Hello Oscar, Goodbye Ball Park!

August 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Posted in Hot Dogs, Oscar Mayer, turkey chili | Leave a comment
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While at Walmart the other day I wanted to buy a package of Ball Park Smoked White Turkey Franks but they were out of stock on it, or they failed to restock it, so I picked up a package of Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks. And now the rest is history! Oscar Mayer’s are hands down the better Turkey Frank! When you prepare them their plumper and tastier and just an all-around better Frank. So Ball Park “your out of here!”

 

 

 

Oscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey FranksOscar Mayer Extra Lean Turkey Franks

These hardwood smoked, bun length turkey franks are 95% fat free and only 50 calories per serving. Enjoy this lean poultry option the next time you’re looking for a hot dog, but without all the fat and calories of a beef frank.
Ingredients: TURKEY INGREDIENTS (TURKEY, MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY), WATER, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF DEXTROSE, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, FLAVOR, HYDROLYZED BEEF STOCK, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SALT, SODIUM PROPIONATE, MUSTARD FLOUR, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, LEMON JUICE SOLIDS, SODIUM ASCORBATE, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, SODIUM NITRITE.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 50g Servings per Container about 8 Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 4 % Saturated Fat 0.5g 3 % Trans Fat 0g 0 % Cholesterol 20mg 7 % Sodium 400mg 17 % Total Carbohydrate 4g 1 % Dietary Fiber 0g 0 % Sugars 1g Protein 5g

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Cincinnati Style Chili & Cheese Coneys w/ Oyster Crackers and Baked Crinkle Fries

March 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, cheese, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Dinner Tonight: Cincinnati Style Chili & Cheese Coneys w/ Oyster Crackers and Baked Crinkle Fries

 

Cheese Coneys Fries 002

 

 
Nasty day out today, dark, gloomy, light rain, and waiting for up to 5 – 6 inches of snow. BLAH! Well to warm it up on the inside I made everybody’s favorite, Cincinnati Style Chili & Cheese Coneys! For dinner I prepared Cincinnati Style Chili & Cheese Coneys w/ Oyster Crackers and Baked Crinkle Fries.

 
To make the Coneys I used Ball Park Smoked White Turkey Franks, Skyline Chili, Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheddar, French’s Yellow Mustard, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (Optional), Chopped Onions (Optional), and Healthy Life Whole Grain Hot Dog Buns. To assemble a Coney is easy; Bun, Frank, Mustard, Chili, Hot Sauce, and to top it all off Cheese! What is not to like! I served them on Healthy Life Whole Grain Hot Dog Buns with some Oyster Crackers on the side. My parents wanted some fries also so I baked some Ore Ida Crinkle Fries with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

 

 

 

Ball Park Bun Size Smoked White Turkey Franks
Dial up the lean while you dial in the flavor. Ball Park Turkey Franks are so packed full of classic Ball Park satisfaction, don’t be surprised if he thinks he’s eating an original Ball Park.
BUN SIZE SMOKED WHITE TURKEY FRANKS
Pack your bun with a 100% fat-free frank made with white turkey meat.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 frank (50.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 420mg18%
Total Carbohydrates 5.0g2%
Sugars 3.0gProtein 6.0g

 

 

http://ballparkbrand.com/#!/products/turkey

Cincinnati Style Chili & Cheese Coneys w/ Oyster Crackers

December 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Kraft Cheese | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style Chili & Cheese Coneys w/ Oyster Crackers
Good news about my Dad, he should be released from rehab next Friday, barring any setbacks. So good news there! A lot less wear on all of us especially Mom as she’s up there every day.

 

On to dinner. Tonight was Cincinnati Style Chili & Cheese Coneys w/ Oyster Crackers! We all always enjoy Coneys! If you take a look at cheese coneys buffalo hot dog 003pictures you’ll see a different Hot Dog, I tried a couple of the Buffalo Hot Dogs that was delivered yesterday from Buffalo Gal. More on those later. The ingredients I need tonight are: Ball Park Smoked White Turkey Franks, Skyline Chili, Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheddar, French’s Yellow Mustard, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (Optional), Chopped Onions (Optional), and Healthy Life Whole Grain Hot Dog Buns. These are the ingredients that make some excellent Cheese & Chili Coneys! A lot of people add Chopped Onions but I’ve never been a fan of that. I do like adding Hot Sauce to the Dog though, I use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

