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Happy National Hot Dog Day!

Chicago-style hot dog at The Dog House. (Photo ©2012 by Leah A. Zeldes.)

Chicago-style hot dog at The Dog House in Irving Park. (Photo by Leah A. Zeldes.)

Even Pres. Barack Obama agrees: “You shouldn’t put ketchup on your hot dog.” (All the Republicans are now rushing out for Heinz.)

Hot dogs are our national treasure, even though they are uniquely regional. In 2010, one of Chicago’s more unique dog recipes was served to politicians attending the annual congressional picnic. Mike Payne went to the White House to dress the franks in the typical Chicago-style toppings plus cucumbers and lettuce, according to the recipe he serves at Byron’s Hot Dogs in Wrigleyville and Ravenswood.

For more holiday hot-dog notes, see “Know your red-hot trivia” in the Sun-Times and our series on “Everything you always wanted to know about the Chicago hot dog.”