I need a break. We all get to a point where a break is really needed. My day job as a phlebotomist has me worn out. It is common in the medical field to work with short staff, especially n the lab. I have been a phlebotomist for 17 years, 2 major health systems, 2 states, it never changed, lab medicine is always understaffed. What is ironic is without lab medicine, you would not even have health care. What do I mean by that? Well without lab tests, the doctors would not be able to figure out what is wrong with you or monitor your health. So you think it would not be as understaffed.
I work at one the busiest outpatient lab in the family health centers chain for my employer, it non-stops. It isn’t just me, my co-workers keep saying “we are worn out”. This week was especially rough, we were very busy, short staffed, and every crazy and grumpy in all of Cleveland had to have walked into the lab to get blood drawn. Thursday, about mid-day I asked my boss if was possible to have a no lunch on Friday and leave an hour early if the patient flow allowed it. She said yes.
It is my first weekend off in a month, I need a break, I need a vacation, even if it is for a weekend. I haven’t seen my family since Memorial Day, I am getting away from Cleveland and going to Pittsburgh. I just wanted away from the craziness in Cleveland. Just to escape to somewhere that was not Cleveland. I did get an offer to go to New York City, but gas wise and money wise, Pittsburgh was what I can afford on a last minute decision.
So that is where I am at for the next 2 days, home in Pittsburgh, taking a break. We all need a break sometimes, a little escape. Normally, I go out to my balcony, which got set up with a tropical theme and pretends I am I am in Hawaii. Let’s face it this economy just sucks, so taking a last minute trip to Hawaii just inst in many people’s budget. So you got to make due with what you have, in my case it is a balcony.
To make due, food can come into play too. Why pretend to be in Hawaii if you don’t at least make some Hawaiian food? My 4th of July weekend was choppy because I had to work that weekend, so I had a Hawaiian 4th. I read online about adding crushed pineapple to hot dogs, that it is how they have them in Hawaii. I was really intrigued by this. It needs something as a condiment, normal ketchup wasn’t going to do it. Mango, mango ketchup was being whispered in the back of my head. I saw a Top Chef episode where they did this ketchup. I found the recipe, and my Hawaiian 4th of July feast was born. Hawaii in Cleveland, it was the perfect escape for the holiday.
Hawaiian Hot Dogs With Mango Ketchup, when you need an escape from the ordinary. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
- 4 medium mangoes
- 2 ounces balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1 dash cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 clove whole
- 8 hot dogs
- 6 oz crushed pineapple drained
- 8 slices bacon
- 8 hot dog buns
- mango ketchup
- Peel and clean the mango. Remove the pulp. Put the pulp in food processor fitted with a stainless steel blade.
- Add the remaining ingredients and pulse together.
- In a heavy-sided saucepan, cook the mixture over a slow heat for 1 hour until well-reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- Strain through a fine sieve. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using.
- Slice the hot dogs down the center, length wise. Spoon the crushed pineapple into the center of the dogs where you cut them.Wrap the hot dogs with a bacon slice, using toothpicks if necessary to help secure it.
- Grill the hot dogs until the bacon is crisp.
- Put the hot dogs into the buns, add the mango ketchup and ENJOY!