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

Today is ugly. It rained during the night, and everything is still wet. Rain is not predicted, but the clouds will be hanging around. It is in the mid 50’s, the high for the day. It is a day for socks and a sweatshirt.

Today will be a stay around the house day. I have been waiting for a book delivery for over a week and a half, Stephen King’s Fairy Tale, from Barnes and Noble. Last Wednesday it was in Providence. I have no idea where it is now. The tracking delivery date changes every day. On Friday, it was Friday by 7:00 then Saturday by seven, Sunday by seven and now today by seven. I am not optimistic.

This is school April vacation week when the weather is usually iffy. I remember warm weeks, and I remember chilly weeks, and I remember one memorable April vacation. That was the year we made a Christmas album with Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians. I was eleven. We were at the town hall, my classmates and I. The band was on the stage. The equipment was under the stage. Guy Lombardo was on the stage as was his lead singer, Kenny Gardner. He’d sing solo then lead us through our parts. I remember hearing, “Cut!” a lot. Winter Wonderland took the longest to record. I have a one note solo, a too soon entry to one verse. They kept that recording. I always make people listen to it a couple of times. I still have the original vinyl. The record jacket has the lyrics on the back. It is the worse for wear.

My sisters make fun of me because I could eat hot dogs every day. I buy New England frankfurt buns, the top-split rolls perfect for hot dogs and lobster and fried clams. I toast my rolls so the outside is crisp and the inside soft and still a bit fluffy. I top my dogs with mustard and piccalilli and onions if I take the time to chop them. Sometimes I eat chips with my dogs or potato salad from the deli, but dogs by themselves are just fine. I consider hot dogs a staple in my kitchen.

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2 Comments on ““Noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was a repeat of yesterday. Beautiful weather to be outside before the summer heat begins in May.

    I wish I could find those New England hot dog buns here. I only ate one when I visited Boston in the 1990s when I had a Fenway Frank in Fenway Park. It was a high point in my sports watching life. Nathan’s has a hot dog eating contest every Fourth of July at their iconic Coney Island store in Brooklyn. We usually eat Nathan’s or Hebrew National dogs. Why not buy the best when it comes to a tube steak. I like mine with deli mustard and kraut. My better half likes her dogs with ketchup and bright green pickle relish. She’s from Chicago and putting ketchup on a hot dog is considered sacrilegious in the Windy City.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      You got the beautiful weather. We got cold and rain. According to the weatherman, we’ll be in the 60’s by Thursday. That is hot for us this time of year.

      We can buy those rolls anywhere which carries bread. Lobster salad is served in them and only them. Any other sort of roll would be a travesty. I also love Fenway franks. They changed hot dog companies a while back, but it made no difference. They still tasted great and had the right rolls too!

      I either buy Hebrew National or Maple Leaf hot dogs from the deli. I usually have my dogs with Dusseldorf German mustard, which comes in a mug like glass instead of a jar, and Howard’s piccalilli.

      Ketchup on hot dogs is a sin of epic proportions. This article explains why:


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