Sunday, November 30, 2008

Revenge and Nazi Bubble and Squeak

Revenge! (of a sort)
Thinking that we might enjoy a three-day Last Stand before Christmas in Las Vegas, I went to and checked out hotel prices. They're giving rooms away! And considering all I have given them ... only fair.

December 2 to 4 -- Paris - $99/night; Rio $75/night; Bellagio $139/night.
December 9 - 11 Paris - $80/night; Rio $61/night; Bellagio $129/night.

Granted, these are midweek prices, but I also saw $39/night at the various Coast hotels and downtown, an unbelievable $20/night.

I checked the fares on MAA (a Major American Airline) and was aghast to read RT $299 per person. Go to and see if you can't get a better deal.

Gas is much more reasonably priced now (for the moment) but it's also a five hour drive from LA to Las Vegas. Which is worth more money -- your time or your nerves? Your choice...

Nazi Bubble & Squeak
The other day, Richie (who has been on some kind of mission to "Cut costs!") said, "You better do something with that sauerkraut in the refrigerator" so I did. To explain the unlikely name I gave it ... in Great Britain, "Bubble & Squeak" is a cabbage/potato dish. German cooking gave us sausages, sauerkraut, caraway seeds (and Nazis.) Thus:

1 potato, peeled and cut into 1/4 in. slices
1 T olive oil
2/3rds of a can of sauerkraut
1 T caraway seeds
2 Boar's Head all-beef hotdogs

Coat the bottom of a pan with a tight-fitting lid with the olive oil.
Put the potato slices in the bottom of the pan
Spread the sauerkraut across the potato slices
Sprinkle lightly with the caraway seeds
Quarter the hot dogs and stick them in the sauerkraut
Put the pan lid on and put the dish in the oven -- 300 degrees for an hour.

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