i-7547dcb56d79d76441a7bb6ce6596d97-daves.jpgI believe that the hottest hot sauce you can get without a permit is Dave’s Instant Insanity Sauce. It is also one of the best tasting.That is an unsolicited product endorsement. If you think differently, fine, but you have not tried it so don’t be so sure!!!Why do I mention this?Because every now and then I eat some (very carefully) and am reminded that everyone else must know about it. A few hints:Don’t handle this sauce directly. Do not let children near it. Shake well before opening. Shake a small amount into a container, and mix that with some component of what you are eating …. like some olive oil or sour cream or whatever, and mix it into that material with a spoon that you are not very fond of. Then take that bit of stuff and further mix it into the food you are preparing.In other words, do everything you can to make sure there is no concentrated material in anything you eat or serve to others.This is not something you can just dump on a taco. That would be irresponsible.When you are done, cap the bottle and rinse it off, and either throw the spoon out or place it carefully in the dishwasher, or bury it.If you add DIS to anything hot (like stuff you are cooking) beware that noxious (but nicely smelling) fumes will emanate.This stuff is very dangerous, but it is very good. It is not merely hot, but has an excellent flavor. Dave’s comes in various versions, and they are all good.Hmmm, I’m getting hungry. Time for lunch….

My daughter, Julia, is named after two people. One of them is Julia Child. I happen to think Julia Child has had more influence on American society than most other people, by helping to make varied and interesting cuisine part of American culture.One day when Julia was a very young child (my Julia, not Julia Child), I was out walking her in her carriage. I turned the corner around the Van Serg Building on the Harvard Campus and practically ran into Julia Child, who was walking in the other direction on her daily constitutional.”Oh, what a cute child,” she said. (And she was a cute child, I assure you.) “What’s her name.”Well, that was an interesting conversation…..Anyway, I want to suggest that you use a recipe invented by Julia Child for cooking your Thanksgiving Turkey this year. It is called “Laid Back Turkey.” It is, in my view, the best possible way to cook a turkey.But it is not for the feint of heart…. Continue reading

I find it absolutely fascinating that scientists often bother to estimate the effects of diet by feeding controlled quantities of food, especially plant food, to rats to see what happens.For example, there is a common substance in cooked food that, if fed in even modest quantity to rats, causes the rats to get cancer and die in no time. This raises concerns for humans because, well, the rats died. So the substance must be “bad for you.”But this approach to nutritional science, and the reasoning that goes with it, is deeply flawed. Continue reading