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The Best Regional Hot Dogs in America


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Chicago Hot Dog

Chicago is definitely the kind of city where you should expect to go big or go home. Deep dish pizza aside, Chicago-style dogs are made with all-beef kosher meat, nestled into a steamed poppy seed bun and loaded with all the fixings: yellow mustard, tomatoes, white onions, relish, a dill pickle spear, hot sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. Ketchup not included! Get the recipe here.

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VIDEO: Crispy Zucchini Potato Cakes

Combine summer zucchini with leftover mashed potatoes for a delicious, savory treat!


  • 5 Potatoes
  • 1.5 Cup shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 Cup shredded cheese
  • 3/ Cup milk
  • 1/3 Cup coriander, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup basil, chopped
  • Parmesan, to sprinkle
  • Salt and pepper, to season


  1. Chop the potatoes in half, boil until very tender and drain.
  2. In a bowl, combine the potatoes and zucchini. Add the grated cheese, milk, coriander, basil, salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly. 
  3. On a baking tray, spoon out the zucchini-potato mixture and form into balls. 
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan and grated cheese, and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
  5. When golden, remove from oven... and enjoy!