updated 06/22/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/22/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Danny Meyer's ... HOT DOGS FOR FOUR
This N.Y.C. restaurateur offers three tasty takes on a summertime staple
He owns Shake Shack at the Mets' Citi Field (above), but as a kid at St. Louis Cardinals games, he'd "put one inch each of ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, barbecue sauce and pickles all on the same 6-inch dog."
Drizzling maple syrup or salad dressing on a dog works "because you have cold and hot, crunchy and soft, sweet and salt."
Meyer says to pull from the fridge "that stuff you haven't used in months"—like capers, olives, and salsa—to add pizazz. "Hot dog is a delicious vehicle for any other flavor," he explains.
"When grilling, give your hot dog those three gentle scores—parallel diagonal slices no deeper than 1/8 of an inch—so while it's cooking, it opens up instead of popping. For some reason, it just ends up producing a better dog," says Meyer, adding, "They're the most foolproof food in the world, but if the hot dog is no good, then it's just a waste of condiments."
Meyer says Hebrew National makes "great" dogs—and the brand's 97 percent Fat Free Kosher Beef Franks have only 45 calories each!
We Asked ... What's Your Perfect Hot Dog?
GIADA DE LAURENTIIS
"I like it grilled; sometimes I broil them. And I like it plain, none of the stuff on top."
"I love spicy food, so for hot dogs, it's jalapeños and salsa."
"I love a Chicago dog—the cucumbers, the pickles, the hot peppers, everything!"
"Mustard and ketchup. I like the New York City dogs on every corner."
CELEB GUIDE TO ...VEGAS!
Three stars with ties to Sin City reveal their favorite local haunts
Bradley Cooper of the Vegas-set movie The Hangover
QUA BATHS & SPA AT CAESARS PALACE
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Mel B of Vegas revue Peepshow
LAS VEGAS SPRINGS PRESERVE
"There are free walking trails and gardens. I love how peaceful this place is." (springspreserve.org)
"The carnival games here are great. The competition can get going, but it's friendly." (excalibur.com)
Donny Osmond co-headliner of Donny & Marie at the Flamingo hotel
"The Neon Boneyard (neonmuseum.org), where the old Las Vegas signs have been retired, takes me back to my first show in Las Vegas at 7."
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Drew Lachey: HOW TO HANG ART
The singer shares what he has learned as a new HGTV host
"For a long time, I didn't hang up my plaques because I felt like I was saying, 'Hey, here are my awards! Come look at my ego room,'" says the former 98° singer and 2006 Dancing with the Stars champ. Now host of HGTV's $250,000 Challenge, Lachey says, "I found that by mixing them with family photos, posters and kids' artwork, you can have a really interesting, aesthetically pleasing space. A smorgasbord of frames in different materials and colors softens up the look and makes it intriguing. Instead of, 'Hey, this is my planned-out picture wall,' it looks like, 'This is just my collection of things that are important to me.'"
Catch the final two episodes of HGTV's $250,000 Challenge Sundays at 10 p.m.
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