Hot Dog Sauce

See the new, better version of this sauce here, but also note the correction below to the amount of water in the recipe.

Just before my granddaughter left yesterday, she finally found my teapot collection. In one corner of the shelves is a miniature cookbook called Tea Time, in which I had tucked this borrowed recipe for hot dog sauce distinctively flavored with cloves and nutmeg. For years, my husband raved about the hot dog sauce at The Majestic Bar and Grille in Greenville, PA that he swore was made with cinnamon. I knew he was wrong even before I had tasted it myself and that he was confusing cinnamon with cloves—he was just thinking of a generic pumpkin pie flavor, but misidentifying the spice. You can still get hot dogs with that locally famous sauce by traveling to Greenville or you can make this recipe that is pretty darned close. I think we got it from my sister-in-law, who got it when it might have been circulating, and you can tell that she jotted it down on what was handy.

I’m not actually making it today, so I don’t have a photo, but it will turn up some time this summer (see new photo in the recipe from late summer added 9/7).

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