There are so many foods that bring back childhood memories for all of us, and one memorable dish that shows up at baseball games and fairgrounds alike is the all-American deep fried corndog. Indeed, it began its existence as a food meant to be made with minimal ingredients, and attached to a stick to be eaten with minimal (or no!) extra fuss. Dipped into your favorite condiment (or condiments!) of choice, the familiar corndog is a favorite your whole family will love.
This is a great summer dish to highlight the vegetables at the peak of their season. My favorite way to enjoy this dish is to serve it with grilled zucchini tossed with basil, and a toasty piece of sourdough bread.
The smell of anything frying is enough to conjure so many people’s favorite comfort food memories, and here I pay homage to the delicious dish of fried calamari and aioli my grandmother taught me to appreciate.
Falafel is an ancient and still very famous street food, and this version adds lots of fresh parsley for a green tint to the delicious fried balls. Some falafel calls for fava beans or chickpeas, but I have opted for the latter here. I have left it a suggestion as to what you like to top your pita with– there are really no wrong ways to do it!
My southern grandmother used to love to make chicken fried steak for us on Sundays, and memories of her cooking flood my mind as I write this recipe. Feel free to add greens of your choice (usually braised collards or turnip greens!) for a little extra healthy addition. As it is, though, this meal is hearty enough to fill your hungriest diners.
Search for the best quality grass-fed steak you can find for the best flavor. It’s important also to search for the Yukon Gold potatoes, as those in my opinion make the creamiest mashed potatoes. If you or your diners are watching your calorie intake, feel free to substitute and low fat dairy options for the heavy cream in the mashed potatoes, or just substitute plain milk.