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Dog Days, Dogs’ Day

The cat will mew and dog will have his day.

Hamlet. Act 5, Scene 1,line 277

It’s the Dog Days. That means the Dog star – Sirius – is in ascent.

But  also

July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day.

And there are plenty of those dogs to choose from.

Chili dog

Chili dog

Chicago style dog

Chicago style dog

The Danger Dog - and yes, that is bacon wrapped around the dog surrounded by cheese

The Danger Dog – and yes, that is bacon wrapped around the dog surrounded by cheese

The Fenway Frank - notice the absence of frou- frou.

The Fenway Frank – notice the absence of frou- frou.

This is the photo from the Old Tyme Kayem, official suppliers of the Fenway Frank

This is the photo from  Kayem, official suppliers of the Fenway Frank

On the Kayem website (under recipes, no less), this:

Instructions

Like the Red Sox, the Fenway Frank is a hometown staple, and a game wouldn’t be the same without one of these franks in your hand. As with many parts of the park, the Fenway Frank got a facelift in 2009; as Kayem became the new source of the franks. These signature blended franks are meaty, juicy with a touch of smoke and garlic. Just like the park itself, this flavor doesn’t need to be covered up. While a list of basic topping is available, diehards will skip them altogether; maybe allowing a slight touch of mustard to these beef franks and steamed New England Style split top roll.

and then there’s THIS hot dog…..

https://www.youtube.com/embed/GhIaaCdKOdg” target=”_blank”>Fido is a Hot Dog Now

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Hot Dog!

July is National Hot Dog Month!

bogie dog steakA hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz. – Humphrey Bogart

UNLESS…he said…

bogie dog rbI, for one, am sticking by the HOT DOG…

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because this is sooo about the hot dog – not the steak or roast beef or even the Ritz

Saturday night is traditionally Franks and Beans night  ’round these parts. (’round these parts? Have I been listening to too much country music??)

beans BM

Beans. Boston Baked. OK, they come in cans,too, but the jar is shaped like a bean pot. A deep breath away from twee.

This a 2 gallon bean pot from the Pot Shop in Boston - this makes 5 pounds of beans...thats a lotta bean!

This a 2 gallon bean pot from the Pot Shop in Boston – this makes 5 pounds of beans…that’s a lotta bean! But it’s hot dog month, so the beans will have to keep. Is there a National Baked Bean Month – or even a Day? Later.

We are having Franks and Beans (ok – and some leftover potato salad) because I found some Maple Leaf Franks….

Just like Uncle Al used to make.

Except this batch all the dogs were pretty much the same….not that that’s a bad thing.

maple-leaf-top-dogs-original-wieners_483And I also found the turn of the last century recipe for the Frankfort Sausages that I made in a workshop that was TEN years ago, where does the time fly?

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Time flies, Pigs fly…need some pigs for making hot dogs.

FRANKFORT SAUSAGES

Ingredients. – 2 lbs. of tender, lean pork, 1 lb. of fat, mace, coriander seeds, sauce, claret, sausage skins.

Mode. – Chop both the lean and the fat very fine, add the other ingredients to taste, mix to the consistency of sausage meat with the claret, and fill the skins. Boil them gently in mild beer or water, enough to cover them, for ¾ of an hour, then fry for 15 minutes in butter. In Germany they are often served with well sweetened applesauce flavoured with cinnamon.

Time, 1 hour. Average cost, 2s. 9d.

Seasonable from September to March.

  • Beeton, I. Beeton’s Cookery Book.J.S. Doige: West Street, Blackpool. 1902. Reprinted by Rigby Publishers Lt. London, 1981. p. 126.

NOTES: Sausages: Links to the Past ALHFAM 2004 THF

  • Coriander is the essential HD flavor
  • Put the chopped meat into a food processor to make it into a meat paste (meat mousse)before filling the casings makes the sausage extra good
  • Make them a day or two ahead before serving to really meld the flavor
  • Besides the applesauce suggestion, also good in buns with yellow mustard or sauerkraut
  • ‘Skins’ is Victorian speak for guts – aka casings. KMW
Hot dog in NE style Bun, King Arthur Flour makes the bun pan

Hot dog in NE style Bun, King Arthur Flour makes the bun pan

Why are frankfurters considered fickle sports fans?

