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Getting to Know Jim Weaver from Meadow View Farms

Every September, we at Sweet Heat Gourmet and approximately 50+ chile companies, make the annual pilgrimage to the Bowers Chile Pepper Festival. The festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and one of the main attractions was the incredibly cheap “pick your own peppers” right down the road at Meadow View Farms, owned by Jim Weaver and his family.

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We’ve been buying super hots from Jim since we started our company about 3 ½ years ago. If you haven’t been to his farm in person, it truly is chilehead nirvana. There are acres and acres of hot peppers, 200+ varieties according to Jim, with 50 of those super hots. I took this opportunity to ask Jim a few questions about his farm and his family, and how they got interested in growing super hot peppers.

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It’s a Fiery World! – Nov ’15

Fiery World

A Collection By Any Other Name
By Ken Alexander, It’s a Fiery World

 

“I collect Hot Sauce!” I hear this all the time and see evidence of different versions and illustrations of hot sauce collections on Facebook, Pinterest, etc. To personalize the observation, I love to tell people that my hobby…no…my passion, is collecting and blogging about hot sauce, spicy food, and the community surrounding the Chilehead industry. So what is a collection, really?

To some, a collection isn’t a collection unless they have shelves full of wax-covered bottles, signed and unopened. They proudly display their spicy treasures in display cases, shelves, etc. and wouldn’t dare dream of opening any one of them for fear of devaluing their worth. They look up to and envy the likes of my good friend and buddy, Vic Clinco, who boasts the largest privately owned collection of hot sauce in the world, pushing towards 8,000 individual, discrete products. What a testimony to spicy and cool! A collection so large, so unique, so over-the-top that it’s been featured on national television and is world renowned. If you haven’t seen pictures, just search Google Images for it and see what pops up.

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Taco Time – Nov. 2015

Let’s Taco bout some unusual meats. And win some stuff

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Through my taco travels I have been approached by many, as to why people would eat Lengua, Tripas, or Cabeza. A lot of people think that its just weird and freaks them out. For those of you who do not know what these are. These types of food have been around since Humans have been eating animals. Eaten for their high content of fat. This for me , gives them a distinctive taste and texture. Using every part of the animal was something you did so nothing went to waste. So, lets take a trip down to the Unusual meat locker. This month let’s Taco bout Lengua.

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Q-ing With Your Average Joe – Nov 2015

Fiber Joe

Hello all you happy people….

GOBBLE…GOBBLE, everyone! Welcome to November. Here we are a couple of months away from a new year. I’m not sure about you guys, but I can’t wait, mainly because a new year brings the 28TH Annual Fiery Food Show here in ALBQ. Since I live close by, I get a chance to see all of my amazing friends, and of course I get to put on the 4TH Annual Fiber Joe BBQ. Like I said, one of my favorite times of the year can’t wait to see you all.

So this month I thought I would do one of my local favorites,

GREEN CHILE BACON CHEESE BURGERS…with fresh cut Fries.

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The Freakie Foodie – Nov. 2015

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Ancient Aliens Sous Vide Potatoes

I have to admit that I am fan of the show Ancient Aliens – especially Giorgio Tsoukalos and his crazy hair. If you aren’t familiar with either, just do an image search on Google for “Aliens” and you will see what I mean.

I also like to tinker and build things, and recently I built my own sous vide controller. For those of you who have not yet been exposed to the wonder that is sous vide, it is essentially cooking vacuum sealed food in very precisely controlled water bath. Chances are if you have eaten in a restaurant recently, at least one of your dishes was prepared this way. The reason is simple, the tight temperature control allows one to cook food at exactly the right temperature very slowly so that food cooks evenly all the way through and cannot overcook. Once the food is fully cooked, it is usually finished on a grill or in a skillet to give it an appetizing appearance and external texture.

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Habanero Montreal – Nov ’15

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Martin Lamoureux

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Northern Fire

Hello hot pepper lovers,
This month I will tell you about a company that, in my opinion, is the pioneer of sauces in Quebec. I refer of course to Peppermaster which was created in 2004. Greg and Tina Brooks, the owners, started doing business in 1982 for sauce craft fairs in Nova Scotia and elsewhere in Canada. In 1995, they began selling their sauces to a shop called “Le Panier” in Pointe Claire near Montreal. Today, they have a wonderful store located in the small town of Rigaud in western Quebec. With over 150 products bearing the logo Peppermaster, in addition to producing for 17 companies, a detour is needed to see all their selections. I’ll come back to their in a moment. Greg, who was born in Pointe-Claire went to study in the Bahamas where he started selling sauces to tourists in 1962. Throughout his path, creating magical flavors became his life’s work. The Brooks family is always ready to help chilehead community here in Quebec.

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Pepper of the Month – November ’15

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Trinidad 7 Pot Primo (Capsicum Chinense)-Back in 2005 a man named Troy Primeaux (Nickname Primo), a Horticulturist and member of the Southern Rock band called Santeria from Lousiana, grew out some of the first seeds of the Naga Morich in the United States. These seeds were obtained from his friend Mark in the U.K. who got the seeds from a market in Bangladesh.

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Adventures of the Accidental Chilehead

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Show off your meat! It’s what I have done for years; show off my cooking, usually with meat. I like my meat spicy or mild. Sometimes the intentional great meat dish needs something extra. Meat is manly and I’m a girl. I do love to grill. So I’m a girl who loves to show off her meat. The manly thing about November is this relatively new cause for men’s health. I do so love the men in my life. The Movember Foundation is about manly health issues and calling attention to men getting checked out. Yes guys it means going to the Doctor’s office. The Movember Foundation encourages men to grow a mustache to get the conversation going about men’s cancers and so on. I know, not a chilehead topic, but still important. My company, Sauce Goddess, is donating to this cause this month for every jug that gets grabbed (from our online store that is). $5 for each jug grabbed. So grow a stash, grab our jugs, and show off your meat!

