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Summertime, The 4th of July…Hotdogs!

5 Jul

Hello Everyone! I apologize for being “off-air” for the last few weeks. I was fighting a sinus infection for more than a month and having work done on my kitchen but now my kitchen and my sinuses are back in working order.

Hotdogs

Hotdogs with our favorite toppings!

To me, the official start of summer is not Memorial Day but the 4th of July and with that, it is the season of eating hotdogs.  I am a pretty healthy eater but there is something about a hotdog that I cannot resist. And no, no fat-free turkey or chicken hotdogs, I am talking real beef and/or pork hotdogs cooked on the grill until the skin cracks.

Here are a few hotdog facts that are kinda crazy from the National Hotdog and Sausage Council:

In 2010 consumers spent more than $1.6 billion on hotdogs in the United States.

On the 4th of July Americans eat more than 150 million hotdogs!

L.A. consumes more hotdogs than other city in the U.S. (funny stat considering how it’s supposed to be such healthy city of thin people)

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 818 hotdogs are consumed every second-Wow!

The winner of the Nathans World Championship Hotdog Eating Contest held yesterday, July 4th is Joey Chestnut-he ate 62 hotdogs with buns in 10 minutes-this is his fifth year winning.

And the first ever Nathans Womens Hotdog Eating Champion is Sonya Thomas-she ate 40 hotdogs with buns.

I won’t be doing that anytime soon. I can eat about 2 tops and speaking of toppings my favorite is sauerkraut! The options are endless with chili, cheese, coleslaw, onions, relish, ketchup, mustard and so on. There are restaurants devoted to hotdogs and of course every major city has carts that sell the “dirty water dogs”  and now they are popping up in small towns all over the U.S.  My favorite hotdog joint is on St.Simons Island in Georgia, Hotdog Alley.  It is the most charming, friendly little place tucked away about a block from the Village: great hotdogs, delicious sweet tea and always with a smile.  The other is in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina-The Trolly Stop.  Again, it is a tiny little place with a menu of dogs with lots of different toppings and now they have hamburgers and other items on the menu but you really need to have the hotdog. www.trollystophotdogs.com

So welcome to summer and enjoy a hotdog!

Hotdog Casserole, it’s a real weiner!

11 Apr

I have lots of great memories from my childhood that revolve around food which I find to be very common.  There is one memory that I love and causes at least three of my seven siblings to gag-Hotdog Casserole! I hadn’t thought of or eaten it in many years until my husband reminded me about it when I told him I was writing a food blog.  It is one of those recipes that I thought was unique to our family and when I mention it, people often look at me in disbelief.  My brother John actually wrote a paper about it in high school and got an A.  Google it, there are many recipes out there which I was absolutely shocked to see.  My husband was very skeptical that it could taste good but I assured him that with several of his favorite foods in it; potatoes, onions, hotdogs and tomato soup that he would love it.

Here’s how it goes:

1 package of your favorite dogs

2 cans tomato soup (I like Campbell’s, and you don’t need to dilute it)

1 large onion-thinly sliced

5-6 medium eastern potatoes-thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread a thin layer of tomato soup on the bottom of a casserole dish. Then layer potatoes, onions and hotdogs spread with tomato soup and continue to layer, it should make 3 layers. For the top I put a layer of potatoes with a thin layer of soup on the top.  Put the lid on and bake for 40 minutes then remove lid and bake for another 20 minutes.  It will be a mass of bubbly goodness! Keep in mind to slice the potatoes nice and thin so they cook completely.

Well, my skeptical husband is now a convert, he loved it! The flavor of the onion that mixes with the tomato soup and is soaked up by the potatoes and hot dogs is just delicious!  I believe it will now be added to our regular rotation of meals along with spaghetti and meatballs and pot roast, his other favorites.  If you make it, please let me know what you think! Enjoy!

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