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Teachers are pretty sure some of the students were faking


Kids like to dare each other to eat weird things, but sometimes it gets downright dangerous, like when a teenager almost died after his friends dared him to drink a quart of soy sauce. But kids will keep daring each other to consume gross things, and this Thursday 18 students in San Diego were taken to the hospital after they were sickened by a dare to drink a concoction of hot sauce, milk, carrots, and salt. But their teachers are pretty sure at least some of the kids were faking.

According to The New York Post, some students at Audubon Elementary dared each other to drink from a mixture of hot sauce, milk, carrots, and salt during lunch that day. While that concoction might taste a little odd, unless a huge amount of it were consumed or it were tainted by some other bacteria, it seems unlikely to cause any serious damage. But some students reported upset stomachs afterward, and to be safe school administrators put out a call to see if any other students were ill, San Diego schools spokesperson Jack Brandais said.

Of course, when teachers asked their classes if any of the students were suffering from upset stomachs, hands started shooting up. Brandais said many of them "may not have had problems at all," but to be safe 18 of the 22 students who said their stomachs were suddenly hurting were sent to the hospital to be checked out. All were later released and no one was seriously ill or injured by the concoction.

As an additional precaution, the school had the kitchen, cafeteria, and the outdoor lunch areas thoroughly sanitized that night.

The Spicy Red Sauce That Goes With Everything

GROWING UP in St. Martinville, La., Marcelle Bienvenu enjoyed regular helpings of turtle and alligator meat, frog legs and rabbit, courtesy of her father’s hunting and fishing trips. He’d brown the meat in an iron skillet, make a nice roux of fat and flour, then simmer that with tomatoes, peppers and hot sauce, among other ingredients, to create a punchy red sauce piquant. “It’s something Louisiana hunters did a lot back then, whether they were in their camps or at home,” said Ms. Bienvenu, a former Times-Picayune food columnist who now teaches classes on Louisiana cuisine at Nicholls State University. “And it’s something they still do.”

Louisiana’s sauce piquant is as beloved by Cajun home cooks as it is by the Creole gourmands of New Orleans. The name piquant (pronounced PE-KAWNT) is French for tangy or spicy—both signature characteristics of a sauce that chef Paul Prudhomme once suggested should “hover between pleasure and pain when you eat it.”

The problem is, the piquants I tasted while living in New Orleans a decade and a half ago hovered somewhere between basic and boring. But recently, after eyeing an enticing photo of a chicken sauce piquant in my beat-to-hell copy of Donald Link’s 2009 cookbook “Real Cajun,” I wondered what I’d been missing. Like gumbo, sauce piquant is one of Louisiana’s polyglot dishes, combining elements of Cajun, Creole, Italian, French and Spanish cuisines. Surely there must be greater depths to tease out.

Consulting experts in Louisiana, I quickly learned that one seldom finds good sauce piquant in restaurants. It’s more of a home-cooked thing, requiring time and attention and—dare I say?—love. Sauce piquant is a natural byproduct of an afternoon spent watching the Saints game or talking about the old times with hunting buddies over a case of Abita Amber. The dish follows some of the basic techniques of gumbo-making: Start with a roux, add the ubiquitous Louisiana trinity of onions, celery and peppers, and stew it all with stock and protein and tomatoes (canned or fresh).

Honey Glazed Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes & Apples

View Honey Glazed Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes & Apples Ingredients & Recipe


  • 6 boneless pork chops
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into cubes
  • 2 red apples, cored, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or spritz with olive oil spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, thyme, garlic powder, and salt/pepper. Add in pork chops and sweet potatoes. Toss until all ingredients are evenly coated with glaze.
  3. Spread sweet potatoes and pork chops on a baking sheet. Add apples and bake for 25-30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender, and pork is thoroughly cooked to 145ºF.
  4. Dig in!

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 pork chop
Calories: 570
Total Fat: 26g
Saturated Fat: 6g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 170mg
Sodium: 240mg
Total Carbohydrate: 27g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Total Sugars: 16g

Recipe provided by Bryanna Grandall, Clinical Dietitian at BRMH

10 Fun Hot Sauce Facts. January 25 2015

When it comes to hot sauce lovers, you get two kinds of people: occasional users and hardcore, die-hard fans. The die-hard fans travel from state to state, attending awards and openings. They have tried and tested every brand and type of hot sauce they can get their hands on, and if you’ve heard of it, they’ve more than likely tasted it. Hot sauce is more than just a condiment-it’s a culture. If you’re still new to the world of hot sauce, here are 10 fun hot sauce facts that you may not know:

1: Introduced commercially to the market in 1868, the Tabasco hot sauce brand set off America’s hot sauce obsession, and is still one of the leading hot sauces today.

