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Hot Dog Days of Summer

By: Johnny Mitchell, Texas Region HR Director

If you enjoyed hot dogs at your Independence Day cookout, don't be shy about firing up your grill: every day of July is part of National Hot Dog Month! (And also National Baked Bean Month, National Picnic Month, National Ice Cream Month, and — unsurprisingly —  National Anti-Boredom Month.)

The dog days of summer areCash America wishes you happy grilling this summer here, and cooking out is an easy road to beating the boredom – if you can stand the heat! For extra flavor on a charcoal grill, try soaking applewood or mesquite wood chips in water and then sprinkling them on the hot coals before you start cooking. On a gas grill, just make a foil pouch for the dry wood chips and let them smolder in indirect heat to create delicious, taste-generating smoke.

If you’re cooking steak and don’t like having to make your ribeye look like Swiss cheese by repeatedly poking it with a meat thermometer (and letting out all of the good juices!), try out the finger test to check how done your meat is:


  1. Open and relax your hand, then press on the fleshy area under your thumb: that’s what raw meat feels like
  2. Gently press your index finger to your thumb and then feel the fleshy area again for rare
  3. Press your middle finger to your thumb for medium-rare
  4. Ring-finger to thumb simulates medium
  5. Pinky to thumb feels like well done
But always use a meat thermometer at least once to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature!

Watermelon salad recipe from Cash America

Pair your steak, hot dogs, ribs or chicken with some grilled vegetables, and beat the heat with this cool watermelon salad:

Cube a small seedless watermelon. Combine with 4 small sliced tomatoes, 1 small sliced red onion, 1 small cubed cucumber and 1 cubed avocado. For a dressing, mix 1 tablespoon mixed herbs, 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar with salt and pepper to taste for a dressing.

Happy grilling!


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