The Joint Journey

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It’s quiet time at HSD

Hi folks! I don’t usually include much personal info about myself on here, but things have been very quiet as I rehab and recover from my second total hip replacement surgery.

The weeks leading up to surgery were super busy at the Post Office for the Christmas Season, and then January came with a fast-tracked surgery date that was moved up due to my failing condition.

On the mend now…

As I write this post, I’m on Day 13 and am due to get my staples out tomorrow.

Yay! Who doesn’t like getting de-stapled?

So, I’ve postponed our annual Week of Wings series that is usually in this space about this time of year.

Thank you for understanding and hanging in there with me. I hope to get back on my feet soon! Get it?

See you soon!

~brian

Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

And now, from the That’s Not Hot Sauce department… we bring you a short review of the Original Maraschino Cherries from Luxardo in Italy.

Luxardo maraschino cherries are sour marasca cherries that are candied and steeped in syrup made of cherry juice and sugar. Their firm texture and thick rich syrup make them ideal for use as a cocktail garnish, for topping ice cream sundaes, and for use in baking.

Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries – Are they worth the extra expense?

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries from Italy

Original Maraschino Cherries are made by the Luxardo family, who exclusively cultivate over 30,000 Marasca cherry trees in the Veneto region of Italy. This product is all natural, with no coloring or thickening agents added, and are certified kosher. Each container contains about 50% cherries, and 50% syrup by volume.

Ingredients: marasca cherries, sugar, marasca cherry juice, glucose, citric acid, natural color, maraschino flavor.

We purchased a bottle of these candied marashino cherries from DiPasquale’s Italian Marketplace in Baltimore Maryland. And at $19.99 for the jar I thought these better be good!

After sampling a few, I told Marilyn how delicious they were, but I wasn’t sure about the $20 price.

A few searches later, and low and behold, on Amazon they are priced at that point and even higher. Apparently, these babies are worth their weight in gold!

I love them in my homemade Orange Crush (vodka, OJ, splash of Sprite, maraschino juice and cherries). Just for fun, here’s a pic of my Pineapple Crush I had recently. Recipe is at the end of this post.

Pineapple Crush Cocktail

These definitely rock in a Manhatten or a Jack and Coke for a little sweet kick!

Throw a few of these delicious cherries on top of your favorite ice cream desert, and you will thank me. They are amazing.

And they really are worth the extra bucks. The best deal I found was for 2 jars (400g. / 14.11oz each) at $33.97 with free shipping. Here’s our affiliate link:

Buy Luxardo Original Marashino Cherries

Pineapple Crush recipe:

– 4 oz pineapple juice
– 2 oz vodka
– splash of Sprite
– drizzle of Maraschino juice
– garnish with Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

I’ve already ordered two more jars. Yum!

I’d love to know if you’ve tried these candied goodies, and what you think of them. Just leave a Comment below.

Happy New Year 2016

Hello Happy HotSauceDaily readers!

 

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We want to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2016!

Marilyn and I would like to thank each and every one of you for reading HotSauceDaily this past year.

As we enter our 10th year online, we hope that 2016 will be bigger and better than ever!

This means more reviews of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, salsas, condiments and other spicy goodies that your taste buds deserve.

If we write about it here, you should probably consider buying it.

And we hope to bring you more recipes this year too. We’re always cooking up something in the kitchen or on the grill or smoker.

We have a lot of online friends cooking some amazing things too…

So if we’re not grilling it or smoking it or cooking it, someone else is and we’ll point you to them.

Thanks again for being loyal readers, and we’ll see you on the next post!

Brian and Marilyn Meagher

 

Moe Mountain Hot Sauce Review

Moe Mountain Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce

Moe Mountain Hot Sauce is a tomato based Ghost Pepper sauce from Martin Olsen, and his slogan is “it’s kinda hot”.

Let’s see if it really is.

It’s also one of the newest hot sauces to come to market. Made with a blend of natural ingredients like apple cider vinegar, cumin and cocoa powder, and coupled with the famous Bhut Jolokia Pepper (Ghost Pepper), Moe Mountain Hot Sauce brings its own unique flavor to the hot sauce world.

