I figured after pizza and donuts, the only logical next step was to bring a hot dog to our #DoodlewashDinner today. It’s a number one favorite in this country, and Americans will happily chow down on a staggering 20 billion hot dogs this year. This is not a food that I actually eat anymore, but I had them a lot when I was growing up. I’ve also never liked relish, but any chance to add a little green into a doodlewash and I’m in. In short, this is a food memory and not something that was sitting in front of me. Ever since watching a video on hot dog production years ago, I’ve not had the stomach to try them again. And though the video was graphic and in depth, it still managed to leave it a complete mystery as to what’s precisely inside.
As a child, however, this was the coolest food on the planet. And it was made extra cool when I found out it was the first food eaten on the moon! That’s right, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. ate hot dogs on their historic trip back in 1969. This was along with an additionally bizarre diet of coffee, bacon squares, canned peaches, and sugar cookies. I wasn’t born in time for that bit of history, but liked the idea that I was eating astronaut food. Though a hot dog on a bun is pretty much the standard way to serve them, I loved the ways my mother used to make them. One way involved taking two hot dogs and cutting them in half to line them up between two slices of regular toasted bread. I realized later this invention was just because she’d always forget to buy buns.
The absolute best, though, were the little hot dog people. Mom would make a slit down the middle of each hot dog and then two other small slits on each side. When the hot dogs were tossed into boiling water, arms and legs would pop out and magically transform them into tiny people. I guess eating people has strangely cannibalistic overtones, but no more so than gingerbread men, and in hot dog form they really looked more like naked little aliens. And even if I don’t eat them today, I admire the fact that they are the one food you’ll always find where people are having a good time. From picnics, to cookouts, to baseball games, if there’s a large group of happy people, one thing is always certain. There will definitely be hot dogs.
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!