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post #1 of 11
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Was not expecting this! Somehow Bob (desertlites) found out my address and mailed me a package 'o goodies. Must have "ins" with the local Sheriff or something.

Got the package several days ago, but just getting around to posting pics now, with all the last minute shopping and stuff to take care of.

Well - what can I say? Just in time for Christmas! I got a bunch of good local Arizona stuff. From left to right:

Chef Merito Steak & Meat Seasoning
Chef Merito Chicken Seasoning
17th Street Market Five Amigos Fire Roasted Pepper Salsa
Bill Johnson's BBQ sauce
Santa Cruz Chipotle Paste
Rio Mayo Hot Sauce
El Pato Tomato Sauce (Mexican Hot Style)
El Pato Tomato Sauce with Jalapeno

First thing I did was season up some wings with the Chef Merito Chicken Seasoning. This stuff is awesome, sweet and tangy at the same time - real nice balance. On to the next thing - I devoured the Roasted Pepper Salsa in 1 night with some authentic torilla chips. Nice and hot and very flavorful. Wish I had this around here. The Santa Cruz Chipotle Paste smells wonderful - would go nice with some shredded chicken.

The Smoked Hot Pepper sauce is mighty hot indeed! A drop is really all you need - and goes good mixed into Ramen Noodle Soup (college days).

Haven't tried the Hot Tomato Sauces, but will keep them for my next batch of tacos. I need to finish my other bottles of BBQ sauce before I open this one, but I'm sure this stuff is great also.

Now onto the Prickly Pear Cactus Candy. Bob must be really trying to tell me something, as prickly pear extract is one of the best things to combat a hangover (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/...ver-cure_x.htm), and he's heard about some of my drunken ramblings. I tried one for the taste, but will save the other 3 for a good night out lol.

Very awesome package Bob. Thanks for everything!
post #2 of 11
Outstanding gift and great stuff, bud! Very nice combo you got there! Gotta say that the roasted pepper salsa caught my eye right off, like it did you....glad to hear it was tasty; sure looked good from here. The carne asada and pollo rubs look good, keep us posted on the taste and turnout!

post #3 of 11
Man I tell ya what those Santa Cruz people know their ka! That be som good stuf there man.
post #4 of 11
WOW! That is a nice package!!!
post #5 of 11
You just have to love tose exchanges. They are so much fun it's like a christmas when you get then in the mail. You go ripping open the packages and then your all happy and want to play with the new stuff. So hurry and go smke something and don't forget the Qview Martin.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #6 of 11
Glad you enjoyed the gifts Martin,twas my pleasure sending them.and yes the El Pato is a good base for tacos-I think you will like,as far as the prickly pear candy,I don't think theres enough in AZ to help you Bud!!JK..Enjoy your treats and we'll have you speaking spanish in no time at all.Merry Christmas.
post #7 of 11
Nice looking goodies, I would slather something with that chipotle paste, apply a rub and see how delicious it comes out.
post #8 of 11
the bill johnsons sauce is abut the only bottled sauce that i like...........
post #9 of 11
Nice Exchange...PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #10 of 11
awesome package of some neat lookin stuff. nice to see some members sharing local found stuff. might have to get a pack or two of some local treats together one day too.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #11 of 11
Ditto on that! I like to use it as a base and add bourbon, rum or whatever to match my meat. Heck it's even good by it's self and makes a great topper on pulled pork for those who need a sauce on thiers.
Mix it with 1/3 of that el pato and stand back!
If that is cactus jelly in the middle, I would make a tenderloin glaze out of that in a heartbeat.
Nice to have a plethera of spicy and odd stuff out here in the Southwest..
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