Karen Young has written about the San Fernando Valley for over a decade. First, as editor of the Sun Community Newspapers and then as the founder and editor ofMyDailyFind.com. Her mission has always been to put a face on the people and places of 818 as a community and a destination. With a passion for reporting about food and restaurants, she will be on the look out to discover the best "finds"— both new and those of yesteryear — for The Ventura Blvd Sauce.
This goes into the files of "Who knew?" While walking around the Artisanal LA show a couple months ago, I saw a familiar face—coworker Dale Tiffany, who works on the business side of Ventura Blvd magazine. Turns out he is also an “accidental” hot sauce entrepreneur with his Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce Company.
“It all started a couple years ago when the animals in Topanga were eating all the vegetables in my garden,” explains Dale. “Somebody told me to plant peppers around my raised beds as a natural deterrent. Well that didn’t deter anything. I ended up with no vegetables, but bushels and bushels of peppers.”
And with the same conviction of the lemon/lemonade theory of positivity, Dale just transferred that way of thinking to peppers. What does one do when life gives you peppers? “I like hot sauce, so I whipped up a formula in my kitchen with my booty and started handing it out to my clients. My clients started asking me if I sold the stuff, and within two months I had sold 500 bottles.”
Dale recently received his third FDA approval and currently ships around the world on word-of-mouth only. Most exciting is news that The Food Network will be using his sauces in an “ingredient basket” for an upcoming chef competition show and will also present them on the shelves of Guy’s Grocery Games (starring Guy Fieri).
The sauces come in three flavors and although spicy, they are meant to enhance food. Torcher—the original flavor that carries the least heat; Ghost—hotter than the Torcher with a smoky flavor; Scorpion—the hottest, however it has a sweet, citrus bite.
Dale is offering special prices for the holidays. Single bottles: $7.75 (reg. $8.75); three-pack: $20 (reg. $25); six-pack: $40 (reg. $48); 12-pack: $75 (reg. $93). All the packs come in boxes with labels. Delivery is free in the Valley with the purchase of six or more bottles through December 20.
The sauces also work beautifully as a complement to other ingredients. Here are a few foolproof recipes created in Dale’s kitchen:
Salad dressing: Mix together one part balsamic vinegar to three parts Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce and add lemon juice, salt and sugar to taste.
Grilled salmon: Mix Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce with mayonnaise; spread on both sides of salmon and grill.
Chicken wings/chicken: Pre-cook chicken in light oil until brown, then marinate in Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce. Roll in flour and cook until chicken/wings are done. Drizzle Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce over chicken and serve.
Stir-fry: Add 1/4 cup Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce to a frying pan as ingredients (vegetables, proteins, etc.) are cooking, stir-fry and serve.
To order and for more info: torcherhotsauce.com
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he 8 Best Hostess Holiday Gift Ideas for the Cook, Home Entertainer and Foodie
December 10, 2014 by Julie Gordon
It’s the fabulous time of year for celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. When it comes to choosing hostess and holiday gift ideas, sometimes it is hard to know where to start. We’re here to be your personal holiday shopper. You will find a range of gifts that focus on cooking, entertaining, home décor, foods and beverages to thrill your host, hostess, family and friends. Don’t forget to treat yourself as well to these wonderful gifts.
Finding unique gifts for the food lover is always challenging but have I got two solutions for you! Both items are perfect for those who love making a dish their own.
Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce Company
For anyone who loves flavor and heat, then Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce is for you. The company has a story that everyone with an entrepreneurial spirit should read about. A California man trying to protect his garden from critters decided to plant peppers as a natural deterrent. Didn’t help the vegetables much but gave him lots of peppers to enjoy. So, when “life gives you peppers, you make hot sauce”!
And soon the word spread about Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauce that went far beyond the local community. Internet orders began coming in from all over the world. “Soon to be famous” had now become “getting famous”. Inspiring Kitchen is sharing this find with you to be used not just as a last minute add on to your eggs (which is a delicious option if you haven’t tried it yet) but as an ingredient in your dishes. Here’s one recipe that may have you buying a bottle just for yourself:
Grilled Salmon – combine Tiffany’s Topanga Torcher with mayonnaise, spread on both sides of Salmon and grill. Wow! So good! And Easy!
Tiffany’s Topanga Hot Sauces are not novelty hot sauces, however. They are serious flavor and heat. Try them with any of these dishes for a memorable meal:
Or as enhancements for guacamole, curries, eggs, soups, potatoes, Thai food and soups, Asian noodle dishes, Mexican and Spanish food, spiced up aoli, cocktail sauce, and cream cheese dip.
There are three different styles of hot sauce:
Tiffany’s Topanga Torcher (Hot) – made with Habanero, Jalapeno, Serrano, Thai and Arbol Peppers
Tiffany’s Topanga Ghost (Hotter) – Torcher ingredients plus Ghost and Smoked Ghost peppers
Tiffany’s Topanga Scorpion (Hottest) – Torcher ingredients plus Ghost peppers and Trinidad Moraga Scorpion peppers
Each bottle sells for $8.75 but I highly recommend the gift sets that are in 3, 6, or 12 packs to really let the peppers tempt your taste buds. For the adventurous eater and cook with a palate for upping the flavor and heat, it’s time to introduce you to Tiffany’s Torcher Hot Sauces.
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