Please understand that I have no interest in discrediting the standard summer hot dog served up on that doughy white bread bun and weighed down in yellow mustard or store-bought ketchup. Plant one of those babies in front of me right now and I dare you to predict how long it lasts!
The whole experience of the low-brow, shiny stadium-style dogs clumsily wrapped in cheap wax paper and dripping with salty juices will never get old. Forget that they’re considered traditionally American, family-oriented, and best of all, cheap. They just taste good!
But a simple, inexpensive hot dog can go so much further. And right now is the perfect time of the year to take this standard summer staple out for a test drive, and see what it can really do for you.
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She often laid on the floor of the family room, watching television and eating hot dogs.
The hot dogs were almost always on a paper plate. This was because washing the dishes was one of her household chores, and she excelled at creating less work for herself. She would spear each hot dog with a fork and eat it skewer-style. That eliminated the need for a knife. With a swipe through the mustard mound on the edge of the plate and then up to her mouth, her eyes never even had to leave the screen.
I have many memories of growing up with my older sister, Kelli, and much of it relates to food.
There was the time she brought a peperoncini to me and asked me if I wanted to eat it.
“What is it?” I asked innocently.
“A deflated pickle!” she cheerily replied, then relished as I popped it into my mouth only to scream moments later at the sour bile exploding on my tongue. I immediately reported this violation to my mom, who went looking for the peperoncini jar intending to force Kelli to eat one as punishment. But Kid Kelli had quite cleverly already dumped the rest of the jar’s contents down the garbage disposal. At family get-togethers, she still boasts about this story.
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HOT DOG WEEKEND! Knackwurst with a chow-chow relish.
Kielbasa with sautéed peppers and onions.