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Ghost Pepper Challenges

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Before you enter a Ghost Pepper food challenge, bear in mind: the heat doesn’t stop with your mouth or your last bite. Almost two weeks ago, a guy in Hermosa Beach, California found that out the hard way when he took the Habanero Sam’s Burrito Challenge at Amigos Tacos. The victim, er, challenger, was a guy named John. He came …

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Don’t Miss the Disc-It Round Up!

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Nevin and the other nice folks at Disc-It are feverishly planning the 3rd Annual Disc-It Round Up in Albuquerque, New Mexico (home of the Disc-It Company). The cookoff will benefit the UNM Hospital Children’s Miracle Network. On Saturday, July 16 from noon to five, a group of specially-selected Disc-It Chefs will compete for top honors. Attendees try the food and …

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Fiery Foods Bookazine by Dave DeWitt Now Available!

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My latest publication, entitled “Popular Plates: Fiery Foods” is now available on all the major newsstands in the U.S., including Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Borders, Costco–all the big box stores.  The publisher, Source Interlink Media has printed 200,000 copies, which is by far the largest print run of any of my publications. Essentially, this is a book in magazine …

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Ask Chef Mike: Why Heatless Jalapeños?

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Q: I heard about some guy who has developed a jalapeño pepper with no heat. Why would anybody do that? A: Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Some manufacturers of hot products prefer to use heatless chile varieties and add heat later during processing through the addition of concentrated capsaicin oleoresin. This provides a measurable, more …

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It May Be the World’s Largest, But Where’s the Green Chile?

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A new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Commercially Available Hamburger was set on Saturday, July 2 at the County Fair in Alameda, California. Weighing in at 777 glorious pounds, the mutant “Juicy’s Outlaw Burger” was created by Juicy’s LLC. After a total of 13 hours’ cooking time and the obligatory weigh-in, the burger was split up and shared …

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It’s Time to Enter Your Products in the Scovie Awards!

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Now in its 16th year, the Scovie Awards is the world’s largest professional competition for fiery foods and BBQ products. Produced by Dave DeWitt’s Sunbelt Shows—producers of the National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show—the Scovie Awards gives manufacturers the chance to see how their products stand up to the competition. A Scovie win gives a company the opportunity to promote …