Today is National Hot Dog Day. There's nothing like a hot dog fresh off the grill at a summer cookout. Regardless of what the ingredients are, they are a very delicious treat. I'm going to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies game today and in honor of National Hot Dog Day, I will have to have at least one if not two hot dogs. My favorite topping is ketchup. Sometimes I eat them with ketchup and relish and sometimes even with mustard.

According to National Today, America's favorite topping on hot dogs is ketchup. Other toppings that made the list include, mustard finishing third, chili, relish, cheese, onions, sauerkraut, and jalapenos. Finishing seventh on the list was sauerkraut which I don't have on my hot dogs often, but when I do, I definitely enjoy it. Mayo made the list at number eight. I've never had mayonnaise on my hot dog but I'm going to have to try that. Coleslaw wrapped up the list finishing at number 10.

I remember a couple of years ago Chris and I went to Tioga Downs to watch the horses run. They had a hot dog stand with every topping imaginable including all the ones mentioned above. They also had a meat sauce as a topping as well as other unique condiments. I don't remember all of the options off the top of my head, but I remember thinking it was a very cool idea for a food stand. We've been back to Tioga Downs numerous times since, and I've never seen the hot dog stand set-up like that since. At July Fest this year, there was a hot dog vendor at the end of Court Street. One of the options he had available was the Reuben Dog. It included Russian dressing and sauerkraut. The only thing that was missing was the Swiss cheese. Chris bought one of those and she gave me a bite. It was okay, but I think it would have been better with Swiss cheese.

When I was a kid, my mother would sometimes make elbow macaroni with spaghetti sauce and hot dogs. That was one of my favorite dinners as a kid. Whenever I suggest that for dinner now, Chris just says, "um, no!"

So if you're contemplating what to do for lunch or dinner, why not celebrate National Hot Dog Day and have a dog or two.

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