Cooking Videos, Fancy Hotdogs and Banana Split Pie

Welcome to July Fourth Weekend 2021! Wow, what a difference from 2020. No mask. No small gatherings inside your home six feet a part. No 2 packages of toilet per person limits.

Their are festivals planned throughout the Country. Family gatherings from great grandma to the great grand grandchildren are coming together in the back yards of homes, in the picnic shelters of our parks and in the clubhouse of our condos.

Photo credit: NYMetroParents

So get out the grill, put on a bathing suit and grab a drink. In the sing songy words of comedian Trey Kennedy, Vibes are up!!

As we head into the weekend of celebrating the freedom of the United States from British control, I took some time to think about what dessert I would make for this joyous occasion. And oh man have I found it. But first, about last week…

Last week I told you I was going to make the delicious Quadruple Chocolate Soft Fudgy Pudding Cookies by AvarieCooks. I tried to upload my video of this finger licking process but it won’t load. I’m not completely sure why but I’m going to take this as a sign from God that the world is not ready for my fabulousness on screen. Another time.

Either way, the cookies came out perfectly. A complete hit! And I’m not the only one whom thinks so. My friend Vanita who had a taste of the deliciousness said on Facebook

It was the bomb!!

Venita A.

Now back to the Fourth of July. What are we making?

Well I came into a rather large package of Hebrews National hot dogs from a friend. When I say large, I mean like 30 or 40 links. I pondered for a while about what I would do with all these hot dogs.

I looked to the world of food bloggers for inspiration and came across one of my favorite tv chefs – Rachel Ray.

On her site Rachel Ray In Season, she presents 20 Hot Dog recipes for your backyard barbecue. My top three favorites were

The toppings used transforms your average hot dog into meal. For this weekend, I’m going to attempt to make one of these. Be on the look out on my Facebook and Instagram pages. I’m looking forward to making the other two latwr this summer.

Now that we have dinner on a bun done, let’s talk dessert. For the holiday, I wanted something more than the traditional cherry or apple pie. And I’m not interested in making any trifles in mason jars. I needed something with originality, And I found it, The Banana Split Pie by author Jamielyn Nye of food blog IHeartNaptime.

Photo IHeartNaptime

A complete departure from the usual blue, red and white theme of most Fourth of July desserts this recipe says American just the same. The banana split is an American favorite among all people. Who doesn’t love three scoops of ice cream nestled into a split banana, with pineapple, strawberry and chocolate sauce and topped with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry on top. It is the ultimate in mega sundae.

I’m excited to make this and can’t wait to share with my family. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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