 

 

Yesterday my Buffalo Gal order was delivered so I prepared a couple of the Buffalo Hot Dogs so we could sample them also. I liked them, their very lean as all bison meat is.The taste reminded me more a Brat or Mett than a Hot Dog. I’m saving them for lunch tomorrow. Very quickly just to tell you how to assemble this masterpiece of the Cheese & Chili Coney World it’s: Spread the Hot Dog Bun, Lay your Hot Dog in the Bun, top with Yellow Mustard, add the Chili, top it with Red Hot Sauce (Optional), add the Chopped Onions (Optional), top everything with Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, you’re ready to eat! For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

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Tailgate Food Dinner

October 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Kraft Cheese | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Chili Dogs and Jalapeno Bottle Caps
It’s Sunday and a full day of football and a big Sunday night Football game for the hometown Cincinnati Bengals! So what better than to fix a tailgate meal for dinner. i used to tailgate before all the Bengal games years ago but being in a wheelchair takes a little fun out of it so I catch all the games at home sweet home. But I can still fix some of the foods we used to prepare for the tailgate parties. For dinner I prepared Chili Dogs and Jalapeno Bottle Caps.

For the Chili Dogs I used Ball Park Smoked White Turkey Franks. These are my favorite Turkey Dogs. Low cal, low carb, and great tasting! I left the item description at the end of the post. I served it on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Bun and topped it with a splash of French’s Yellow Mustard, Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans, and Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheese. Ahh these are just too good!

I also prepared a batch of Jalapeno Bottle Caps. If you’re looking for a unique delicious appetizer look no further! These are addicting once you start eating them. I’ve left the full recipe at the end of the post. Just to tell you a bit about them, you slice your Jalapenos into slices about the size of bottle caps and dip them in a beer batter and deep fry until browned. You do have to cut the seeds out of Jalapenos though. They come out flat – out delicious! A little heat but they actually come out with almost a sweet taste. You serve with a side of Bleu Cheese dressing, I used Litehouse Lite Bleu Cheese Dressing and Dip ( 80 calories and 3 carbs). Your going to love these! For dessert later a Blue Bunny Frozen Chocolate/Vanilla Swirl Yogurt Bar.

 

Ball Park BUN SIZE SMOKED WHITE TURKEY FRANKS
Pack your bun with a 100% fat-free frank made with white turkey meat.
Dial up the lean while you dial in the flavor. Ball Park Turkey Franks are so packed full of classic Ball Park satisfaction, don’t be surprised if he thinks he’s eating an original Ball Park.

What do you do when your guy wants to cut the fat, but keep the flavor? That’s where these Ball Park possibilities come in. Each one is leaner than our regular meat or beef franks, so you can find the one that’s just right.

Nutrition Facts Amount/Serving % Daily Value *
Serving Size 1 frank (50g)
Servings Per Container 8
Calories 45
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10g 3%
Sodium 490mg 20%
Potassium 380mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%

http://ballparkbrand.com/#!/products/turkey

 

 

Jalapeno Bottle Caps

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups All – Purpose Flour
1 Pinch Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black pepper
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1/2 Cup Egg Beaters or 2 Eggs
1 Cup Beer
Any Oil that can take high heat for frying
2 Cups Sliced Jalapeno Peppers

Instructions:

1) Mix the dry ingredients, add the Egg Beaters, mix well then add the Beer, stir to well mix.
2) Put oil in pan, dip the Jalapeno slices into the batter, and fry until golden.
3) Drain on paprt towel lined plate. Serve with Bleu Cheese Dreesing or Dip.

Cincinnati Style Cheese Coney w/ Julienne Fries

August 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style Cheese Coney w/ Julienne Fries

 

Coney’s and Fries on the menu tonight! I used Ball Park Turkey Franks, my usual Dog of choice. Easy to fix, great tasting and only 45 calories and 5 carbs per Frank. I boiled the Franks in water for 5 minutes, I like grilling them but the humidity outside today is very high. I served them on Healthy Life Whole Grain Buns and topped them with a splash of French’s Yellow Mustard, Chili, and Kraft 2% Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese. For the Chili I used a can of Skyline Chili, only 40 calories and 1 carb per serving and I used a 1/2 serving on each Frank.

I also baked a new Fry that just came out. Alexia Julienne Fries (Seasoned w/ Sea Salt). They baked up fantastic! Flavorful and crisp and only 120 calories and 16 carbs per serving (15 fries). For dessert/snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.

