July 17th National Hot Dog Day

Who doesn’t like a hot dog? They always seem best at the ball park during a baseball or football game. They are warm and comfortable, as long as you don’t think about what might be in them. In fact, some 24 million are sold at ball parks annually. In addition to that, another 837 million packages of hot dogs are sold in stores a year. When you realize the average package contains 8 hot dogs that’s like… a lot of hot dogs! Today, being the third Wednesday of July is National Hot Dog Day. It always falls on the 3rd Wednesday of July, placed there by The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

How to celebrate – Have a hot dog. Go to a ball game and get a hot dog. Study which hot dogs contain the least objectionable products put in them.

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July 18th National Hot Dog Day

Today is National Hot Dog Day. It always comes the third Wednesday of July which happens to be the 18th this year. America has a love affair going on with hot dogs. They are a fun food to eat and filling. That combination generally works really well together.

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Almost a fast food, the hot dog has been around for a very long time. They started as sausage and have evolved over the years from being one of the most unhealthy foods you can eat to getting a whole lot better. I still remember finding things in my hot dogs that I did not want to know what they were. Today many are Kosher and a lot aren’t even made out of pork.

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24 million hot dogs are sold at baseball games alone in America. Most don’t look all that good but people eat them anyway. One can’t hardly imagine going to a baseball game and not having a hot dog. (I love Baseball but it can be boring at times so having a hot dog to eat entertains you for a while).

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And, of course, what would the backyard cook-out be without the hot dog! There are 837 million packages of hot dogs sold in grocery stores to Americans every year. Multiply that by normally 12 in a package, is… is… is a lot of hotdogs! Today was created by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council which I can’t imagine why!?!

How to celebrate- Have a cook-out and make some hot dogs. (The burnt ones are always the best) Go to a baseball game and have a hot dog. Get creative in a way to serve your hot dogs for supper tonight.

National Pigs In A Blanket Day

Aren’t you glad someone, somewhere, invented pigs in a blanket!?! And why do we only serve them at parties!?! Why not all the time, there doesn’t need to be a special reason. Sausage or a hot dog wrapped up in dough and baked until golden brown. Yum.

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Now I don’t know about you but to me, the picture above is just wrong. I don’t order fish with their heads still in tact so why would I want a pig in a blanket looking at me? And cute ones at that! And these look a little more like a mummy in a blanket anyway.

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Of course in the world today you can use any sort of bread. Pretzel bread, potato bread, pumpernickel bread…

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If you are really into meat, you could do pig in a pig! To me this seems like a little over kill but what the heck, if you like it, go ahead!

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Or you can get really, really fancy by thinly slicing that sausage or hot dog and wrapping it with cheese and then bread. How ever you choose to have it, enjoy it today, National Pigs In A Blanket Day.

How to celebrate – Fix some pigs in a blanket for lunch or dinner. Get fancy and add eggs to your pig in a blanket and make a breakfast meal! Come up with your own pigs in a blanekt recipe.

April 24th National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day

If you are going to throw a party you have to have, no you must have, the most relished appetizer in the world… Pigs-In-A-Blanket.  It cannot be a party without them.  Not officially anyway.

There are many ways to make Pigs-In-A-Blanket.  You can use hot dogs (the traditional), sausage links, or even ground up sausage with rice and herbs.  You can serve them in pastry or bacon, or better yet, both.  You may want to check out these recipes for additional information. Place them next to the caviar and see which goes first!

You can even serve these tasty treats as a meal!  Just use full-sized hot dogs and serve with baked beans.  They go equally well as a breakfast meal if you use sausage links with eggs and cheese mixed in.

You can serve them with ketchup, mustard, relish, chili, cheese, onions … anything you might traditionally put on a hot dog.  You can spice them up with peppers or sauces, make them plain and simple or even disguise them and they will still be found.  Oh, and those you hide in the oven and pretend you forgot to serve so you can have some for yourself after the party, they’ll find those too.

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No one knows when or where Pigs-In-A-Blanket were first made.  More than likely it was by mistake or maybe a way to make another meal of hot dogs look a little more appetizing, the reason doesn’t really matter.  They have been around for a long time and will probably continue to be served far into the future.

How to celebrate:  Have a party.  Make some Pigs-In-A-Blanket just for the heck of it.  Go to a party, but make sure they are serving Pigs-In-A-Blanket before you go.