Friday, August 15, 2008

The All American Organic Hot Dog Contest

And the Winner Is...

Applegate Farms
Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs

Labor Day is coming up and this is the first one since I've been hard at work on eating organic. Hot dogs are part and parcel of a cookout for me, so the search has been on for a while. I've gathered opinions and suggestions from others and been all over town trying the brands I could get locally.

I wanted an all-beef hot dog that would grill without the skin separating and getting all bubbly, like so many I have tried. And of course, there is flavor. It needed to taste like my all-time favorite Oscar Mayer all-beef hot dog. That was a tall order. I was a motivated taste tester, though, and dedicated, too. I tasted many different brands personally, and got lots of yays and nays from other testers who were willing to help. All the votes were tallied and the results are in. The majority vote went to Applegate Farms, and I have found them at Whole Foods Market. They aren't as close to me as I'd like, but I'll deal with that. Taste and grill-ability (have I coined a new phrase?)are paramount.

Another motivation is that with Labor Day around the corner, I need to pull together a Labor Day Cookout post. This cookout has to be organic and healthy, yet also be the essence of the celebration cookout. And there is one more criteria: I have to be able to prepare most of the food ahead, in order to enjoy socializing with the cookout guests. Here is the menu; hope you'll join me for some cookout recipes, starting Friday, August 22.

  • Grilled Organic BBQ Chicken
  • Grilled All Beef Organic Hot Dogs
  • Organic Baked Beans
  • Cold Organic Vegetable Tray with Organic Ranch Dressing
  • Organic Watermelon, Cantaloupe or Honeydew Melon
  • Homemade Organic Lemonade
  • Organic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I suppose my husband would say this menu is missing some brew. I'll put him in charge of scaring up some local organic beer. I'm clueless and not really a fan. Any suggestions?

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