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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. 101
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    OMG!!!! Gorgeous!!!! <3

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  2. 102
    Tori
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I’m subscribed to your email updates!

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  3. 103
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Chili and cheese, with some crunchy diced onion on top. 

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  4. 104
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I follow you on Twitter

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  5. 105
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway – https://twitter.com/tasteofhomecook/status/466259062653349889

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  6. 106
    Kari M
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I’m so boring! Maybe just a bit of kraut, otherwise just ketchup.

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  7. 107
    Dina
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I like hot dogs with bbq sauce and pickled red onions!

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  8. 108
    Rachel S
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I love an all beef hot dog with brown mustard and saurkraut. 

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  9. 109
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I’m such a purist and love kraut and spicy mustard. However, I recently had a hot dog with remoulade, mustard, ketchup and crispy grilled onions.  WOW was it good!

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  10. 110
    Alyson
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Mustard and sauerkraut is the best!

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  11. 111
    Cindy
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    My favorite type of hot dog is the hot dogs at the carts in NYC. I usually top them with spicy onions, mustard, ketchup,  saurechraut. ( I hope I spelled that correctly!) Such yummy goodness! 

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  12. 112
    Brittney
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I like mine with chili, and lots and lots of cheese!

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  13. 113
    mbb
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    mustard and relish!

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  14. 114
    Brittney
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I subscribe to your emails!

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  15. 115
    Meg
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    My favorite hot dog combo is with chili and cheese! The kind where you almost have to eat it with a fork. YUM!

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  16. 116
    Meg
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I subscribe to Love & Olive Oil via email and BlogLovin’

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  17. 117
    Auntiepatch
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    My favorite hot dog is a corn dog dipped in mustard and ketchup. Surprisingly, I eat plain hot dogs with mayo and sauerkraut.

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  18. 118
    Kim
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    topped with cheese and relish, orrr wrapped in bacon!

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  19. 119
    Auntiepatch
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I subscribe to L&OO via email.

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  20. 120
    Darrin
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I like Sonoran Dogs — bacon wrapped hot dogs topped with refried beans, cheese, onions, jalapenos, guacamole, and salsa.

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  21. 121
    Eliana G
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    mustard on a hot dog bun :)

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  22. 122
    Lorien K
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I love just plain chili, cheese, mustard and onions. Pretty traditional but preeeeetty tasty :)

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  23. 123
    Nikki
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    when I was little I would only eat hot dogs(super burnt) with tons of mustard, and of course fries or chips on the side!

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  24. 124
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Rudy’s chili, white onions, and cheddar cheese… Mmmm

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  25. 125
    Daria Hezel
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    O.M.G. – you had me with the Dill – don’t know what it is about dill but I LOVE IT!
    As for Hot Dogs – I love to try new combos! One Word – Bacon!  However, I just love a hot dog with Brown Mustard and Sauerkraut!!  YUM! 
    There was a place in Clifton, NJ where I grew up called Jumbos – Hot Dogs and Italian Ice – there I always got a Peppers and Onions Dog and a Lemon Italian Ice.
    I may have to have a hot dog today!!
    (already subscribed! :))

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  26. 126
    Jeanette
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I’m pretty boring…  I love just plain ‘ol dogs with lots of mustard on a regular ‘ol bun with potato chips on the side!!!!

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  27. 127
    Carmen Yu
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Yum! Homemade chili, cheese and a little mustard!

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  28. 128
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Oh man, hot dogs are the best! The guilty pleasure Central Park hot dog with just mustard is probably my favorite, but classier versions with whole dill pickle spears and coleslaw  and poppyseeds–those work too. Just as long as there’s spicy brown mustard, it’s all good. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  29. 129
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I’m the type of person that puts fries in my hotdogs. Carb lover!!! And these fries are the next to go into my hot dogs!

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  30. 130
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I literally squealed at the words “haute dog” – what an adorable concept and an awesome sounding book!  I’m sure these fries would kick ass with so many of them :)

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  31. 131
    Dana
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    My fav is a hot dog from joejost in Long Beach Ca. Rye bread, spicy dog, mustard and cheese. Delish

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  32. 132
    Jennifer Essad
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Hi – @4jlessad – tweeted your required post

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  33. 133
    Marilyn
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I love a good chili cheese dog. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. 134
    Jennifer Essad
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    my favorite hot dog combo is: boil/steam hot dogs in your favorite beer-top w/fresh cooked saurekraut and chopped onions and your condiments add a steam bun :)

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  35. 135
    Kathy m
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I love an Italian hot dog woth peppers, onions and potatoes.

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  36. 136
    Jan Q.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    hands down, Chicago dog, pickles, slaw and all!

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  37. 137
    Sofia
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I’ll try any hot dog combo, but I can’t resist the classic ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut.

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  38. 138
    Amanda
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I’m a simple girl.  Just a thin line of ketchup.  :)  

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  39. 139
    Deborah H.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Love hot dogs with mustard, onions, and sweet relish.

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  40. 140
    Donna A.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    If it’s true that you eat with your eyes first…I just devoured your French fries! Love how you served them in a parchment lined silver bucket too.
    My comfort food dog is topped with ketchup and raw onion on a toasted bun, but I’d love to try something more intriguing.

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  41. 141
    Donna A.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Just letting you know I’m already subscribed via email. Thanks for the extra chance.

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  42. 142
    Stephanie K
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Love Chili, Cheese, Diced Jalapenos and mustard!

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  43. 143
    Jim McFadzean
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I love hot dogs with sauerkraut,onions and mustard 

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  44. 144
    Barb
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Texas weiner ,chilli onion and mustard

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  45. 145
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    These totally look like the perfect side dish!! Yum!

