I have heard that July is National Hot Dog Month. I guess that makes sense when you think about it; hot dogs always taste better on the grill and when do you do the most grilling? In the summer time.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, [apparently there is such a thing; who knew?] ”…Americans will be consuming hot dogs in record numbers this summer. Over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day…. “
And did you know that every year Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each? That’s a lot of dogs. I guess it’s time we learn a bit more about them so here we go with a few fun facts about the good old all American hot dog:
- The term “hot dog” is credited to sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. At a 1901 baseball game at the Polo Grounds in New York, vendors began selling hot dachshund sausages in rolls. From the press box, Dorgan could hear the vendors yelling, “Get your dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” He sketched a cartoon depicting the scene but wasn’t sure how to spell “dachshund” so he called them simply, “hot dogs.” And the rest is history.
- For adults, mustard is the condiment of choice, while children prefer ketchup. Preferences do change from region to region; hot dogs in New York are generally served with a lighter mustard and steamed onions, while Chicago hot dogs can come with mustard, relish, onions, tomato slices, or pretty much anything at all.
- The world’s biggest hot dog was 1,996 feet long and was created by Sara Lee Corp in honor of the 1996 Olympics.
- The average hot dog is consumed in 6.1 bites.
- The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that baseball fans will consume 20,421,361 hot dogs over the course of the 2013 season.
- Hot dogs are one of NASA’s approved space foods. This means that astronauts have taken hot dogs into space. They have been on Apollo moon flights and Skylab missions.
And one more fun fact about hot dogs:
Sausage With Peppers And Onions
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Time to share another recipe–
This is one of my favorite things to do with all those tasty cucumbers.
As you can tell from the photo I’ve added a few thinly sliced strips of yellow sweet peppers to this batch. Yum!
Cucumbers and Onions
(Summertime Refrigerator Pickles)
2 large cucumbers sliced
1 large onion sliced thin
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
3 tablespoons of white sugar
1 or 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
salt and pepper
Mix cucumber and onion slices in a large bowl.
Mix vinegar, water, sugar, garlic, salt, and pepper in another bowl.
Stir to dissolve sugar.
Pour over cucumbers and onions.
Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Overnight is best!
Summer is on the way and with it comes all the fun and excitement of the ball fields so today I thought that the Zazzle product of the week should have something to do with baseball.
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Looking for lazy weekend meals? Break out the slow-cookers!
Last weekend I tossed a roast in one pot, corn in another, and potatoes in a third and dinner was ready when I was with very little work.
You gotta love a slow cooked meal.
Slow-Cooker Garlic Smashed Potatoes
5# russet potatoes – cubed
3 to 4 garlic cloves – minced
¼ cup onion – finely chopped
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
¾ cup water
6 to 8 oz cream cheese with onion and chives
6 tablespoons butter
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup milk
Place potatoes, minced garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and water in a 6 qt slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high 4 hours (quickly stir and re-cover half way through cooking time).
After the 4 hours (or when potatoes are done) add remaining ingredients and mash by hand with a potato masher (or whip with electric mixer).
Mix well and serve immediately or hold in slow-cooker on warm for up to 2 hours.
Here’s a simple, but very tasty, cookie bar that would make a great dessert for your Valentine dinner!
Chocolate Cherry Gooey Bars
2 chocolate chip cookie mixes (17.5oz size)
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons water
1 1/3 cups cherry preserves
1 cup milk chocolate chips
Mix cookie mixes, oil, eggs, and water. Mixture will be dry.
Press into a greased 9×13 baking pan.
Spread preserves evenly over top the dough.
Sprinkle milk chocolate chips over the preserves.
Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted about 2” from edge of pan comes out clean.
Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars.