Happy 12th Year Anniversary to HSD!

Happy Anniversary to us! We started HotSauceDaily back on April 01, 2007… twelve years ago!

While i’ve officially retired from the US Postal Service last July… I’m not ready to retire HSD just yet.

Thanks for hanging with us all these years. Keep reading along, and follow us on YouTube.com/hotsaucedaily and Instagram.com/hotsaucedaily !

I’ve never figured out the guy with the helmet. Guess he was a motorcycle cop?

Retirement – the real kind – not the Internet thing

Brian with Giant Cholula

Hello Internet… I’ve missed you.

Hello readers… I’ve missed you too!

Retirement is fun!

After over 11 years of writing HotSauceDaily this may be the most personal post I’ve ever written. Bear with me.

Real life got real busy the past few weeks er, months. Hell, for 2 years I was stuck in a supervisory position at my job – and boy, did THAT suck!

Hence the title, Retirement. Yup, after 33 years and 3 months with the US Postal Service, this mailman hung up his bag (no jokes please) and retired!

Retirement IRL

I often get asked “Do you miss your customers now?” Um, sadly, I’ve missed my customers for over 2 years since I was unable to physically jump in and out of my truck over 250 times a day. So, the last 2 years were at a desk. Did I mention that really sucked?

So I’m out. Done. Finished. As a matter of fact, as I like to tell my wife Marilyn, I’m off tomorrow. 🙂

I now get up in the morning because I want to. My front porch is a perfect perch to watch the world go by on. A block off the beach here means a lot of bikinis stroll to and from the beach, and gosh darn it, I will see to it that they find their way.

But What About the Hot Sauces?

Oh yea, the hot sauces. They’re piling up. They need some love. And us. You and me. After all, that’s why I write and you read, right?

Now that I have more time, I plan to get active again reviewing sauces and rubs and all the spicy goodies we all love.

My good friend Rich from Rich’s River Smokers of West Virginia (Rich’s River Smokers on YouTube) has encouraged me to do some quick video reviews too.

Wait, videos?

Oh yea. I’ve been slowly building up my YouTube channel HotSauceDaily on YouTube with mostly grilling and smoking videos. And recipes. And cocktails. Outdoor cooking and grilling is my second love after hot sauce.

But Rich has inspired me to do some quick and dirty videos of hot sauce reviews. But if you’ve followed me at all, you know they won’t be of the “burn-your-face-off” crazy variety.

Instagram

My Instagram account is where I’ve been cheating on you all for the past few months. HotSauceDaily on Instagram.

I’m sorry. She’s just so damn hot. That Instagram girl.

I just buy her a few cocktails and she’s all In. Sta. Gram. (I’m sorry I wrote that.)

What’s Next?

I. Don’t. Know.

More hot sauces. More grilling. More videos. More jokes. “A hot sauce, a bbq sauce, and a rub walk into a bar…”.

Definitely more Instagram stuff.

I want to do more YouTube videos too.

I’m at a crossroads in my life and I’m loving being an at home hubby. My daily “honey do” list is short and sweet (for now) and I’m happy to help.

So thanks for reading so far, and for you long time readers for sticking with me.

Bonus

Bonus points for reading this far!

My Retirement car. A 2018 Kia Soul 1 Million Edition

My Retirement car. A 2018 Kia Soul 1 Million Edition

I’ve got a really nice surprise giveaway up my sleeve that I’m sure you will enjoy. Stay tuned and thanks for coming by to read!

Be sure and subscribe to our mailing list, you don’t want to miss out on this giveaway! It’s at the top right corner of the page. Go ahead. Subscribe. It’s free.

Thank you! ~brian

PS – drop a comment below please. I’d like to know if you’re still out there!

PermaLeaf topiary review

Spring is Here!

I love sitting out on my patio, typing from a soda pdf software and sharing reviews with you.

And beautiful topiary and plants just make everything better.

Luscious palms and other greenery can make your patio, porch and outdoor spaces so much more comfy. I want to share with you a source of awesome potted plants and greenery that require no maintenance.

