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I really love hot dogs. The super cheap funny tasting ones I can do without, but I don't need anything too fancy (though "poshages," as I call them, can be nice on occasion, too). Just a standard beef frank is good enough for me. These days I like the ones from Niman Ranch, a local cruelty-free ranch that doesn't use hormones or antibiotics and uses vegetarian-only feed. Because apparently, the only living thing I'm willing to abuse in the consumption of my hot dog is myself.

At the ballpark or a street stand, I like them in a nice roll with mustard, onions, and sauerkraut, a.k.a. "The Make-out Dog," but my favorite way to fix them at home is to slice them up and saute them with stuff. Tonight it was sweet potato, red onion, and zucchini. Green beans and tomatoes with Italian seasonings is another good way to go, one of my favorite uber-authentic Mediterranean dishes.

I've read all of the cautionary literature about how even hot dogs that are cruelty-free/organic/all-beef/etc. are still 35% eyeball and 65% anus, and I know that's supposed to arouse some kind of disgust in me, but it just doesn't. As long as it's ground up and processed into an unrecognizable tube of meat paste, it's actually kind of reassuring to know that it's made up of all of the most repulsive parts of the animals involved. I feel like if the cow/pig/mystery creature had to die to provide me with food, I should at least give it the respect of being willing to make nutritional use of every piece of it. And if I can do so without ever having to look at that whole eyeball or anus and then put it into my mouth and bite down on it, chew it, and swallow it, it's a win-win.


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Sep. 10th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
i like the morningstar farms hot dogs. put them in boiling water until they're all warm, and then grill them, and they taste just like a hot dog.

of course, i haven't had a hot dog made of meat in 17 years or so.
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
If you're happy with the veggies and feel they're convincing, you probably shouldn't go back and remind yourself of the true nature of the dark side ;).
Sep. 10th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
i was looking for chorizo for my husband, and reading the ingredients - on one of the packages i picked up 'sphincter muscle' was listed as the number one ingredient.

no other reminder will ever be necessary ;-)
Sep. 10th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
I admit that I love hot dogs. YUM!
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