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Surprise! July is National Hot Dog Month!

A hot dog, sitting on Fiestaware. On the stove, because the stove is the only counter space.  I guess the hot dog doesn't look bad, but can you really screw up a hot dog?
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July is National Hot Dog Month. Here, Baseball Fans are served Hot Dogs while waiting for gates to open at Ebbets Field, Oct. 6, 1920. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

I will be given free product from French’s for my time on this post. All opinions are mine.

July is National Hot Dog Month! Yes, the same month when it is Too Dang Hot outside, everybody’s got their grills out in the driveway or the backyard, and celebrations involving grilled food and fireworks are underway, is National Hot Dog Month. I can’t think of a better time to celebrate.

French’s shares some Frankfurter Fun Facts. For instance, did you know that Hot Dogs AND Mustard were introduced at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904? I didn’t. I was for certain that they were introduced in Germany or on Coney Island or something. But apparently it took a while for someone to realize that the combination works quite well. Well, let’s blow your mind some more:

  • Mustard is the world’s most ancient spice and most commonly used condiment.

  • The name mustard comes from the Latin word “mustum ardens” which means “burning wine,” which refers to the heat of the mustard seeds mixed with unfermented wine grapes.

  • It is often thought that hot dogs are the all-American food, but they were actually invented in 1484 in Frankfurt, Germany, thus the nickname frankfurters.

  • Mustard is good for you. Tests have shown that eating a modest amount of mustard during a meal tends to increase your metabolism.

  • The first words Mickey Mouse ever uttered in a cartoon were “hot dogs” (in “The Karnival Kid,” 1929). The cartoons he was featured in previously were silent ones.

  • In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made their first visit to the United States and President Franklin D. Roosevelt welcomed them by hosting a picnic. At the picnic, FDR served the king and queen hot dogs.

  • Hot dogs were the first food to be eaten on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr.  ate hot dogs on their 1969 mission.

  • U.S. soldiers in military posts around the world from Fort Meyers in Arlington, VA to Okinawa, Japan to Aqaba, Jordan, consumed 2.4 million hot dogs last year.

Lots more fun facts, ALONG with excellent recipes are available at Frenchs.com. Recipes like THIS!

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HOT DOG BURRITOS

A quick, easy meal for back-to-school days. To serve for lunch, spoon bean mixture into Thermos®-style containers.  Great for serving at picnics, too!

Prep Time: 5 min.   Cook Time: 5 min.

 

1 (16 oz.) can    baked beans

8                      frankfurters, sliced

1/3 cup                         ketchup

2 tbsp.              FRENCH’S® Classic Yellow® Mustard

2 tbsp.              brown sugar

8 (8 inch)           flour tortillas, heated

 

1.   COMBINE beans, sliced frankfurters, ketchup, mustard and sugar in medium saucepan. Simmer about 5 min. to heat through.

2.   SPOON mixture into tortillas, dividing evenly. Roll up jelly-roll style.

Do you plan on making hot dogs and French’s mustard part of your July 4 celebration? I know I do! Fire up the grill and heat up them dawgs!

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