Friday, July 19, 2013

National Hot Dog Day & More


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Tomorrow, June 20, is National Hot Dog Day. Do you know the history of the hot dog? Hot dogs, wieners, frankfurters or whatever you want to call them, are fully-cooked sausages, and typically served on buns. Other uses include corn dogs, beans & franks and any number of casserole ideas.

Around 1870 a German immigrant started selling sausages in rolls at Coney Island. There are also others who claim to have invented the sandwich.

The name “hot dog” came about because of allegations that the early sausages contained dog meat, which was possibly the case in very early Germany. In the early 1900s a cartoonist published a picture of a dachshund because he couldn’t spell the word, saying the sandwiches looked similar, thus promoting the term "hot dog".

The list of ingredients in wieners is sometimes questionable, but definitely less suspect than the early versions.

I do say that a good grilled hot dog with all the toppings is a treat, and that we should all enjoy that treat tomorrow!

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A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.
Humphrey Bogart
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Today's recipe is one I've made several times, and it would be perfect for these hot days. It's light, flavorful and quick to prepare.

GARLIC SHRIMP AND PASTA

1 can condensed chicken broth
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cups hot cooked spaghetti

In small bowl mix broth, water and cornstarch till smooth; set aside.

In skillet over medium heat in hot oil, cook garlic, parsley, lemon peel and cayenne for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add shrimp and lemon juice. Cook until shrimp are pink and opaque, stirring constantly.

Gradually add broth mixture to skillet. Cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Toss with spaghetti.

Makes 4 servings.

(A Campbell's recipe from an old cookbook. Their website is www.campbellsoup.com)

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Several months ago I decided that it was time to exercise more, so I started taking walks. There’s a cemetery next door that’s beautiful and quiet, so I took short walks there for a while. A couple of months ago they organized a walking club, and I decided to join. Now I’m doing 2.5 miles about 3 times a week, and really enjoy it. Not bad for a non-exerciser!

While walking I don’t think of the work that needs to be done or of any other problems or issues I may have because that is my “me” time. I enjoy the beautiful green space, the many varieties of trees, the lake and water features - and concentrate on my stride and breathing. The music on my MP3 player helps with that!

Of course, in this heat it’s more of a challenge, but I try to get out there early in the day. Today was especially hot and humid, but I feel better for doing it. 

Do you walk? Or do you exercise at home, at the gym or at the YMCA? 
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Have a wonderful day! Your suggestions and comments are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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