Marjorie! Hallelujah! Thank you for sending this in — parents everywhere will be singing your praises this summer!
My friend Adrienne had such an obvious hack, but i’d never thought of it. [Me neither. — Ed.] She put ketchup on the underside of the hot dog before putting it in the bun, rather than on top of the dog AFTER putting it in the bun. her way, there is less ketchuppy surface to get everywhere. If your kid is sensitive to having schmutzy hands, like mine, that’s good — and the sides of the bun absorb the extra ketchup so it’s more likely to end up in your kid than on his face or hands.