Thursday, July 12, 2012

Corn Dog Muffins

I've begun thinking about my move to Austin. I mean logistically- after all, I've been thinking about this move for the past 3 years. Things are coming together nicely. I have to go to the dentist, have an eye exam, and take care of a couple other odds and ends- Manly Board Game Night, Man Day, Spiderman, the new Batman movie, you know, important things that all happen to have the word "man" in them. I'm listening to Ace of Base right now.

Ace of Base is very significant for me. I remember 5th grade... the Sign was huge and I hated it. All I listened to back then was classic rock and oldies- real oldies like Earth Angel and everything that Buddy Holly and the Beatles did---- none of this Tainted Love and Karma Chameleon (both of which I love) that pass as oldies nowadays. Anyway, I convinced myself that I hated Ace of Base (along with Britney Spears, *Nsync, and most other pop bands that I now enjoy) and refused to listen to them. Then one day I was at a garage sale and found the Sign and bought it for fifteen cents or something ridiculous like that. I haven't stopped listening to it since.

What made me buy it, you ask? That's a great question. I grew up in a suburb of Dallas and by the time I was in middle school and high school I was hip enough to listen to the alternative rock station 94.5 the Edge... in addition to the oldies and classic rock station. This was also about the time that I started staying up late for homework. On Sunday evenings the Edge played the Adventure Club with Josh. It's still on if I'm not mistaken. Josh would play new bands and songs that were more or less never played anywhere else and I enjoyed being able to say that I'd heard it first, so I listened while doing homework. 

I know, I know, this has nothing to do with Ace of Base... oh, but it does! After the adventure club- at 10 pm, if memory serves me correctly, the Adventure Club ended and Red Square Retro began. The horrors, the horrors. What sane human could ever enjoy 80s music?! Not me, that's for sure. I always changed it immediately back to classis rock or oldies. But after a while it wasn't so immediate. It wasn't that I liked the music, but there were a couple decent songs and occasionally they came on at the beginning of the broadcast. After a few months I was shocked to discover that the only 80s songs I enjoyed always came on at the beginning of the broadcast. By my junior year I was listening to the whole thing every Sunday. It was one of the high points of my week. 

It wasn't until the last week of my freshman year of college while we were packing up our dorm rooms that I heard my friend rocking out to the Cure. I was drawn to him like an Appalachian baby to Mountain Dew and discovered that everyone in college loved 80s music. The next year I started going to 80s parties and felt like I'd finally found a home. It hasn't gotten me laid yet, but I can't imagine being with a woman who doesn't appreciate the genius of the Smiths. Still, I know it's a fad. The 80s are back, but already I feel like they're slipping from the mainstream yet again. It doesn't matter, I'll listen to them until they're cool again, and then I'll keep listening to them.

So how does this relate to Ace of Base? When I realized that I adored a genre of music that I'd once always thought I despised, I began to take a second look at everyone else... including Ace of Base. Aqua, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, TLC, Salt-N-Pepa, Creed. 

Holy crap, no. Creed is and will most likely always be the band I consider the worst ever. Nickelback's a close second, but I truly believe that without Creed there would be no Nickelback. They're more or less the same band anyway, but, to paraphrase a band and a song that I really love, y'all don't want to hear me, y'all just want to know how to make Corn Dog Muffins.

Corn Dog Muffins

1 c. Yellow Cornmeal
1 c. Flour
1 c. Milk
1 Egg
3 tsp. Sugar
4 tsp. Baking Powder
0.5 tsp Salt
0.25 c. Vegetable Oil
1 can Drained Kernel Corn
2 pinches Smoked Sweet Paprika 
1 pinch Oregano
1 pinch Marjoram
1 pinch Cracked Red Pepper Flakes
1 pinch Pepper
7 Hot Dogs diced

Mix all the dry ingredients together then add everything else and mix well. Bake for about 20 minutes in cupcake tins at 425. Cool and enjoy. 

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