2: Ever wondered why hot sauce is so addictive? Eating chilis and hot sauce causes your body to release endorphins (the brain’s ‘feel good’ chemical). This is because capsaicin (the stuff that makes chilis hot) irritates the nose, mouth and stomach. Your body reacts by releasing endorphins, a natural painkiller that your body produces.

3: Even though hot sauce has such an effect on your body, they aren't bad for you, contrary to some beliefs. In fact, chilis are cholesterol free, and loaded with vitamins.

4: A little bit of cool general knowledge: that sweaty reaction you get when indulging in hot sauce is called gustatory perspiration.

5: Drinking milk is the best way to cool down an extra hot burn. This is because a protein in milk (Casein) breaks down the bonds between capsaicin-the stuff that makes hot sauce hot-and the body’s pain receptors.

6: The scoville scale, which measures how hot your hot sauce is, is named after Wilbur Scoville, the man who developed this scale.

7: Mexico grows an incredible 140 varieties of chilies.

8: Looking to lose a few pounds? Hot sauce and chilies can actually curb your carb cravings and sweet tooth.

9: Does size matter? Generally, the smaller the chili, the hotter it is.

10: This may come as no surprise /> to hot sauce fans: hot sauce can be addictive.

Our favorite condiment is rich in culture, history and interesting facts. A combination of science, food and pleasure. We’re not surprised />, though we at THSC fall into the ‘die hard hot sauce fans’ category!

10 Dangerous teen challenges that could land your kid in the ER

Teenagers can be unpredictable &mdash and having instant access to a constant stream of (mis)information on the Internet certainly doesn’t help. The latest teen to make headlines for an Internet challenge gone wrong barely survived the &ldquoduct tape challenge&rdquo &mdash 48 stitches and a crushed eye socket later.

Here&rsquos the thing: Teenagers are just a few years away from being adults, according to the law. But developmentally they&rsquore not quite there yet. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the area of the brain responsible for reasoning and thinking, the frontal cortex, continues to change and mature throughout the teenage years and into adulthood.

As a result, we have teens who land themselves in dangerous and often life-threatening situations because they don&rsquot yet have the experience or critical thinking skills to tell them that something they see on the Internet is a bad idea. Parents of teens, there are a few alarming Internet trends to watch out for:

10 Terrible teen trends on social media

1. Duct tape challenge

Let&rsquos start with one of the most recent and work our way backward. Just days ago, a 14-year-old boy in Washington was seriously injured by playing a popular teen game known as the duct tape challenge. Skylar Fish and his friends had tried the challenge before after seeing it trending on YouTube, which normally involves duct-taping the participant to a pole so they have to break free. This time, Fish was duct-taped standing up.

Fish was injured when he tried to break out of his duct tape, causing him to fall and hit his head on a window frame and the concrete. The teen was left with a crushed eye socket that caused a brain aneurysm, as well as 48 stitches in his head. Fish says he&rsquos lucky to be alive.

2. Cinnamon challenge

The cinnamon challenge is another teen fixation that has been circulating on YouTube for more than five years. Doctors have warned against this dangerous practice that requires someone to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds without taking a drink of water. Physicians explain in their 2013 Pediatrics report that because cinnamon is caustic, the challenge can cause throat and respiratory issues, including choking and a potential collapsed lung.

We saw the saddest side effect of this primarily teen challenge in 2015, when a 4-year-old boy choked to death after ingesting almost an entire container of powdered cinnamon.

3. Choking game

Millennial parents might remember the choking game from the &lsquo80s and &lsquo90s, but the infiltration of Facebook has caused it to spread again like wildfire. The game uses limited strangulation to reduce oxygen to the brain, causing the participant to faint. In 2014, the choking game became a bonafide social media craze among teens, with hashtags like #thechokinggame and #passoutchallenge circulating.

Sadly, this newly revived social media challenge has also resulted in a number of deaths, spurring the release of a Lifetime movie to bring awareness to the cause.

4. Car surfing

Just when you think that most teens have common sense, we see yet another Internet trend that seems almost too ridiculous to be true. But it is &mdash car surfing, where a passenger &ldquosurfs&rdquo on the roof, hood or bumper of a vehicle, is dangerous enough that it has taken multiple teen lives. In 2015, a 16-year-old Michigan girl died in the parking lot of her work after jumping on a moving car and falling off the vehicle.

5. Salt and ice

How dangerous can two simple items everyone has in their home really be? The answer is, very dangerous, actually. Teens are participating in the salt and ice challenge, requiring only a handful of salt and a few ice cubes to play. To complete the challenge, the participant must pour salt in their hand, add some ice cubes and see how long they can hold the salt and ice together in a closed fist. Some versions of the challenge require friends to hold the salt and ice mixture against the participant&rsquos skin. Whoever can hold the salt and ice the longest &mdash and endure the most pain &mdash &ldquowins.&rdquo

Teens are giving themselves second- and third-degree burns with this dangerous game. Google “salt and ice” to see just how damaging the results can be. (And be prepared for some graphic images.)

