“Seafood makes you live 10 years more.”

Today is glorious. It is sunny and warmer than it has been. When I got the papers, I stood a while and listened. The birds were singing. I was thrilled at the sound. Nothing says spring more than birds welcoming the day. We will have showers later, but I’m okay with that. We have sun, if only for a while!

Yesterday it rained again but on and off as I went home from my appointment. I drove down Route 28 and stopped at Jerry’s. I have history with Jerry’s. I started going there when I was in high school when the original Jerry was the owner and the cook. It had take-out windows, and Jerry screamed at us if we, in any way, blocked the windows.  “Get out of the way. Get out of the way!” Jerry’s was open all year, a rarity in those days, in the mid-1960’s. It is still open all year, and the only difference from back then is there are no take out windows and Jerry is long gone. I ordered a shrimp plate and substituted the fries with onion rings. From where I was sitting, I could watch the cook. I watched him breading then frying my lunch. When he delivered my plate, it was full. I was delighted and snagged a shrimp right away. It was so hot from the frying, I grabbed my drink to cool my mouth. I waited a bit then dove into my onion rings and another shrimp. They were sublime.

I love hot dogs. I love to toast my rolls by slathering the sides with butter and cooking them in the frying pan. The rolls open at the top so the sides can perfectly toast. My hot dogs are usually fried. Sometimes though I steam them. When they are done, I add my toppings. Chopped onions, piccalilli, some sort of mustard and sometimes jalapeños are my toppings of choice. I always have a jar of sliced jalapeños in the fridge as I usually add them to my sandwiches and eggs.

I think I’ll go out later. I have no destination in mind. I’ll just keep moving until some place catches my eye then I’ll stop.

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12 Comments on ““Seafood makes you live 10 years more.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    A sunny and unusually cold day here and the sun shone all day to my big surprise, I am after all at home and the sun almost never shines when I’m at home 🙂 🙂

    I tried to listen to the birds but the sound from the snow crust sounded like explosions so I couldn’t hear a thing 🙂 I also shouted to the dogs every now and again and that made it even harder to hear anything else 🙂 🙂

    I’ve done very little else today though, napped a lot and paid my bills.

    Our hot dogs aren’t edible any longer, I have no idea what they’ve done with them but they are truly nasty both in taste and smell. Thankfully we now days have lots of other sausages that works just as well in a hot dog bun. I almost always fry them but we do have a canned sausage that is delicious. We just open the lid and put the can itself on the stove and heat them up. They are actually so delicious that no other sausage is needed in life 🙂 That can be nostalgia talking though 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      The sun left and the rain came. It is still raining even now. It is almost dark, but I can still see the grey clouds.

      No snow here so I could hear those birds. They were all around me singing.

      I also like all sorts of sausages. Sometimes I buy bratwurst or kielbasa, Italian sausage or Chinese sausage which is around only in the summer. It tastes like Chinese ribs. I like chorizo and linguica. There are just so many choices.

      Enjoy the evening!

  2. BG Says:

    Yesterday fish sandwiches and today fried hot dogs. You just keep tickling my food memory bone. I definitely remember having fried hot dogs but I also remember a place — actually an old pool hall that also served food – and one of their specialties was a deep fried hot dog. Not breaded mind you, just a plain old weiner dropped into the deep fryer and made crisp and hot and then plopped on a steamed bun. It was surprisingly tasty, or at least is in my memory.

    • katry Says:

      Those deep-fried dogs sound delicious. I can see them in my mind’s eye, all crispy.

      They were, of course, the Saturday night dinner choice for every one I knew. Add beans and brown bread.

  3. Bob Says:

    We have a couple of seafood eateries that we frequent. Although we are a couple of hundred miles from the gulf, seafood is flown in daily from all over the country. I love fried,mbutterlied shrimp and my wife hates shrimp but loves fried oysters. Both places serve New Orleans style dishes including PoBoy sandwiches, crawfish étouffée and my favorite fish and chips.

    I love the hot dog buns you described but they are difficult to find here. I first had that type of bun when I went to Fenway Park almost 20 years ago and ate a Fenway Frank.

    It rained mist of the night with thunderstorms this morning. However the sun came out about two this afternoon. First time we’ve seen blue skies since last weekend. The draught is temporarily over because we’ve had a week of flash flood watches. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      The fried shrimp here is not butterflied. They are breaded and are quite delicious. I don’t like oysters, but you can get some really fresh ones here. Many restaurants have them on the half shell sitting in ice. Fish and chips are also one of my favorites. The fish is served on a hamburger bun and usually sticks out on both sides.

      Mostly the top loading hot dog buns are all you can find here. They are very much a New England thing.

    • Bob Says:

      Just watching the news and Dallas Love Field airport near my house picked up 8.5″.

      • katry Says:

        The weather is wonky all over the place.We have had 16″ of snow so far this winter.That is nothing compared to other winters.

      • Bob Says:

        Wonky is the word that describes the effects of global warming. That’s a Chinese plot to ruin our economy according to our current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 🙁

      • katry Says:

        Couldn’t believe it when I heard him say that then I realized who was saying that!

  4. Coleen Says:

    Hi Kat!

    Back to food…I do not believe I have ever eaten a fried hot dog. We have a restaurant here called Max’s that grills (very large) hot dogs. Utterly delicious! The skin cracks when you chew it. People who move from the area are known to have a case delivered to put on their own grills. The original location of the first Max’s was on the boardwalk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Long Branch NJ. I well remember that location. A beautiful combined smell of hot dogs and sea. They moved a few blocks up, but still are about a block from the ocean. (and there I go with Long Branch again!)

    Anyway, I guess that would be another place to go on the Kat and Coleen Cuisine Tour!



    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I love hot dogs and have been known to eat them often. I try new brands all the time hoping to find the perfect dog. The Max dogs sound great, especially the skin cracking.

      The tour sounds great!!


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