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Jul 1, 2007 08:58 AM

July is National Hot Dog Month !

According to the The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHD&SC) which "conducts scientific research to benefit hot dog and sausage manufacturers."

This morning The Today Show had a segment of what was needed for the perfect hot dog. They had blind tastings and to sum up:

The perfect catsup: Hunt's ... runner up - Heinz organic
The pefect mustard: Gulden's Spicy Brown Mustard
The perfect relish: Cascadian Farm Sweet Relish ... runner up - Heinz
The perfect bun: Pepperidge Farm Frankfurter Top-Sliced Rolls
The perfect dog: Nathan's Famous Beef Franks ... runners up - Johnsonville Stadium Style Beef Franks & Hebrew National Beef Franks

I'm with them on the mustard. Heinz organic is my top pick, No Pepperidge farm on the West Coast and I'm still searching for the perfect bun. Sarah Lee and Wonder go in the hall of bun shame ... both fall apart usually before putting the dog in it.

The (NHD&SC) has an amusing site, though I'm not sure it is meant to be ... maybe. Check out the photo page which has a picture of 'the hotdog plate" ... think cheese plate but substitute wieners.

The recipes are kind of awful. There are a number of variations of pigs in a blanket ... Pigs in a Kimono (wonton wrapper), Cochon en Chic Escharpe (phyllo wrapper), Sweet Onion Pigs in a Blanket, Smokey Pigs in a Blanket with Honey Mustard Dip, Puerco en un Poncho con queso (cheese corn bread wrapper), Haute ‘Hogs’ in a Blanket ... instead of the canned refrigerated wrapper, you make your own from scratch.

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  1. I think it is illegal to have the 4th of July with out hot dogs. So, July being National Hot Dog Month would make sense!
    My new favorite is a dog "dragged through the garden" - mayonnaise, mustard, cheese, tomato, pickles and spicy peppers. I don't like raw onions, so I leave those out.

    1. Too bad The Today Show did not have any Brook's catsup to taste, nothing can beat it. PF buns are so sugar laden that I just cannot them. All I taste is sugar. There are some natural casing dogs that are so mauch better than most of the mass produced dogs that I cannot consider buying them

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      1. re: Candy

        A friend used to get lovely franks at a small kosher butcher's who made his own. No crap in them at all.

      2. Florida dogs are similar to NY dogs, Sabrett snap is necessary, cooked/grilled onions and spicy mustard. Boiled is classic but I like grilled with ketchup and a pickle in addition. Just learned Seattle dogs are with cream cheese spread on the bun. Havent tried it yet but I am intrigued.

        1. That must be embedded in my psyche--I was at the grocery store yesterday and threw some hot dogs in my basket. I haven't bought hot dogs in about a year! I disagree about the perfect ketchup being Hunts. Heinz is the best. Accept no substitutes.

          1. Usinger's makes a mighty fine frank