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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Some Like it Hot!


There are many ways to divide the world.  One of my favorites it to divide the world into those that like hot and spicy food and those that think it is stupid to ruin good food with hot sauce.  I happen to be someone that loves hot and spicy food and my wife thinks that pepper makes food too spicy.  I have always assumed this was because she grew up in the Midwest which has to have the blandest food anywhere in the country.  Must be because that region of the country was settled by the Germans, Swiss and other Scandinavian countries.  The colder the climate of a country the blander the food.  You always have to go to a country with warm weather to get spicy food.

This past week on our beach trip to Rehoboth I was able to visit my favorite hot sauce store called Peppers.  This place is a "candy store" for someone like me. You can order anything they have through the mail.  The most interesting thing about hot sauces is the names.  Most are a variation of something like "Burn your A** Sauce" or "Alien Anal - Probe Xtra-Terestial Hot Sauce" or something else mildly obscene. I even found one that was an "Elvis Hot Sauce."  Is there anything that you can't put Elvis' name on? My recommendations are:
1) Hot Raspberry Thunder Sauce
2) Melinda's Mango Coconut Sauce
3) Baron's Banana Ketchup 

 I was disappointed that they didn't have the banana hot sauce that I love with scrambled eggs.  Sounds weird but it gives eggs the best taste you can imagine.  I will leave you with a great hot sauce dip recipe that you just don't think of the calories. Buffalo chicken dip
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (10 ounce) can chicken, drained (or equivalent rotisserie or freshly-cooked, chopped chicken)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup red hot sauce
  • shredded cheddar cheese, you decide how much
  • crackers or good bread to dip

Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese, ranch dressing, and red hot sauce.
  2. Fold in shredded chicken.
  3. Spread mixture into pie plate sprayed with Pam.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  5. Add cheddar to top and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.

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