I've never been much on hot dogs but in Chicago the hot dog attracts the same passionate following as the city's beloved Bears and Bulls. Every dog vendor from Home Depot to the gourmet variety served at renown Frank N' Dawgs has a loyal following and a ready audience. The classic Chicago dog is a steamed all beef frank on a soft poppy seed roll. Toppings, as they say here "dragged through the garden", are plentiful. Mustard, chopped white onions, pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers and a sprinkling of celery salt dress the now nearly invisible dog.
For my taste of Chicagoland I popped into Portillos, a local chain. The dog is still a dog but the sport peppers make the taste.
I'm just a self-taught home cook who likes to try new things. One day when things were a little slow and dinner looked better than usual I decided to post the results on Facebook. Then I did it again and again -- and well, here I am, another addition to the blogosphere.
James, aside from being the "luckiest man alive" ;-), is my very tolerant boyfriend of nearly 10 years. I hope you enjoy sharing his dinner.