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Condimenting The Dog

Condimenting The Dog

For some, nothing but a squiggle of mustard passes muster. For others, the pile of toppings looks like a hot mess—the good kind. When it comes to hot dog condiments, there is no right or wrong. There are, however, myriad creative and tasty complements. Before we begin making mouthwatering matches, let's take a moment to reflect on the origin of condiments.

Condiments, from the Latin condire ("to preserve, pickle, season"), have been a culinary tactic since Ancient times. They have been used both to preserve foods as well as to enhance flavors.

So compelling and powerful, condiment use has been a source of controversy in American cuisine. In the 19th Century, several attempts were made to ban condiments...

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