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Still dealing with the Thanksgiving Feast-Shopping-lag? You have your turkey leftovers and sides you are still munching on, trying decide if you ever want to eat like this again, right? Then all the emails that come to your inbox shoving sale after sale down your throat. Thinking that if the 2 afternoon emails from Amazon were better than the 3 from the morning. Not to mention the 20-30 since Thursday. If you have ever bought anything, you got reminded that you were a customer that needed reminding over and over again. I do not know about you, but the more I got, the less I wanted to buy from them. Even some of the small makers in our community flooded my inbox. Not just from their Facebook posts every day, but from their sale emails. Did they think I did not see the first 5?

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DEFCON-versations – Dec. ’15

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John “The Creator” Dilley

Welcome back to the second installation of the Defcon Sauces op-ed piece. I am your glorious host, John Dilley, Dark Overlord of Defcon Sauces, purveyors of the time-tested, time-proven best Wing Sauces, Habanero Horseradishes and Dry Rubs this planet has to offer. Check out www.defconsauces.com and stock up, after all, it is football season.

Ok, I thought I’d touch on a trend that I’ve seen growing for the past few years. Since I joined into the Legions of Manufacturers within the hot sauce industry over a decade ago, I have seen a few trends come and go. As of late, it seems the borders of imagination are being pushed with some really cool ideas, from spicy peanut brittle to spicy cream cheese. Well, it seems we’ve hit the radar screen of the big guys.

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Bill Moore’s Hot & Spicy Reviews – Dec. ’15

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Hot & Spicy Products to Enjoy During the Holidays!

Bill Moore

Hello fellow chileheads and lovers of all things hot & spicy! In last month’s Chilehead Newsletter Al told us about a couple of products he recommends during the holidays. This month I thought it would be the perfect time to share a few products I’ve discovered recently that would be great to have around during the holidays. These are the type of products that work equally well with your holiday dishes including meats, main dishes, and desserts as well.

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Friends doing it with Local & Farm Fresh Food

Sweet Heat Gourmet
Shellie Mierwald

Two Hot Sauce Companies with a Passion for Local up for National Prestigious Award

Recently the finalists were announced for the 2016 Good Food Awards. The Good Food Awards is a prestigious award in the food community that honors local makers, farmers, artisan food producers, etc. that are committed to using as much local product as possible, and are committed to using a sustainable food source to produce their unique products. They received 1,937 entries for various categories this year, and the winners will be announced Friday, January 15, 2016, at a gala Awards Ceremony at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco.

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Habanero Montreal – Dec. ’15

Martin Lamoureux

Hello Chileheads,

Here in Quebec, the real hot sauces lovers are in small numbers, but are increasing year by year. Of these, one name often keeps coming up – Claude Dubé. Some media called the man with the Teflon tongue a legend. Certainly, you cannot remain indifferent when you see him eat peppers or sauces. I had the chance to meet him at the gathering of the first Annual Chili Quebec, and I found a man with an intense passion that he is not afraid to share. A colorful man with an attractive personality and when he speaks, people around him listen. Nothing seems to hurt him and any hot pepper sauce doesn’t seem to phase him. Not even the extracts; no product scares him. I asked him whether he felt some pain and his answer surprised me a little. Yes he feels pain, but he has been eating spicy food since the age of 6-7 years old, and he tolerates the burn and is able to ignore the pain. Go see his videos you’ll understand what I am talking about.

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Q-ing With Your Average Joe – Dec. ’15

Fiber Joe

Hello all you happy people….

Happy December everyone, hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving filled with lots of food and most importantly lots of family and friends. This month I would like to share a little different style of backyard cooking with ya. I’m pretty sure most of you do not have one of these, but hopefully by the time you’re done reading this you’ll want one as much as I did.

We are going to cook on the DISC-IT

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It’s a Fiery World – Dec. ’15

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Hot Sauce…Fa La La La La La La La La!

By Ken Alexander, It’s a Fiery World

It’s that time of year where thoughts go to snowmen, Santa, Dreidels, Christmas Trees, Holiday Parties, and all things fa la la la la! So of course you’re gonna be asked to bring something to the party. What better time could there be to get creative with your favorite hot sauce? Since I’m not the creative chef type who makes amazing sauces and spicy fare, I find ways to use other people’s creations and always bring something spicy and fun to Christmas parties. So I thought it was appropriate and timely to share a couple of my favorite party time recipes!

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Adventures of the Accidental Chilehead – Dec. ’15

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Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love making homemade candy. I love all the appetizers I get to make. Lately with my chile obsession, I have begun using chile in new ways.

I mentioned in an earlier article, I like to use chiles and steep them in some type of liquid. Milk is my choice this time. This month’s recipe is a Hot Hot Chocolate.

Ingredients to make this fun drink:

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Welcome to YESvember!

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This month definitely needs a new name. It is such a negative to say NOvember. So for the rest of this column we are only going to refer this month in the positive and rename it as YESvember. Hey, it is such a great month with the beautiful colors of Autumn spreading across our great land. It is also a great foodie month with Thanksgiving bringing such great traditional dishes, and a chance for the Chilehead in all of us to spice up some of the dishes. Well, most families would object, but if you have a good turkey-enhancing table sauce or two, then you can still put the THANKS in Thanksgiving.

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The Chilli Alchemist: Nov ’15

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No matter who we meet in life, there’s a good chance we will have something in common. It may be something little such as a favourite pizza topping or type of music, but it’s a shared interest nonetheless. Sometimes, when you have a lot in common with a person, you may strike up a lasting friendship, hang out & take part in a variety of social activities together. We all need friends and relationships and many of us thrive in the right company.

I’ve worked in a number of places during my time on this planet and I’m pleased to have made some friends along the way. Every now & then, I meet up with former colleagues who I considered friends. We drink, chat, catch up and then part ways until the next time (which could be months or even years). My friends in the chilli world are different…

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DEFCON-versations – Nov ’15

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Welcome. This is the first installment of the Defcon Creator’s op-ed section. My monthly addition will contain my own ramblings, reader beware! It will discuss various facets of the hot sauce industry, as well as different perspectives on things going on within the industry as a whole, trends past and present, and things I’ve noticed and will comment on. In other words, you’ll never know what I’m going to say. Those who know me know I am never at a loss for words.

Feel free to contact me at jo**@de**********.com if you’d like me to discuss anything in particular, or for any comments regarding this section. I can’t guarantee I will know a ton of stuff about everything, but will give it a shot.

As many of you know, my radio show, DEFCON-versations, has been put on the back-burner for now. There is just too much stuff going on right now, and when the radio show is active, I want to give it my full attention. Perhaps many of you can relate to parts of your life being stupidly busy, well, I’m dealing with it now. Will the show return? Absolutely! I’ve already written about 10 show formats already, with guests like All-Spice Cafe, Torchbearer Sauces and Gemini Crow, and many more lined up as guests, so stay tuned.

For those that don’t know who I am, my name is John Dilley, Supreme Dark Overlord of Defcon Sauces, a rather well-known purveyor of Wing Sauces, Habanero Horseradishes and Dry Rubs. Being around for over a decade, we’ve taken a ton of awards, and our product reach is global. If you haven’t tried our products, treat yourself. We’ve pretty much become the team to beat in the larger competitions, for a reason.

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