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Recommended Reading – My Top 11 Favorite Books

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes I love making lists of things, and it’s about time I make one on what I consider to be my all-time, top 10 (alright, 11), crème de la crème, favorite, most important books ever written. These encompass what I think is recommended reading for all my blog readers. When I compiled these, I noticed that all but one have to do with spirituality and that they are all non-fiction (with a fictional devotional story comprising…
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Job Seekers’ Pet Peeves About Recruiters and HR People

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes The internet is crammed full of pet peeves lists that recruiters, consulting agencies, HR people and employers have about job candidates. We as job candidates also have some legitimate displeasures and gripes about recruiters and HR folks. I’ve been doing this for over twenty years, and have seen lots of bad habits and annoying practices that simply need to stop. Here are my suggestions on how you can handle things better. 1. You need to provide good…
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How to Fight Writers Block

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes Everyone gets it, and it’s totally unavoidable: the painful and dreaded Writer’s Block. It doesn’t matter if you blog about your kids, write about local business and politics, or talk about your favorite heavy metal bands, or even pen New York Times bestsellers; at one time or another you’ll run smack into a creativity brick wall with ostensibly no way around it. Not to worry, though, here are some tricks that will help you blast…

FireTalkers: Busting Chile Myths with Dave DeWitt

Approximate Reading Time: 4 MinutesHere is s re-publication of a popular blog post from 2009. Enjoy! It seems as though when I go both online and in the “real world,” whenever I mention the fact that I’m into chile peppers and hot sauce, there’s a good chance that the people I meet will drudge up a misconception, myth, or urban legend about the subject. To help clear the constant confusion, I’ve for the longest time wanted to make a blog…
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Review of Doc Love’s THE SYSTEM – THE DATING DICTIONARY

Approximate Reading Time: 6 Minutes In the grand matters of life and love and dating, I’m definitely not a pick-up artist. I’m not looking for “friends with benefits” or a “no strings attached” sexual relationship (quite frankly, that concept sickens me) or a one-night stand. Instead, Scott Roberts is a regular, down-to-earth, single guy and a full-time dad to two teenage boys looking for “the one”. I’m seeking a healthy, long term relationship with a woman that will hopefully lead…
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Is There a Pungency Scale For Garlic, Horseradish, Wasabi, Mustard, Onions, Cinnamon, Ginger and Black Pepper?

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes Most every fiery foods fan knows that it is the chemical called Capsaicin that gives chile peppers a “hot” or “spicy” sensation and that the amount of Capsaicin present in chile pods (and other things like hot sauce) is measured on the Scoville Scale. A question I sometimes get asked is, “Scott, is there a way to measure the amount of “heat” or pungency in other “spicy” items like black pepper, ginger, horseradish, garlic, wasabi,…
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Super-Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce Recipe

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes Alright, you want hot? You got it! These are some hot wings! This super-hot buffalo wing sauce recipe is for serious chileheads only. If you’re a certifiable heat freak and are tired of other buffalo wing sauce recipes leaving your tongue disappointed with a flat heat level, then these scorchers should do the trick. First, you will need two things: 2-3 pounds of assorted chicken wings, both flats and drumettes. Approximately 1 quart of cooking…
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Cuts of Pork – Get to Know the Parts of a Pig

Approximate Reading Time: 4 Minutes Are you a True BBQ Pitmaster? Do You Know Your Cuts of Pork? There is nothing on God’s green earth that quite compares to a perfectly-cooked beef steak or grilled or smoked chicken.  But my favorite grilled or barbecued animal of choice? It is perhaps the pig. Pork is undeniably one of the most commonly consumed meats in the world. My preference for swine is due to the meat being sweet and juicy, almost to the…
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Complete Listing of National Food Days

Approximate Reading Time: 15 Minutes Has it ever happened to you? It did with me a few weeks ago. It was National Taco Day (October 4th) and I didn’t find out until late that night before going to bed. If I’d-a-known about that fact in the morning, I would have prepared a righteous taco feast for my two boys and me. Well, maybe not, but it’s still cool to have prior knowledge of some sentimental favorites just in case you…
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Ultimate Taco Seasoning Recipe

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes So you’re looking for a good taco seasoning recipe? Maybe a variation with some spicy chile pepper kick to it? Well, my fellow foodie and internet traveler, you’ve come to the right destination! How I came to creating this particular taco seasoning spice mix is as follows. Please bear with me. “Mexican night” around Casa Del Roberts is a frequently-occurring and much-anticipated occasion. Naturally, whether our main vessel of holding and consuming taco meat comes…
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Grilling Wings Missouri-Style

Approximate Reading Time: 2 Minutes What’s that? Do you mean haven’t tried chicken wing drumettes and flats “Missouri-style”? If you’re unfamiliar with this tiny little live-fire recipe twist on grilling these popular poultry pieces, it simply combines the best of grilling (hot and fast cooking) and true outdoor barbecuing (low n’ slow with a touch of wood smoke). The results are spectacular! And if you’re unlearned about grilling wings, period, and are just used to frying them indoors, you’re missing…
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Basic Chili Powder Recipe

Approximate Reading Time: 1 Minutes The secret to any great chili starts with an awesome basic chili powder recipe. A chili powder spice blend can be theoretically used to flavor up many different things (try mixing it in with some cuts of steak or chicken the next time you make burritos or fajitas!), but of course, its main usage will always be a good bowl of chili con carne. Pitmaster Jack Waiboer of GrateTV recently asked me for an all-around…
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23 BBQ and Grilling Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

Approximate Reading Time: 5 Minutes It doesn’t matter if it’s Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or in the thick of a blizzard-plagued winter…Millions of meat lovers across North America are now venturing outdoors to grill succulent pork, beef, chicken, and other delicious types of animal flesh. Mmmmm! The following is a list of handy tips to ensure your grilling and BBQ successes. BBQ and Grilling Tips and Tricks 1. Wash everything after handling raw meat, and don’t reuse the…
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Scott’s Ultimate, Number One, Primary Chili Recipe

Approximate Reading Time: 1 Minutes Love in a pot…my personal, go-to chili recipe! Here is comes.  After several years of a baffling absence, I’ve finally decided to make public my very own, “top-secret”, personal, Roberts-family chili recipe. This is the delicious, spicy, hearty, chunky, “go-to” chili that I developed several years ago, and it is the chili I make on a regular basis throughout the year. Well, just to clarify, there’s probably nothing too secretive about my ultimate, number one, primary…
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Ultimate Guide to Drying Hot Chile Peppers

Approximate Reading Time: 6 Minutes Why Dry Hot Peppers? The main reason to learn how to dry hot peppers is simply to enable you to keep them for a long time. Peppers can last for several days to a few weeks at room temperature or in the refrigerator before they start to rot. Freezing peppers, if done right, can make them last several months, but the thawing process can be a tricky one where often you’re left with overly soft…