I think I have an addiction…

to hot sauce.  I know, doesn’t this come to you as a complete surprise?!  Melanie wondered what kinds of hot sauce I have in the house.  I thought I had 27 bottles, turns out I have 21 at home and 6 at my office.  I may or may not have a tiny bottle of Tabasco in my purse for emergencies!  (Melanie – you asked for it!)

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But not all hot sauces are created equal.  They have to be FLAVORFUL hot sauces.  I don’t want stuff to be hot for the sake of being hot, it has to enhance what I am eating.  Sriracha is my go to for any dish in the Asian family – Thai soups, fried rice, etc.  Buffalo Tabasco has now just about superseded any other hot sauce as my go to, but I still reach for the others for tacos and pizza.

One I cannot ever try again, but I can’t seem to get myself to throw it out, is this one:

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The Naga Jolokia pepper is the hottest pepper in the world:

Recognized as the world’s hottest pepper by Guinness Book of World Records in 2007, the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) measured at over ONE MILLION Scoville heat units. Nearly nearly twice as hot as the famous Red Savina. Hotter than you can imagine. Proceed with caution.

Sadly, when I got this I did not proceed with caution and doused whatever it was I was eating, and immediately regretted the decision.  My eyes started to water, my nose ran, my face got hot – I think I drank about 3 glasses of milk before I even STARTED to get relief.   I like hot, but that’s too hot!

I made another potato crusted quiche, although this time I subbed in 2 ounces of tomato basil gouda on top – delicious!  Unphotographed was a container of Chobani peach.

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Since I got my boss hooked on panini’s, yesterday we had roast beef and brie panini’s.  Rhonda, check out my score at the discount cheese bin!

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I had herbed mustard on mine – holy shizz this was a great sandwich! Next time though, I’ll cut my bread a bit smaller – this was 2.5 ounces of bread, but less bread would have made the filling shine.

Another score at the discount meat bin!

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It was 50% off the lowest price, so I got this package of 1.28 pounds of filet mignon for only $8.30.  Last night we split one, and I easily have leftovers to have with my breakfast this morning, and we’ll split the other one at a later time.

My method for rare steak?  2x2x2x2.  Two minute a side in one direction, then flip in the other direction for 2 minutes a side – check out my grill marks.  I am kind of like a professional when it comes to grill marks. Open-mouthed smile

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My brother and sister probably threw up in their mouths at how rare this is, but it was delish.  And guess what?  I am starting to like mushrooms!

Can you help a sista out?  Erica and a friend of hers are running a race to raise money for the Special Olympics.  What makes this race different is that they are running in their wedding dresses!


Go here if you can spare some change – they are trying to raise $1,000 and they are just under $300 at this point.

We ended up getting maybe three inches of snow last night?

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We may still get some more this morning, but it’s not too bad.  Just a little exercise shoveling to get to our cars and brushing them off.  I ended up taking a rest day yesterday and it was a great decision.  I plan on doing another “100” workout of some kind today, haven’t decided which one yet.

My vegetarian chili and jalapeno corn bread turned out so good for my Souper Friday lunch today at work.  I’ll be posting both recipes tomorrow.  And Tony – it’s Lent and it’s Friday – NO MEAT FOR YOU!  (um, he may never remember).  You should try out the Arby’s fish sandwich!

Question of the Day:  Do you love hot sauce?

Make it a great day!

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  • Carrie @ Season It Already!
    February 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Too funny on the hot sauce, Biz! Then you just have to see my posting for Buffalo Chicken Lasagna today. It requires a whole 12-ounce bottle of hot sauce!

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Holy hot sauce Carrie – that buffalo chicken lasagna you posted looks amazeballs – but then again you had me at CHEESE and HOT SAUCE!

  • findingradiance
    February 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Finally – someone that gets hot sauce isn’t just about the heat! Yay! You need to go to New Orleans. In the French Market, there is a shop that has only hot sauces from all over the place – and some are damn hot, even for me! 😀

    Glad Q didn’t hit you too bad. Looks like we might be getting a good amount of snow in the Adirondacks, but who knows.

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Yep, it took Tony a while to realize that I didn’t want the HOTTEST stuff around – it still had to be flavorful.

  • Jennifer von Ebers (@SlimShoppin)
    February 22, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Yeah, that steak is a little too rare for me! I haven’t heard of that Melinda’s style of hot sauce. Remember when I got a case of Melinda’s when I went to New Orleans? So good!
    Happy Friday Biz!

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      I forgot about that! Have fun tomorrow at your cooking challenge!

