serve the hotdog on a china plate that had been my grandparents and given to me for my wedding china. It is from a set that I had always wanted. While tonight’s dinner was very simple, I had plenty of fun cooking and sharing with my boys. Thanks for letting me share with you too.
Chili Dog topping and Chili; adopted from Rudy’s Hot Dog
2 lbs hamburger
3 cups water
½ tbsp thyme
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
2 garlic cloves minced
Dash cayenne pepper
Brown beef in 4-6 quart stock pot. Add all other ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for one hour. Serve immediately either with hotdogs, or alone. Add condiments of choice – cheese, onions, green onions, green peppers, etc.