By Kamerin Roth | Photography by Allison Potter The Ideal Summer Food 88 WBM july 2016 When the weather warms up, the All-American hot dog is a beloved quick meal Hot dog season is back, and whether they are grilled, boiled, or just tossed in the microwave, the tried-and-true clas-sic is a summertime favorite guar-anteed to hit the spot every time. No summer barbecue or baseball game is complete without one. They’re easy to hold while cheering on your favorite team, even easier to make, and delicious with almost any topping combination. From backyards to ballparks, hot dogs are a staple of true American culture that simply won’t go away. “All of us have positive memories associated with hot dogs at an out-door barbecue or at the ballpark,” says Jason Nista, CEO of Charlie Graingers World Famous Hot Dogs in Wilmington, where sales are strong across the board. “It’s a food that is truly American, on par with cheeseburgers and apple pie, and I don’t think people’s taste for them will ever change.” The appetite for hot dogs cer-tainly hasn’t changed. From kids to adults, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says, making it the peren-nial MVP of summer and conces-sion stands across the nation. Baseball and hot dogs are the perfect combination. Dogs are popular concession items at Wilmington Sharks’ games.
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