Eating like a Maine-ahh

Being new in town, we don’t know a whopping lot of people yet – which, coming from Philly where everyone knows everyone, is a bit weird – and lonely. So last night was a real treat. We were invited to dinner at the home of one of John’s coworkers. Sitting down to a meal in an authentic *MAINE HOME* – complete w/ backyard, grill, and Jack Russell terrier, was wonderful. And they were so thoughtful – they even served us traditional Maine fare. I am of course referring to RED HOT DOGS.

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Holy smokes!!  They really truly are THAT RED.  I’d heard of Red Hots before, but I’d never in my life SEEN anything like this.  For those of you also “From Away” (aka, Non-Native Maine-ahhs), these colorful franks are typically referred to as red “snappers” – or simply “Snappers” due to the crunchy BITE of their natural casing.  Although hot dogs across the board are pretty much verboten to me, I HAD TO TRY THESE.  My alloted bite had a pleasant snap, and the taste was (as w/ most hot dogs) divine.  You’d think they’d be spicy – with that fiery GLOWING RED color, but nope.  I found a link, so if anyone not now residing in Maine wants to try these too, you can ORDER THEM HERE.  PS: This morning I’m pleased to report we are all still normally pigmented – which, as pale as we are, is a good thing – right?