Game Day Dogs and Dessert

The Cleveland Indians play-offs are finally here! If you’re a fan, you know that pitcher Trevor Bauer dominated in our first playoff win. A sure win for Jim was a game day coney dog and favorite dessert, carrot cake.

Jim’s first recollection of enjoying the all-American coney was in high school while walking from the parking lot to the Cleveland Indians and Browns stadiums. Jim purchased TWO from a street vendor and TWO for the walk back post game. Coney dogs on game days in downtown Cleveland continue to be a family tradition.

Game Day Coney Dogs
Serves Six to Eight


Not too spicy, a little smoky, and definitely a good complement to an all-beef hot dog, this sauce was a home run for Jim. You can just keep tasting and tweaking until you get it how your family likes it.


1 lb. of ground beef
6 ounces of tomato paste
2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
4 teaspoons of chili powder
2 teaspoons of garlic salt or powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 1/2 cups of water
6 hot dog buns
6 all beef hot dogs
shredded cheese
diced onions


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil and then simmer the coney sauce for fifteen minutes or longer for a good blend of the flavors.
  4. Broil your favorite brand of hot dogs, toast the buns, and top with sauce, onions and cheese.

The kitchen awaits while I watched the game.

Help!!!!!! I am the messiest cook!


Carrot Cake for Dessert!

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BTW, this is how organic carrots look coming straight out of the garden. Kind of bumpy, not very uniform.


I rarely create my own recipes for baked goods because I’m never sure of the ratio of baking soda and powder to flour. This carrot cake recipe that I found on Pinterest calls for oat rather than wheat flour. It’s rather fun to make oat flour. Just put the prescribed amount of rolled oats in a food processor and process until fine like regular flour. The texture of baked oat flour is distinctly different, hard to describe. Perhaps, densely moist?? Anyways, here’s the recipe from Straight Up FoodIt did call for 30 minutes in the oven, but my cake needed 45. 

This is a super healthy cake recipe if you omit the frosting.

Carrot Cake with Classic Cream Cheese Frosting

Speaking of frosting, I forgot to write down my recipe. Let’s see, I mixed a half a stick of butter, 6 ounces of cream cheese, a splash of vanilla, with a few healthy splashes of milk (I prefer almond) in my stand mixer. I added about three-quarter cup of powdered sugar, mixed some more, then tasted the frosting to see if I liked it. Too thick? Add milk. Too cheesy? Add more sugar. Fold in a half cup of chopped walnuts or pecans and a half cup of shredded coconut.


At this posting, the Indians won Game 2 of the American League Division Series!





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