To do tonight: Cook Beer Dogs; Oxford English Dictionary accepts LOL

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Dinner idea: Beer and Sauerkraut Dogs

  • 3 cups packaged sauerkraut
  • 1 1/2 bottles dark beer, separated
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 6 hot dogs
  • 6 hot dog rolls, toasted
  • Dark mustard

Rinse and drain the sauerkraut. Simmer in a saucepan with the 1/2 bottle dark beer and brown sugar on medium-high heat, about 5 minutes. Bring the remaining beer and granulated sugar to a simmer in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add hot dogs; simmer until beer thickens and coats them lightly, about 8 to 10 minutes. Slather rolls with mustard. Add hot dogs to rolls; top with sauerkraut and drizzle with remaining beer syrup from the skillet. Makes 6 servings.

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The talker: LOL in the Oxford English Dictionary

You may be surprised by the latest words accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary: LOL, OMG, FYI and other “initialisms,” as they call it, that are common in texts and tweets. The folks at Oxford say these “are strongly associated with the language of electronic communications,” and, therefore, belong in the English dictionary.

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