Behind The Butter


Yesterday, I ate this hot dog.

I don’t think I’ve eaten a hot dog in approximately nine years and never actually went so far as to order one out at a restaurant…but I’m glad I did.

Let me tell you a little bit about this hot dog.

First, it was a 50/50 beef pork dog. And, it was made in house. The dog was topped with tomato chow chow, ketchup and mustard and then folded ever so gently in a soft, crusty white roll.

I also drank this sangria. Even though it was Sunday and even though we had just come from church.

It made me feel like a rebel, and I liked it.

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  • Evan Thomas
    January 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I love a good hot dog during the Summer with baked beans. Applegate Farms makes a great hot dog called “The Great Organic Beef Dog”, but I bet it’s not as good as one that’s housemade.

    • Baking 'n' Books
      January 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Yes, dogs and beans totally go together!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I actually love a good hot dog (no surprise there) in the summertime. Now I’m craving one in the winter!

  • Mary @ stylefyles
    January 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    You won’t be a true rebel until you drink BEFORE church. At 9 in the morning. You know, like the men in Ireland in Angela’s Ashes. I’m not sure why the drunk Irishmen are my heroes, but they are.

    (okay only a little bit).

    In other news, that plate looks decadent. Isn’t it just amazing how a pile of fruit can look so perfect?

  • Natalie @ will jog for food
    January 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I have been loving hot dogs since I saw a special on PBS last July 4th. That one looks especially awesome 🙂

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    January 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    There is a restaurant in New York that ONLY SELLS HOTDOGS! It is amazingly delicious! I had one with avacadoes and sour cream on it? Sounds crazy, I was scared, but I loved it.

  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    January 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    There’s not much better than a grilled hot dog. Especially when they’re not scary and pumped with chemicals. 😉 Even though I’ve been known to enjoy those too.

  • sassy molassy
    January 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Ha ha…”I felt like a rebel and I liked it.” I like that too.

  • grocery goddess jen
    January 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Nothin’ wrong with a little Sangria, especially on a Sunday after church.

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks
    January 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    That chow chow looks like an awesome hotdog condiment. Mm.

  • Sara
    January 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    sangria is an anytime drink 🙂 love it

  • Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat
    January 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Made in house? I think that’s the only time I could be talked into eating a hot dog…

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    January 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I think it was a smart choice 🙂

  • Jackie
    January 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    White sangria? I’ve never tried it but it sounds like it’d be right up my ally!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    January 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I haven’t eaten a hot dog in many MANY years, but I have fond memories of hot dogs really toasted until there’s black, charred bits on the outside. Covered with onions, relish, and mustard, it was a favorite at one time.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Oh, that sounds amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a hot dog on a menu…but if I did see one, and it was made in house – I’d order it in a heartbeat!

  • Mama Pea
    January 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t know what tomato chow chow is. But I like it. Almost as much as I like sangria.

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun
    January 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I’m not a big fan of hot dogs, but that looks delicious! I don’t know what tomato chow chow is, but it looks (and sounds!) good! 🙂

  • Whitney
    January 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I love a good hot dog….and a good white wine sangria!

  • Jordan
    January 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    There’s never a wrong time to drink sangria. Jesus understands.

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    January 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    The other day I was standing in the freezer section of Central Market drooling over some bison hot dogs. I wanted them so badly, but at $7 for a package of 8, my pocketbook, which is currently destined to empty itself at the mercy of my university, begged me to put them back.

    This post makes me regret that decision.

  • gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    January 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I’m not a fan of hot dogs at all, but that tomato chow chow sounds intriguing. (:

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    January 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I really love hot dogs of any kind. It’s shameful, but I could eat them every single night in the summertime!

  • Kelly
    January 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I love hot dogs but I don’t understand the mustard/hot dog combo…I am a ketchup girl all the way.

  • Amy
    January 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    next time you visit Austin, you must eat at this hot dog trailer. They use kolache buns. Need i say more?

