Friday, October 30, 2009

A Tribute Meal- Hot Dogs & Potatoes

The passing of a family member is always hard, but I think it's important to celebrate their life and enjoy the memories you will keep with you. At my grandfather's memorial service, I couldn't help but to be in awe of all he accomplished with his almost 89 years. A man of many talents, he was incredibly generous with his time and touched many lives. Now I know where my dad gets it!

Me & Poppy

When it comes to food, there are certain things that I'll always remember about Poppy. The ends of bread were always his, and liked things crispy. Crispy may be putting it lightly, as that usually meant charred and overcooked ;) One of his favorite meals was hot dogs and potatoes. This week, I made it for him--here's to you, Poppy!


The general idea is to fry up some thinly sliced white potatoes, season with salt, pepper and paprika, and add in some sliced hot dogs and hot peppers. I tried to minimize the oil and used turkey dogs, but... it wasn't as good as I remember it. What can I say, most things are better when Nanny (or mom) makes it! Regardless, I'm sure Poppy was eye-ing the nice crispy layer that formed on the bottom of my stainless saute pan ;)

28 comments:

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

great picture!

update on tyler...he did write back and I wrote him back but it's been 36 hrs and he hasnt written. Sounds like we are gonna get something going so thank you so much. Will keep you posted if it pans out :)

Happy H'Ween!!!

VeggieGirl said...

Beautiful tribute.

Megan said...

Sorry to hear about your grandfather. I think it's great that you made this tribute meal, which looks delicious to me!

eatingtolivelovelaughtri said...

I love the picture of little Tri to Cook and Poppy. : )

glidingcalm said...

:) so sweet!! i love this post!!

thank you so much for sharing!!


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Elina said...

I think that's a sweet way to remember your grandpa. Sounds like he had a great long life with a lot of family members that loved him :D

Kerstin said...

Awww, what a sweet post and lovely tribute to your grandfather. This looks like a super comforting and delicious dish!

Adam said...

Thanks for sharing that little tribute with us. I think its great how things like food and smells can always take us back to a person or place. Cheers and remember the good times :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Sorry to hear about your grandmother, but this is such a beautiful, sweet post :)

Sues

Kelly said...

This is a great tribute post. You were such an adorable kid.

Elra said...

I am so sorry to read about your grand father, you have a lovely and good memory to cherish through that photo. A wonderful tribute Shannon.

Lauren said...

Cooking is a lovely was to commemorate your grandfather. You two look so happy in the photo!

5 Star Foodie said...

I'm sorry about your grandfather, this post is such a wonderful tribute to him!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a sweet tribute! That is so true - about the food tasting better. Maybe it's cause they pour their love for you into it.

Joanne said...

This is a lovely post Shannon. It's amazing how much we associate family members with certain foods. And how just a taste or a smell can bring them back to us :D.

kitchenbelle said...

Shannon--So sorry to hear of your loss. I think it is so sweet that you made your poppy's favorite meal and I love how there are certain types of food that will always remind you of him.

Jess said...

What a lovely tribute. Sorry about your loss.

biz319 said...

I am so sorry on your loss - but what a great life to make it to 89!

My Dad was also known as "Poppy" to the grandkids - kinda put a lump in my throat as he's been gone over 10 years now - I am happy to say that since I lived at home when my daughter was little, she has the best recollection of him more than any other grandchild - and he passed away when she was six! :D

Hugs!

Ricki said...

So sorry to hear about this! But this is a really lovely tribute. It looks great, even w/ the turkey dogs. :)

Annie said...

Very sweet and I am sorry about the loss of your special poppy.

Meghan said...

Isn't it amazing how foods or smells can bring back so many memories? A very fitting mini-memorial.

Juliana said...

Nice tribute...and sorry about your grandfather...

Chef Fresco said...

Sorry to hear about your grandfather :/ That is always so hard. Cute picture of you two.

Sagan said...

Aw this is really sweet. And that sounds delicious, too.

Adrienne said...

So sorry about your grandfather. It seems he had pretty good taste in comfort food :)

Alisa - frugal foodie said...

Wonderful tribute :)

brandi said...

aw, what a great tribute!

Things are always better when made by family, aren't they? :)

Jenn (eating bender) said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Shannon. I completely agree that celebrating a family member's life and enjoying the memories is the most important thing. What a beautiful tribute post!

It sounds like Poppy was a man I would have liked to have known -- bread ends and all things crispy? Check and check :o) I love that you paid tribute to him in this way and I know he is smiling down at you right now. My thoughts are with you and your family!

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