 

Alexia House Cut Julienne Fries
It takes only five simple whole ingredients—starting with farm-fresh potatoes cut with the skin on—to create our all-natural, full-of-flavor House Cut Fries.

120 calories 16 carbs

http://www.alexiafoods.com/About-Us

 

Ball Park Smoked White Turkey Franks

 

Pack your bun with a 100% fat-free frank made with white turkey meat.
Nutrition Facts Amount/Serving % Daily Value *
Serving Size 1 frank (50g)
Servings Per Container 8
Calories 45
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10g 3%
Sodium 490mg 20%
Potassium 380mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%

http://ballparkbrand.com/#!/products/turkey

Gumbo for Lunch!

June 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM | Posted in gumbo | Leave a comment
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It’s been perfect weather out, a beautiful stretch of days! Now I have come down with this Summer Flu that’s been going around. There won’t be a lot of posts today and even less going on in the kitchen. Thank goodness for frozen leftovers! I had a froze a serving of Seafood Gumbo for just such an occaision and glad I did. For lunch I warmed up the Gumbo. I was really pleased how it froze and warmed up. It still was full of flavor and delicious! I added some dry Parsley to top it and about 6 shakes of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to perk it up a bit. Again thank goodness for leftovers!

One of America’s Favorite – Buffalo Wings

April 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM | Posted in chicken, Food | 1 Comment
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A Buffalo wing, hot wing or wing is a chicken wing section (drumette or flat) that is traditionally deep-fried unbreaded and then coated

in sauce. Classic Buffalo-style chicken wing sauce is composed of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter. Buffalo wings are traditionally served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo wings were created in Buffalo, New York. The residents of Buffalo generally refer to them as “wings” or “chicken wings” rather than “Buffalo wings.”
Cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter or margarine are the basis of the sauce. Buffalo wing sauce can be made with a variable amount of heat/spiciness, with the names of these sauces generally corresponding to the level of heat, such as mild, medium, or hot. Typically, the wings are deep-fried (although they are sometimes grilled or baked). The wings are usually fried in oil until they reach close to a golden brown color. They are then drained where they can either be placed in a bowl with sauce or seasoned with salt and pepper. Following this, one covers the bowl tightly and shakes to coat the wings. As an alternative to waiting to coat the wings until after they are cooked, one can also put seasoning over the wings in a sealed bag and shake them until they are coated evenly. Afterwards, the wings are arranged on a baking sheet and baked until they are cooked thoroughly. Wings can then be served dry with sauce on the side.

There are four different legends about how Buffalo wings came to be.

*The first story is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar by Teressa Lenz, who owned the bar along with her husband Frank. Upon the unannounced, late-night arrival of their son, Dominic, with several of his friends from college, Teressa needed a fast and easy snack to present to her hungry guests. It was then that she came up with the idea of deep frying chicken wings (normally thrown away or reserved for stock) and tossing them in cayenne hot sauce.

*A second version, as told by Dominic Lenz (Frank and Teressa’s son) to The New Yorker reporter Calvin Trillin in 1980, stated: “It was Friday night in the bar and since people were buying a lot of drinks he wanted to do something nice for them at midnight when the mostly Catholic patrons would be able to eat meat again.” He stated that it was his mother, Teressa, who came up with the idea of chicken wings.

*The third version of the origin involved a mis-delivery of wings instead of backs and necks for making the bar’s spaghetti sauce. Faced with this unexpected resource, Frank Lenz says that he asked Teressa to do something with them.

*The fourth version has nothing to do with the Lenz’s or the Anchor Bar. Calvin Trillin stated in his 1980 New Yorker article that a man named Daniel Gorsky also claimed credit for serving chicken wings in a special “mambo sauce”. Chicken wings in mambo sauce became the specialty at his Buffalo restaurant in the mid-1960s. Young had registered the name of his restaurant, Daniel Gorsky’s Wings ‘n Things, at the county courthouse before leaving Buffalo in 1970.

Marketing materials for Frank’s RedHot claim that it was the hot sauce used in the Bellissimos’ original recipe.

Buffalo wings are used in competitive eating events, such as Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl and at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.

