Food Blogga – Susan Russo – Food Blog Monday

Susan Russo writes on her own cooking blog, Food Blogga, as well as writing for National Public Radio’s Kitchen Window blog and appears on NPR’s broadcast of Kitchen Window and its podcast.

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Susan grew up in Rhode Island, but now resides in San Diego, CA. As a food writer, she’s been featured on NPR’s Kitchen Window blog and podcast.

I decided to highlight her Chicken Chili recipe, since even though it’s Spring in most of the country, it’s still chilly out there! So check out her Chipotle Chicken Chili with Crispy Spiced Tortillas. Looks good!

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As Susan says on her About page:

Yes, Food Blogga is Rhode Islandese for Food Blogger.

And she’s just so darn Italian!


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At Ben’s Chili Bowl Only Barack Obama and Bill Cosby Eat Free

IMG_0994.jpg Ben’s Chili Bowl, in Washington DC, is famous for having a sign that used to read, “Only Bill Cosby Eats for Free”. That changed recently to include the Obama Family too. We recently ate at Ben’s Chili Bowl in DC. It was just after the November ’08 election, and sure enough the sign was there. We went there late on a Friday night, and the pics in the gallery below are the ones we took.

I f you’ve ever been in South Philly, and experienced the whole Pat’s / Geno’s cheesesteak phenomenom, you’ve got a good idea of what Ben’s is like on weekend nights.

This was just as much an experience as it was a dining out event. What a great experience as well as delicious food! Ben’s Chili Bowl is an historic place – entering their 51st year. Located on “U” Street in Northwest DC, it was the lone survivor in it’s neighborhood to make it through the riots of the 1960’s, and survived major construction at it’s steps of the DC Metro.
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Flying Goose Sriracha Sauce Part 1

Very excited to get 2 bottles of Flying Goose Sriracha Sauce!

Flying Goose Sriracha Sauce is very scarce in the United States.  I’ve only found one online source from the UK  for it.  I ordered 2 small bottles of the basic sauce.

I’ll update this post after I have a chance to try it and compare it to the Huy Fong brand, which is made in Rosemead, Ca. and of course is commonly available here.

Here’s a close-up of the front label showing the Flying Goose logo and NHAN CON NGONG BAY text underneath.

This is the back label with ingredients:

Chilli: 70%, Water, Sugar, Garlic, Flavour Enhancer (E621), Stabilizer (E415), Citrick Acid (E330), Preservative (E202)

(They have funny ingredients in Thailand… E621? What’s that?)

Left side of bottle describing the product. Yummy!

Finally, the manufactuer’s info: Flying Goose Brand, Sea World Coldstorage Co., LTD.

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If  anyone knows of a source in the U.S for this stuff, PLEASE let me know!

Stay tuned for a taste test and review.

More Sriracha sauce articles:

Flying Goose Sriracha Sauce Part 2

Hot Sriracha Garlic Chicken Wings recipe

Compare Sriracha Hot Chili Sauces

Sambal Oelek Ground Fresh Chili Paste: What Recipe Can I Use It In?

So I have this jar of Sambal Oelek chili paste and I have NO idea of how to use it, or what recipe it would be used in. So this is HotSauceDaily.com’s version of “ask.com”, where I’m asking you, the reader, to help me out with suggested uses for this chili paste.

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It’s made of only 3 things: “chili, salt, distilled vinegar”, plus 3 preservatives – “Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite and Xantham Gum“.

This rich, deep red sauce says:

Add GROUND FRESH CHILI PASTE to make any food mouth-warmingly spicy. Use it to “heat up” your stir-fry dishes, pizza, eggs, pasta, or anything you desire.”

Wow, sounds like there’s no limit… typical of the condensed marketing hype on any given bottle of sauce, I mean “mouth-warmingly”?… I like it! The hype that is.

I should add, this sauce is made and distributed by Huy Fong Foods, who make the awesome Sriracha Sauce I’ve gushed about on this blog time and again. So I’m sure it’s a quality product.

And sure, I could Google “sambal oelek recipes” to find recipes for it, but I want to hear from the experts out there… YOU. Have you ever used this concoction and what is your favorite way to use it?

Update: Oct 31, 2008 – Wow… this Sambal Oelek is very much like one of my favorite condiments for subs and pizzas – Tallarico’s Hoagie Spread. The Sambal Oelek is slightly thicker, and maybe sweeter – but it’s a great stand-in for Tallarico’s! And it’s definately hotter. Yay!

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