Hot Dog Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
July 23, 2013


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

★~ National Hot Dog Day:

Time for our yearly hotdog review. 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 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.

♥ ~ 1982 – Diet Coke was introduced.

♥ ~ 1995 – Two American amateur astronomers first reported the discovery of the comet bearing their names: Hale-BoppThe 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]

★~ Good to Know:

National Hot dog day

♥~ Americans consume 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.

♥~ The meats used in hot dogs come from the muscles of the animal. Hot dogs may contain pork, beef, chicken and turkey, or a combination of meat and poultry. This meat is then mixed with water, garlic, salt, sugar, ground mustard, nutmeg, coriander and white pepper. Ultimately, it is cured and cooked.

♥~ Residents of Los Angeles ate more than 95 million hot dogs in 2012, more than any other city in America. One of the most famous L.A. hot dog stands is Pink’s. This family owned eatery has been in operation since 1939 and serves locals, tourists and celebrities alike.

♥~ 7-11 sells more fresh-grilled hot dogs than any other retailer in America.

♥~ A tasty treat — A Mexican variation on the hot dog — The Sonoran hot dog — originated in Hermosillo, the capital of the Mexican state of Sonora. Mexican immigrants brought it with them into Arizona, and it is now spreading throughout the country. The Sonoran hot dog is a bacon-wrapped hot dog placed in a Mexican bolillo roll topped with pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapeño sauce, cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard. It is served with roasted chili on the side.

♥~ While there is more variety in stadium cuisine, followers of the national pastime still love their hot dogs. Baseball fans are expected to consume more than 20 million hot dogs during the 2013 season.

♥~ The 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and showcased scientific advances and introduced new products to thousands of visitors from around the country. While the hot dog is believed to have existed before the fair, many visitors to the fair were exposed to it for the first time. They quickly took a liking to this food, which in turn helped popularize the hot dog throughout America.

♥~ In “Dirty Harry” (1971), a bank robbery interrupts Harry Callahan’s (Clint Eastwood) regular hot dog lunch. At the end of the scene, Harry with his .44 Magnum stands over a wounded robber who is about to reach for a shotgun, Harry intones the classic line: “I know what you’re thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?”

♥~ Fit for a queen — When King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made the first visit to the United States by a British monarch in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt welcomed them to his Hyde Park estate by hosting a picnic. At the picnic, FDR served the king and queen hot dogs. The picnic made the front page of The New York Times.


We picked up Cousin Carla from the airport yesterday and our first stop on the way home was at Tasty Freeze for corn dogs and hot dogs. It’s tradition. Today, we’re going to go in search of a Cronut which is called a a dossant in Chicago. It’s a long story which I will share if our mission is successful.

Carla, sent us this lovely edible fruit arrangement along with some chocolate covered fruit, and it arrived yesterday afternoon so we could all enjoy it together. Loved it.


Wishing everyone a terrific Tuesday

Odd Loves Company!

9 thoughts on “Hot Dog Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day

  1. i’m one of those ketchup people on hot dogs. i know…. those chicago dogs are quite a meal! regardless, i will have my hot dog my way sometime soon if not today.
    vanilla ice cream is very doable today though! my favorite as a kid.
    edible arrangements are so good. yours even had chocolate!
    sounds like cousin carla’s visit is off to a good start!
    nik’s biopsy finally came back yesterday. no cancer! whew. the growth is intensely inflamed. thanks for the positive thoughts!
    good day!

    • Such GOOD NEWS about Nik!! Ok, I’ll admit I put ketchup on my hotdog too. No mustard.
      I love edible arrangements! Pretty and so tasty.
      Enjoy your day.

  2. Morno,
    Sounds like a kids birthday party day. Hot dogs with vanilla ice cream. I like both. 7-11 sells the most hot dogs, that is pretty amazing.
    Have a few things to do today before I hit the office so I had better get moving. Enjoy your day and your cousin.

    • Your right! With balloons and cake! We would have a kids party in the making.
      I can’t imagine buying a hot dog from 7-11, but of-course Chicago has tons of hot dog stands.

  3. Morno!
    My dinner is planned for tonight. Grilled hotdogs, and left over potato salad, and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Love El Morno.

  4. What a thoughtful guest Cousin Carla is, sending an edible fruit arrangement!
    It probably sounds like heresy, but I’m not a huge fan of hot dogs. Oh, I’ll eat them, sans bun, with mustard to dunk into, on certain occasions, but just thinking about all the stuff that’s inside them kind of turns my stomach.
    I didn’t realize Ray Chandler was a poet — such interesting things I read on Odd!

    • Vienna hot dogs/kosher are all beef, which might be more appealing. Hopefully, most people buy the all beef these days. Turkey hotdogs make my stomach turn. 😀

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