Friday, March 25, 2011


I know this seems obvious, but it's deliciously obvious so I'm doing it anyway. Chili. More specifically the Crossroads Weight Watchers vegetarian chili that they only serve on Fridays-worth the wait and it keeps your Catholic Lenten guilt at bay. It's so good. Better than good, but I don't feel like getting out my thesaurus so that's all the description you're getting. Go buy it for yourself and experience the magic. Taste the proverbial chili rainbow. Now where does hot sauce come into this? Well unlike the pasta salad, hot sauce plays more of an enhancing role in this aliment. Also, cheddar cheese. And lots of it. The combination of the two makes for more of a cheesy, hot sauce soup than a chili; which is just delightful. One drawback: the chickpeas. I like hummus as much as anyone else (also great with hot sauce, if you were unaware) but in their whole form, chickpeas kill my soul. They never get soft enough for a soup and so they add an unnecessary and undesirable crunch to an otherwise extraordinary meal. Get 'em out. They're the annoying freshman who shows up to your party obliterated and procedes to pee on your floor. Chuck it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pasta Salad

There are many times in life in which I find myself settling for less than I desire. Most often, these times occur when I eat at Kimball. However, the saving grace of any unfulfilling Kimball meal is, in my opinion, Frank's Red Hot Sauce. Today I fell back on an old standard: hot sauce pasta salad. To say that I like eating pasta salad with hot sauce on it would be a fairly accurate depiction of my edible preferences; but to say that I enjoy hot sauce with some pasta salad sprinkled throughout would be more accurate. Add some shredded cheddar cheese and you've basically made my wet dreams come true. Some may say that putting hot sauce on pasta is one step from merely spooning hot sauce straight into your mouth. I won't disagree with that assertion, but unfortunately the day has yet to come when drinking hot sauce from the bottle is socially acceptable. For now, I'll bide my time with fusili noodles and devour my hot sauce without shame.

NOTE: It is crucial to remove all pieces of black olives and tofu from the Kimball pasta salad. This isn't Vietnam, there are rules here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Frank's Red Hot

Since the title of this blog rather obviously explains what will be discussed on it, I feel that descriptions need not be tremendously detailed. However, I may clarify that when I say "put hot sauce on" I will often mean "smother in". As a delicious condiment there are many more options for hot sauce than one may believe. And so I've created this blog. There's the obvious--pizza, chicken, soups--and the not so obvious--broccoli, soy beans, pickles. I'll explore them all.

May my impending stomach ulcer and disintegrating taste buds forgive me, but my addiction to hot sauce can't be kicked. I would quit cold turkey, but I'd probably want to put hot sauce on that too.

So here's to you Frank's Red Hot, Louisiana One Drop, and both the green and red Tabasco sauces--but more so the green one. Let's see how far we can go.