We had quite a lovely Fourth of July, here in West Michigan. With evening plans, we made our Fourth dinner a late lunch: Bourbon Franks, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and some leftover Final Exam cookies (Dr. Phil always has cookies for his exams, but for Finals we drag out the Name Brand cookies -- Oreos, Fig Newtons, Lorna Doones, etc.).
3/4 cup "good" bourbon (we use Old Grandad)
3/4 cup ketchup (Heinz, of course)
6 T brown sugar
3 lbs. hot dogs (all-beef preferred)
Slice hot dogs into bite-sized pieces. Mix remaining ingredients together in pan, heat mixture until almost boiling. Turn off heat. Add hot dog pieces. Mix.
You should stir a couple of times while pan cools, then refrigerate until needed. Keep stirring from time to time to coat the hot dog pieces. There is plenty of sauce, you can add more hot dogs to the mix as needed.
Bourbon Franks can be served hot or cold, on toothpicks, or mixed with other foods such as baked beans, macaroni & cheese, etc. Recipe is easily adjusted for amount. This time we did a 2/3-batch with 2 lbs. of hot dogs, 1/2 cups and 4 T measures.
Tasting Rules: grab the ends of hot dog pieces for tasting. Non-end pieces will marinate better in the sauce, so save those for your guests or meal.
Let The Shows Begin
Starting at 2pm EDT we got our meal, turned on the Cubs game, turned on the radio to the NPR station to listen to Talk of the Nation doing a segment with the Reduced Shakespeare Company doing elements from their History of the United States (Abridged). Then at 2:20 or so, switched the TV over to C-SPAN to watch the Big Bottle Rocket on the pad at Cape Kennedy via the NASA feed -- beautiful day in Florida this time for Discovery and it launched on time without incident as far as we knew.
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (sob!)
In the evening we headed off to Holland and Hope College's Knickerbocker movie theatre right in downtown to see one of Mrs. Dr. Phil's all-time favorite movies. We were both pretty sure we've never seen it on a big screen, so this was a real treat. The print wasn't the best -- things got a little dirty and noisy at the ends of each reel -- but it was a decent little crowd for a holiday evening.
Late Night Global Finishes
Italy apparently beat Germany in the first World Cup semi-final game. France plays Portugal tomorrow. In 2004 Clarionite Trent's World Cup pool, I would've taken Germany and Portugal in this round, but I going against my thoughts and picked Italy and France to move on -- my World Cup predicting skills haven't been all that good, so maybe picking non-winners is more my forte. Hey -- remember we were watching the Cubs on TV earlier!
Much later, rerun coverage on OLN of Stage 3 in the 2006 Le Tour de France. 99degF temperatures, 122degF on the asphalt. Multiple crashes on the course today. Every year marvel/cannot believe that they let spectators so close to the action.
A Good Day
Put up my Four Nations wallpaper on my PC -- Canada (July 1, 1867), U.S. (July 4, 1776), France (July 14, 1789), Switzerland (August 1, 1291) -- to celebrate the current month of national holidays.
Temperature peaked around 80degF, but stayed in the 70s much of the day. Humidity dropped a lot. Blue sky. Very pleasant.