Yesterday morning (02/21/2018) in the ‘INDY STAR” there was an article about Riley Hospital for Children removing hot dogs from the patient menu. This decision came just a day after an ad campaign from “The physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s #Hazardous Hot Dog” bus stop campaign that started Monday and will run through March 18th . Now hot dogs may not be the best food in the world but in moderation I don’t think there is a health hazard even though I lost a son to colon cancer 26 years ago, hot dogs have never been on my list of probable causes. Sick kids, even kid with serious cancers deserve the pleasure of being a kid and eating what might not be good for them if eaten every day, but from the article only 3 out of about 300 meals every day are hot dogs. AT 1% I don’t think the kids are going to be in any great danger.
I remember hearing the Armour jingle on the radio when I was a kid an then when we got a TV in 1952 singing along with the Oscar Mayer commercials. We had hot dogs every now and then as I grew up and after my kids came around we served hot dogs for a quick lunch or supper when time was of the essence. Hot dogs even now are an important part of any cook out and if you’re like my wife you want them burnt black all the way around. Hot dogs are consumed in many ways. With mustard, with catsup, with relish , with all three and then if you go to Fort Wayne you can get hot dogs with Cole slaw and they are really good. I like mine hot but not burnt with mustard and relish thank you and I’ll have 2 and maybe 3.
However, our greatest enjoyment of hot dogs as a meal comes with what we call Hoosier Soul food, sauerkraut and wieners with mashed potatoes and green beans. This was one of the few foods I could eat in any volume during my chemo treatment because it did not taste like what comes out of a chicken. I could manage to get maybe a ½ plate full down but now look out, 2 plates full if you please. Now we only have this treat about once a month so I don’t think I’m in danger of over indulging on hot dogs.
I remember my grandma Sandifur making 2, 5 gallon crocks of kraut (shredded cabbage) every fall and having the boys carry them to the basement and put a board on top with a rock to keep the cabbage below the brine (salt added to the water mashed from the cabbage)and allowed to ferment just silage (cow feed) in a silo.
Another interesting bit in the article mentioned at the start of this piece is the choking risk associated with hot dogs and young kids. I have no remembrance of any kid choking on a hot dog because generally the entire dog was gone in the blink of your eye because you know they are tasty and they wanted another hot dog. The ad campaign is sponsored by the Physicians Committee whose director of nutrition, which supports plant-based diets, Susan Levin greeted the news about Riley with delight. Now I don’t know about you but in the life time I have left I don’t think there will be any question about whether I have a hot dog or graze in the back yard.
Thanks for listening,
The Crotchety Old Man