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Foodie news: All-American food for an all-American holiday

Chef Heather Hunsaker
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; From sea to shining sea, there are some foods that and#8220;singand#8221; America! To celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday why not host an all American dinner party with a menu full of popular foods that have helped build our beloved nation? Meal planning begins with these three favorites:

Hamburgers: There is great debate about where the all-American hamburger got its start. Some say that a New Haven, Conn. restaurant owner in the early 1900s had a customer in a hurry and needed lunch fast. So he slapped a beef patty between two slices of bread and served up the first and#8220;hamburger.and#8221; But to people from the south, the hamburger was invented long before then, in the late 1800s in Athens, Texas. Debate or not, hamburgers are an inexpensive, easy to make meal, that make them one popular American food!

Sand#8217;mores: It is uncertain where this classic, delightful campfire treat originated; but the very first printed Sand#8217;more and#8220;recipeand#8221; is found in a 1927 Girl Scout camping manual. The original name of this gooey treat was actually and#8220;Some Moreand#8221; because of the constant requests for more. The name was later abbreviated to and#8220;Sand#8217;moreand#8221; perhaps because of the difficulty to say and#8220;some moreand#8221; with a mouth full of sticky marshmallows!

Chili Dog: Serving sausage in a bun is a meal known around the world. Germans are known to be the first to enjoy this simple meal back in the 13th century. However, the chili dog, also known as a Coney Island hot dog, came about in 1914 in Jackson, Mich. The original and#8220;Coney Island Dog,and#8221; which actually has little association with the Coney Island of New York; was a grilled hot dog served with a beanless chili, cheese, yellow mustard and chopped onions. Today Americans near and far enjoy this hands on meal at sporting events, barbecues and more!

Other great and#8220;All Americanand#8221; foods to serve up this 4th of July include Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, corn dogs, buffalo wings, peach pie, grilled corn on the cob and potato salad.

Try this flavorful recipe for an all-American barbecue chili dog at your next gathering!

and#8212; Chef Heather attended and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, but has been developing family friendly meals since she was nine years old in her motherand#8217;s kitchen. She is an avid crockpotter and knows how to get food on the table in a pinch. She currently serves as a writer and recipe developer for meal planning site

Prep Time: 6 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 5

5 all-beef hot dogs

5 hot dog buns

1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 small white onion, chopped

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 tablespoons chili seasoning

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon ketchup

1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

In a large saucepan over low heat, heat olive oil, add onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the barbecue sauce, beans, chili seasoning, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, apple cider vinegar and mustard. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. When ready, place hot dogs on the grill. Cook for 10 minutes or until heated through, turning occasionally. Add buns to grill and toast. Place hot dogs in buns and top with chili and cheddar cheese.

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