July 23, 2012: Hot Dog Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day, Hot Enough for Ya Day

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July 23, 2012

Summer rain

★~ Today’s Quote: “May the dragon of life only roast your hot-dogs and never burn your buns!” ~ Unknown

★~ National  Hot Dog Day:

The only right way to eat a Hot Dog is Chicago Style. So now that we have that settled let me tell you how to properly prepare your Chicago Style hotdog, a taste sensation with the perfect blend of toppings.

Start with a Vienna beef hotdog, bring the water to a boil, turn the water down until it stops boiling, or a slight simmer. Place desired number of hot dogs into water and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. A Chicago Style hotdog is NEVER BOILED.

While you are simmering your hot dogs you can steam the sesame seed hotdog bun.

When the hotdogs are ready place them on the buns and add the toppings in the following order. If you top your Chicago Hot dog properly, you will get a taste of each ingredient in every bite. Remember when you add your toppings dress the dog and not the bun.

Yellow Mustard
Bright “Neon” Green Relish
Fresh Chopped Onions
Two Tomato Wedges
A Pickle Spear or Slice
Two Sport Peppers
A Dash of Celery Salt

You may have notice ketchup is not included on the list of toppings. This is because the flavor of ketchup overpowers and destroys the taste of the Hot Dog instead of complementing it. If you are tempted to include ketchup on your hotdog remember this movie line from the movie Sudden Impact starring Clint Eastwood “You know what makes me really sick to my stomach? It’s watching you stuff your face with those Hot Dogs! Nobody – I mean nobody puts ketchup on a Hot Dog!”.

I have done my best to set you on the righteous Hot Dog Path…the rest is up too you.

★~ Vanilla Ice Cream Day:

“Just Vanilla” ice cream is pretty special –  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.) It is such a versatile flavor of ice cream that to quote El Morno friend Carol it can go anywhere but to church on Sunday!


★~ Today in History:


♥~ Leo –  The lion. roars starting today until–Aug 22. Leo is the ruling celestial body of the sun and they are bossy too.

♥ ~ 1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

♥~ 1827 – The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA. Actually, the first lesson proved interesting: A student was suspended from a pole on a rope while “learning the use of his limbs.” Famous people who were former students: John Quincy Adams, James Audubon.

♥~ 1903 – In Detroit, Henry Ford sold his first production car, the Model A. The car featured a twin-cylinder internal combustion engine.

♥~ 1966 – Frank Sinatra hit the top of the pop album chart with hisStrangers in the Night. It was the first #1 Sinatra LP since 1960. Thealbum’s title song had made it to number one on the pop singles chart on July 2nd.

♥ ~ 1969 – Three Dog Night received a gold record for the single, One. It was the first of seven million-sellers for the pop-rock group.

♥ ~ 1976 – Ever year since 1976 Australia has held there international tree climbing championships this weekend in Sydney. This competition is designed to simulate working conditions of arborists who work in the field.

♥ ~ 1982 – Diet Coke was introduced. It is the world’s most popular soft drink.

♥ ~ 1995 – Two American amateur astronomers first reported the discovery of the comet bearing their names: Hale-Bopp. The comet enters the inner solar system every 3,000 years or so

★~Born Today:

♥~  1888 – Raymond Chandler:  Detective author: The Big Sleep, The Long Goodbye, Farewell, My Lovely, The Lady in the Lake, The High Window. It’s less commonly known that his first writing was not detective fiction, but poetry

♥~ 1946 – Andy Mackay musician: saxophone, woodwinds: group:Roxy Music: Virginia Plain, Pyjamarama, Do the Strand, Editions of You, In Every Dream a Heartache, Street Life, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, All I Want is You, Out of the Blue, Dance Away, Angel Eyes, Jealous Guy; solo: LPs: In Search of Eddie Riff, Resolving Contradictions

♥~ 1947 – David Essex (Cook) singer: Rock On, Lamplight, I’m Gonna Make You a Star; actor: Godspell, Evita, That’ll be the Day

♥~ 1950 – Belinda Montgomery actress: Miami Vice, Man from Atlantis, Doogie Howser, M.D., Stone Fox, Tell Me That You Love Me

♥~ 1951 – Edie McClurg actress: WKRP in Cincinnati, The Hogan Family, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, A River Runs Through It, Eating Raoul

♥ ~ 1961 – Woody Harrelson Emmy Award-winning actor: Cheers [1988-89]; White Men Can’t Jump, Natural Born Killers, Indecent Proposal, The Cowboy Way