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  46. 146
    John
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Sauerkraut, sautéed onions, and dark mustard

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  47. 147
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    The Chicago dog in my favorite – onions, pickles, tomatoes, and relish.

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  48. 148
    Hannah
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I just like them plain with shredded cheese. Kinda weird, I know!

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  49. 149
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I’m not a very experienced hot dog maker although I do love a good smoked sausage :) I have to say I love a variation of the Montreal “all dressed” hotdog with sauerkraut, mustard (and added ketchup).  Drooling just thinking of the possibilities! Love what you do!

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  50. 150
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Signed up for emails. Looking forward to them ;)

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  51. 151
    Cori
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I’m an email subscriber.

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  52. 152
    Cori
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    A Chicago style dog for sure!!

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  53. 153
    Emily
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Not technically a hot dog but I am obsessed with Hot Dougs in Chicago. Truffle Pork Sausage with Sauce Moutarde, Goat Cheese and Truffle Balsamic Drizzle….DONE.

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  54. 154
    Stacy
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Love hotdog with chili and white onion

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  55. 155
    Stacy
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Subscribed

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  56. 156
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Chili cheese dog and fries – yum!

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  57. 157
    Linda romer
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    My favorite hot dog combo is kansas city steak dogs ( there huge ) with onions.

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  58. 158
    Linda romer
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I am a subscriber to your posts and I love them. I am a fan. 

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  59. 159
    Sarah Frankiewicz
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I love a traditional Chicago style hot dog.

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  60. 160
    Melanie
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    My  favorite dog is on a “New England style” bun, grilled with grainy mustard and dill and sweet pickle relish.  Sometimes with a bit of habanero pepper chopped up with the pickle reslish

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  61. 161
    CJ Pillow
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    If I have a quality dog, I only need spicey brown mustard.

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  62. 162
    CJ Pillow
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I subscribe via email.

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  63. 163
    S. I.
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I love a hot dog with candied jalepeno slices, or jalepenos and onions carmelized together.

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  64. 164
    Cait
    Posted On May 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I love my hot dogs with onions & ketchup on a toasted bun! Perfect for summer!

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  65. 165
    Jennifer Brown
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Love a good dog with sauteed garlic, onions, sauerkraut& mustard!!! Mmmmmm :-)

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    Jennifer Brown
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I’m subscribed to email as well as bloglovin!!!!

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    Jennifer Brown
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Now following on Twitter!!! :-)

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  68. 168
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 2:15 am

    All i have to say is…. YUMMM!!! Russet potatoes are the key for that crunch. Great recipe. Thanks for posting.

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  69. 169
    jenna k
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I love a good chili cheese dog!

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  70. 170
    Karen
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 6:56 am

    My standard favorite for a hot dog is basic mustard and ketchup. I love hot dogs so much and try not to eat them very often, so when I do, I want to taste my hot dog. Not have it overwhelmed by other condiments. I enjoy other toppings, but my basic go to is well, basic!

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  71. 171
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I like pimento cheese on my hot dog :)

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  72. 172
    John
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I subscribe by e- mail

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  73. 173
    Gali
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

    My favorite is a Turkey-dog with ketchup, mustard, raw onions, and pickles! (also subscribed to your email updates)

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  74. 174
    Leigh
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    thinly sliced red onion, ketchup, and alittle mustard.
    I am subscribed by email.

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  75. 175
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Would love to win this book!

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  76. 176
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I love caramelized onions on mine!

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  77. 177
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

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    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I follow you on twitter!

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    Sean C
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Hot dogs with fresh cut yellow onion and a sprinkle of mustard! YUM!

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    Sean C
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Already an email subscriber.

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    Sean C
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Follow on twitter and tweeted – my username is @connsean71

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    Alina
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Already an email subscriber – apicazo@umich.edu

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  83. 183
    Alina
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Favorite way to eat hot dogs is grilled with caramelized onions and some red pepper flakes.

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  84. 184
    Alina
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Follow Love & Olive Oil on twitter and tweeted as @AlinaConn

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    Sally Tews
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I follow you on e-mail FB 
    I love hot dogs especially when they Snap. :-)
    I like hot dogs with ketsup and onions.
    they have to be on a GF bun now.

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  86. 186
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Whoa!!!!!! this book looks SO GOOD!!!!! Need to get my hands on one when it comes here!!!!!!!!!! I never knew hot dogs could have SO MANY variations!!!!!! These fries look soooo good! I love the flavors you’ve used there! <3

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  87. 187
    Jenny
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I love me a good ole Chili Dog!!! YUM!!!

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  88. 188
    Jenny
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

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    Jenny
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    PPS… tweeted with @guardntweets!

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  90. 190
    Elisa B
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I love a plain ol’ hot dog (although properly grilled with a little blackening) with mustard on a nice roll.

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    Tricia Reeser
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I subscribe by email!

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    Ashley Walsh
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    My favorite hot dog combo is an all beef hot dog, cooked on the bbq, and topped with fried onions soaked in hot sauce, sauerkraut,  ketchup, and mustard.  Yummy! Think I will make that tonight :)

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  93. 193
    Tricia Reeser
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Love a chili cheese dog!

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  94. 194
    Ashley Walsh
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I subscribed to your email list :)

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  95. 195
    Christi
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

     First grill the hot dog on the bbq, then top it with bbq sauce ( homemade preferred) and chopped up sweet and spicy pickles. It makes a delicious hot dog!

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    Christi
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I subscribe to your email

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  97. 197
    Elizabeth
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I love hotdogs with caramelized onions and blue cheese!

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  98. 198
    Elizabeth
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I’m subscribed!

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    Elizabeth
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm
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    Karen Lynch
    Posted On May 14, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Love Chicago Style and NC style became a fav also when we visited there.

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