  • Liana @ femme fraiche
    January 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Hahaha go on with your bad self girl;)

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    January 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Wow, I can’t remember the last time I ate a hot dog. Of course..I can’t know unless it’s tofu and I doubt it’d be anywhere near the same. 😛

  • Natalie S.
    January 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Girl! This post is so sassy – I love it!

  • Jaime Ramsay
    January 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    That looks so good! I rarely eat hot dogs but I always love the smell of them! Here in England, everyone drinks after church – the meeting place afterwards is the pub. 🙂 Happy new year, Jenna!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Hot dogs AND sangria…NICE! But the best is the after church line. lol.

    That sangria actually looks…perfect. Like I could use a few of those right now. It’s been a manic monday. haha!

  • Paige
    January 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Man, that looks fabulous. I love a good hot dog every now and again!

    I hope you’ll give a recap of your time in Charleston. I’ve always loved hearing your experiences in that city!

  • Camille
    January 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I was about to pull a “Jenna, a hot dog!? Foodie betrayal!”
    But after reading about it, I am okay with it. Well, as okay with it as a vegetarian can be 🙂
    But hey, I don’t judge!

  • Daisy
    January 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    such a rebellious thing to do after church! I’m concerned they won’t allow you back next sunday

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I haven’t had a hot dog in SO LONG! That looks amazing.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    If you’re a rebel for eating a hot dog, there are faaar more rebelious ones out there my dear! I’m glad you enjoyed your lunch.

  • hilray
    January 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    that last photo is gorgeous! i looove a good hot dog, therefore i love this post. 🙂
    at least you weren’t drinking before church.. 😉

  • CoCo Wray
    January 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I love your blog! Always puts a smile on my face! Your great at what you do.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    i seriously love hotdogs…probably one of my favorite foods of all time! if that’s not a foodie eat…i don’t know what is 😉

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    January 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Mmmmmm….looks amazing! That Sangria looks pretty darn good too. Glad you rebelled!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    January 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    YUM! A good quality hot dog, I love it.
    Heidi xo

  • Lindsey@DishesNDiapers
    January 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Pre-pregnancy I would not be one to eat hot dogs. But this growing boy inside of me wants them quite often! I’ve fallen victim to his cravings quite a few times in the last few months 🙂

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    January 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    You’re a brave girl, Jenna. 😉

  • Rose
    January 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I went years without a hot dog until I found an amazing place similar to this one. It was totally worth the wait. Best hotdog I ever ate.

  • Sana
    January 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    In the summer time you will find musturd in my purse just waiting for the perfect chicken dog.

    • jenna
      January 4, 2011 at 6:07 am

      I can’t think of anything better to carry in your purse!!

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    January 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    i haven’t had a hotdog in over 12 years, and i have absolutely no desire to eat one now. that sangria looks delish though 🙂

  • Kristina @ Life as Kristina
    January 4, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had a hot dog-early childhood! It looks like you had yourself a little upscale backyard bbq!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    January 4, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I haven’t had a hot dog in years either… and suddenly I’m craving one!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    January 4, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Rebel with a cause. Perfect 🙂

  • Christine @ The Pantry Drawer
    January 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I was never really into hot dogs… until I went to Valhalla Table in Costa Mesa, CA. This place was amazing. Duck, Bacon, and Jalapeno hot dog, need I say more? what about Buffalo & Pistachio hot dog? I had both, in two days’ time. amazing

  • grace b
    January 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    One of the new food carts in my home town is a gourmet hot dog stand. It is amazing. They have regular (organic, ethically grown, locally sourced) angus beef hot dogs, sausages, bison dogs, all with these amazing sauces (jams, relishes, crazy ketchups). Tofu dogs are also available! Plus you can either get a regular bun or they take a roll and spike it and put the hot dog in there. Seriously, I am depressed that they are on winter hours right now and I can’t have one tomorrow. If you ever come to the east coast…oh my lord, to DIE for.

    (and they are in the shed of a local french bakery where you can sit and eat and then your mom will buy you a chocolate pastry…yummmmm)