I must admit the idea of an organic hot dog seemed silly to me until I read Kim Seversen's piece on that very subject in last week's Times. As usual Kim blended the thoughtful and the delicious. So she actually inspired me to try the Applegate Farms organic hot dogs the company had sent me (and every other food writer in captivity).
And I was shocked to find that these organic hot dogs were mighty tasty. They were garlicky, coarsely ground, and just salty enough.
If they had a natural casing they'd be a potential entrant in my Hot Dog Hall of Fame. Maybe they couldn't find organic casings, though I don't see why not, as the natural casings are made from either pig or sheep organs.
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