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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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Tipsy Jezebel Sauce for Your Thanksgiving Meal with Thanks to Bourbon by Kathleen Purvis

      Looking for something different for your Thanksgiving table? Here’s a sauce full of sweet fire for that turkey meat. The University of North Carolina Press has a series of cookbooks, Savor the South, that are notable for their quality and inspiration. Each of the books is slim, about 50 pages, but conveys…

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Brian’s Banana Sauce for Cake, Ice Cream or Midnight Refrigerator Runs

The secret to a long marriage is to avoid confrontation. That takes time. And in the course of that time, the marriage can be strained or flail or fail. I’m in the safe zone with Suzen. At least five days a week. She is very sensitive to her cooking. It’s almost, always good to great.…

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