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Happy National Hot Dog Day

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Yes, temps will reach close to 90 today according to James Spann but we’re not talking about your dog being hot. Today we celebrate the cooked sausage know as a hot dog.

There really is a holiday for everything as is evident today, July 23rd, National Hot Dog Day. Baseball and apple pie usually get the credit when talking about things being “American” but the tasty, juicy hot dog gets left out. Well, this day takes care of that. National Apple Pie Day will be held on May 13th of next year and as far as I know, there is no specific day set aside for baseball, although there is a petition to make baseball’s opening day a national holiday.

But from this point on, July 23rd is a day set aside for one of America’s favorite treats. Whether they’re boiled, grilled or even deep fried, here in this country, we love our hot dogs!

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, in 2013, consumers spent approximately $2.5 billion on hot dogs in U.S. supermarkets. Astonishing! They also state that during peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period!

I know that when my family and I have any kind of cook out, whether we’re grilling steaks, burgers or fish, there are usually a few dogs placed on the flame too.

National Hot Dog Day is also the chance for restaurants and cafes that specialize in hot dogs to promote their product with discounted prices and family specials. For example, Sonic Drive-Ins are advertising $1 hot dogs, all day!

If not for my diet, I’d be cooking a few on the grill tonight but instead I must live vicariously through you! By the way, I like mine with ketchup only!

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