Tag Archives: Tabasco

New Book on Tabasco legend

3 Mar

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We received a wonderful new book from University of Mississippi Press yesterday. It is a beautiful coffee table volume detailing the long and glorious history of my favorite condiment — Tabasco hot sauce. The writers have obviously done their research and the book is filled with amazing photos and period pieces of all kinds. Don’t miss this one if you’re looking for a red-hot read!

Here is the product description from Amazon.com …

Tabasco®: An Illustrated History is the first and only book about the McIlhenny family and company based on previously untapped documents in the McIlhenny Company Archives. This chronicle examines the origin of Tabasco® sauce, from its post-Civil War creation on Avery Island, Louisiana, to its evolution into the “gold standard” of pepper sauces and a global culinary icon.

It also examines the often stranger-than-fiction stories that are inexorably bound up with the rise of Tabasco®–Edmund McIlhenny’s creation of the sauce in the midst of Reconstruction- era economic ruin; John Avery McIlhenny’s adventures in Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders volunteer cavalry regiment; Edward Avery McIlhenny’s explorations in the unforgiving Arctic; and Walter S. McIlhenny’s amazing heroics in World War II, which eventually secured him the rank of brigadier general, even as he modernized his family business and ensured its success into the late twentieth century.

In addition to the central narrative, Tabasco®: An Illustrated History contains numerous detailed sidebars, as well as over a dozen historical recipes selected from handwritten McIlhenny family cookbooks and other archival sources. This book boasts hundreds of fascinating photographs, both in color and black-and-white, many of which are previously unpublished.

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The World’s Best Beef Jerky!

22 Nov

Forget about commercial Slim Jim and Jack Links’ jerky, the world’s finest dried and spiced meat is made by our friends at Bourque Specialties in Port Barre, LA. We first met Shannon and Chad Bourque when we were road tripping through the Bayou a couple year’s back. I was blown away with their product quality and their friendliness, so we decided to share them with the rest of the planet. Lucky you!  

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Shannon & Chad are seen above toting a mess of delicious boudin

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The beef jerky is packed as you see it above. The meat is incredibly spicy and smoky. It is also pretty darn tender as far as beef jerkys go. No, this stuff will not rip your dentures out. However, the flavor is over the top fabulous. I challenge you to find a better jerky anywhere. This is perhaps the world’s most perfect food for delivering maximum protein and taste.  

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Want some now? Never fear, Bourque’s ships their products worldwide.

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The pork boudin at Bourque’s is also world class. Made of pork, rice and spices, the boudin is best when squeezed atop a Saltine cracker and blasted with a splash of Tabasco sauce. At least that is how we roll here at DixieDining.com.  

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The staff at Bourque’s has your boudin links waiting, so order today y’all!

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More on Bourque’s later – including a review of their creamy Crab & Corn Soup!