Chances are you’ll see Hot Dogs and Hamburgers somewhere near or around your Fourth of July cookout today and there is even a better chance, that the Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will at some point of your 4th, end up in your mouth and you will be eating heartily in America, with German influence flowing through your veins……
You will be celebrating our Independence from England and the mother country today, but you may as well be living like a German, since your appetite will not be categorized as in Eastern or Western, but you will be part German, if in heritage and history only, if you eat that Hot Dog or Hamburger today, at your backyard picnic or at the ball game……
The Hot Dog is really a frankfurter coming our way from Frankfurt, Germany and the Hamburger’s home is originally back home, in Hamburg, Germany……..
The frankfurter/Hot Dog from Frankfurt and the Hamburger from Hamburg and we all thought this was true Americana, as we celebrate here in Greensboro on the Fouth of July…….
History on the Hot Dog(Frankfurter) from Wikipedia:
The word frankfurter comes from Frankfurt, Germany, where pork sausages served in a bun similar to hot dogs originated. These sausages, Frankfurter Würstchen, were known since the 13th century and given to the people on the event of imperial coronations, starting with the coronation of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor as King. Wiener refers to Vienna, Austria, whose German name is “Wien”, home to a sausage made of a mixture of pork and beef……
The history of the Hamburger from Wikipedia:
The term hamburger originally derives from Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, from where many emigrated to America. In High German, Burg means fortified settlement or fortified refuge; and is a widespread component of placenames. Hamburger can be a descriptive noun in German, referring to someone from Hamburg (compare London -> Londoner) or an adjective describing something from Hamburg. Similarly, frankfurter and wiener, names for other meat-based foods, are also used in German as descriptive nouns for people and as adjectives for things from the cities of Frankfurt and Wien (Vienna), respectively.
Hot Dogs and Baseball from Wikipedia:
The association between hot dogs and baseball began as early as 1893 with Chris von der Ahe, a German immigrant who owned not only the St. Louis Browns, but also an amusement park.
Harry M Stevens Inc., founded in 1889, serviced major sports venues with hot dogs and other refreshments, making Stevens known as the “King of Sports Concessions” in the US.
Can someone please pass the Sauerkraut and Mustard?????