  • marie
    February 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

    You’re not gonna like this but I don’t like hot sauce, I know, shameful. I love Mexican and Thai food but always go medium. Glenn has to get all the hot stuff on the side.

  • Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple
    February 22, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I am especially a fan of sriracha and tapatio…

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    February 22, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Yes, yes, yes!!! And I love variety–different flavors, intensities, etc. Because depending on the dish, depends on what hot sauce will compliment it best. There’s a science to it. 🙂 Happy Friday–drive carefully!

  • mary wise
    February 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

    love, love, love hot sauce! we probably have 25-30 hot sauces as well. We do have a bottle or two of the ghost pepper…it is no JOKE!!! Have a great weekend!

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Yep, no joke indeed! 😀

  • janetha
    February 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    haha! I love your hot sauce collection!

  • Melanie
    February 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I think we must be related. I’ve never known anyone else who carries hot sauce in their purse! It’s an impressive collection, but I have a few that you need to add.

    Love the bargain finds. Cheese and meat is always a great find once it’s marked down–both benefit from aging–just like us fabulous women!

    Have a good weekend and send me an update on your starter.

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      I am hoping this weekend it will happen with the sourdough starter – I’ll keep you posted!

  • Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    February 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

    You may need an intervention Biz! JK….I love that you hoard hot sauces:)

    And that sandwich? I’m drooling. But not over your rare steak. I’m throwing up in my mouth a bit too, I’m a medium well girl.

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Medium WELL Ally? That’s okay, I still like you. LOVE that sweet and sour chicken you posted today!

  • spunkysuzi (@spunkysuzi)
    February 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I love hot sauces!! My daughter just brought me some back from Mexico 🙂
    I rarely buy things at full price any more, I love getting bargains.

  • John
    February 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

    27 bottles?! 🙂

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      27 bottles of hot sauce on the wall, 27 bottles of hot sauce – you take one down, pass it around, 26 bottles of hot sauce on the wall! 😀

  • Erica
    February 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Forget hot sauce! I love you! 😉 Thank you so much for posting about our race <3 <3 <3.

    That is a slammin deal on filet. Josh LOVES filet and I never seem to find good deals on it. The panini sounds so good! What a creation

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Happy to do it Erica – hope you get some more donations! 😀

  • myjourneytofit
    February 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I’m not surprised to see that many bottles of hot sauce – it wouldn’t be a Biz post without at least one meal sprinkled with hot sauce!

  • Heather Mursch
    February 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Ew. Hot sauce and I are not friends. The less spicy the better in my opinion. LOL.
    But, Jay, he LOVES heat. The more the better for him!

  • Nicole, RD
    February 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Two things make me think of you, Biz:the bargain bins at the grocery store and hot sauce (well, anything super spicy,actually).OPRF also makes me think of you. Basically, I think of you often 🙂

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      You are too sweet Nicole – 2013 IS the year we will meet in OP!

  • Kelly @ Happy Texans
    February 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Are you sure we’re not sisters? Lol Love hot sauce and love cheese and love shopping the discount meat bin.
    I’ve even made habanero hot sauce from peppers I grew and gave them as gifts. Love going to hot sauce festivals. I have one that is higher on the Scoville scale than police grade pepper spray. Seriously.

    Steak looks great!

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Sistas from another motha! 😀

  • Krista
    February 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    My 17 year old son loves hot sauce as much as you do and the door of our fridge looks just like your picture! One of his favorites is the Melinda’s Naga Jolokia! He puts hot sauce on everything and is always wiping his nose with paper towels at the damn table. He’s been eating hot sauce and hot peppers since he was a little kid. Not sure where he gets it as I don’t enjoy heat like that one stinkin’ bit!

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      It’s funny because sometimes my nose runs when I eat certain hot sauce and my husband just shakes his head!

  • mjjacobsen
    February 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Haha, I got you that hot sauce! I read the label and wondered if you would!
    Your chili looks so good, I’m ready to make a batch! Your steak looks too rare for me, but my husband would love it!

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      M.J., I meant to give you a shout out because I remembered you sent it to me – that’s why I can’t throw it out because when I see it in the cupboard it reminds me of you!

  • Tony (Mr. Bizmoto)
    February 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I hate hot sauce. When I was a kid we had one bottle of Tabasco…one. I imagine it is still with my folks. You DO HAVE A PROBLEM! I like breasts, but I don’t have pictures of them in my wallet. I don’t have 10 pairs of them around me at home. I say anything in moderation is good, your hot sauce problem BAD.