♥~ 1965 – Slash (Saul Hudson) musician: guitar: group: Guns N’ Roses: Welcome to the Jungle, November Rain, Sweet Child o’ Mine, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Nightrain

♥ ~ 1967 – Philip Seymour Hoffman Academy Award-winning actor: Capote; The Talented Mr. Ripley, Scent of a Woman, The Getaway, Twister, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Patch Adams, Magnolia, State and Main, Almost Famous

♥~ 1968 – Stephanie Seymour super model

♥~ 1989 – Daniel Radcliffe actor: Harry Potter film series, The Tailor of Panama, David Copperfield; Broadway: Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [2011]

★~ Did You Know: Facts about Daniel Radcliff

♥~ Sweets:  Daniel favorite dessert is vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate sauce.

♥~ Big Bucks: As of 2011, Daniel’s net worth is about £28.5 million. This makes him wealthier than even Prince William and Prince Harry.

♥~ Of all the Harry Potter books, Daniel’s favorite is Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

♥~ His first love is music. His favorite musical instrument is the bass guitar.

♥~ His favorite classes are English Literature, Religion and History.

♥~ Close Calls: Daniel’s parents were hesitant to let him audition for the role, wanting him to have a normal childhood, and turned down Christopher Columbus’ (director of the first two films) request for a private audition. Later, the producer of the films spotted Daniel with his parents at a play, and convinced them to reconsider.

♥~ Potter & Malfoy: Daniel considers Tom Felton one of his closest friends. They’re frequently spotted together outside of filming.

♥~  No college: Daniel does not plan on going to university, but instead sticking with his acting career.


Dear Cousin Carla is arriving shortly so I’m running around like a chook with my head cut off. We will take a quick swing by tasty freeze for lunch, on our way home from the airport, and then get busy working on tomorrow’s Oobleck Party.  Here is the link to the Oobleck  party invitation in case you have no idea what I’m talking about or want to plan your own Oobleck party. More details will be forthcoming!

One last thing- Beware of a scam that unfortunately, I wasn’t aware of yesterday.

Do you put Ketchup on your hotdog?

Odd Love’s Company,

14 thoughts on “July 23, 2012: Hot Dog Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day, Hot Enough for Ya Day

  1. I do NOT put Ketchup on my hotdog. Chicago hotdogs are the best. I like vanilla ice cream too.
    Not sure I will be planning an Oobleck party but I will be interesting in hearing more about yours. I am more of a drink beer. eat hot dogs and lounge in a chair type of party guy.

    Stay Cool.

  2. Let me know more about the Oobleck party. Mostly show me pictures of how messy it is. . .it does sound like fun tho. Maybe if I had a cousin that was a good sport it would be funner.
    Yep Ketchup on my hotdog. Have never heard of anyone having a hotdog without ketchup but Chicagoans are little crazy. Or so I have heard.

  3. Proud to say we are well-versed in all things hot dog – brother Tom has worked for Vienna for 35 years! Alas, we are having bbq pork tonight BUT we will be serving vanilla ice cream for dessert. Hot dog hot dog hot diggedy dog – is the grandswan’s most favorite song!

  4. I NEVER put ketchup on a hot dog! Of course, my favorite hot dogs are the kosher kind — they just taste better. Vanilla ice cream is only good if it’s got chocolate sauce on it. Can’t tell I love chocolate, can you?! Interesting facts about “Harry Potter.” I guess one doesn’t have to go to college to be considered a success, but golly, just think of all the FUN you’d miss!

  5. I confess, I do put ketchup on my hot dog. However, I do the relish and onion thing, even add a bit of celery salt. Well who knew ou weren’t suppose to boil hot dogs, I guess you knew.

  6. Love vanilla ice cream especially Blue Bell homemade vanilla…expensive but worth every dime. I love cheese dogs and chili cheese dogs, no slaw dogs, please. The brand I prefer are Ball Park ’cause not only do they plumb when you cook them the ends will blow open in the microwave. It’s pretty cool. Also, a Nathan’s or Hebrew National dog are in the top three. And I put ketchup on my hot dogs with a little yellow mustard and dill pickle relish! That is all 🙂

    • You microwave your hot dogs so you can blow the ends out of them, put Ketchup on them, and skip the celery salt and onions–it’s a wonder the Hot Dog police have not carted you away!
      Blue Bell makes great Vanilla ice cream! I remember it well.

    • Hope you enjoyed your hot dog. However you did not answer the Ketchup question?? We have hotdogs almost every Saturday if we are home for lunch.

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