Despite the heat and humidity that have had our part of the country in a death grip, this thread is flying by as usual. And here's a little background on the term:
The Romans referred to the dog days as diēs caniculārēs, and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky.
So there you have it. Not even fit for dogs, in my opinion! What cool and lovely foods are you enjoying these days?