The first mention of Buffalo wings on national television may have been on NBC’s Today show in the 1980s. Teressa Bellissimo cooked a batch before the camera, and mentioned that she was using a certain brand of hot sauce by name.[citation needed] Bryant Gumbel commented that the chicken wings looked like “drummies”. Increasingly, since the 1970s, restaurants were promoting an entree of the thicker first joint of the wing, calling them “chickies” or “drummies”, to people who wanted the flavor of traditional “southern fried chicken” in about ten minutes, versus the twenty minutes or more needed to properly fry the thicker breast, thigh, or drumstick portions of a chicken. The dish radically gained prominence nationally after the Buffalo Bills’ four consecutive appearances in the Super Bowl from 1990-1993 focused considerable media attention to the area for an extended period of time, giving Buffalo cuisine significant nationwide exposure. Clips showing cooks preparing the dish continues to be featured on nationally televised sporting events involving the Buffalo Bills and to a lesser extent the Buffalo Sabres.

The Travel Channel show Food Wars held a competition between Anchor Bar and local Buffalo rival Duff’s Famous Wings. Duff’s

A cook preparing Buffalo wings

narrowly won, with Duff’s wings considered to be spicier, while Anchor Bar’s was meatier and fried more well-done.

In “Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri”, Buffalo vs. Chicago, the buffalo team made Buffalo Wings.

The appellation “Buffalo” is also now commonly applied to foods other than wings, including chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, popcorn chicken, shrimp and pizza that are seasoned with the Buffalo-style sauce or variations of it.

The flavor of Buffalo wings is replicated by a number of dishes. A common variation on the “buffalo” sauce flavor is found in potato chips produced by a number of different companies. Many of these “Buffalo Chips” also incorporate a simulated blue cheese flavoring to simulate the complete buffalo wing experience.

The Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota serves a more esoteric take on buffalo-flavored food products with their “Buffalo Dog” available at concession stands inside the arena. The hot dog is topped with buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and cole slaw in a unique combination of North Carolina-style slaw dogs and buffalo wings — neither dish is indigenous to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and despite buffalo wings’ ubiquity, slaw dogs are uncommon in the Twin Cities.

Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coneys

April 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, cheese, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style Cheese Coneys

One of Cincinnati’s favorite foods Cheese Coneys! I used Ball Park White Smoked Turkey Franks, 1 Can of Skyline Chili, French’sMustard, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (Optional), 4 Slices of Tamed Jalapeno Peppers (Chopped), Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheese, and Healthy Life Hot Dog Buns. Put it all together and you have the Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coney. As an option you can add Chopped Onions or a side of Oyster Crackers.

For dessert/snack later some Nachos. Mom and Dad has been wanting some Nachos so that was the snack for tonight. I used Tostio’s Whole Grain Scoops, Hormel Turkey Chili w/ Beans, Sliced Black Olives, Jalapeno slices, and Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheddar. Layered everything together and baked it at 350 degrees until the Cheese had melted and the Scoops were warmed, too good!

Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coneys!

February 15, 2012 at 5:56 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, chili, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Cincinnati Style Cheese Coneys

It’s Cheese Coneys tonight! If your from or lived in the Cincinnati area you know how good these Dogs are!  I used Ball Park White Smoked Turkey Franks, 1 Can of Skyline Chili, French’s Mustard, Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheese, and Healthy Life Hot Dog Buns. Put it all together and you have the Cincinnati Style Chili Cheese Coney. You can also add chopped Onions or Hot Sauce. For a dessert/snack later tonight some Reduced Fat Triscut Crackers along with some Cracker Barrel 2% Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Apple slices.

Turkey Chili Cheese Coneys

December 21, 2011 at 6:40 PM | Posted in Ball Park Smoked Turkey Franks, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, turkey chili | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Turkey Chili Cheese Coneys

I wanted some Cheese Coneys for dinner and I wanted them hearty! So I used Ball Park Smoked White Turkey Franks, Hormel Turkey Chili w/ Beans, Kraft 2% Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Hot Dog Buns. Boil the Franks 4 -5 minutes and while the dogs are boiling warm up your Turkey Chili in a small sauce pan. To assemble place the Hot Dog in the Bun top with the Turkey Chili, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, add chopped Onions or Jalenpenos (Optional), a squirt of Yellow Mustard, and top with the Shredded Cheese. I also had a 1/2 a serving of Oyster Crackers. Now chow down on some delicious Dogs! For dessert later a Yoplait Delight 100 Calorie Chocolate Eclair Parfait.

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