I was recently sent a sample of a palm tree plant that just looks awesome on my patio.

It’s from PermaLeaf.com http://www.permaleaf.com/

PermaLeaf Topiary

Yes, I love my hot sauces. I love my BBQ. I love my tech gadgets.

But I also love my home and environment. So let me tell you about a great place to find beautiful artificial plants that are reasonably priced and maintenance free.

The Palm Plant

The palm plant that I’m showing you is a beautiful example of the product that this company produces.

It has graced my outdoor patio for a few weeks now and passersby have commented on it more than a few times.

From afar they find it hard to believe it’s artificial.

This particular palm is so well made. The base is heavy and sturdy and ready to be set into any pot or ground that you have available.

You can purchase this palm and so many others at:

PermaLeaf: http://www.permaleaf.com/

*** UPDATE *** Use coupon code BLOGGER10 to save 10% off your order!

I’m so happy with my palm – it really makes my patio nicer.

Here is the box you get. Nicely packed.

Inside is the beautiful plant ready for you to enjoy and display.

You’ll need to open it up and shape it for the best appearance.

Their plants make a great background for product shots too:

I’m very happy with the quality and appearance of the PermaLeaf Palm Plant.

You can find PermaLeaf on Social Media at:

https://www.facebook.com/PermaLeaf

https://twitter.com/Permaleafplants

Recipe Makeover Homemade Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce

You’ll Never Buy Hunt’s Manwich Sauce in a Can Again

This is my homemade version of Manwich Sloppy Joes that I’ve been making at home since I was a teen. It is so simple, and as Brian says, “it’s the bomb!”.

This is a recipe using 2 lbs of ground beef. You could use 1 lb, but this is so good, and freezes so well (if it makes it that far) that you should go with the 2 lb version. I use my Le Creuset dutch oven, but a large cast iron skillet works as well.

Ingredients:

    • 2 lb ground beef (80/20)

 

    • 1 1/2 large onions, chopped, about 2 cups total (I use Vidalia when available)

 

    • 1 tsp garlic powder

 

    • 1/2 tsp onion powder

 

    • 2 Tbs fresh ground black pepper (we grind a lot ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container)

 

    • 2 1/2 cups Hunt’s or Del Monte Ketchup (NOT Heinz, it’s too salty)

 

    • Kosher Salt to taste, about 1 tsp

 

    Water – 1 to 1 1/2 cups

Instructions:

Brown the ground beef until all the water is cooked out and only grease remains, then throw in the onions and cook until they just start to turn transluscent.

Then add the garlic and onion powder, black pepper, ketchup and salt.

Combine well, then add water to almost cover the mixture. This helps absorb the meat absorb the flavors, and gives a good fine texture, instead of hard chewy lumps.

Cook over medium heat until moisture dissipates, stirring every 10 minutes or so, then turn to low. This takes about 30 minutes, so go have a beer.
When the meat reaches a good thick, wet consistency, check for flavor and add what you think it needs. More garlic? More pepper? More ketchup? Whatever you like. I also sop up any extra grease with a paper towel to cut down on the fat factor.

Serve on a lightly toasted Kaiser or potato roll, along with a side of cole slaw, potato chips, and homemade onion dip, and you’ve got a great quick meal for the family. This is also perfect for potlucks and family reunions….I’ve never come home with any leftovers! Ever!

Homemade Onion Dip

Oh, and the onion dip… easy, and a huge hit with my sons, who used to swear by Helluva Good brand, but they like this better…

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
3 Tbs. minced onion
Pinch Kosher salt
3 Tbs milk.

Blend (or smoosh with a fork) the cream cheese with the minced onion (don’t go by taste at this point, as the onion flavor gets stronger as it sits), and add a pinch or 2 of coarse Kosher salt. Add milk gradually to reach desired consistency. BE CAREFUL, it gets too thin really quickly if you add too much milk, so be sure to mix in each tablespoon until you reach Nirvana in the onion dip realm. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. OMG, this stuff is so good!

Happy New Year 2018

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~brian and marilyn

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

 

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