Monday, June 20, 2011


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Summertime is time for hotdogs and hamburgers, chicken and ribs, coleslaw, potato salad, and all those other wonderful picnic foods, but Paul and I enjoy hotdogs year-round. We have a few favorite places in Connecticut, like Blackie's in Cheshire or Dalla Riva's Hotdog Cart seasonally in Kent, where we like to stop when we can for a dog or two.
Most places just offer standard sides - mustard, ketchup, chopped onions, sauerkraut; others have signature relishes or chili. Of course, we like to stop and try every hotdog cart or stand we pass and test out any unique condiments they may offer.
We like things spicy and the relish below I developed a number of years ago to satisfy our taste buds. Turns out a lot of our friends enjoy it too, so I always bring some along when we are invited to a barbeque. If you want to add a completely new dimension to your plain ol' dog - a little spicy with a bit of a crunch - give this recipe a try. It is a staple in my refrigerator over the summer months.



1/4 cup chopped Red Bell Pepper

1/4  cup chopped Dill Pickle

1/4  cup chopped Sweet Pickles

1/4  cup small Capers

1/4 cup chopped Red Onion

1/4  cup Gulden's Mustard

1/4 cup Ketchup

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (optional)


Just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, spoon into a jar, cap and chill; can be stored in the refrigerator for the summer.


  1. Your relish sounds great. We have a Hot Dog Day at work once a year, I think I'll bring your relish to the next one! Thanks!

  2. I love relishes of almost any kind and this one sounds wonderful. Definitely going to have to give it a try! :-)

  3. Janet and Lori, really like to hear what you think of the finished relish. Thanks so much for the kind comments.

  4. Thanks Kelly, it is pretty delicious!

  5. Hi!! i am making my own hot sauce from my habanero pepers i'm growing and have collected some lovely little bottles without lids though. Is there a way i can just use corks or something that you have used in your huge repertoire?? any help greatly appreciated!!

  6. Wow, what an interesting question. Many bottles I have purchased usually come with a cork or cap of some kind, although I have collected odd bottles where the caps are missing. If you Google “corks for sale” an abundance of sites come up for wine corks, but if you want a variety of sizes and shapes Advance International Corks is a great place to browse ( )

    I collect wine corks but have been afraid to reuse them for bottling for sanitary reasons. If you discover a way to properly sterilize them let me know; and love to hear how your hot sauce comes out. Please let me know.