Thursday, June 12, 2014

Applegate #Wienervention 2014: Great Organic Hotdogs and Asian Coleslaw

It has been the best of times and worst of times around our house lately. First I got a #Wienervention package from Applegate that was packed full of their delicious organic beef hot dogs, organic condiments and buns, barbecue tools, an apron, a cooler and all sorts of cute paper serving items. It was like Christmas in June.

I love Applegate's products. Their "cleaner wieners" are free of antibiotics, hormones, artificial ingredients and fillers, and are not only delicious, but something I feel good about serving my family. Luckily this is the second year that I have enjoyed a #Wienervention. After reading their philosophy, and tasting their hot dogs last year, I became an Applegate devotee and have been one ever since. To read last year's post and recipe, click here.

Hot dogs are really only the beginning when it comes to Applegate's line of quality products. For more information about their cleaner bacon, deli meat, sausage, chicken and pork products, please click here. Once you take a look, you'll see why we were really excited about enjoying some delicious game day foods when the NBA Finals started.

The next day the San Antonio Spurs (also known around here as the team of the gods) won their first game against that other team from Florida. Oh how we celebrated! We stuffed ourselves with organic hot dogs, coleslaw, and maybe just a couple of beers. We ate, we laughed, we cheered and clapped until the dog's nerves couldn't take it any longer. It was a wonderful night.

Then as quickly as it started, the black clouds rolled in and the Spurs gave the second game away by missing their free throws, or it could have been because of the spell I cast when I innocently said, "The Spurs won't lose in San Antonio". This obviously angered the gods in charge of American basketball, or so I am told, causing them to snatch the win from the Spurs, handing it to the Miami Heat. Ugh.

For game three on Tuesday night I decided to just keep my mouth shut so the superstitious in our house couldn't blame me for any losses. Something must have worked because the Spurs won and won big, in Miami. Was it because I kept my opinions to myself that night? Or was it because we once again had Applegate hot dogs like we did for game one? Hmmm, I'm not saying that eating Applegate hot dogs are good luck, you can draw your own concludions there, but I think we will have them again tonight for game four . . .  just in case.

At least one thing is for sure, win or lose we'll be eating well.

Asian Coleslaw

Tired of the same old thing, I dug around in my recipe archives for something we hadn't had in a long time to go with our hot dogs and came up with this gem. Way back in the '90s this salad was on every picnic table in America. Now you see it less and less, but it is still as delicious as ever. Sweet, sour with lots of crunch, this little salad has it all. If you haven't had this lately, or never have, it is about time to put it back on your table.

2.25 ounce package sliced almonds
1 - 3 ounce package beef flavor ramen noodles
1 - 16 ounce package coleslaw mix
5 large green onions, thinly sliced across
1 small bunch cilantro, stems removed
1/2 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 cup vegetable or light olive oil
1/3 cup white or apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 clove garlic, crushed

Place almonds in a small pan and heat over medium high heat. Stirring frequently, toast almonds until they are golden brown. Transfer to a cool surface and set aside until ready to use.

Crush the ramen noodles in the unopened package. Open the package and remove the seasoning packet and set aside. Pour the noodles in the bottom of a medium to large size bowl. Top the noodles with the coleslaw mix, then the onions, cilantro, almonds and sunflower seeds.

In a small bowl or jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the ramen seasoning mix, oil, vinegar, sugar and garlic. Whisk or shake until the ingredients are combined. Pour evenly over the top of the slaw. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight. The next day, remove the cover, toss well and serve.

Serves 8

Applegate Farms supplied me with free samples of their products for review. I was in no way compensated for this post. All opinions stated here are my own.

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