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Hot Dogs: America’s Favorite Summer Time Food 

One of the Roosevelt family’s favorite summer time foods was the American classic, a good old fashioned hot dog! The Roosevelts loved picnics and cookouts and you can bet that hot dogs would have a prominent place on the menu. One time the Roosevelts had the King and Queen of England for a picnic in Hyde Park, and yes, they even served them hot dogs!

What are your favorite hot dog toppings?
Some people like their dogs with just a splash of mustard. Others really like to dress them up with ketchup, onions, pickles, chili and who knows what all else.

  • What extras do you like on your hot dogs?
  • What is your favorite brand?
  • What side dishes do you enjoy with your hot dogs?
  • Do you prefer your hot dogs grilled, steamed or boiled?

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According to Harry Johansen the brand of hot dog served to the King and Queen was a locally made brand called Swisher. Harry, whose parents worked for the Roosevelts, was just a boy in June, 1939, but legend has it he was sent on his bicycle from Hyde Park to Poughkeepsie (about 3.5 miles) to purchase the hot dogs for lunch.

Hot dogs made an early appearance, and a huge impression, at which famous event?  

  1. The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
  2. In 1969 when Neil Armstrong ate one on Apollo 11 on the way to the moon
  3. The 1776 Constitutional Convention
  4. In 1932 when Justice Frankfurter ate one at the Supreme Court

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