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Hot dogs were one of the things I grew up with. My Dad was divorced and I spent my weekends with him. Often, he'd break out a cold hot dog for him and me, and we'd eat them that way, cold, straight from the fridge. It's a comforting memory for me. We also ate cheese the same way, and pepperoni, and a host of other things. Hot dogs were also cooked in with a can of VanCamp's pork and beans, not cut up but whole. The hot dogs heated with the beans and were served up in Fire King soup bowls, the cream colored ones with the handle. I have purchased some of those bowls from Ebay, and use them for the same purpose, and others. But when I'm making beans and wieners, I make them the way my Dad did. It's a thing to bring back some of the happy little things I did with my Dad.
There are far better hot dogs available than what is found on the grocery store shelves. If you have a nearby butcher, often, they will have their own recipe for hot dogs. I have brands of the little sausages that I won't touch, and brands that I love, that I can't find anywhere else but where I live.
The original post I made, and the recipe I gave was one that was supposed to elevate the humble hot dog. The ingredients truly did enhance the hot dog, not mask it.
Andy, here's a way, if you are a true hot dog purist, to enjoy the sausage, but with a little playfulness. One of my favorite ways to eat a hot dog, is to take a cold, skinless hot dog, and gently grab the "skin" at one end, with my teeth, and peel it down and munch just that part. Then, I eat the rest of the dog. I know, I'm strange, but again, it's something I did as a kid, while watching the TV at night, after a hard day's playing was done. It was a way to engage a young mind that was ever anxious to play, and to try different things, even if it was as simple as peeling a skinless frank with my teeth. Sometimes I almost think that I invented "playing with your food", which was something strictly forbidden at my Mom's house. There, we ate with our left hands in out laps, at the dinner table, and all of us together, sharing the meal. My Mom's house probably had healthier food, with lots of good veggies, the right sized servings, courtesy, and variety. So I grew up in two worlds, one very laidback, with boiled dinner, hot dogs, Chef Boyardee pizzas, fried steaks, and pork chops, lots of freshly caught brook trout, etc. The other was full of traditional meals with veggies, meat, chili, sphagetti, the occasional pasty or meat pie, winter squashes, etc.
Both had an influence on me, and gave me a huge love for variety, and no snootiness about food. I'm as happy with potted meat sandwiches as I am with a good, medium rare rib eye. So long as it tastes good, and is eaten in moderation, it can go on my plate. From my Grandparents, I was exposed to head cheese, sardines, pickled pigs feet, and other strange foods that I also loved. You can imagine what kinds of things I have tried as an adult, when I moved out on my own (at about 19 years old). I tried everything, and have found very few things that I don't like.
So, open your minds and stomachs, and give the humble weiner a chance. Dress it, or eat it plain. Just don't eat them every day. Treat all food like it is a blessing, because it is. Many people including people who have the opportunity and means, never get beyond a McDonald's burger and fries. To me, that's so very sad.
Those of you who have posted new ways to put together a hot dog sandwich, thank you. It gives me new things to try. To those who like their hot dogs ultra simple, for the love of the wiener, my hat's off to you as well. We are all so different in so many ways. There is truly no wrong way to eat a hot dog, if you like hot dogs.
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