Feeding a hungry, growing toddler has its difficulties. Snacks must always be on hand, dinner is served two hours before the rest of the family eats, she doesn't quite get that some meals can't be ready in under five minutes, and yep, my girl definitely has an opinion about what she eats. While she might be happy living on a diet of hot dogs, ketchup, mac and cheese, and (thank heaven!) fruit, I'm constantly trying to give her vegetables that aren't fried, meats that don't come encased, and grains that aren't covered in cheese. But when my battle resolve is gone and I just want to get some food in that cute belly of hers, these are the quick-serve foods that I can give her without serving myself a heaping platter of mommy guilt. Keep clicking to check out some amazing "junk foods" that you can actually feel good about giving your kids.
Can I tell you a secret? I simply don't care for baseball. Most of the year this is a nonissue, but I live in San Francisco, where October Means Baseball. While I may not understand the hoopla over the actual sport at hand (sorry), I can get behind one important aspect of the experience: ballpark food.
Pungent garlic fries, snappy hot dogs, and nachos loaded with bright-orange cheese lure me in without fail, and for as long as the indulgent bites keep coming, I feel a part of this quintessential American experience. Now I get that bacon-wrapped hot dogs aren't exactly traditional ballpark fare, but in the spirit of the Giants' recent NLCS pennant win (and their upcoming attempt at a second World Series title), it only seems appropriate to serve up a riff on a hometown favorite: the Mission hot dog. These bacon-wrapped beauts are standard late-night fare hereabouts, and while one could enjoy these sober, come game 1 I'll be sticking to tradition and double-fisting with a beer in one hand and this juicy treat in the other. Just don't tell anyone that my attention will be elsewhere than the game at hand . . .
Besides sunny skies and record-high temperatures, what else is in the forecast for this coming week? We predict hamburgers and hot dogs — lots of 'em! — with a light sprinkling of house-made condiments for an extra special touch. From DIY ketchup to homemade flavored mayonnaise, we've got the dressing you're looking for to take your grilling to the next level.
Now that we've sorted out the burgers from the burger impostors, it's time to turn our attention to sandwiches. How do you define a sandwich? Does it have to have two pieces of bread or is open-faced OK? Do burgers and hot dogs count? Click through to cast your vote on 10 maybe-sandwiches.
July marks National Hot Dog month, and hopefully you're celebrating at your favorite joint (or with a hot dog bar!). While the original frankfurter hails from Germany, today there's nothing that tastes more like an American Summer than a hot dog off the grill. But if you're chowing down on a dog on Coney Island, you're going to get something very different than what you might find at a hot dog stand in Chicago or Seattle. Here are 10 variations of hot dogs that'll make you love the frankfurter more than you imagined!
We're more than halfway through July, and if you haven't yet taken the time to celebrate National Hot Dog Month, it's not too late! Gather your friends 'round and set up your very own hot dog bar, complete with delicious toppings, so loved ones can load their dogs with whatever their hearts desire. It's an easy and fun way to feed a large crowd, and would be great after a day at the beach or playing in the park. Click through for the steps and to see a recent bar I created!
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I'm no Joey Chestnut, however the warm Summer weather has left me a little crazy for hot dogs. My favorite frank to eat is one that's been dressed up, Chicago-style, but since the authentic specialty toppings aren't always easy to obtain on the West Coast, I went a different route this past weekend.
This tropical topping doesn't contain any of the same ingredients, yet it nonetheless achieves a similarly sweet, salty, sour, and spicy quality. Use all-natural hot dogs and buns, and you've got yourself a far less processed version of the ballpark hot dog. The best part? It takes minutes to make. For the ridiculously easy recipe, read more.
This weekend will be prime hot dog grilling time, and I'm already scheming about which toppings to offer when I set up my next hot dog bar. I'm not known to turn down any dog, whether it's done up with chili and cheese, Coney Island-style, or with just a slather of ketchup and mustard. But my hands-down favorite is the dog that's been "dragged through the garden" Chicago-style, with mustard, onions, electric-green relish, a pickle, tomato wedges, spicy sport peppers, and a sprinkling of celery salt. I've heard from Colombian friends that potato chips are a great way to go, too. What are your top hot dog fixings?
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