“The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.”

No lingering today to take in the morning: it was too cold. I hurried inside with my two papers in hand and found the house warm and filled with the smell of freshly brewed coffee. I sighed.

True to my word, I stayed home yesterday. I did laundry but I didn’t even make my bed. The two cats were lolled on the comforter when I went upstairs, and I didn’t have the heart to roust them. After all, Maddie has been doing a bang-up job dispatching mice so I figured this was a small reward. Right now they are sleeping in the sun from the front door.

The sun is bright and the sky blue, but they’re deceiving. It’s looks like a lovely day, a day to enjoy the sun, but it’s still cold at 33ยฐ. The male cardinal came back and found the feeder I had filled with a special seed cardinals like. He’s hanging around perched on branches near the feeders so I guess he’s happy with my offering. The feeders hanging on tree limbs are swaying back and forth in the wind. The birds don’t seem to mind. They just sit and eat and sway.

When I was young, I wanted snow but not rain. I wanted to ride my bike as soon as the weather allowed. I ate vegetables but those I didn’t eat far out-numbered those I did. I loved to make a mound of my mashed potatoes and would put an indentation in the middle. That was for the gravy, and I used to try my best not to let the gravy overflow the mound. I only used ketchup on my French fries, never my eggs and never on hot dogs. I loved Rice Krispies but not Cheerios. I always put sugar on my cereal. The best part was lifting the bowl and drinking the sugary milk left when all the cereal had been eaten. I could never cut the bologna off the roll thin enough. My sandwiches all looked deformed. My mother always bought French’s yellow mustard in the small glass jar and Cains mayonnaise which is locally made. I always put mustard on my bologna. My mother put small slits down hot dogs then she’d fry them until they were browned. My mother was a believer in butter, never margarine. I preferred soft-boiled eggs when I was young because it was fun to dip the toast in the yolk. The game was to try not to get any yolk down the egg cup. I usually lost.

Now, I prefer rain over snow. I eat more kinds of vegetables than I don’t. I buy my bologna sliced, thinly. I never buy yellow mustard. I love all sorts of mustards and always three or four different kinds are in the fridge. I seldom eat cereal, but if I do, I don’t add sugar. Once in a while I have a soft-boiled egg but I don’t put it in an egg cup. It goes in a bowl, and I use crumbled crackers instead of toast. My mother used to do that, and now I do. I love hot dogs on the grill, and I always put slits down the length. I can’t imagine eating them in other way.

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16 Comments on ““The noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,

    No Cains in my house. Miracle Whip. And it got used on the bologna, too, along with Howards Piccalilli which also got used on beans and hot dogs that were sliced along the length. We kids used to put our hot dogs on a toasting fork and hold the ends over the open gas burner flame until they caught on fire and then we would pretend they were rockets. Then we would eat them, sort of room temp on the nose cone and burnt black on the rocket booster end. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Eggs with runny yolks on top of English muffins and with very crispy bacon that can be used to stab the egg and scoop up the yolk. Best breakfast ever.

    I have the same day up here. It’s a couple of degrees warmer, maybe, and I think the wind has dropped a bit. But it’s still cold. Even the sun porch is not super warm.

    Laundry and grocery shopping are done and I am goofing off. Enjoy the day.

  2. katry Says:

    Hi Caryn,
    We never had Miracle Whip. It tasted sweet which I didn’t want on my sandwich and that it was considered a dressing was probably another reason my mother didn’t buy it.

    We have always been a Howard’s family, and I still buy their green piccalilli. It sure beats relish. My mother used to make her own, and that was the only relish which bested Howard’s.

    I like over easy as the yolk stays runny. I order two eggs then eat all the white around the yolks first. I then eat one yolk at a time and slop it up with my toast. I always get two pieces of toast and allot 1 piece per yolk. It’s a strange tradition!

    I love a goofing off day-enjoy yours!

  3. olof1 Says:

    63,3F here today and I enjoyed those few minutes I could after work. It will stay rather warm this week until Saturday when winter returns with low temperatures, no snow though.

    I’ve always preferred rain before snow, never liked mayo. Use Ketchup on hotdogs and on French fries, never on anything else. I can’t stand mustard except when it comes to the christmas ham. Can’t eat it without mustard ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I eat mรผsli during winter and rye porridge during summer ๐Ÿ™‚ But I used to eat corn flakes before. Like You I had lots of sugar on it and loved that last milk ๐Ÿ™‚ We had some kind of sereal that never needed any sugar because they were covered in honey already from the beginning ๐Ÿ™‚

    I rarely eat boiled egg now days but when I do it must be soft-boiled.

    Have a great day!

  4. Birgit Says:

    In our area no hot-hog can compete with a good “Currywurst” ๐Ÿ˜‰
    It’s even on en-wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Currywurst
    (And turkish Dรถner Kebab is more delicious and popular than
    McDonalds over here). Now I’m hungry.

    • katry Says:

      Though I never use ketchup on my hot dog, I would love one with a curry taste. That is a favorite of mine.

      Okay, the Turkish Dรถner Kebab sounds delicious and you have me hungry.

  5. carol tilson Says:

    Have you ever tried Wardynski hot dogs? Everyone eats them here in Buffalo. Especially with mustard, meat sauce, and onions!

