Discussing Questions And Answers About Sauces For Dog Food

Mark asks…

Do some people put hot sauce on hot dogs?

I did this by accident at a wedding last weekend and everyone looked humorously (I had the hot sauce mixed up with ketchup) and when we were all laughing about it the bride’s brother (my 2nd cousin) said “what’s so funny, I put hot sauce on my hot dogs”.

Jimmy answers:

Some people do put hot sauce on their hot dogs. It actually tastes really good with beef hot dogs. Hot sauce is just another condiment that can be used on many different foods and still taste delicious. I love hot sauce on many of my foods including omelets, steak, macaroni and cheese, burgers, meatloaf, and baked fish.

Charles asks…

How do you stop your child from sneaking food in the middle of the night?

I have a 10 year old daughter who keeps sneaking food and hiding it in her bedroom in the middle of the night. I have tried LOTS of remedies; not buying junk foods, changing meal schedules, having a good supply of healthy foods, buying only foods that require a little more complex prep, alarms on the pantry (we can’t put locks on the pantry doors, they hang on sliding tracks), fridge, and her bedroom door; which she has learned sneaky ways to defeat with fridge magnets (which have since been removed from the house), clothes hangers, and even a pencil once no matter how, what kind, or where we put them.

She is offered 3 good meals a day, but nibbles at breakfast, sometimes gives her lunch away at school; if she doesn’t bring it home, and takes 4 or 5 bites of even her favorite foods for dinner before she says she is full.

We’ve spoken with her doctor and there are no symptoms of any disorders. She’s not on any medications. She is average weight for a girl of her age and height. I’ve also spoken to her teacher to see if she is getting picked on about her body, clothes or looks durring the day. Nothing they will claim.

People have told me to put a lock on the outside of her bedroom door, but I refuse to do so because of safety.

She is never denied access to food durring the day. She just refuses to eat until 2-4am. She hides the food in her closet, in her dresser, under her bed, and under her pillow. My last straw with her is finding a nearly gone gallon milk jug which was purchased 2 days ago; 3 half eaten bowls of mac n cheese, the pot she cooked it in, the butter, AND the waste/boxes all stashed in her closet with dirty clothes covering it; the picked-at remains of a family size tray of frozen un-cooked lasagna (she knows how the oven works, but doesn’t know how to use it) under her blankets on the bed; multiple half eaten apples and banana peels throughout the room; and opened cans of veggies. These were all swiped between today, which is Monday, and Saturday night. The lasagna was snuck last night and I found it this morning. The room gets cleaned every two days by us or her.

This problem has been ongoing for about a year now. I could ground her from everything in the house for stealing the food, and she doesn’t care. Talking to her about this only goes in one ear and out the other.

The only meals she will eat in it’s entirety are when we go out for fast food; which we believe is okay from time to time, but not every day. I’m not going to buy McDonalds and Burger King for her every day. She loves cheeseburgers and fries; but not when they’re made at home.

I am asking here what other people do with kids who have this same problem.
Its not the midnight snacking that worries me. It’s fine to grab a cup of milk, an apple, etc. It’s the having free access to food all day, not eating any of it, then going on sneaky hiding midnight binges where she eats 2-3 meals intended for 4 people each in 1 night.

Jimmy answers:

It’s a very bizarre problem – and this is just a hunch, but have you considered that she might actually have an intolerance to something which (illogically, but commonly) leads her to crave it at odd times?

It struck me that the things she’s stealing have a theme: milk, lasagne (cheese/milk sauce), mac and cheese. And you said she likes cheeseburgers. Dairy products are one of the commonest forms of food intolerance. I knew of a child who was less extreme than your daughter, but would easily drink a pint of milk at a meal, and then help himself to another pint, plus yogurt, during the evening. When his family cut out dairy products entirely, his behaviour in general improved enormously.

You say that you have healthy foods at home, but other than the fruit (and anyone can feel like fruit in the night!) everything else you mention is quite processed – canned veggies, frozen lasagne, etc, do not sound like healthy foods at all :-( As for fast food – really, once a year is too often for a child. McDonalds and similar contain all kinds of horrible toxic junk that I would not give to a dog, let alone a child.

However, those are asides.. I would suggest that first of all you get rid of ALL dairy products for at least a month, and see if that makes a difference. Cow’s milk products are not healthy in any case – particularly if you’re in the US, where they have hormones added as well as the antibiotics that are common in the rest of the world. Home-made nut milk or coconut milk is much healthier, as well as tastier. Stop eating fast food altogether, and try to cut down on canned and other processed products – you’ll all feel better, and if your cupboards simply contain dried ingredients, there will be far less for your daughter to pick at.

In the meantime, since her metabolism is evidently accustomed to eating during the night, I’d suggest you *encourage* her to take a piece of fruit or some cut-up raw veggies, or even a piece of wholemeal toast to eat in the night if she feels hungry. If you tell her it’s fine she’ll have no need to hide anything – and it will also stop feeling like a way she can take control.

Laura asks…

What is good Saturday College Football party food to serve to my friends??

Every Saturday my husband & I host a college football day where most of our friends (mostly guys) come over and we watch a few football games, toss the football around, drink beer, etc. I try to pride myself in food selection but need some new ideas. What are some easy, inexpensive, fun football-party type foods for my football friends??? Right now I’ve been doing sloppy joes, store-bought pizza in the oven, wheat thins, cheese nips, pretzels and cookies. How can I mix it up and give people better food and selection?

Jimmy answers:

Open a can of no-bean chili and pop it into the microwave to heat. Chop up a block of cream cheese while it’s heating. Stir the cream cheese into the chili. Result: one yummy and filling dip. It’s heavy, so use tortilla chips with it. They don’t break as easily as potato chips.

On the subject of canned chili, add a can of chili to a box of mac-and-cheese mix. Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the package. When you’re ready to combine noodles and cheese sauce, add the chili, too. Heat through.

Real pigs-in-blankets might be fun. It’s best with turkey dogs because they contain less fat to seep into the biscuit. Stretch a biscuit to fit around each hotdog and bake as directed on the biscuit package. Serve with hotdog condiments.

Bumps on a log are fun as cold food on a warmer day. Wash and slice celery stalks so you have pieces about 5″ long with a deep groove in the center. Mix a little margarine into some peanut butter to make it lighter and easier to spread. Spread the PB mixture into the grooves in the celery stalks. Top with raisins.

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