Tuesday, January 20, 2015

National Hot Sauce Day

We didn't need to remind you, we know, we know. Everyone knows that National Hot Sauce Day is right after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No disrespect is intended to MLK. In his honor, we're posting our favorite pop Birthday Song, written by Stevie Wonder as part of the effort to lobby our nation's political leaders to adopt the holiday. You might be surprised to learn that MLK Day was signed into law fairly recently in 1983 and first observed in 1986. And it wasn't until the year 2000 that all 50 states celebrated it. Funny how you have to write "the year 2000" and not just "2000" or it sounds weird...

We're pretty sure that MLK loved hot sauce so he'd probably be honored to know it's celebrated on January 22nd, which is weird, because March is National Sauce Month. Good to know, right? Try to unlearn that, we dare you. If there is one thing we here at Eat It, Miami hope is our legacy, it's that our readers push out some meaningless info from their brains so as to retain this tidbit. We can't stress enough that March is National Sauce Month. Crystal Hot Sauce, our personal favorite, is the official hot sauce of the New Orleans Saints, which makes sense since it's made in Louisiana. Have you ever heard the Louisiana song by Aaron Neville? It's beautiful. It was written by Randy Newman (and sounds like all of his other songs. You know how Randy Newman thinks that everything is terrible and there's nothing all of us poor regular folk can do because some mean rich guy is keeping us down. In case you can't tell, we're not that keen on that message.), but it's pretty touching when sung by the mellifluous Neville.

If you've ever inspected the nutrition information on a bottle of hot sauce, you've seen that most of them are made with just a few ingredients: hot peppers (red chili pepper, cayenne, habanero, jalapeño), vinegar, salt, and sometimes a variety of other spices like garlic or paprika.

And then there's Tabañero. Wait a minute! Why is there an "ñ"??? Habanero doesn't have one! God I hate when people do that. It's like using "I" when you should just say "me." Like, hey why don't you come over to Jane and I's house for dinner. Oh dear Lord. Habanero doesn't have an ñ and neither should Tabanero.

Henceforth I shall ommit the ñ. Moving along...

I was sent a bottle of Tabanero by a marketing/PR/whatever dude named Mike. This stuff is delish. It's just a little bit sweet, due to the introduction of Agave nectar. which cuts the spiciness of the habanero peppers and bite of the onions. The recipe also includes carrots (like some of my favorite tomato sauces), key lime juice, and grapefruit seed extract. It's a winner. Try it.

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