Somebody SCREAM!

April 30, 2013

Earls Band EFXLet’s Rock. It’s Time to Dime.

Sanford (The Alley), Tampa (Skippers), Jammin’ Jambalaya Cajun Crawfish Jamboree at the one and only Florabama, then the Northeast and Midwest.  Here’s the skinny on where we gonna be at when


Green Papaya Salad

1 small green papaya
2/3 cup roasted peanuts
2 tomatoes, cut up
4 cloves of garlic mashed and minced
Fresh cilantro chopped
2 hot peppers julienne
2 Tbs Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (or more)


2 Tbsp. fish sauce
Juice of two limes

Shred the Papaya with a grater
Crush the garlic and tomatoes
Mix all ingredients
Add dressing
Let it all marry for an hour or more


Skipper’s Smokehouse

Lonnie Mack called Skipper’s “The club that washed ashore”.  Now celebrating 32 smokin’ years, this venerable Tampa Bay landmark  has grown from a small smokehouse takeout operation with a casual Sunday jam to a full-service restaurant and much-loved purveyor of world-class music. The architecture is a smorgasbord of “cracker” and islandy-Key West styles with overturned boats, wooden walkways, large murals dot the landscape while artfully rusted walls contain the sounds of revelry. In the Oyster Bar, a vintage moonshine still hangs over the bar.

Raw oysters, smoked mullet, gator tail, fish dip, beer boiled shrimp, black beans and rice, deviled crab, conch fritters, fried okra,  and key lime pie, gives this place a real Florida feel. The list of performers who have played Skipper’s is a who’s who of  music. And the dance floor is always…interpretive. We will be back to Skipper’s once more on Saturday, April 4th for your dining and dancing pleasure. Y’all come on down to Tampa, ya hear?!



Planet Gumbo

New Years Eve 1989, I made gumbo on stage for the first time at a little place north of Tampa. 190,000 bowls of gumbo later, here we are. WOW!  What a feeling. Servin up the gumbo night after night got me thinkin that there’s got to be a way to put some of this energy back into the community. So 10 years ago, I discovered Planet Gumbo. A super cool place to dwell. Now I live on Planet Gumbo. I have always liked to share. However on Planet Gumbo, sharing is a way of life.  Now when we’re out on the road with a day off, we take the gumbo show to a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen. We have shared a meal and  some uplifting music with good people in shelters all over the country. And the good people have shared their stories with us.

Please share this story with your friends in your social networks.  And follow us on Planet Gumbo’s Facebook page.

The Winners Are…

April 4, 2013

We have a winner for the Best Way to Use Liquid Summer Hot Sauce Contest. Actually we have a bunch of winners. Just reading all of the ways that people use Liquid Summer made me HONGRY. I put on five pounds in the last two weeks, thanks to all who sent their ideas and recipes. They were all so good, that I have decided to give everyone who entered a little something for sharing.

Here are the top 10 winning entries.

1. “With collard greens… of course! :)” by Wanda Graham Schlib (Wanda wins a case of Liquid Summer Hot Sauce)

2. “I carry a bottle with me in my purse, no other “hot sauce” will do, I use it on EVERYTHING… I even crave it and slurp spoonfuls if there is no food in sight to slap it on.” by Tracy File (Tracy wins a “Recipes” Multimedia CD and two bottles of hot sauce)

3. There is a tie for Third place: 3A. By Lori Basch Siler”Frozen summer strawberry sizzler.
3 cups of Sweet Ice tea
1 Tbsp. Honey
2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 bottleLiquid Summer Hot Sauce
2 cup ice cubes
Pour all ingredients in blender. Add ice cubes, one at a time, and process until blended. Serve immediately.”

602664_10200564957473858_1926223468_n3B. By Barbara Sorensen: “I love my Liquid Summer hot sauce in my Sunday Bloody Caesars and in the cocktail sauce for the shrimp  mmmmm mmmmmm goooood” (Both Lori and Barbara win a bottle of hot sauce and a “Recipes” Multimedia CD)

Winners 4-10 will each win a download code for “Live at the Green Parrot” CD.
4. “Quite simply, the Datil Pepper sauce on raw Apalachicola oysters.” by Shaun Kern.

5. “As many of your friends have indicated, there is an unlimited number of uses, but my personal favorite is on my eggs. Over easy eggs on seperate halves of an English muffin or toasted bagel with a topping of hot sauce. This breakfast is not only an eye opener, but a start to your day with a smile on your face.” by George Jakulsky

6. “I LLLL my Liquid Summer Hot Sauce on my Popcorn! Winter or Summer! Popcorn popcorn popcorn!!!! MMMmmmmm the hotter the Mo’ Bet!” by Hollymae Smith

7. “Tonight it’s going in my shrimp and grits. Hurry up dinner time.” by Kelby Marlett


8. “Shish kabob on the grill…” by Dan Hall

9. “Liquid Summer Habanero mixed with a little drawn butter and soy sauce is my universal marinade, baste and seasoning sauce for all my veggies. Gotta have some warm on the table side and dip in it too! MMMMM-Goood!” by Brian Everheart

10. “I do not care what Barry uses it on, as long as he uses it!” by Irene McIntyre
“10 Mix Datil into the Chillie
09 Add to mayonnaise for what ever you use mayonnaise on!
08 Add to the Hot Salsa to correct the flavor
07 Kick up your Ketchup for the burger & fries
06 Hefty dose for the pulled pork
04 Wing Sauce any one!
03 Mix into scrambled eggs serve on pita
02 Seafood Linguine
01 Add to rim of garbage pail, keeps the squirrels out”

All other participants will receive a download code for my album, “Florida Blues”.  (If you want to see all the suggestions for using Liquid Summer Hot Sauce, click here)

Congratulations, and thanks for the great ideas!



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