Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy 4th of July ~ Celebrate with Hot Dogs!

Did you know that there is such a thing as Hot Dog Day and it is an international event? In the USA it’s primarily the industry partners that participate in promoting it, whereas in other countries around the world it may be historical organizations celebrating the role it played in their history.

And, did you know that the Frankfurter was named for the Germany city of Frankfurt, where it was said to originate? Well now you do! There’s even multiple varieties of Hot Dogs! The original hot dogs came in a natural casing, which in case you didn’t know were made from the small intestines of sheep. Intestines were regularly used for making all kinds of sausages, hotdogs included!

The most famous hot dogs in history were served at a picnic, right here in the Hudson Valley, on June 11, 1939. What made them famous was not their culinary excellence. It was their diplomatic significance. These hot dogs helped save the Western world from the Nazis.

The world-renowned hot dogs were dished up at a party in Hyde Park hosted by President Franklin Delano and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Their guests included a well-known British family, the Windsors (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth "Queen Mother").

The royal couple had never before sampled frankfurters, and found them, at first, confounding. “How do you eat this?” the queen whispered to her host. Ignoring Roosevelt’s advice, she decided to use a knife and fork; her husband, however, consumed his the American way on a bun. So, grill em and eat em... Happy Fourth of July!

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