Spicy-sweet chicken La Zi Ji, recipe below.

Chile Pepper Hunting in China

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Story and Photos by Dr. Gerald Schmidt Some people just have strange interests. This winter break, I went to some of China’s best-known tourist destinations: Hainan’s Haikou and Sanya, Yunnan’s Kunming, Lijiang, and Dali, and Guangxi’s Guilin, Longji and Xingping. However, not much of my time was spent looking at the usual sites. Rather, I had my eyes on small …

They’re Ribbing Us!

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Story and Photos by Dave DeWitt         Jim Heywood, head judge of the 17th annual Best in the West Rib Cookoff, invited me and Dr. BBQ, Ray Lampe, to be judges at this outdoor event that is held on the streets of Sparks, Nevada, next to the John Ascuaga’s Nugget casino and hotel.  It was a five-day extravaganza held over the …

Chile Marketing Guru Ed Avalos Appointed by President Obama

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Ed  Avalos, currently marketing director of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, has been nominated by President Obama as Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Ed has 34 years experience in agriculture marketing including the on-going 12-state green chile pepper promotion which yearly generates over $26 million in retail sales.  I helped Ed, …

Brazilian Gaucho Barbecue

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by Marcelo Lima Food photographs courtesy of Manual do Churrasco Magazine Brazil is a huge country with many different heritages. Much like Americans, the Brazilian people are the sum of all the immigrants that moved in since these lands were discovered on April 22, 1500 (there’s a little controversy on this date, but it’s close enough). There seems to be …