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Fudge Sauce from Beekman 1802 Heirloom Desserts

  “It tastes funny.” That was my grandson Daniel commenting on last week’s Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce. Being a grandfather, when the grandson is thirteen and as tall as I am, requires care. Better not to try to bluff it out, I concluded. “It has malt, Daniel. Do you know what malt is?” “Yes, it’s…

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Malted Milk Chocolate Sauce

Early in the 1900s, in Switzerland some people made a product from egg [Latin ovum] and malt. They called it Ovomaltine and you mixed it with milk and drank it. When the product was exported in 1909 to Great Britain, someone made a spelling mistake on the trademark registration. Thus was born Ovaltine. The beverage…

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Hot Chili Sauce Testing, Round 1

  I’ve begun my great hog dog chili sauce tests using the recipes in Haute Dog by Russell Van Kraayenburg. I made his basic, classic chili sauce — the recipe is repeated below. In a word, it’s hot. Blazingly hot. No, it is nothing like Roakes in Portland. But I did learn one thing: Roakes…

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Classic Hot Dog Chili Sauce from Haute Dog by Russell Van Kraayenburg

For many of us, a “hot dog” really means “chili hog dog.” In Haute Dog, Russell Van Kraayenburg offers dozens of hot dog recipes, from both the United States and around the world. The US versions are often slathered in chili sauce. I have fond memories of Roakes in Portland, Oregon, and I’m always in…

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