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Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill (and a Haute Dogs Giveaway!)

Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill from @loveandoliveoil

You can’t have a proper hot dog without a proper french fry. And much like last week’s potato chips, I’ve never made proper fried fries before now. Baked, yep, but again, like the potato chips, it’s just not the same. Fry imposters. Basically baked potatoes.

The key? These fries aren’t just fried once, but twice, which makes them extra crispy, just how I like ‘em. This basic recipe is from food blogger Russell van Kraayenburg’s new cookbook, Haute Dogs, all about, you guessed it, hot dogs (although, as I type this the cats are sitting here glaring at me, wondering why they aren’t called ‘hot cats’ because clearly that would be superior).

Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill from @loveandoliveoil

We chose to spice (herb?) up Russell’s classic fry by tossing them with fresh garlic, dill, and fine sea salt. You could use other herbs, thyme or rosemary for example, or grated parmesan cheese, or, like he suggests in the book, sprinkle them with some wasabi powder for a real kick in the pants. Heck yes.

Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill from @loveandoliveoil

I’m excited to be a part of the “blog tour” celebrating the book’s release on April 29th. I, together with Russell and three other food bloggers, will each be making one part of one of the more intriguing dog recipes in the book, the Ecuadorian Street Dog. If that sounds interesting, just wait until you see the dozens of other unique dog recipes that fill the pages of this book. Be sure to click through for your chance to win a copy of your own!

To get the full recipe for the Ecuadorian Street Dog, you’ll need to hop around a bit, but it’s worth it in the end, I promise! Be sure to check out Endless Simmer for the Salsa Verde, Boulder Locavore for the Spicy Aji Sauce, Food in Jars for homemade condiments (ketchup, mustard, AND mayo), and this Thursday, author Russell van Kraayenburg of Chasing Delicious will top if off with his recipe for homemade hot dog buns and the hot dog itself (from scratch).

Homemade French Fries with Fresh Garlic and Dill

Yield: 4 side servings

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 quart vegetable or peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh garlic (from 6-8 cloves)
  • fine sea salt, to taste

Directions:

  1. Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and then cut slices into sticks about 1/4 inch wide. Alternatively, you can use a mandoline with a fry blade to speed up the process.
  2. Soak potatoes in cold water for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 300 degrees F in a large pot.
  3. Transfer potatoes to a towel or paper towels and dry thoroughly. Cover a countertop, baking sheet, or large serving platter with fresh paper towels.
  4. Working in batches, add potatoes to pot (do not overcrowd) and fry for 5 to 8 minutes, until light golden and cooked through. Transfer fries to paper towels to drain while you cook the remaining potatoes.
  5. When all potatoes have been fried, increase oil temperature to 375 degrees F.
  6. Just before serving, fry potatoes a second time, working in batches, until golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes.
  7. Using a large slotted spoon or fry basket, drain and transfer hot fries to a large bowl with garic and dill. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and toss to coat. Doing this immediately when the fries are out of the oil will help the toppings to stick. Serve immediately.

And now, because you totally need an over-the-top hot dog, er, excuse me, HAUTE dog, to go with those fries… today’s your lucky day, because Quirk Books has generously offered up THREE copies of Haute Dogs to lucky L&OO readers!

Giveaway is now closed.

Thanks for entering!

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Giveaway open to residents of the United States and Canada only. Void where prohibited. Winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Bonus entry requirements will be verified if selected as the winner, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen. Giveaway sponsored by Quirk Books. As always, all opinions written are purely my own.

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  1. 1
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Actually drooling. These are the epitome of my favourite type of chip- not too thick, crunchy, seasoned generously and dill! I’m on the train home and tummy is grumbling. http://www.dancingthroughsunday.typepad.com

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    cori
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:36 am

    I like mustard and potato chips on a potato bun!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:40 am

    We do hot dogs & veggies at home… but we use smoked sausage for the hot dogs. YUM!
    Also, we caramelize onions & mushrooms to go on them.

    Ok, now I’m wanting hot dogs at 5:40am.
    Sigh.

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I’m already subscribed via email. (and bloglovin too!)

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Here’s the link to my tweet: https://twitter.com/dubbage42/status/466151364653875202
    And I’m already a twitter follower as @dubbage42

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 5:02 am

    That looks so good! I would love to try that recipe! There’s nothing better than delicious French fries with your hotdog!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Love these fries!! And I like everything on a hot dog :-)

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    Noreen McGuire
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Mustard and street-vendor onions!

