guest post: the perfect [hot] dog, by the daily deelight

I’m smitten to have Sando from The Daily Deelight back over here to post again.  While she’s over here giving some fabulous suggestions on how to make deelicious hot dogs I’m over at her blog sharing my favorite day to night outfits for the Fourth.  Check them out here!

Well heeeey Baloney Bug readers! It feels great to be back for another guest post on Joan’s blog [thanks lady!]. A couple of weeks ago Joan had the idea for us to do some guest posting for the 4th. I thought it was a swell idea, so while she does her fashion thing on The Daily Deelight, I’m gonna stick to my foodie thing right here.

When it comes to the Fourth of July [or FOJ as I like to call it] I like to stick with the classics. To me grilled hot dogs [good hot dogs] are the ultimate Fourth of July food. But because I am never satisfied with keeping things the same, I like to put a little twist on the classics. This twist comes in the form of a hot dog toppings bar. Anyone can throw some mustard & ketchup on a dog. I like to create options when it comes to dressing up your dog. It’s a great idea for parties & get togethers because everyone can choose their toppings that suit them. Whenever you’re entertaining, if you can, try to make things customizable. It adds a little flare & fun. Plus it makes people feel like they have ownership over their food and it keeps you from becoming a short-order cook.

For this hot dog bar, I kept it pretty simple. The toppings include: chopped bacon, shredded cheese [I used pepper-jack], chopped onions, chili garlic cheese sauce [God Bless America], and Hormel turkey chili. I’m a sucker for a good chili-cheese dog. And lets face it, bacon is my middle name. Most of those toppings are pretty self explanatory, except for the chili garlic cheese sauce. This cheese sauce is no joke. Whenever you hear ‘cheese sauce’ I feel like you automatically think of the stuff that is borderline plastic that comes out of an industrial machine at the movie theater. No? Just me. Ok. Well, umm this cheese sauce is far from plastic. In fact it’s not half bad for ya. Granted you do use some butter & cheese, but you also use almond milk! Balances out, right? Yes, it does. Just nod your head and make this cheese sauce for your dog. It’s the patriotic thing to do. 😉

// Chili Garlic Cheese Sauce //
created by Sando @ the daily deelight 

  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 cup almond milk [regular milk works fine too]
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice [I used colby-jack]

Begin by melting butter in a small sauce pan over med-high heat. Once butter is melted, slowly start to whisk in the flour. Once all the flour is whisked in and a paste is created, start to slowly whisk in the milk. Once all three ingredients are combined, continue stirring until it begins to thicken. You can always add a little more flour to get it a little thicker. Once slightly thickened, continue stirring and slowly start adding the shredded cheese. Once cheese is combined, stir in the chili garlic sauce for the add kick. Your end result should be a ooey-gooey cheese sauce that is as good as it looks!

Have a happy & safe 4th everyone!

Remember…be thankful for our freedoms [like a chili-cheese dog] that we are blessed with everyday.

And God Bless the USA!



  1. Looks delicious!

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