Photos are from the Deseret News' Food Section.We've had company this week, one of my dearest friends Kimmarie from Philadelphia and her five kids. In between swimming, hiking and playing, we've been keeping up-just barely-with violin, tennis lessons, piano, violin, and my job. Just barely. I had some grandiose ideas for hot dogs that I was cooking up to share with you for the Fourth of July, but those ideas were nudged off the agenda. I was even going to make extraordinary (I hoped) hot dogs for Kimmarie and her gang, but instead she made my family grilled steak and baked potatoes, and marinated tomatoes instead. I could get used to coming home from work to a nice dinner. I can see why spouses like it so much.
I've been thinking that hot dogs are just about perfectly patriotic for the Fourth of July. They don't cost much, so you can feed the multitudes. They couldn't be faster, so you don't have to miss all the fun. You can customize them in a million different ways, so everyone is happy. You can a keep it simple for the kids with a squirt of ketchup, or make them high falutin' fancy for the adventurous crowd. That's how I like them-so full of fixings, that you could skip the dog (which I do, frankly. Frank-ly, ha! ) A friend of ours is starting a hot dog stand in Hawaii, and I've been working on secret sauces for him. So far this chicken wing sauce has been the favorite, but my tangy root beer barbecue sauce is a close second . I'm also workingon a spicy apricot simmer sauce that should go well on a dog, so I'll be sure to share if it turns out well.
This morning, the Des News ran an article about hot dogs with loads of marvelous variations.
Check it out and give it a try. Maybe I'll even get one made before the Fourth so I can share it with you.