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#1537835 23rd Annual Bowers, PA Chile Pepper Food Festival September 7-8, 2018

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 15 March 2018 - 08:44 AM

Anything pepper or spicy food related is definitely worth checking out... Metal music, hot sauce and alcohol. What could be better?!

That sounds dope! I'm gonna look into it! I'm assuming it's indoor?

Also, if it's an outdoor festival, I think I'd try and get a campsite for the event. Good excuse to sleep out in nature haha

#1537621 23rd Annual Bowers, PA Chile Pepper Food Festival September 7-8, 2018

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 14 March 2018 - 01:54 PM

Hello all!


So, I'm planning on going up to Bowers, PA for the 23rd Annual Chile Pepper Food Festival in September and I figured I'd put up a post for general discussion. It'd be awesome to meet up with some of the other folks here on THP.


I know it's pretty dang far off, but I like to be thorough :party:


Anyone here been there before? I saw a few posts on here, but they didn't give a whole lot of information. I also looked on their site (pepperfestival.com), but the resources there are limited too, except for a few pictures, flyer, and an email address for contact.


Anyone with experience:


What's it like? I noticed they don't allow dogs OR alcohol on the premises, which is a little bit of a bummer (Who doesn't like drinking when eating hot stuff?), but clearly there's a good amount of space to roam and sight-see.


I hope to see some of y'all out there :dance:

#1537586 Spam Musubi

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 14 March 2018 - 11:15 AM

If you're into SPAM, you should try it out with some Mac & Cheese: Fry the SPAM up nice and crispy, thinly sliced, and seasoned how you want. Stick it in the side of the bowl with your mac & cheese. It's pretty banging, simple, and hearty. Although, anyone notice the SPAM brand has gotten kind of pricey lately: $3.50 for a can? Yikes...


Also, sardines are my jam! I like the plain smoked and the mustard. The ones in "hot sauce" don't really do it for me, not a great hot sauce. I'll add my own stuff to it if I'm inclined.


Sardines are actually VERY healthy for you: Really low in the food chain so not much mercury build-up (even in farmed ones), lots of protein, calcium (bones), and omega fatty-acids. Plus, they're fairly cheap! Can't afford to eat wild-caught salmon every night, but with sardines, that's a different story!

#1537090 Immersion Blender advice

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 12 March 2018 - 11:54 AM

For small biz and lots of use: http://www.webstaura...dor=Robot-Coupe


Jesuchristo! Those things are like jackhammers! I have a little Cuisinart or something-or-other that does pretty good in amounts up to 2 gallons or so. Not a very long stem, so it's all reliant on the vessel. But, at least I know where to look when I need to scale up :rofl:

#1536534 Flavor profile on labels

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 10 March 2018 - 10:10 AM

Whatever you do, don't pull a "Dr. Bronner"s". Unless you're really into that kind of thing. Makes for some good bathroom reading though... Haha


I am a sucker for reading labels diligently: Beers, sauces, teas, etc. But, as a writing teacher told me, "Remove all unnecessary clutter. You'll only confuse (or worse: bore) your audience."

#1536345 Peppers and Garlic

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 09 March 2018 - 05:23 PM

I can say this, I recommend anything with peppers, vinegar and garlic. One product that stands out to me right now is Ghost Scream Garlic Ghost Jam. This stuff is beyond great. If you love sweet and heat, this is a product to try.
It can be found at hotsauce.com. Good stuff.



#1536344 When kicking up my meal I...

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 09 March 2018 - 05:22 PM

For some reason, in my head, I was thinking this pertained to just superhots... So, I guess in reality my answer would be closer to 75/25, with sauce being the predominant addition. I tend to forget that I use a lot of cayenne lolol

#1536343 Peppers and Garlic

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 09 March 2018 - 05:19 PM

Sounds almost like a hardcore version of those Mexican chili candies, which are amazing! I'll have to look into this! Really sweet and spicy is such a counter-intuitive flavor combination, but it definitely works!

#1535738 what tequila should i buy?

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 07 March 2018 - 06:01 PM

I know it's kind of a dead post, but I LOVE Tequila! I know you said you really wanted to get something you can't get here, but I highly recommend Olmeca Altos if you're stateside: Affordable, yet it can run with the big dogs of the tequila world. Plus the bottles are beautiful.

#1535737 Greetings from Philadelphia! It's a monster snow day!!!

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 07 March 2018 - 05:54 PM

Thank you guys/gals! Already through your posts I've learned about the Throwdowns, which sound dope! Looking forward to getting involved!


Oh, by the way: I'm a Philly transplant. I did most of my growing up on the Gulf Coast of Texas, then spent time on the East Coast of South Florida. So, a lot of BBQ, crawfish boils, Mexican, and Island Food (Haitian, Jamaican, etc.)


Definitely trying to get into more tastes!

#1535674 Greetings from Philadelphia! It's a monster snow day!!!

Posted by ClovenHoofed on 07 March 2018 - 02:14 PM

Good afternoon from the City of Brotherly Love! The snow is coming down with extreme prejudice!!!


I'm fairly new to making hot sauces, but only because I had never tried. I've always loved spicy foods, but in the past 5 years, I have been cooking at home a lot more (Read: Most meals :D) and have been having a great time experimenting with new ingredients.


A few friends and I went on a little kayak/camping trip last year and I was recommended a bottle of Dave's Insanity. I loved it for it's heat, but didn't love the flavor. But, we all decided to try and have a little friendly hot-sauce competition between us. That still hasn't happened... however, I came up with a recipe that I loved, shared it with some friends, who then shared it with others, and it was very well received. So, due to support and encouragement from friends in the restaurant industry, I'm now working on building a small business out of it!


I'm here to learn all I can about chili pepper culture, different flavors, growing techniques, and to just have some fun with fellow chiliheads!


A few of my favorite chilis at the moment, in no particular order: Carolina Reaper, Habenero, Thai Chilis, Jalapeno, Pequin Chilis.


I hope to grow my passion and business alongside all of you!