In episode number 100, I took about a recent trip to Chicago for a food blogging conference and home show and how I brought along a Dash waffle maker with to cook sausage in my hotel room. See how you can save money on eating out while traveling.
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Today's episode as you see is entitled "How to Cook Sausage in a Hotel Room". I recently went to Chicago for the Tastemaker Conference and Inspired Home Show. The conference is for food content creators. It's a great place to hang out with my fellow bloggers which is a rare treat. The Inspired Home Show is a trade show featuring different housewares. I particularly went to see all the kitchen appliances, gadgets, tools, pots, pans, etc.
While I did eat out a few times while I was there - I had some Dim Sum at a restaurant in Chinatown - I didn't want to spend the money doing that for every meal. My hotel room didn't have a microwave, just a fridge and a coffee maker.
Knowing what I had going in I packed a Dash mini waffle maker. It's small so it fit perfectly in my bag without sacrificing much precious space. It's also sturdy so it wouldn't break. The waffle maker I brought is yellow and has a honeycomb pattern. I also own waffle stick version and I got a shamrock one at the Inspired Home Show.
When I got to Chicago I searched out some highly rated stores to shop at. I found Gene's Sausage Shop and Delicatessen in the Lincoln Square area. They had 4.8 stars on Google and the pictures of the meats hanging from the ceiling where very inviting. I took the "L" which is the train system/subway that runs through Chicago to pick up some sausage.
It was hard to narrow down what I was going to buy. I would have filled my freezer at home if I wasn't traveling. I picked out Sheboygan Bratwurst, Italian Sausage, Bacon Bratwurst, and Pork Breakfast Sausage with Blueberries. What I love when I get to buy from a counter is being able to choose one to try without having to commit to a whole pack. Although in this case they were all so good I wish I could have had a whole pack. The Italian sausage was my favorite.
To cook the sausage I sliced it as thin as I could. I turned on the waffle maker and when hot cooked the sausage on it until crispy on both sides. I could fit half a sausage at a time. For the thinner breakfast sausage I cut them length wise and then in half, which I think made them more crispy. It only took a few minutes to cook the sausage through.
I cleaned the waffle maker as soon as it was cool enough to handle, dumping out the excess fat into the trash bag - I would have saved that fat at home!
Besides the sausage I also cooked some thinly sliced zucchini. I used the hotel coffee maker to boil water to add to some Instant Mashed Potatoes to make it a full meal. I was glad to be able to make this work and get a chance to try out some local food without having to always hit up a pricey restaurant.
Thanks for listening to our 100th episode. We appreciate all of our listeners and hope you have learned a thing or two so far.
📚 Additional Resources
Here are a couple other podcast episodes we have done on traveling.