By: Aimee Brasseur
Nathan’s Famous, Ball Park, and Oscar Mayer have a lot to celebrate tomorrow, for tomorrow, July 23rd, is National Hot Dog Day. Quick, go buy some stock.
Whether you grill them at home on a Weber or grab one on your way through the Jess’ Lunch or Dairy Queen drive-thru, hot dogs are an American staple as long as nobody has told you where they come from or as long as you’re not a porketarian, vegetarian, or a vegan…or if you ever read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle…ever.
You see, I have read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, and I still (wait for it) love hot dogs. Ketchup and mustard or cole slaw and chili. I’m a fan. No sauerkraut, please, though. In fact, tomorrow for dinner, my fiance, Brad, and I will be dining on a recipe passed down to me by my big brother. I look back on that memory fondly.
“You can’t possibly screw this up, Aim.”
“Don’t count on it.”
“You wrap a hot dog in a crescent roll and bake it. How hard can that be?”
If you really want to dine like a champ, wrap the hot dog in cheddar cheese and then wrap it in the crescent roll. Hopefully, your pigs in a blanket aren’t disfigured and goo-ey like mine.
I feel like National Hot Dog Day may overshadow the other holiday that falls on July 23rd: Vanilla Ice Cream Day. Vanilla gets a bad rap in my opinion. Pretty much everybody prefers chocolate. Chocolate is the shiny red bike under the tree on Christmas morning. Vanilla is the under-appreciated but equally entertaining book. But maybe it’s supposed to be that way. If you had a choice at a cookout, what would it be: a burger or a hot dog?
Maybe July 23rd is hot dog’s day to shine. Maybe it’s hot dog’s 15 seconds…err 24 hours…of fame. Anyone else supremely disappointed that you can finish a hot dog in just a few bites? I equate it to spending 30 minutes slaving away in the kitchen, and in 30 seconds the food is down the garbage disposal because you were so focused on baking the crescent rolls to perfection that the weiners exploded in the oven. Don’t worry. I haven’t done that, yet.
Happy National Hot Dog Day, y’all. Don’t hold me to it, but I read online somewhere that 7/11 is giving away free hot dogs tomorrow. It’s worth a shot checking, right? Maybe I should give them a call.