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California inpired hot dog with avocado, green chilis,Pico de Gallo, queso fresco, Marie's Chipotle Ranch Dress

We are having unusually high temperatures right now along the West Coast. Summer must be officially here. 

That means lots of BBQs and hangin’ on the patio if you can stand the heat! I was never one for hot dogs, but then they are an American favorite. I found myself doing something on vacation I never do…watching Good Morning America. Rachel Ray was presenting some interesting hot dog recipes and tips for cooking them up. This inspired me to come up with a hot dog of my own, and I fondly call it “Da Bu Dog” or “The Malibu Hot Dog.” It seemed like the right thing to do–come up with a California dog–since I do live in California.

Rachel Ray offered a couple of tips for cooking hot dogs: Boil them first.

  Hotdogs in boiling water

  Then cut them lengthwise so each hot dog will lay mostly flat like a bun .

Cutting hotdog length wise like a hotdog bun

 Next, fry them a couple minutes on each side or throw on the BBQ.

Hot dog cooking a second time on a fry pan or BBQ on each side a couple of minutes

 Place on your bun and add your ingredients.

Hotdog being placed in a bun

If you are adding something like chili, scoop some of the hot dog bread out, so you have a place for your chili to rest.

Scooping bread out of a hot dog bun to create room for fixings

Rachel Ray had some other great ideas such as the Seven Layer Hot Dog (think 7 Layer Mexican Dip).  There are all kinds of great combos. How will you be eating your hot dogs this summer? 

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