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    Katherine
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I love pretty much all hot dogs, but I do love mustard and gherkins. 

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    quyen
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 6:05 am

    My fave when I’m feeling fancy is caramelized onions with a goat cheese cream sauce! 

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 6:06 am

    LOVED this post, Im a sucker for fries but have never been brave enough to do my own!!

    My prefect hotdog topping has got to be the classic: onions, ketchup and mustard!!

    x

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Russel’s recipes and photography are always great and can’t wait to see the book! Your fries are gorgeous, Lindsay! Pinned

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I just planted all of my dill! These look amazing! I also have this book on my bn wish list! i might have to splurge!

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    Lynn BB
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Sauerkraut, mustard and onions!

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    Kristen
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Ketchup, mustard and raw onions — on an all beef dog, of course! Potato chips and a kosher dill pickle on the side make it perfect.

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    Kristen
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I subscribe to your email updates!

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    Alissa S.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:18 am

    My favorite hot dog combo is a simple one, hollowed out hot dog bun (to hold the dog easier), a hot dog, a squiggle of mustard, and then two dill pickle slices!

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    Alissa S.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I subscribe via email

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I’m pretty boring… I just like ketchup on my hot dogs! Hopefully this book will inspire me to make them more fancy!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

    First of all, the double fried fry all the way. These look perfectly crispy and amazing! Second of all, I’m all about the salsa avocado spicy dog. Yum!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Yes, double fried is always better. Sure, baked fries are healthier (blah, blah), but fried will always be the best. I love the addition of dill.

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I would totally go German style– spicy mustard and real kraut!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I tweeted! @aasquaredblog

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    Victoria
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I just subscribed via email and just about to send a tweet, too. Thanks Love & Olive Oil!

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    Melissa B
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I love white hots with homemade corn relish on potato buns!

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    Melissa B
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I subscribe by email.

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    kandice
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I like mine pretty basic – mustard and relish. 

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    Marion
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I love the strange one: smoked sausage with brie and cranberry-horse radish sauce. So weird, so good!

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    kandice
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Already an email subscriber

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    Aviva Isenberg
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I like just a plain dog. But I’m open to trying new things.

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    Sarah H.P.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:20 am

    My favorite hot dog combo is ketchup, mustard, raw onions, and pickles!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Cream Cheese and everything bagel seasoning and chives – it’s really good!!! 

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:22 am

    @becca_bakes

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I love hot dogs just about anyway including plain

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I already get you email

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I already follow on twitter

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    Mary Ann Olsztyn
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I love Hebrew National brauts  on a toasted potatoe bun with homemade chili and Nacho cheese.  So luscious.  Love homemade crunchy fries, scalding hot with creamy gyro dipping sauce.  To die for.

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

    chili!

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    Kim Porter
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Chili cheese dogs, with chopped onion on top, are my favorite!

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    Kim Porter
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I subscribe to Love and Oil via email.

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    Katie P.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:33 am

    My favorite hotdog combo is barbecue sauce and crunchy dill pickle spears. It’s 9:30 AM and now I really want a hotdog. Dang!

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    Katie P.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I tweeted! @kwpulsipher

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    Kim Porter
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Following on Twitter (@dkkporter) and Tweeted!

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    Katie P.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I’m subscribed to the newsletter!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I love the flavors of these fries! Pinned!

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    Christine
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

    fav hot dog combo – spicy mustard, kraut, and diced raw onion

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    Christine
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

    i’m already subscribed

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    Christine
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

    i follow you on twitter and i twirted all about it! my username is yooangel, thanks!

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    Joelle
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Best hot dog combo I’ve ever had is a tie for two! The first is pimento cheese, bacon and bbq sauce and the second is Bacon, Grilled Onions, Cole Slaw, BBQ Sauce. Both are amazing and both have bacon!

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    Joelle
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I’m already subscribed to the news letter and the blog! Love getting it everyday

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    Joelle
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I’m following on twitter and retweeted the post

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    Cindy
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    My favorites …there are two,….I love the apple sausage dog with cheese and spicy mayo…and the greek dog topped with feta and tzatziki sauce! We have family dinners on Sunday and one of our favorite days is “grill your own and top it off.” We always serve it with several summer salads and chips but I just got a fryer for Chrismas and can’t wait to try your fries.

    BTW…couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment on the email page, it kept telling me I was already registered but I love  Love and Olive Oil!!

