Monday, July 23, 2012

A few things worth Celebrating today....

National Hot Dog Day

Don't ask us what goes into hot dogs that make them so tasty. No really, don't ask. You don't want to know. All we can say is they're the favorite food of ballparks, barbecues, and sidewalk vendors. Dress em up with mustard, relish, sauerkraut, chili, or pretty much anything you can think of. Treat yourself to your favorite hot dog today.

With ketchup, mustard, onions, or relish, no one would argue that hot dogs are truly delicious! Hot dogs are a timeless American tradition and a favorite food to eat at baseball games and cookouts.

Other common names for hot dogs are frankfurters, franks, wieners and dogs. They are also often the subject of food-eating competitions across the globe. In fact, did you know that the world’s largest hot dog was 1,996 feet long? It was created by Sara Lee Corporation in honor of the 1996 Olympics.

National Hot Dog Day celebrates one of America's favorite summer sandwiches. It is only fitting that this dog gets its day.

Its summertime. Hot dogs are center stage on the grill, and at picnics all across America. They are at the ballpark. They are sold from carts on street corners in every city. It's not hard to find them. We consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone.

Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. Have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. And, don't forget to cook a few on a stick at the evening campfire.

What's in a hot dog? Don't' ask, and we won't tell. Sometimes, its best if you don't know.

Happy National Hot Dog Day!

How many Hot Dogs do we eat? We consume so many hot dogs, in so many venues, that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council hesitates to forecast consumption. But, it does report that each year we buy over 837 million packages of hot dogs at retail outlets, and over 24 million hot dogs at baseball stadiums alone.

Hot Dog Trivia - Test your Knowledge of Hot Dogs.

Although credit for the original hot dog is claimed by more than one source, one thing is certain -- they're enjoyed by dozens of countries throughout the world. Its ancestor -- the sausage -- has been a common food for centuries. In the U.S., the hot dog has become a national icon, right up there with apple pie and baseball. 

There are as many different ways to celebrate "National Hot Dog Day" as there are varieties from which to choose. Try these three regional specialties to get you started. 

Chicago Dog - A steamed all-beef dog on a poppy seed bun, garnished with bright green sweet pickle relish, onions, mustard, a dill pickle spear, tomatoes, hot peppers and celery salt. 

Coney Island Dog - Topped with beanless beef chili and garnished with chopped onions and yellow mustard. 

Dodger Dogs - A foot-long pork hot dog served on a steamed bun and garnished with condiments of your choice. This dog can be either steamed or grilled.

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National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Vanilla is the oft-overlooked flavor in a sea of complex flavor possibilities. Or perhaps it's just considered the base ice cream to mix in fudge, cookies, caramel, peanut butter, etc. And that's all fine and good for vanilla because everyone knows that when you're ready for a sundae or to make something a la mode, vanilla is exactly what you need.

 July is National Ice Cream Month, with July 23 being designated specifically for vanilla. Out of all the hundreds of flavors of ice cream available to consumers today, vanilla still ranks by far the number one choice, coming in at 29 percent. (Second place is held by chocolate at only 8.9 percent.)

 National Vanilla Ice Cream Day celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors.

Vanilla and chocolate ice cream vies for the taste buds ice cream lovers. Chocolate may win the popularity contest. But, vanilla is a close second. It is also more refreshing, and more versatile.

Its easy to celebrate Vanilla Ice Cream Day on a hot summer day like today. Enjoy it in a cone, a dish, a float, a shake, or in a cake. If you get it in a cone today, ask for extra scoops, and worry about the calories later. Just make sure to eat it quickly, before it melts.

If you go out for ice cream today, watch for discounts and special promotions on vanilla ice cream!

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