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A well-dressed Dog

Cynsa Jun 14, 2007 09:36 AM

After the Salinas Taco Truck crawl, I came home inspired by Julio Valdez's cart. Who knew that the Mexican hot dog would be life-altering? That my DH of 38 years would experience a revelation for my long-attested hot dog cravings? A good dog on a fresh soft bun with mustard - that's all it takes to make me smile. But now! This Mexican hot dog makes me dance with glee and howl. Hmmm... I have a fresh new take on life!
We're in a 2-day heat wave in the Bay Area...so dinner's simple. Home Version; a Schwarz old-fashioned frank on a soft seeded San Francisco-style Colombo French hot dog bun with thick sliced smoked bacon, a line of Best Food mayo, pickled red onions, chopped tomato, topped with Cotija cheese.
It's still not as good as the dog at the Valdez cart. Heidipie said it best, "The crunchy-creamy-soft-salty-cold-hot-flavor riot made me laugh out loud."
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  1. jfood RE: Cynsa Jun 14, 2007 09:55 AM

    First off, jfood's avatar is THE well dressed dog. :-)))

    A hot dog is dressed at the spur of the moment. It's not what do i feel like later, it's what works for me now.

    For jfood it starts witjh the mustard, and this can vary from yellow to brown to poupon, yup grany grey poupon on a kosher HD is really good. then the decision to go spicy, mild, cheesey, sour. add one or more of the following: cheese, pickles, relish, kraut, cole slaw, tomato, etc. then the creation is ready for the tongue. if more than one dog on the plate, usually they carry different toppings.

    But in the end sometimes mustard is all jfood wants.

    1. mrbozo RE: Cynsa Jun 14, 2007 02:59 PM

      My preferences are the Montreal stimmé (steamed dog and steamed bun topped with yellow mustard, vinegary cole slaw and chopped onions) and a grilled dog topped with hot mustard and sauerkraut.

      1. KaimukiMan RE: Cynsa Jun 14, 2007 03:04 PM

        you haven't lived till you have a good hot dog with some good kim chee on it

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        1. re: KaimukiMan
          chef chicklet RE: KaimukiMan Jun 15, 2007 12:35 PM

          And this is my goal in life right now. Making good kim chee and dressing a beautiful dog with it! I can only imagine. Sauerkraut? What's that?

        2. Neuromancer RE: Cynsa Jun 14, 2007 07:07 PM

          My perfect hot dog has my grandfather's homemade green tomato relish on it with some mustard. Thanks for reminding me I need to get the recipe from him!

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          1. re: Neuromancer
            Cynsa RE: Neuromancer Jun 15, 2007 09:02 AM

            Please post your grandfather's homemade green tomato relish recipe...I can grow green tomatoes in my fogged-in San Francisco garden!

            1. re: Cynsa
              Neuromancer RE: Cynsa Jun 15, 2007 03:32 PM

              Here it is! His nickname is Cook, although it doesn't have anything to do with him being the cook in the family.

              Cook's Green Tomato Relish
              20 medium green tomatoes
              8 medium onions
              8 medium apples
              3 green peppers
              2 red peppers
              3 T. canning salt
              1 T. celery seed
              1 T. mustard seed
              1 T. turmeric
              1 T. cinnamon
              5 c. sugar
              3 c. vinegar

              Grind first 5 ingredients (drain off juice). Put in kettle; add remaining ingredients. Boil 30 minutes. Can and seal.

          2. Cookiefiend RE: Cynsa Jun 15, 2007 09:35 AM

            Mmmmm - it is lunch time...
            Mine always has mustard, and sometimes, chopped onions and Pretty Hot Peppers.

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              Hue RE: Cynsa Jun 15, 2007 12:21 PM

              Grilled natural casing dog wrapped in fried bologna with deli mustard and onions

              1. Davwud RE: Cynsa Jun 15, 2007 02:42 PM

                I do 'em two different ways. Based on how I feel.

                A) Grated cheddar, onions, ketchup and yellow mustard.

                B) Grated cheddar, onions, yellow mustard, sauerkraut and lots of fresh ground pepper.

                DT

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                1. re: Davwud
                  Cynsa RE: Davwud Jun 17, 2007 10:32 AM

                  oh my, you've just recovered a childhood memory for me...Girl Scouts' Angels on Horseback — cut a pocket in frankfurter and fill with slice of cheddar (I think we did American cheese back in the day) spiral a slice of bacon around the dog and hold in place with toothpicks, broil until bacon is crisp and cheese melts.
                  I can almost taste your grated cheddar-onion-mustard combo!

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