Thursday, October 6, 2011


FOUND THIS on Saveur's facebook page this morning. That's a magazine that I'm thinking of subscribing to again. I miss it even if my cooking days are a thing of the past.

It's pepper harvesting season at the Tabasco factory on Avery Island, LA. These pepper fields have been tended and harvested for sauce-making by members of the McIllhenny family since the mid-1860s, and every family member and factory worker I met had plenty of inspiring stories about Tabasco's legacy. As I toured the fields under the hot afternoon sun last week, I learned how to find the peppers that are ready for picking: only specimens of the very brightest red shade should be pulled off the stem. Novice pickers are given "le petit b√Ęton rouge" — a stick with the ripe red shade painted on it — to match against the growing peppers. If the stripe matches, it's time for the pepper to go into the basket. — Anna Stockwell

 It was interesting to read about something we saw with our very own eyes when we visited the Tabasco factory, the stick with a red stripe painted on it.....the exact color of a pepper ready for picking. Twice we enjoyed Elderhostel programs set in Louisiana. One was studying the music of the Mississippi River area...... blues, jazz, honky tonk, gospel, Dixieland, Civil War music. If you like that kind of thing and we do, we definitely do, it was a wonderful experience. Our mode of transportation both times was the now defunct River Barge and what splendid memories we have. It's easy to get the two trips confused, but I think the visit to Avery Island was when we were studying the Cajun culture.

Mr. Bob frequently tells people about the below picture. We've no idea why his nose matches the red stripe on the stick.  I longed to bring home some of the half barrels in which the Tabasco was cured, but settled for some packages of "red hots", thinking they'd be spicy. I was disappointed when I discovered they were the regular, cinnamon candies. I can't think of any other note of dismay in either trip, though.

He chopped up peppers, mixed them with vinegar and Avery Island salt, put the mixture in wooden barrels to age and funneled the resulting sauce into secondhand cologne bottles.
                                                                                                                          James Conaway 


  1. Bob, who's that girl I saw you with on the blog?

  2. Yikes, my eyes won't let me read this on black. LaVona
    A Non Y Mouse

  3. Bob is hanging out with a real hottie!

  4. Beautiful color in all those peppers. I love the photo of Bob.

  5. Hi, yeah this piece of writing is genuinely nice and I have learned
    lot of things from it regarding blogging. thanks.

    Look at my web site :: Cheap Louis Vuitton Handbags

  6. I like it when folks come together and share thoughts.
    Great blog, continue the good work!

    Take a look at my homepage Sito Ufficiale Gucci Borse

  7. I do not even know the way I stopped up right here, but I assumed this publish used
    to be good. I don't recognize who you might be but definitely you're going to a famous blogger for those who aren't already. Cheers!

    my web site - Abercrombie Et Fitch

  8. Excellent post. Keep posting such kind of info on your
    page. Im really impressed by your site.
    Hey there, You have performed a great job. I will definitely digg it and individually
    recommend to my friends. I'm confident they'll be benefited from this site.

    Stop by my homepage :: Louis Vuitton Bags

  9. I think everything published made a lot of sense.
    But, what about this? suppose you composed a catchier post
    title? I am not saying your content is not good., but suppose you added something to maybe get people's attention? I mean "TABASCO!" is a little boring. You might glance at Yahoo's front page and note
    how they create article headlines to get people to
    click. You might add a related video or a related picture or two to get
    people interested about what you've got to say. In my opinion, it would make your posts a little bit more interesting.

    my blog post :: Air Max Pas Cher

  10. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to produce a top notch
    article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole
    lot and never seem to get anything done.

    Take a look at my blog post Abercrombie and Fitch

  11. I couldn't resist commenting. Very well written!

    Take a look at my web blog Sac Louis Vuitton Pas Cher

  12. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It actually used to be a leisure account it.
    Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! However, how can we be in contact?

    Feel free to surf to my homepage: Clicking Here

  13. I think everything published was very reasonable.
    But, what about this? what if you added a little
    information? I ain't suggesting your information isn't solid.
    , however what if you added a post title that makes people desire
    more? I mean "TABASCO!" is a little plain. You should look at
    Yahoo's home page and watch how they create news headlines to grab viewers to open the links. You might add a related video or a related picture or two to grab people interested about everything've written.
    Just my opinion, it might bring your blog a little bit more

    my blog post ... Full Report

  14. I do agree with all the ideas you've introduced on your post. They're very convincing and will definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for beginners.

    May you please prolong them a bit from next time?
    Thank you for the post.

    My weblog ... website

  15. I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I'm not very internet smart so I'm not 100% certain.
    Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Appreciate it

    My homepage: Michael Kors

  16. First off I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question that I'd like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Many thanks!

    Feel free to surf to my site :: Christian Louboutin Sale

  17. Having read this I believed it was extremely enlightening.
    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this article together.
    I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time
    both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it
    was still worth it!

    my web-site - Christian Louboutin Sale

  18. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but
    after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again.

    Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog!

    Also visit my webpage ... Louis vuitton bags

  19. Fantastic items from you, man. I have bear in mind your
    stuff previous to and you are just too great. I really like what you've received here, certainly like what you are saying and the best way through which you assert it. You make it entertaining and you continue to take care of to stay it wise. I can not wait to learn much more from you. This is really a great web site.

    Here is my site Cheap NFL Jerseys

  20. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I don't know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren't already ;)

    Look into my blog post ... resources

  21. I think that is one of the such a lot significant information
    for me. And i'm glad reading your article. However wanna remark on few general issues, The website style is great, the articles is in point of fact nice : D. Good task, cheers

    my web site Cheap NFL Jerseys (

  22. I want to to thank you for this wonderful read!
    ! I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it.
    I've got you book marked to look at new things you post…

    my web-site: source

  23. Hi, I do think this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it ;) I may revisit
    yet again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be
    rich and continue to guide others.

    my site: Sac A Main Louis Vuitton - -

  24. Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious
    if you get a lot of spam feedback? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or
    anything you can advise? I get so much lately it's driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

    Feel free to visit my web-site :: Louis Vuitton Handbags