Every year we spend Labor Day at our friend Janet and Bruce’s beautiful lake house. Janet and I know and adore each other so well that we can pretty much finish each other’s sentences. We love a lot of the same things (chocolate) and we can’t stand a lot of the same things (olives), although we have agreed to disagree about whether it is okay to put bacon in desserts (Janet says no, I say heck YES!)
And one of the reasons we will be forever friends is that we are totally aligned when it comes to being Set In Our Ways. We like our traditions the way they are, and we don’t see any reason to mess with them. And our traditions are out in full force during our traditional Labor Day weekend. There are the traditional s’mores over the bonfire.
There is the traditional making of the grilled pizza.
And there is the traditional visit to the State Fair, where we have my personal favorite tradition, the hunting down and eating of the corn dog. I eat one corn dog a year, and that’s where it is. So last year I was, as always, counting the days until we got to the Labor Day S’Mores and the Grilled Pizza and the Corn Dog.
And then Hurricane Irene happened. The power went out at the lake house on August 28…6 days before we were supposed to arrive. And it stayed out. And it stayed out. And it stayed out. So for the first time in years, we didn’t make our traditional Labor Day visit to Janet and Bruce’s house. Which meant…no s’mores. No grilled pizza. No corn dog.
Wait. No corn dog??
Janet, I held out as long as I could, but I couldn’t take it. I broke down and made my own. Can you forgive me?
I hope you can, because now that I know how dang easy it is to make corn dogs at home…I might have to do it again. Just to be clear, this in no way means that I will be skipping the corn dog at the fair.
Except for the recipe! Happy long weekend, everyone!
Recipe adapted from Cooks Country