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    Ali
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

    If we are talking about regular hot dogs then my fave is with caramelized onions, jalapenos, cheese sauce and hot sauce!

    If we are talking about less traditional then a Bison Smokie, with a blueberry bbq sauce and goat cheese! OMG sooo good.

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    Alyssa
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I’ve actually never tried a dolled up hot dog!  But, I want to now!  All I usually use are ketchup and relish.

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    Alyssa
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I subscribe to emails.

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    Alyssa
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I follow on Twitter and I tweeted! motobean84  https://twitter.com/motobean84/status/466219050738008064

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

    My favorite combo would be mayo, slaw, and onions with a little cheese sprinkled on top.

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I already subscribe by email.

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I already follow on Twitter and just tweeted.

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    Michele
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Fancy mustard and sauerkraut.

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    christopher sorel
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:45 am

    cold guinness with a chili cheese with bacon on top dog with cheese fries

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    christopher sorel
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

    email subscriber already

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    christopher sorel
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

    follow on twitter anf tweet https://twitter.com/cjsorel/status/466228011222577152

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Wow!! I love this recipe and I love your blog! Happy to meet you :-)

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    Glenda Wilson
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:53 am

    It is a tie between chili with cheese or chili with slaw.

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    Brandi Bryant
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:54 am

    My favorite is mustard and chili. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

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    Miranda
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I love my hot dog with relish, raw onions, ketchup, mustard, and jalapenos. bacon wrapped is a bonus…mmm…what I’d do for a street dog from LA right now!

    twitter: mirandamkim

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    Laura Blickenstaff
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Kraut and mustard! Yum!

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    Laura Blickenstaff
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Already subscribed!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I like my hotdogs to come with grill marks! Other than that, I take them pretty plain jane. I’ll need to get my hands on this book to expand my hot dog repertoire!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Love a good dog–a Haute Dog could only be better!
    Tweeted from @JLSPearsall (a.k.a. The Bacon Maven)

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    Nancy Rosser
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I love a good Chicago dog!  The bright green relish, hot peppers and celery salt with dill pickle and slice of tomato are culinary magic!

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    amy williams
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I love a chili cheese dog w/ sour cream!

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    amy williams
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:22 am

    tweeted! @willdamy

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    amy williams
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

    subscribed to newsletter

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    Patricia Burello
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    My favorite dog would be with avocado and  tomatoe

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    Amy Roche
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Japa dog..pickeled onions, kewpi mayo, nori..omg delicious!

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    Elyse G.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I am a sucker for a traditional Chicago hotdog. There is nothing better. *fingers crossed*

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    Stephanie
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    My favorite hot dog combo has to be hands-down Coney dogs from Michigan. Spicy chili, onion, and yellow mustard… can’t beat it!

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    Stephanie
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I’m already a subscriber under my email, saboukasm@gmail.com :)

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    Christina
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I make a red onion marmalade and pair it with a spicy mustard. And if I’m feeling really daring, I’ll add some raw onion. 

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Grilled onions and peppers, mustard and ketchup!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I already subscribe via email

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    Melissa Hannant
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Typically not a hot dog person, but a Haute Dog, well now count me in!

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    Maneesha Pradhan
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I am a chili dog fan.

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    Maneesha Pradhan
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I subscribe.

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    Melissa
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:42 am

    My favorite hot dog is with coleslaw and pickle. But then I really love chili cheese dogs..with jalepenos! 

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    Jan R
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I like to mix up my preference; onions, mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut, mayo, wasabi…anything I can squeeze on a bun.

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    Jan R
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I subscribe via email.

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    Katie
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Love love love Chicago Dogs

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    Katie
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Subscribed

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    Katherine
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Corn dogs for sure.

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    Mindy Starnes
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Definitely my most favorite hot dog combo is without a doubt a chili-cheese dog. I love them and I think I need to eat one tonight, LOL!!!

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    Mindy Starnes
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I also subscribe via e-mail!!

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    Cori R.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I am just a grilled hotdog girl but this book can inspire me! Fun giveaway.

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Drooolll! I love french fries! I make them with rosemary, but this sounds really good too <3 will try it out the next time I make fries :D thank you for sharing

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    Mindy Starnes
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I also tweeted. My username is romancebooknerd

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    Noreen
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

    My favorite is just a plain hot dog with ketchup, on a nice soft bun!!

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    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Mustard with jalapeño

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    Noreen
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I subscribed to your email updates!!

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