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The best-ever way to slice a hot dog!

"How could I  not have known about this?"  My Food for Thought pard Nancy Leson echoed the very words I had thought when I discovered the Spiral Cut hot-dog.   It's not only cool,  it's so easy to do.  Here, courtesy of is an easy-to-follow video on how to spiral-cut a hot dog.

If you're just back from watching the video please know that Food for Thought does not now, nor has it ever promoted the use of ketchup on hot-dogs.  Please condiment responsibly.  Now back to the show.

Why Spiral Cut a hot dog? 1. Spiral cutting yields extra surface to be exposed to the kiss of the coals. More caramelization = more flavor. 2. Spiral cuts mean more little crevices for that Kryptonite-green relish to nestle in. 3. The springy nature of a Spiral-Cut dog allows you to stretch it to fit the bun. No more dog-less bun-bites.

"A hot dog at the ball park is better than a steak at the Ritz."

– Humphrey Bogart



Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.