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Hot dogs are a an example indigenous to North America of a class of sausages called emulsified sausages. The meat and fat are ground so finely that they emulsify together into a smooth paste. Other sausages of this type include German Frankfurter W├╝rstchen (of which the hot dog is a descendant) and Italian Mortadella (which is also the pre-cursor of the ...


The other day I made a vegetable stock of what was left in the fridge. It was primarily celery, onions and garlic. I simmered it all day. Yesterday I made a lentil soup out of it. My wife is not eating pork or beef for lent so I simmered some bacon on the side of the lentils in a cup of the stock so that I could put the pieces in my own bowl of soup as an ...

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