December 2012 Fireside Chat

The Fireside Chat is our version of the off-topic thread. When something does not fit one of the other threads you are free to come here and talk it up. Feel free to ask questions, talk about the latest scoville-enhanced super-hot chile peppers, or what taste better with your Radish juice or Chicken Liver Sammich. Perhaps, you might want to ask about the new Teal Moruga Ghost Peppers you heard rumors about? Talk it up. Bring friends, family, and co-workers! We have 1 big rule here and that is to not make personal attacks on another poster. It will not be tolerated and we will remove parties that engage with malicious intent. This here blog is meant to be a place of fun and to share our common love of all things spicy. So play like good chileheads.

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TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW Part 9

With the Bowers, PA Chile Festival a week away, I wanted you folks to know about a salsa I tried at my very first trip to this event 4 years ago. It was actually during a tropical storm, and the time I got there Saturday around 1pm many people were packed up or running for covering. One company that was hanging in there with the downpour of rainfall was Twisted Twin Salsa.

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TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW Part 8

TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW is a segment where I draw your attention to products you do not here many people talking about, maybe products or companies you might never have heard about before. While CaJohn’s Flavor & Fire isn’t one of those companies, (unless you are a newbie to the spicy world of products), not many people discuss CaJohn’s salsa too much, specifically the Macioces Hot Italian salsa.

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TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW Part 7

Many of you know Big Dawg Salsa, but how many of you have ever tried their Fire & Rescue Jalapeno Hot Sauce? While there isn’t much of a fire nor will your taste buds need any form of rescue, it is one of the best tasting jalapeno hot sauces I have ever tried. If you are fan of cilantro and jalapenos, then you have a must have hot sauce. This is also a great starter hot sauce for those at the beginning stages of chileheadhood. I also substitute the need for jalapenos in both my salsa and Buddahmole recipes with this product. It will give you a wonderful zip to any recipe. I have a few go to jalapeno hot sauces, but this is at the very top of the list.

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TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW Part 6

We are bringing back one of the great hot sauces ever to be conjured up in this community. Brian Moon, once a well loved member of this computer fell out of sight and in doing so perhaps fell out of mind. In a recent shopping spree at Peppers, I came across a old bottle of Loco Luna’s Lava Gourmet Hot Sauce and couldn’t help wonder two things. Firstly, how old was it, and secondly was still good? The answer is yes, emphatically YES! The saw draws from both a tomatoey and vinegary combo with gentle spices that linger on your tongue to remind you that you want another hit.

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TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW Part 5

During a review for the product above, I referred to it as “Garlic Candy”. It wasn’t candy in any shape or form, but it sure was addicting like candy. Pickled, spicy, garlic buds that you can eat right of the jar without leaving that garlic breath behind in your mouth. This spicy product is called Red Lion Spicy Foods – 20 Pepper Garlic Hot. If you try one right out of the jar, you most certainly feel that need to come back for more of this garlic paradise.

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TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW Part 4

TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’t KNOW is a segment where I tell you all about a product I love and needs your attention. A product you might never heard of or just never tried and need too. In the world of mild hot sauces that do not claim to burn the most hardened of chileheads there are some absolute gems out there.

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TELL ME SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW Part 2

The bottle you are looking at is simply the best Asian-style sauce I have ever had in my life. For 3 years at the Fiery Food Show in Albuddahquerque I have implored Chef Dean Martin, (not the dead lounge singer by the way) to take his Asian sauce and make a spicy variety. In 2011 he did just that. While it isn’t hot for the chilehead, it is even better than it was. The trace of heat comes through and I applaud Chef Dean for his efforts. For those of you that did not see the first part of “Tell Me Something I Didn’t Know”, I am exploring great products that go unspoken or forgotten in our community. Not only does this Asian sauce need to be tried, it needs to be shared with the world on ever Asian egg roll, dumpling and my favorite Roast Pork Lo Mein.

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