A staple in Mary’s repertoire of delightful meals was hot dogs and beans. It sounds simple (and it was). However, it was also one of the few meals she could not ruin. Once a week, Mary would open a can of pork and beans, add a package of diced hot dogs and bake the whole creation for 30 minutes or so in a 350 degree oven.
If you like hot dogs, which Lindy and I did, and if you like pork and beans, which we also did, you are all set for an inexpensive and delicious meal.
Once in a very rare time, Mary would make Coney Dogs. These were another variant on recipes for hot dogs – hot dogs served with a greasy meat sauce over the top. They were yummy and messy. I guess Mary didn’t make these often because she didn’t like hot dogs and she didn’t like the mess that ensued when one created a skillet full of browned hamburger and tomato sauce.
Also, she was not sure what to serve with the Coney Dogs. This would inevitably lead to her either seeking a bag of potato chips that she had consumed earlier that day, or complaining because she wanted potato salad and it was too late to make it and chill it properly.
Another hot dog recipe was Mary’s world famous hot dog and mashed potatoes. This was created by taking a package of hot dogs and cutting each one down the middle. Next fill the slot with mashed potatoes and add a piece of American Cheese. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Luckily you do not have to find any other items to serve with these hot dogs. It is an all-in-one meal. No wonder Mary served it so often.