6. Butt chugging/eyeballing

If the name “butt chugging” scares you, wait until you read more about this teen trend. Instead of drinking alcohol, some teens are ingesting their alcohol through their rectums. Think along the lines of an enema &mdash but with booze and for no reason other than to become intoxicated. Butt chugging is extremely dangerous. It can cause severe alcohol poisoning, tissue damage and death. In 2012, a University of Tennessee student was hospitalized after a butt chugging incident left him with severe alcohol poisoning.

Eyeballing is an equally disturbing teen trend that involves taking a shot of hard liquor &mdash in one’s eye socket. Eyeballing can cause irritation, swelling, cornea scarring and blindness. And just in case you haven’t heard of this, some teen girls are soaking tampons in vodka and other hard alcohol and inserting them in the same manner they would a regular tampon.

7. Trunking

Some teens think rules were made for breaking, and they’ve gotten very creative about how they break those rules. Many states prohibit teens under the age of 18 who have either a learner’s permit or a driver’s license from transporting other teens. Some states call it a graduated driver’s licensing program or something similar. Back when we were teens, once we had a license at 16, we could usually fill up our car with our friends &mdash assuming our parents were OK with it &mdash and hit the road. But today, that’s not the case in many states. To get around it, some teens are having their friends ride in the trunks of their cars.

Additionally, teens sometimes do this when they have no additional room for passengers in the actual car. Trunking is dangerous for obvious reasons &mdash mainly, in the event of a car accident, the riders in the trunk can be injured or killed.

8. Vampire biting

Some teens are taking the Twilight saga a little too far and are showing their commitment in a very unusual &mdash and unsafe &mdash way: with “love” bites. Yes, this dangerous teen trend is exactly what it sounds like. Teens are biting each other in what can only be described as a modern-day hickey. Teens who do this are apparently looking for a way to feel closer to their boyfriend or girlfriend.

The risks: HIV, hepatitis and infection at the bite site.


Any teenage game that has the word &ldquoroulette&rdquo in it can&rsquot be good. Just a few years ago, ChatRoulette was trending, and teenagers were participating in the anonymous online chatroom that reveals a random person on the other side of the webcam. The danger in this so-called game of roulette is that a teenager could easily be exposed to a predator or nudity. Teenagers could also reveal personal information to chatters that might put them in danger.

ChatRoulette, compared to random Skyping, was considered one of the most dangerous teen fads in 2012, since it put teenagers in direct contact with total strangers 24 hours a day. It may not be as popular anymore among teens, but is still a real online threat that exists today &mdash and even worse, teens have taken a lot of their roulette chatting over to Skype.

10. Condom snorting

Generally parents would want their teens to use condoms versus remain unprotected, but in this case, we’re not talking about utilizing condoms for sexual activity. If your teen takes the condom challenge, he’s going to snort a condom through his nose and pull it out of his mouth. Yes, really. It’s hard to imagine how one wins this condom snorting challenge, other than not choking to death.

Milk, on the Other Hand, Can Deftly Extinguish Capsaicin

As noted earlier, milk is your go-to beverage to quiet the flames of spicy foods. Unlike water, which is made up of polar molecules, casein is nonpolar, just like capsaicin is. As a result, rather than repel, it binds with the capsaicin and in doing so prevents it from reaching the mouth's pain receptors. In a test of seven possible remedies, Bon Appétit found yogurt to be quite effective, coating the mouth like a cool, creamy fire blanket.

Speaking of Bon Appétit, the winner of their test was actually a few spoons of rice, which acts in much the same way as a slice of bread does. The starch in the rice (as well as in tortillas and potatoes) helps create a barrier between your mouth's pain receptors and the capsaicin. Like an absorbent buffer, the rice blocks the capsaicin from setting off the pain-receptor bell. Think about it: spicy foods are often served with rice.

Teen Charged After Hot Sauce Prank At Highland Park High School

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (STMW) — A Highland Park High School student who admitted to spiking marinara sauce in the cafeteria has been charged as a juvenile with five counts of misdemeanor battery.

While going through the cafeteria line May 14, the 17-year-old added a fiery “Da Bomb” pepper sauce to a marinara sauce that students can add to their pasta. The teen told police it was intended as a prank.

“The next student to take the sauce subsequently ingested it and experienced adverse effects,” said Deputy Chief George Pfutzenreuter. “That student immediately reported their reaction to cafeteria staff.”

