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Old 09-20-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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Found you via Google, should prove interesting.

Howdy folks,

My name is rAy and I'm from North Carolina. I am a very basic cook overall but I learn more all the time. My favorite things to cook include manicotti, hot sauces, and various chicken and shrimp dishes. I started growing my own peppers this year for use in pico de gallo, homemade hot sauces, general every day meals, and also in my speciality: extra spicy corn muffins. You would have been able to see the photo I attempted to attach of my last batch of hot pepper corn muffins, but I will repost later when I've posted enough to earn that privelege.

I probably get the most props for the muffins. I began cooking hot pepper biscuits using a recipe from my grandmother about 10 years ago a little while after I moved here from upstate New York. Then I moved to biscuick for speed, then moved to Jiffy corn muffin mix for flavor and texture of the item. Then in the past year I have moved from Jiffy mix to a local NC brand of self-rising corn meal muffin mix that is inexpensive, has a rich corn texture that suits the peppers well, and also bakes consistently across batches so long as I add the right amounts in. The Flickr comments I left for the photos may explain my method, but I generally marinate the pepper mixtures for hours to weeks in a combination of seasonings, hot sauces, mustards, and so forth. Sometimes I use my own sauces and sometimes the marinade is using other commercial sauces in various amounts. I use Texas Pete
most of any sauce, as a base sauce for quantity, then other sauces such as El Yucateco's habanero sauces, and others.

I rather long intro, but I get excited about peppers and baking. I have never had a complaint about them except maybe they were too spicy for the person. Well, I hope to find various topics to contribute to, especially since I am just starting to get into dehydrating my excess peppers for later use.

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Old 09-20-2008, 03:09 PM   #2
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Welcome, rAy. Just curious, what do you make to serve the muffins with?
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:10 PM   #3
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Hi! Welcome to our group!
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:50 PM   #4
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:59 PM   #5
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Hope you like it here, I know that we can't seem to get enough!!

WELCOME!!
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Old 09-20-2008, 06:19 PM   #6
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Welcome to DC ray-sounds like your gonna fit right in!
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Old 09-20-2008, 06:30 PM   #7
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Thank you for all the welcomes. :)

Hope your weekends are proving entertaining.
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:00 PM   #8
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Welcome to DC Ray!
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Old 09-20-2008, 08:04 PM   #9
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Welcome Ray - Tar Heels always welcome!
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:31 PM   #10
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Welcome Ray - Tar Heels always welcome!
Well, if you promise not to tell anyone...I was born/raised in California, moved to upstate NY in junior high, and moved here to NC after high school. So I'm not a home-grown Tar Heel.
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