Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #8 Beef Stew vs #9 Baked Beans



Sometimes I wonder when we pair up two of these comfort foods how we got to these rankings. Baked Beans is a comfort food? Well, not to anyone in the room with the person that had some! Yet, here we are pitting a food made famous in a scene from the great comedy, “Blazing Saddles” vs a slow cooker food legend. Beef Stew is the favorite here at #8 vs #9 Baked Beans. I am not sure this fight is fair, but I have been wrong before. Can a beefy family dish recipe that everyone seems to have in their home in, lose to a gassy delicacy? Let us call a spade a spade here, baked beans is a side dish that makes you fart and Beef Stew is a meal, I mean a hearty food with delicious veggies that you can to pick out if you do not like them. Baked Beans, well you can add bacon or hot dogs or sausage, maybe some bbq sauce or brown sugar, but it is pretty much just beans. Both dishes are so different it is so hard to compare the two. In the end, farts will happen and there is nothing a vote can do about it. I still urge you to vote below for your favorite of the two in this week’s Comfort Food Showdown.

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #3 Chili vs #14 Clam Chowder

This is New England vs the World in my humble opinion. If you grew up with Clam Chowder whether it be New England or Manhattan varieties, you have a natural prejudice and have this huge chip on your shoulder towards those that might think your soup is being disrespected. I grew up on Long Island, NY…

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8th Annual Super Spicy Sale

It is that time of year for the spicy lover’s shopping spree. We have all kind of sales from Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday to an extended holiday spectacular. Make sure you see what each one offers, because their timeline on the sale might be limited as compared to others. Everyone was free to submit their own specific sale, as there were very little guidelines in this. We just wanted to give our product makers a place where they can offer up their goodies for our spicy loving audience. So please support them if you can. The holidays are a big time of year for these small business owners.

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #8 Onion Rings vs #9 Crab Cakes

 

We have our next combatants in what might be a very close battle. You have your classic crunchy side item, fried, beer battered big, small, whatever you might find the most pleasing. Do you dunk your onion rings or just munch on them? With a burger, on a burger? Then the other side we have an entree that is the staple for the Baltimore region and some would say it’s reach has no bounds – The Crab Cake! Everyone has their own recipe, every restaurant serves it up in their own way. Some places have mini-versions to pop right into your mouth. With Old Bay or without Old Bay? This cake is in no way shape or form, a dessert, but people will go out of their way for some popular restaurant version. Can you say the same for Onion Rings? I have never started a restaurant discussion with, “I am in the mood for onion rings, where should we go?” Yet, if you find a really good onion ring that hits the spot, you might feel like you found the comfort in this food which is what this tournament is all about.

So this battle is about…

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1- #8 Chocolate Chip Cookies vs #9 Pumpkin Pie

We kick off the CFS Tourney with a dessert battle. Who does not love a good cookie now and then? Perhaps the most popular cookie ever created is the chocolate chip cookie. Warm from the oven or the cookie dough beforehand this icon sweet might be the easiest dessert to find in any grocery store. So many different versions and recipes, but who is to judge which is the best when people make them at home. Then we have the Autumn classic, pumpkin pie. A staple on Thanksgiving and a hit during Halloween after the jack-o-lanterns are carved. A dollop of whipped cream after the holiday meal and people will happily go into a food coma afterwards. Tis the season or is it? We shall find out…

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The Comfort Food Showdown is back!

We did this interactive poll tournament back in 2011-12, and it was a lot of fun. We have 64 comfort foods to be determined via a poll in the main tournament. There will be a qualifying round which will pit Pho vs Fondue to see who gets the last spot. It will be a bit of practice for me, since it has been a very long time since I posted anything here. I just want to work out the kinks before we go to the main tournament votes. I think I will post each round with a corresponding poll each Sunday morning (Eastern Standard Time) before football kicks off. The poll will go 2-3 days depending on whether I close it promptly or not. The results will be seen once the poll is officially closed. So if you comeback you will be able to see how it went. This will be something I will post each week, and let it play out until a champion is declared. Remember to support your favorites or make sure the food you despise does not win. You know what happens when you leave the decision up to others? Anything can happen!

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Lenny Awards – Best Spicy Products of 2017

Welcome to the 8th Annual Lenny Awards for the best new spicy products. The Lenny Award is named after my Father who died of Cancer on this very day back in 2010. Rather than mourn his death, I am here to celebrate his life and how he would help total strangers in need just because he could. I am trying to do the same with the Lenny Award by giving something from my heart to an industry and community that I love. The Lenny is given to my favorite new products and there is no other factor involved in my choice. I don’t get a chance to try everything in due time, so some of these products might be older than 2017 when I first got a chance to try them. I have listed the names of the companies below the video that either received a Lenny Award or got an honorable mention. If you do not want to view that spoiler list, go watch the video and enjoy the moment there.

The Lenny Awards have not been purchased yet, as I will need some of the addresses of the companies I will not see at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo come April. Those companies that attend that great event will have them presented by me in person. Those that do not, will get them mailed directly to whatever address you provide me with. The video is long as I ramble a lot and I try to give each product I mention their due. The addresses below are there for a reason. I hope you will give some thought into purchasing a few of these winners. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Besides, it is the holiday season and some of these fine artisan products might still be on sale.

Thank you for your time and congratulations to all the fiery product makers for making such flavorful and delicious food enhancements.

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Paqui One Chip Challenge

Video of yours truly attempting the Paqui…well you can read the headline. It is a great tasting tortilla chip company that has gotten authority from Ed Currie and his Puckerbutt Pepper Company to create the world’s hottest tortilla chip. The Smokin’ Ed Carolina Reaper is presently the Guinness Book of World Records record holder as the world’s hottest chile pepper. This chip

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2017 Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

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The Screaming Mi Mi Awards were announce this year at the 5th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo.

Grand Champion Winner

CONGRATS To :

Dirty Dicks Hot Sauce
50 Case purchase from Peppers.com distribution
Hot Sauce featured in June subscription of Fuego Box
Full Page Ad in Chile Pepper Magazine
1 Year of Free banner advertising on the official Scott Roberts website: www.scottrobertsweb.com
Free 10 x 10 Booth at the 2018 NYC Hot Sauce Expo (or another High River presenting Expo)

A Big Time Congrats To All of the 2017 Winners!!

The panel of Judges that include celebrity chefs from CBS, FOX & Food Networks, writers from Bon Appetit Magazine, Rachael Ray Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Huffington Post, NYC Newspapers, NYC Food Bloggers, Sirius XM Radio, NYC Chefs and other industry professionals.

Screaming Mi Mi Winners

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2017 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

If you have ever went to a football game, whether it be college or the NFL, you just do not go for the game. You go for the whole entertainment package. You go for the tailgating experience hours before. You go to be with friends and/or family. You go for the entertainment that the stadium brings, whether it be the halftime show, the cheerleaders, the horns and whistles of the home team getting the fans ramped up in every way, shape and form. This is the game day experience. When I go to the NYC Hot Expo, I go for the whole enchilada. This Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017, I come for the party.

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