Moe Mountain Hot Sauce Bottles

The Details

Ingredients: tomato puree (water, tomato sauce), apple cider vinegar, modified food starch, salt, cocoa powder, garlic, fresh lemon pulp, ghost peppers, spices (cumin).

Flavor: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Dark, spicy and just slightly hot. This is a kicked up Mexican style sauce with ghost pepper heat. Surprising.

Heat: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars – Just about in the middle… the heat burns off quickly leaving the rest of the flavors to linger. Wild n mild.

Moe Mountain Hot Sauce closeup

Texture and appearance: Thick and smooth. The dark color is flecked with bits of spices. Classic.

I would also like to point out that Moe Mountain Hot Sauce is packaged in a 5 ounce bottle (woozie) with a wide mouth. This makes it very easy to pour the sauce out.

On food

We tried Moe Mountain on tacos and pizza for this review.

It was delicious on pizza.
Moe Mountain Hot Sauce on pizza

But it excelled on tacos. This is a fiery taco sauce that is thick and rich.

Moe Mountain Hot Sauce on tacos

Final thoughts

This is a great entry-level Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) sauce.

Coupled with some spices that include cumin, it would also be great splashed onto a bowl of chili. Don’t forget the onions and cheddar cheese.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Big, bold and delicious! Versatile as a medium-thick sauce on all foods that can stand up to a big flavor. Winner.

You can order Moe Mountain Hot Sauce at http://www.moemountainhotsauce.com/

Tell Martin that Brian from HotSauceDaily sent you!

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Datil Dew Inferno Wings

It’s back to a sauce review on wings today with Datil Dew Inferno Sauce from PepperProducts.com. Don’t let the “Inferno” name scare you. This is Week of Wings 6 – Day 4.

Datil Dew Inferno Sauce #7

We love Datil pepper based sauces here at HotSauceDaily.com. Whether it’s a BBQ sauce, a dry rub, or in this case a sauce that defies description… if it showcases the Datil pepper from St. Augustine Florida, we are all in.

Datil Dew Inferno 16 oz bottle

Datil Dew Inferno 16 oz bottle

Wanda and Byron Bates have built PepperProducts.com to showcase their many sauces and pickles, all based around the Datil pepper.

The Datil Dew Inferno sauce is:

Ingredients: Tomato paste, corn syrup, vinegar, salt, onion powder, spice and natural flavors, water, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Datil and habanero peppers, garlic and salt.

A fine tomato base sauce that has the heat to satisfy any pepper head’s palate! Succulent Datil pepper FLAVOR without sacrificing the heat. ~pepperproducts.com

I mentioned earlier to not let the “Inferno” name scare you away – and now I will mention that #7 on the bottle is also a bit over-stated. This sauce is not a 7 out of 10 in heat. I’m not sure why they have a #7 on the label.

Datil Dew Inferno sauce closeup

Datil Dew Inferno sauce is dark mahogany colored with a light-medium consistency.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 StarsSpicy, hot, sweet, heat.

We cooked up some wings using our standard bake and deep-fry method (Wings 101). We then tossed them into the Datil Dew Inferno sauce, and for the pretty pictures, we painted on even more sauce!

Datil Dew Inferno wings

Hot wings glazed with Datil Dew Inferno then brushed with more sauce.

Final Thoughts

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Delicious and easily a repeat sauce. Great Datil based glaze.

Both Marilyn and I thought this sauce is a great glaze on wings with the sweet and fragrant Datil pepper profile.

Where to buy:

http://pepperproducts.com/datil-pepper-sauces.html

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Closeup of Datil Dew Inferno Wings

Extra sauce is always good.


More Week of Wings 6

Week of Wings 6 – Day 1: Louisiana Brand Wing Kit Review
Week of Wings 6 – Day 2: Sriracha Rub on Wings
Week of Wings 6 – Day 3: Vortex Grilled Wings
Week of Wings 6 – Day 4: Datil Dew Inferno Wings (You are here.)
Week of Wings 6 – Day 5: ?

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