Truffles: Run for the hills, everybody! Mommy's in the kitchen!!!
Melissa: Oh, stop being so dramatic, Truffles! I can hold my own in the kitchen.
Truffles: Hah! You almost KILLED me yesterday afternoon! You dropped a big piece of onion on me and onions are POISONOUS to kitties!
Melissa: Sweetie, you were laying on the kitchen floor while I was chopping an onion. A small piece landed on you. I picked it up immediately. You were hardly in any danger. Now why don't you calm down and tell everybody about our little friend.
Truffles: He's cute, isn't he? Many of our readers may not know that Mommy's favorite breed of dog is the dachshund. (I actually wouldn't be too surprised if I end up having to live with one someday.) The little stuffie in the picture with me is a doxie dressed as a wiener made by Annalee Dolls, a popular manufacturer of dolls in New Hampshire. When we heard that today was National Hot Dog Day, we decided that he would be a fun way to celebrate.
Melissa: And if it's okay with you, Truffles, I would like to share with our readers my favorite recipe involving hot dogs. (It's actually what I was making last night when your tragic story occurred.)
A tradition here in Vermont is the Charlie's Red Hot, which is sort of our version of the Michigan hot dog. I've tweaked the original to my taste, and it's one of my favorite treats.
All it involves is 1/4 pound of cooked hamburg, a chopped onion, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce, a beef bouillon cube, and a 1/2 cup of water. I combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan, heat it through and then let it simmer until the water is gone. Then just smother the top of your hot dog with the sauce.
It's REALLY good and makes your kitchen smell great too...it's not for kitties, though!
How do you like your hot dogs?