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I am a sometimes-writer, everyday mama, creative failure and experimental cook. I am interested in living a beautiful life, spending time with my family and making things that I can feel proud of. When I'm by myself I'm usually outside. Don't bother calling because chances are that I didn't bring my cell phone because I couldn't find it. If you see me walking, it's because I lost my keys and if you see me with only one child... I'm probably in big trouble.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hot Dog

Dear Hot Dog,

Why you gotta be so good? And yet still be so bad?

In this case, I wish that ignorance could shield me from the ere of a big, plump, greasy hot dog, smothered in ketchup and nestled snugly in some sort of bleached, white-bread bun.

Once, every decade or so, I get a larger-than-me, out-of-control craving for a hot dog. When i was pregnant with Lila I spent my sixth month eating only hot dogs. I could easily eat five of them (Sam's Club size... NOT Oscar Meyer) in one sitting. I gained 12 pounds that month and walked away from my ob/gyn with an earful about nitrates. As it turns out, I might have just as well spent my sixth month of pregnancy with a heroine syringe in my arm while doing keg stands.

So, I quit hot dogs.

But in recent days something has come over me. I feel a need growing inside of me. On Saturday morning I bought the hot dogs. And tonight I made my family a baked lemon chicken with potatoes and steamed broccoli.

But I ate hot dogs.

And I loved every bite.

I hate myself for it. But I just can't help it.


  1. Anna- that is Funny! We were at Costco last weekend right before closing. To save time/energy we decided to eat there, but since it was closing time they were running low on my usual pizza. I haven't had a hot dog in 20 plus years, but that was really all they had...so I ate one. I was seriously sick to my stomach for two entire days. I will not eat another hot dog...ever!!

  2. Shannon, it's my guess that your body was trying to send you a message that you should NEVER put something so unnatural in it again.

    For the life of me I can not imagine what it is that's in a hot dog that I could possibly be craving.

  3. hahahahahaha. sometimes you gotta give into cravings. in this case I am glad you did and posted about it bc this is great :)

  4. i made free range chicken dogs for the kids i babysat last night. they had the smell of hot dogs and prolly the taste but i had mac n cheese plain :)

  5. OMG. I'm the same way! Every now and then a hot dog is just SO FREAKING GOOD! And I just bought a package on Saturday too! Fat free...so I don't feel AS guilty. :)

  6. I even like the morning star vegetarian hot dogs. I used to eat them all the time and mistakingly think that they were healthy. Even vegetarian hot dogs are full of crap...

    Speaking of vegetarianism, I'm going to do a 28 day vegan challenge during the month of May. Every so often I like to mix things up and see the way I feel, so expect lots of new recipes here!

  7. i used to love the veggie dogs. i have steered away from a lot of fake meat and soy.

    YaY to 28 vegan challenge and recipes :)