The San Juan Hot Shop & Flavor Emporium

The San Juan Hot Shop & Flavor Emporium
Spice Is Nice But It's Gotta Have Flavor

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Halloween is here and you always know if for sure with the annual parade down Spring Street in downtown Friday Harbor. The school kids treat us to a parade to show off their costumes although it's not just for the kids. Kids of all ages dress up and the creativity this year was outstanding. The sun shone brightly for the kids and a good time was had by all. Check out a few pic's. (Courtesy of the San Juan Islander which has 6 pages of photos if you want to view just follow this link: The San Juan Islander )

We're going to close the store tomorrow (Halloween) for 1 day for the first time in over a year. We need a day after a busy summer to catch up on some football, the world series and the food that goes with it. In our next post we'll tell you about the wonderful twist on a recipe Ed created using the Ring of Fire product Garden Fresh. Fabuloso! We'll get that up on the blog in the next couple of days. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Halloween.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

OK, OK, Here's the recipe

Well yesterday I got inundated with requests for the Po' Boy recipe so here you go.

Melinda's Amarillo Smoked Sausage Po' Boys with Sweet Peppers, Onions and Mango Mayonnaise.

  • 4 links of smoked sausage (6-10 inches) 
  • 1/2 cup Melinda's Amarillo Mustard Hot Sauce 
  • 1 red, 1 yellow and 1 orange bell pepper 
  • 1 purple onion
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 loaf French Bread 
Mango Mayo:
  • 3 heaping tablespons of mayo
  • 2 tbsp of Melinda's Mango Hot Sauce
Just whisk these 2 ingredients and you've got a fabulous mango mayo.

Cut peppers in quarters, take out core and seeds.  Cut onion in thick rings for the grill.
Light grill to high heat.  Using a basting brush, put a light coating of oil on peppers and onions and place on grill.  Put sausage links on grill and baste with Melinda's Amarillo Mustard hot sauce frequently.  Be sure not to leave peppers on grill too long.  You want them seared and cooked but not too soft.  Remove peppers and slice into strips. Allow onion to cook longer than peppers.  remove onions and also slice into strips.

Lightly saute grilled onions and peppers with 1 tbsp. butter in saute pan for 2 minutes over med-high heat.  Warm French bread and cut into 6 to 8 inch sections for Po' Boy sandwiches.  Put Mango Mayo on bread and layer with sausage and peppers to finish off this masterpiece!

Friday, October 22, 2010

October 22nd Friday Greetings

TGIF which doesn't mean much to us but with Friday upon us it brings the hope of a good weekend of island visitors. Tonight is the local homecoming game and at 3:30 this afternoon the high school will hold it's annual parade through town. If you've never seen this, it's a ball. Very small town. Last year they were all dancing to Thriller and it was quite the show.

Yesterday we got our October shipments of The Hot Sauce of the Month Club out in the mail and this little club has grown so big it takes up most of the store when we're packing it up. 2 of our customers saw what we were doing and joined up right then and there. The post office always welcomes Ed when he shows up with the many boxes we send out. He even has to deliver them to the back delivery dock. This month I included a recipe for a sausage Po' Boy using Melinda's Amarillo Mustard Hot Sauce. This is such a great sauce and I love it on Bratwurst.  It's even tasty on our Saturday morning sausage breakfast sandwich's from Cousin Vinny's next door.  (Now I'm hungry).

As we head into the holiday's we wish you all warm and healthy wishes with your families. We realize times are very hard for a lot of people right now but we can't help but feel we're on the road to better times.  After all we are a nation of hope and if we work together, we can achieve anything. No matter what your political views are, we hope each and every eligible voter does their duty on November 2nd.

There's a storm a brewin' for Sunday here in the PNW so batten down the hatches and eat more hot sauce! Variety is the spice of life!

All The Best,
Eddie & Genie
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Monday, October 4, 2010

October has arrived!

Good Tuesday Morning,

Hope you all had a great weekend and as we head into the land of longer nights, shorter (seeming) days and towards the holidays (can you believe we're already talking holidays) family, food and home becomes the focus of life. We really enjoy this time of year as the World Series is almost upon us, the pumpkins are in the stores, football is getting interesting and we seem to be more thankful and thoughtful for our friends and family. The shop is still open 7 days a week so if you're making a trip to the island, please be sure to put us on your to-do list for a visit. We have a lot of new products arriving this week and will be getting more giftware and housewares in for the holiday season. Be sure to check out our newly designed T-shirts too!
We are also offering a discount for orders on our website. Just type in the code; SJHS1110 from now through the end of November to receive $5.00 off ANY order.

Weekends are still quite busy and we had to share this recent photo of some of our visitors. So much fun! Stay healthy and well this fall and keep eating hot sauce to avoid catching a cold (yes, it works). We can't promise you'll never get a cold again, but we haven't had a cold in a very long time.