Imagine being a successful independent banker until the eve of the Civil War, only to find your fortune gone the day after the South was defeated. Edmund Mcllhenny had no idea how his new future would unfold after leaving New Orleans and fleeing to Avery Island, Louisiana with his in-laws, or that the best was yet to come. While living on their plantation home on Avery Island Edmund experimented with making pepper sauces from Tabasco peppers grown on the property. His recipe combined with his strong entrepreneurial spirit led him to start selling his famous Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce to family and friends. [Read more…]
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Just over 2 weeks ago I was one of over 25,000 people walking along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki enjoying SPAM Jam, one of Hawaii’s largest and most popular food festivals. This year’s 11th annual SPAM Jam included 15 popular local restaurants dishing out their most creative bites that featured SPAM, and with the proceeds benefiting the Hawaii Food Bank.
I am not new to the food festival circuit, but I must admit I think SPAM Jam is like no other festival I’ve experienced. It’s like going to a sporting event where everyone wears the jersey of their favorite players and teams, except at SPAM Jam thousands of people wear their SPAM branded shirts and other clothing. Talk about local pride. Hawaiians definitely love their SPAM and proudly congregate to express this for six hours. [Read more…]
A few days ago my neighbor Jill stopped by with a bag full of ripened Italian plums just picked from her trees minutes earlier. Instantly I knew I would have to make plum jam using the vibrant orangish-peach flesh. All the jams I’ve made this year have been made without using pectin and are ridiculously easy to make. Plum jam is no exception. All you need is fruit, or in this case plums, sugar, and a squeeze of lemon. That is it. Pretty easy huh? So make some plum jam with the bounty of the season. Enjoy! [Read more…]