Takin’-it-Easy Tuesday: Hot Dawgz

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It’s Tuesday and I’m feelin’ a little uninspired. Well, that’s not entirely true – I’ve got a few hefty posts in the works, but they’re not quite ready for primetime yet. So how about something simple? Something that takes mere minutes to put together? Something totally processed and totally un-whole-foody? You know what I’m talking about – hot dogs.

A plate with two big vegan hot dogs; they're stuffed with pickles, tomatoes, onions, relish, and mustard.


Every other Wednesday, S (my manfriend) hosts a movie night for a bunch of friends. We watched Lethal Weapon last week. After seeing Mel Gibson shove a hot dog  down his gullet all crazy-like, S and I both instantly experienced cravings for the tubular [non] meat. Makes total sense, right? So, the next night, we made it happen. S insisted we try Chicago-style hot dogs – I didn’t even know they were a thing! We didn’t use poppy seed buns or sport peppers (?!?), but our dogs included:

  • Smart Dogs Jumbo Links
  • Dill pickle spears
  • Diced red onion
  • Tomato slices
  • Dill relish
  • Celery salt
  • Mustard
Crazy, right? They were pretty good, although our hot dogs weren’t exactly hot… I guess we didn’t boil them long enough. I liked the inclusion of a dill pickle; life is always better with pickles. And I’m proud to announce that, for the first time ever, I voluntarily ate relish. As a long-time relish-hater, this is Big News. Granted, it was dill relish and not that abomination called “sweet relish,” but still – it was a first!
Finally, how about one more hot dog picture?
Photo of a small dog's face, shot from above. All you can see is her hairy, furry face, with big dark eyes and an underbite.

Ha ha ha.

Oh come on; you didn’t think I could post about dogs of any kind without sharing a photo of Moria, did you?!

Have I totally turned you off with my super-processed meal? Are you disgusted by my sodium-filled dinner? :) Alternatively, what’s your favorite hot dog topping?