They always root for the wieners

(click to find out how wieners are made for you)

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A Fifth

of July.

In Plymouth we start celebrating the Fourth on the Third

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Flag Rock in Manomet

Flag Rock back-story via a recent Boston Globe story

On the Fourth, Plymouth celebrates with

a big ole PARADE (wicked local photo gallery here)

and some Food For Thought

and of course …….

FIREWORKS

plyfireworks

Then on Sunday the Fifth

Brother #4 fired up the grill for an impromptu cookout. There were

Burgers & Dogs

Sausages

Buns and Cheeses

Condiments

Salads

Potato and Green

Brother #2 came with his youngest, and on the distaff side there was a significant other, a spouse, Mamma and me.

And what was our conversation, our table talk, as it were?

With the spur of the moment nature of the gathering, there was no pie - but do not worry - WE DID NOT SUFFER

With the spur of the moment nature of the gathering, there was no pie – but do not worry – WE DID NOT SUFFER

What else?

FOOD

Highlights:

  • Lots of hot dog talk

Uncle Al used to work in a hot dog factory – we remember it as Maple Leaf brand, but Old Tyme Kayem taste closer….the times are a -changing……. These were the dogs that were grilled for this Fifth. The BEST part of the Uncle Al dogs were that you got to pick one out that was just the right size for you. I used to pity the poor souls who could only buy packages where each dog was the same size, As if everyone wanted the same amount of hot dog. As If! …we never called them ‘ends’ or ‘remains’ – they were couture and just for us! We were lucky dogs! And they were fantastic without being cooked, too.

  • And we had the not right buns….becoming so common we didn’t even talk about them.
The right bun

The right bun – toploaders

These pill apart at the side - which are flat and can be grilled OR fried in butter when making a Lobster Roll

These pull apart at the side – which are flat and can be grilled OR fried in butter when making a Lobster Roll

The wrong bun.

The not quite right  bun – sideloaders.

See how the top is on the side when it's in the package

See how the top is on the side when it’s in the package

  • And what’s the deal with hot dog eating contests? Why would you want to eat 62 hotdogs with buns in 10 minutes?????? There are better ways to make a buck.
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  • I made frankfurters from Mrs Beetons recipe (c. 1900) a long time ago. The moment we added the spice, it smelled like HOT DOG. What was that spice? The real secret is to make a meat mousse and then put in the casings.
  • Potato Salad – ours was store bought BUT
    • Potato Salad can always be improved with a little pickle relish.
    • If you’re making Potato Salad pickle juice is the killer secret ingredient
    • Red Bliss potatoes make great potato salad
    • Onions should be avoided in Potato Salad – they should be sliced and put on the burgers. No discussion.
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Potato Salad

  • What’s the big dealio with coconut water? It may be fashionable, but it tastes like drek (a polite substitute for the 4 letter word I would prefer to use). I just don’t get it. Perhaps I was born in the wrong zipcode code. I did Google it…..and according to Wikipedia (a quick source, not necessarily a through one…):

“The Documentation Center of Cambodia cited the practice of allowing untrained nurses to administer green coconut water during the Pol Pot regime as a crime against humanity.[7]” .

Wellllllll……..

  • Olives and Mushrooms have Lovers and Haters, and no middle ground. They will always be on the table, they will never be on every plate. Which works out just fine.
  • More people ate the green salad at the end of the meal then a the beginning. There was salad, more salad and enough salad.
  • The table was cleared and bowls of fruit came out – pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon.

fruit bowls fresh cutand then………

wattamelonroll

Nothing says New England then a little something from Friendly’s.

Worth waiting for - they don't sell this in the Winter. Lemon sherbert,

Worth waiting for – they don’t sell this in the Winter. Lemon sherbert, watermelon sherbert and chocolate chip seeds. Glory days!

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