  6. Zoey & Me Says:

    We used to get peeled boiled eggs in our lunch pails. I can’t remember who started slicing the hot dogs before cooking. Most often it was a cut or two on the dog and that did it. But I ate cereal the same way, loving that milk at the bottom. We weren’t big on bologna so my memory is sandwiches with tomatoes. Mostly sliced ham but I did put a mound in the mashed potatos and loved to use the latttle to serve myself which usually caused a big mess. Sorry to read the cold weather is back. What a dumb reason not to have a McDs.

    • katry Says:

      My mother probably made about 4 or even 5 small slits across the dog.

      We never got hard-boiled eggs in our lunch, but I wouldn’t have minded. I like them. I never liked tomatoes until I was older.

      We think it a great reason not to have a McDonald’s. Yarmouth, the next town over, has three or four. It’s Route 28 has become store after store after store. Dennis wants to retain some of its small town sense and not become a Yarmouth so it has stricter zoning laws.

  7. Bill S. Says:

    Will we ever know what hot dogs are made of? (Pink slime maybe?)

    In Ghana we sometimes ate Wheatabix, but had to add lots of sugar as it had very little taste. About a year ago I bought a box of Wheatabix, and it still has no taste–sort of like wet cardboard, not that I eat a lot of wet cardboard. In between teaching classes in Bolga, when we came home for the breakfast break, we would ask James to prepare fried eggs. He always headed for the tinned cheese, and we had to remind him, “No James, tinned cheese is for the scrambled eggs.” I don’t remember if he ever got it right.

    Birgit must be in Germany. When I was working in the Berlin area, Doner kebab and currywurst were excellent fast food. Weisswurst is another of my favorites–not sure if it’s good for cholesterol levels.

    After Easter in a week and a half we will be eating lots of egg salad.

    • katry Says:

      I buy Hebrew franks figuring they must have better insides because they’re kosher.

      I ate two fried eggs and toast every morning. They were fried in groundnut oil which gave them a great taste. When I got home, I thought fried eggs were a bit bland.

      I never bought tinned cheese, only tinned butter. I taught Thomas to make an omelet with chopped onion and tomato.

      Birgit is in Germany.

      I like egg salad but not too often.

  8. Bob Says:

    As a kid my mother always bought kosher franks and she boiled them instead of grilling. We always ate them with deli mustard and sour kraut which is how I like them today. I hate and hated the yellow stuff. Ketchup is sacrilegious on a hot dog but required on both a hamburger and fries. I don’t like mayo or Miracle Whip on anything except mixed with chicken or tuna to make salad.

    When I was a teenager in NY one of the neighborhood families owned Hebrew National Meats. I assume that my friend Eugene Pines didn’t want to go into the family business so they sold it in 1978 and it eventually became part of Conagra. I still like their hot dogs and their salami. Because their products are Kosher, I guess they do “answer to a higher power” as their ad campaign suggested.

    One of the best hot dogs I ever ate was the Fenway Frank which I bought in Fenway Park while watching a Red Sox game in 1994. The Frank was grilled to perfection, covered with brown mustard and served on what looked like a thick piece of white bread with the crust on the top and split down the middle to hold the frank.

    I loved Rice Krispies with sugar and milk as a kid and I hated and still hate soft boiled eggs today. My parents made us taste everything and my pallet is very sophisticated.

    • katry Says:

      I am not a sauerkraut fan though I do know other people who use it on franks. I do like onions sometimes. I now hate the yellow stuff. As I said, I have many kinds of mustard in the fridge.

      I have never tasted Hebrew National salami, only the franks. I’m hoping that motto is true.

      The franks sold in the stands are nowhere as good as the ones sold in the concessions under the stands. That’s where they’re grilled. I always think being at the park greatly enhances any hot dog!

      I have traveled to so many countries, I am more than willing to try almost anything.

      • Bob Says:

        Of course I bought the Frank from the concession under the stands. I checked it out and went for the grilled ones. The dogs sold at the Ballpark in Arlington are not very good. They are just cheap hot dogs wrapped in cheap buns. The ones sold at Fenway are special.

        There is a concession stand in the Ranger’s ballpark that sells ‘Chicago’ style hot dogs. These are served on poppy seed rolls and come dressed with all kinds of things such as tomato slices, dill pickle spear, chopped raw onions, pepper chinos, bright green pickle relish made with mint, celery salt and yellow mustard.

  9. MT C Says:

    I can’t imagine eating hot dogs any other way either. I still use yellow mustard and much prefer butter (I was ecstatic when they found that margarine was not as good for you as claimed). But I no longer butter the sides of the roll and fry it along gold brown along with the dogs. I’ve got to give up something I guess. In my shorter years, my parents ran a concession for an auctioneer. He got to pick who ran it and since my parents would always butter and fry the rolls, he always picked them to do. Of course he always got a kickback of two free dogs with Boston Baked Beans and a soda for his lunch. AND he always would talk to us kids and ask about what we saw around the place that interested us. And he would listen seriously and during the afternoon session, he would always say something like, “I have word from my sources that this next item is worthy of special attention” then he’d turn and wink. Fun times you remind me of . Growing up in New England was really something special. It seemed at times that the whole world was our neighborhood.



    • katry Says:

      I just toast the roll now, but nothing tasted better than a roll fried with butter on the sides. Every Saturday it was hot dogs, baked beans and brown bread from a can. I still love hot dogs and had two last night for dinner!

      How wonderful that man was to engage you. Many adults don’t give kids other than their own the time of day.

      I am always glad that my memories bring back those of my Coffee friends!

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