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    Cool Hot Stuff!!!

    I'm an aficionado of salsas & hot sauces (good thing too,I live in New Mexico,the heart of chile country! ) & since I perfected my salsa recipe a few years ago I've grown chiles & tomatoes for it.Sadly,this year none of my jalapeños & red chiles did well,dunno if it was too much water or a fungus or,more likely,I used the wrong soil.I do container gardening even though we live on 2.5 acres due to the fact that it always freezes in May!!! *grumble* That way I can cover the pots when the temp drops.

    But my cayenne peppers are doing very well,they just started ripening up nicely.Last year was the 1st time I grew them & they did well so I dehydrated them,cleaned them & put them in an old coffee grinder to make cayenne powder that smells & tastes sooo much better than store bought,mmmmm

    So I've decided I'm going to make homemade Tabasco sauce,looked up some recipes & it looks fairly easy to make,tho it does involve letting it sit for anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months & can continue to ferment (real Tabasco is fermented for 3 years).

    Interesting thing about cayennes,they like a LOT more water than jalapeños or green/red chiles,as much as tomatoes.

    Hope it turn out well,I have several friends who like hot stuff too.


    Every year I go to the National Fiery Foods & Barbeque Show to have my mouth & innards seared into insensibility & usually come away with 2 backpacks full of stuff.My wife complains,but I just tell her to shut up & carry the damn things (I'M JOKING!!!!! )
    The show originated in Albuquerque,but several years ago the promoters decided that Albuquerque was too much of a hick town for such a high-falutin' show so they moved it to San Francisco (cue paraphased the Pace line: "San Francisco? Get a rope" ).
    Well gee,San Fran not being known as chile hotspot (pun intended),the promoters & vendors lost their asses,so they moved it back here & now it pulls in thousands of people & $$$ every year.

    Factoids: chiles are native to the New World,they're a member of the nightshade family which also includes potatos & tomatoes.
    Chile seeds are spread by birds,who have no capsacium receptors so they can't feel the heat.

    Anybody else like hot stuff?
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    I just made a batch of shrimp & fish ceviche, used our home-grown tomatoes & chiles.

    I love it when I give it to people who've never had it: "Whaddaya mean it ain't cooked?!?"
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    not cooked ?

    i guess i would pass on it too

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    The lemon & lime denature the proteins (there' some high-falutin' words ) just as well as cooking it, so the texture is like being cooked. It really is very good & I've had people try it & like it.

    Me & the missus like sushi, we have no problem with good raw seafood, though we do prefer our shrimp cooked in some way, boiled or fried

    I make a killer battered & fried shrimp, even make my own sauce
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    I'm making my Chile Relleno Stuffed Chicken tonight, chicken breasts flattened & rolled around a green chile stuffed with Monterey jack cheese & the whole thing wrapped in bacon, then smothered in green chile tomatillo sauce
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    That sounds delicious but also way tooooo hot for me
    From now on, this is how it is going to be, just her and me

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    Whenever someone asks me "Is this hot?" I always say "I'm the wrong person to ask, better ask my wife"
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    From now on, this is how it is going to be, just her and me

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