The staff removed the sauce from the food line while another cafeteria worker tasted the sauce.

“That employee had the same reaction as the student,” Pfutzenreuter said. “Other staff members experienced lesser, but similar effects while emptying and cleaning the food containers.”

Three cafeteria workers were sent to the school nurse with symptoms of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and skin rashes, District 113 spokesperson Natalie Kaplan said.

“Just as a precautionary measure, they were taken to the hospital and released the same day,” she said.

Two students reported symptoms, but were not sent to the hospital.

Kaplan said the school identified the student responsible and took disciplinary action.

Pfutzenreuter said the battery charge, under state law, applies when a person “knowingly without legal justification causes bodily harm to an individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature.”

The “Da Bomb” sauce website promotes the high heat levels of its sauces with phrases like “annihilate the taste buds” and “leave your sanity behind.”

The hottest sauce is described as “nuclear” and “radioactive” and customers are warned to use only a drop.

“Do not consume it straight out of the bottle,” the website promotion says. “You will die.”

In response, the school has decided to put new security cameras in the cafeteria.

“We have been in discussion about the best placement for these security cameras,” Kaplan said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

The Secret Behind the Best Hot Wings Sauce Recipes

It’s all in the sauce - and this is what makes them special.

You know what we’re talking about, right? It’s the sauce that makes you continue grabbing wing after wing and chewing away long after you’re full. And there are a couple secrets to the best hot wings sauces.

Here’s the inside scoop behind the sauce.

Secret #1: It’s Not Just the Hot Sauce

The universal secret behind the best hot wings sauces isn’t the sauce at all. It’s butter. Yes, butter makes all the difference. It helps the hot sauce cling to the fried outer layer of the chicken. It also adds that touch of creaminess that contrasts ever so wonderfully with the heat of the peppers in the sauce and the crispiness of the skin.

And this is good news for anyone desperate to replicate their favorite hot wings at home butter is as easy to come by as chicken wings.

Secret #2: It’s All About the Hot Sauce

But, it’s also all about the hot sauce when it comes to hot wings. Otherwise they’d be, well, just chicken wings. And that’s not what you’re after, is it?

And this is also where it gets tricky. How do you know what makes the best hot wings sauce? You don’t. The hot sauce chooses you. And that means you need to try hot sauce after hot sauce until you find the right mix.

But, let’s be honest, that’s not really a big ask, is it? It’s more a question of how many wings you can eat in a day.

Make Your Own Hot Wings at Home

Looking for great hot wings recipes? We can totally help you out with that - no matter what type of wings you’re looking for. Give any of these a try to take your hot wings to the next level - even while staying home:

And, when you’ve chosen the recipes you’ll try this weekend, head over HERE to get the Mad Dog Hot Sauces you’ll need for the best damn hot wings sauces on the planet.

Police are now investigating the case

People who saw the video online became outraged at the man’s use of hot sauce for potty training.

Shana Honeycutt, a concerned mother who saw the video, shared the video on Facebook which prompted police to investigate the matter.

She shares, “It’s abuse. You don’t potty train by pouring hot sauce down a baby’s pants and wiping it all over the face.”

“As soon as I saw it, I was literally shaking and crying,” Shana added.

Local police, along with members of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) have already visited the child’s family and found that the child appears to be in a safe home. Police will still be conducting an investigation regarding the matter.

The verdict

There are risks of eating too much hot sauce, though most are harmless and short-lived such as heartburn and sweating profusely.

Habanero, scorpion, and ghost pepper hot sauces are high on the Scoville scale and should be avoided if you are sensitive to spicy foods.

Hatch green, serrano, jalapeno, and chipotle hot sauces are often milder and safer for the average person.

What may be the most harmful side effect of hot sauce, which is lead poisoning, can be avoided by choosing trustworthy and well-known brands.

Assuming you are consuming non-tainted hot sauces and they’re not too spicy for you, this is a healthy food that is good for you for in multiple ways. With nearly no calories, it’s an ideal condiment for weight loss. It works for most diets since it’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly.

Antioxidant content, including various carotenoids, are beneficial for you. The research about the capsaicin in hot sauce and how that might help inflammation, heart, liver, and more remains unproven yet promising.

Be on the lookout for the sodium content, which is a lurking danger in both domestic and imported brands.

Frank’s Red Hot and Louisiana are high, with 190 and 200 mg of sodium per teaspoon, respectively. Many of the organic hot sauces are just as bad for you too. Arizona Pepper by Harvest Foods touts being organic and non-GMO yet it has 180 mg of unhealthy sodium per serving.

Here is a comprehensive list of low and no sodium hot sauces. An excellent brand with no added salt is Brother Bru Bru’s. It’s what you will find in our fridge. You can get it on Amazon.

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