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Chilehead Monthly – October ’15

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September was quite a month for this Chilehead. Coming off of August with my vacation ride to Chicago for the Great Chicago Fiery Food Festival, I traveled even more in September. Starting with the Bowers Chile Festival in eastern PA on Friday the 11th, and then the next day I took off to Sussex County, New Jersey for the NJ Taco Festival for back to back outdoor events. The following Saturday I got back in the car and went to the Jersey Shore for PicklePalooza, and the following Thursday I ventured off to Indiana for Open Fields. That was 1200 miles just by itself. A journey that was well worth the gasoline.

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The Chilli Alchemist: October ’15

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It’s sometimes said that Communism started with four people in a room. The word ‘Communism’ is actually derived from the French word ‘communisme’ which developed out of the Latin words ‘communis’ and ‘isme’, and was in use as a word designating various social situations before it came to be associated with more modern conceptions of an economic and political organization. ‘Communis’ can be translated to “of or for the community” while ‘isme’ is a suffix that indicates the abstraction into a state, condition or action, so ‘communism’ may be interpreted as “the state of being of or for the community”. Now, I’d never describe the UK’s largest free chilli club as a Communist organization in modern terms, far from it, but it did start with four people in a room (by ‘room’, I mean ‘bar’) & it’s definitely “for the community”.
Around 6 years ago, four guys were drinking together in their local bar & looking for something to do on the weekend. After a little discussion & online browsing, they decided to attend an open day at a local nursery that specialized in chilli plants. Within minutes of their arrival, they were smitten with the sheer variety on offer. Up until this point, they had only known of the more common chilli varieties so their trip became an eye-opener & inspiration. The journey back was full of ideas and conversation. It was during this time that the idea for the Clifton Chilli Club was born.

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Pepper of the Month – October ’15

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Jim Duffy
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Golden Treasure-(Capsicum annuum)-A very tasty Italian Heirloom variety that grows peppers about 9 inches long. It is very sweet and can be stuffed or used as a frying pepper. Also delicious raw as a snack or salad pepper. Some people make deep fried chips from them. Much more sweeter than the more common Corno di Toro. The Golden Treasure chile plants can get between two to three feet tall and are very productive. Golden Treasure peppers ripen from green to a golden yellow and then golden orange.

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Q-ing With Your Average Joe

Fiber Joe

Hello all you happy people..

Happy October everybody! Wow can you believe it’s already October almost time to hand out candy, then carve some turkey, then BAM, Christmas lights, and then we get to start all over again YEE HAW…

This month I’m going to share with you a real simple recipe. Not only is it easy to BBQ it’s not too bad for you either. We are going to do Cedar Plank Salmon with Fresh Vegetable’s over a bed of Long Grain Rice. Sounds harder than it is, trust me.

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Habanero Montreal

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Martin Lamoureux

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Northern Fire

Bonjour Chileheads,

In the upcoming months I will tell you about my Canadian passion for hot peppers, but first, let me introduce myself to you. My name is Martin Lamoureux and I live in a small town in the suburbs of Montreal. I became interested in chilli peppers in my teenage years at a time when fresh peppers were rare here in Canada. As the years progressed, I discovered some excellent spicy products, especially hot sauce. That world fascinated me, and a couple years later I found a guy who had published a review about a hot sauce and it really captivated me. This reviewer many of you know; he is Mr. Bill Moore. After watching several videos of Bill, I said to myself that here in Quebec we have no one that does this type of thing for the Canadian Chilehead. I decided to take it upon myself to create such a reviewer and I began to offer my own review with sauces from here. The problem for me was that most stores only carried the likes of Tabasco and Frank’s Red Hot, and I wanted the same sauces that Bill Moore was reviewing.

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The Freakie Foodie

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J Scott Bushey

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My name is J. Scott Bushey. Some readers may know me from my Facebook postings in a variety of spicy food groups or from my numerous food-related Instructables on Instructables.com. However, most readers probably don’t know me at all. I’m not a professional chef, hot sauce maker, food producer, photographer, or blogger. I am, however, I huge fanboy of the hot-n-spicy stuff. I guess it was inevitable, being as I hail from the same hometown as CaJohns. I’m also a devout Slow Food advocate, amateur hydroponic vegetable gardener, and farmer’s market enthusiast.

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Spicy Inspiration with Local & Farm Fresh Food

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Shellie Mierwald

Sweet Heat Gourmet

Early Fall in Central Pennsylvania is prime farmers’ market season, as I’m sure it is in many places around the United States. My husband and I just harvested some of our first yellow bhut jolokias, some beautiful peach habaneros, and our moruga scorpion peppers are coming along nicely. Knowing that this is prime local food season, I took a rare day off from my business at our local farmers’ market, and my husband Dave and daughter Zoe ran the booth for me. I went on a spontaneous road trip to Eastern PA with my good friend Susan to explore and see what local goodies we could find.

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We ended up at the oldest continuously run farmers’ market in the United States, the Lancaster Central Market in Lancaster Pennsylvania. This is a year round indoor market that has been in operation for over 275 years. Inside the beautiful red brick building is a teaming, bustling market with 70 vendors where you can find culinary delights ranging from foods from Ethiopia, Knackwurst from a German stand, fair trade coffee, Middle Eastern delights, Amish delicacies as well as local meats, veggies, and even fresh seafood.

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