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By Tom Palen 

A Half Dog


November 4, 2023

I opened the refrigerator, looking for the hotdogs. I found the package near the bottom of the drawer with lunchmeats and cheese. "Hmm, only one left," I said. "Perfect! I only wanted one."

Prepackaged hotdogs come fully cooked and can be eaten straight out of the wrapper. But I haven't liked them cold ever since I turned seven years old. To a kid back then, a cold dog, sans the bun, was like a Slim Jim.

There are various ways to heat the hotdog. I've had them fried in a cast iron skillet; they were okay but not my favorite. I loved a grilled hot dog, not so much off the Weber grill, b...

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