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Well, my hot sauce my love is what olive oil is to you. Remember that tiny, tiny bottle of olive oil I had for years prior to meeting you? And then you brought me that gas can size of olive oil and I thought for sure that was a lifetime supply! 😀 I love you!

  • Weighting For 50
    February 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    You crack me up Vat. That’s a whole lotta hot sauce!!!!!

  • Louise
    February 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Never did hot sauce till I met you…..but I do like a little dab now and then, I have 3 bottles….one is a sweet-hot sauce (for Hmong egg rolls) the other two are store brands and probably not toooo hot!!

    The food you make always looks so good. Tony should be a happy camper to have a wife like you that likes to plan and cook lovely meals!!!

    What would be your combination for med. rare. 3x3x3x3? That steak might be a bit too rare for me, although when I was younger I ate steak that color, but not now. Tastes change as we grow old I guess.

    I must say though, you have inspired me in so many ways and I have enjoyed reading your blogs everyday. I may not always comment, but be assured I probably tired what you made that day……so keep on, keeping on 🙂

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Changing lives, one dash of hot sauce at a time. And yes – 3x3x3x3 for medium rare, 4x4x4x4 for medium, and well, I don’t want anyone to cook their meat more than medium, so I am stopping there. 😀

  • Louise
    February 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    *** but be assured, I probably TRIED what you made that day (never tire of what you make) 😉

  • sara
    February 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Hahahahaha, love that hot sauce collection! I’m impressed! 🙂

  • Rhonda
    February 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Tom plowed right through the Melinda’s ghost pepper hot sauce, I don’t think he has heat sensing entities on his tongue any more 🙂 The only time I have seen him visibly react to hot sauce is when he tried a Dave’s Insanity ghost pepper sauce that had the oil extract in it. But he is the same as you, it has to taste good or he wants no part of it. I like sriracha and cholula but I am not like you guys 🙂

  • Tami
    February 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    You are a grill mark master! I am not so fond of hot sauce – I like tons of flavor just not so much hot!!!

  • Judy
    February 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I don’t have as many bottles of hot sauce as you, but I do have several. Great stuff.

  • Aimee
    February 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I do like hot sauce, but I can’t take it too hot. In Mozambique they serve almost everything with piri piri sauce which is ridiculously hot, so much so that it destroys my taste buds temporarily.

    I love all of your bargain buys. I get giddy when the reduced produce racks are full of brown bananas to freeze for smoothies and fruits and veggies I can juice. I scored two papayas last week for under $2 and they were perfectly fine inside.

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I actually love peri peri sauce – but mine is on the milder end and super flavorful. Woop on cheap fruit! 😀

  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits
    February 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I’m addicted to sriracha! We use a lot of Frank’s too. I cannot BELIEVE you got filets at that price. And, they look perfectly cooked to me – I’m a medium rare gal.

    • biz319
      February 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Safe travels home from CA Stacie! 😀

  • Jacky
    February 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Everyone needs a vice. Have a great weekend!

    • biz319
      February 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Jacky – you too! Having a Fat Tire on Friday nights might be my other vice! 😀

  • eliotthecat
    February 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I think the older I get, the spicier I like my food. I found a recipe in Bon Appetit this summer to make my own. I posted about it: http://eliotseats.com/?p=11161

    (I hope this doesn’t end up in your spam!) 🙂

    I bet you would love this basic recipe and you could layer in flavors. (I made so much, I froze some of it in ice cube trays to kick up soups and chilis this winter).

  • Erin
    February 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Love hot sauce, although I don’t have anything close to your collection. I have 3 kinds of Tobasco (red, green, buffalo – RIP to their CEO, too!), sriracha, Tapatio, Cholula, and some unknown bottle of red stuff my parents brought me from Jamaica – oh my dear lord, it’s hot!

  • Veronica
    February 27, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Biz you scare me a little! 😉 I can’t believe you went all willy nilly with the ghost chile pepper sauce. A person with less heat tolerance probably would have had a stroke. And you are totally a grill marks master!

  • Veronica
    February 27, 2013 at 3:06 am

    BTW, we do love heat but I don’t usually use that much hot sauce. We have Franks, Tobasco, Jalapeno Tobasco (I love that one), and sriracha.

  • michiamocandace
    February 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    That could be my cupboard. Yup. We have the same issues….right down to “Angry Melinda”. That’s my hubby’s favorite. He calls her Angry Melinda though. Dave’s Insanity….now that one is straight from hell. So stinkin hot, you’ll cry. I’m a Cholula and Sriracha kind of gal….and oh yeah….love me some Frank’s and the Jalapeno Tabasco. The Jalapeno Tabasco is my favorite thing ever on corn. Yum.