Who doesn’t love an Independence Day that falls on a Friday? I know I do and a big part of the USA’s birthday celebration this long weekend centers on food for my family, friends and me. Thought you might enjoy chewing on some food facts as you fire up the grill and proudly fly the red, white and blue:
Our fellow Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year. More are eaten in July than any other month of the year, which is why it’s no surprise that July is National Hot Dog Month. On the 4th, the biggest hot dog day of the year, 155 million hot dogs will be eaten, enough to stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., more than five times!
Iowa leads the pack when it comes to the state that consumes the most dogs and pork sausage on July 4th; it’s no surprise that the billions of pounds of cattle and calves raised in Texas means most of our beef hot dogs, streaks and burgers come from the Lone Star State.
Nearly half of the baked beans we eat come from North Dakota, big producer of dry and edible legumes annually.
My family and I crave corn on the cob slathered in BBQ sauce and thrown on the grill. Florida, California, Georgia and New York in total produced most of the sweet corn. Nice to know the Empire State gets in the mix.
Nearly all of the ketchup was made in California, but I much prefer hot sauce, mustard and relish on my grilled goodies.
The Sunshine State leads in watermelon production. Nice to know the home state of the Miami Dolphins is good for something!
Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.
If you’re not a carnivore and prefer a grilled carrot nestled in a roll (don’t knock it till you try it), here are some other meatless alternatives that you can toss on the grill:
Pineapple rings, topped with cinnamon and sugar
Portobello mushrooms, with their meaty flavor and texture, these ‘shrooms make a nice stand-in for a burger
Eggplant, similar to Portobello mushrooms in satisfaction
Sweet potatoes or yams, terrific with butter, honey and cinnamon drizzled over them
Coming up on “Brenda’s Bites” this Sunday from 10:30 – 11am on WWKB Radio AM 1520 (ESPN):
-Lee Federiconi, owner of Lebro’s Restaurant on Campbell Blvd in downtown Getzville
-Ann Hackett, 2014 Taste of Buffalo chairperson and Chuck Incorvia, a Taste vendor and owner of Sweet Melody’s
Feel free to contact me with guest and topic ideas—716-843-0651.