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Instagram Photo of The Week: Cloud in a Glass

Over the Labor Day weekend, I snapped this photo while sitting on the deck of my friend’s Hamptons Beach House, just as the sun was setting. This was more about capturing a Friday-evening-moment of relaxing with a glass of wine than making art, but what was unexpected is how a cloud’s reflection is seen in the remaining wine in my glass. Cloud in a glass.

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Saying Goodbye to Summer

I don’t know about you, but I had a pretty decent summer. That would be, of course, especially compared to last summer. I hope  everyone is able to get away from home this weekend, even if it is just to go to the park, or to spend an hour or two on a very beautiful and peaceful beach. Whatever you do, take some time for yourself and appreciate all the good things you have in life.

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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with Onion Crunch!

OC New Hot Dog

Do you like Hot Dogs I sure do. Every dog has its day and July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day! According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (who knew such a thing even existed?), an estimated seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and every year, Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs each! Woo!

This year, why not celebrate your love of the Hot Dog with more than just ketchup and mustard? Onion Crunch, a new condiment that you have previously read about here on The Gig, was created to bring an end to the lack of innovation in the condiment category. I keep a jar in my kitchen at all times.

Onion Crunch

The Onion Crunch Dog (recipe provided below) is sure to spice up your celebration of National Hot Dog Day! I am going to post this a few days early so you can get out to the store and do your shopping!

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Onion Crunch® Dogs Ingredients:

1 tsp ketchup

1 tsp Dijon mustard

4 large hot dogs, knockwurst or kielbasa

1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, cut into long sticks

2 Tbsp Onion Crunch®

1 cup refrigerated sauerkraut, drained, roughly chopped

4 slices bacon

Vegetable oil

4 long Hot Dog Buns

Tooth Picks

How to Make Them:

1. Prepare your grill for direct medium high heat.

2. Mix together ketchup and mustard in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the sauerkraut with the ONION CRUNCH®, set aside. Slice open the hot dogs, down the center, lengthwise, forming a deep pocket in each, but not cutting all the way through. Coat the inside of each hot dog with the mustard ketchup mixture.

3. Place a strip of cheese deep within the pocket of each hot dog. Top with sauerkraut and onions. Encapsulate the cheese at the ends with the sauerkraut mixture as well, so that no cheese is exposed (otherwise it will drip out when cooking).

4. Wrap a strip of bacon around each stuffed hot dog, securing with toothpicks at each end.

5. Coat your grill surface with vegetable oil. Place the stuffed hot dogs on the grill, stuffing side down. Grill for 2 minutes, until the bacon on one side is cooked, turn the hot dogs a quarter turn and continue cooking until bacon is done.

6. Remove toothpicks, place in toasted buns,  serve and enjoy!

OC Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Behold, The Onion Crunch Dog

Top 10 Random Thoughts of The Day

In no particular order, as is the nature of things labeled as random.

  1. Duff McKagan has apparently left Jane’s Addiction. I had no idea Duff McKagan had ever joined Jane’s Addiction.
  2. People who ride their bikes on the sidewalk are complete idiots.
  3. Today I felt that 4:30 PM was too late to see a movie that’s playing at a theater farther away from my apartment than a 10-minute walk.
  4. Even though it’s past Labor Day, I am probably still going to wear my linen pants a few more times.
  5. It feels good to throw away stuff that you are no longer using , especially when it is ugly, broken or doesn’t fit anymore.
  6. “4 Chan”: What the hell is that, anyway?
  7. I finally saw Inception yesterday. It is so nice to see that Cillian Murphy has finally grown into his oddly-shaped face.
  8. Wow, what the heck is going on with the Google logo today anyway? Is it the anniversary of the day they invented the Milton Bradley game Twister or the design for the Wonder Bread wrapper? Take a look at it and tell me what you think is going on
  9. The next season of Survivor debuts on September 15th. I am excited about that as long as there is absolutely no way for them to bring back Russell again. Because seriously, I hate that guy.
  10. Every day I wonder why this one particular post, Happy Birthday, Jim Morrison, is always the most popular post on this blog. Today was no exception.