Appetizers

A lot of heat meets a little sweet

Dave’s hot sauces and imported fig mousse showed up at Emigh’s Market in Dixon.
Dave’s hot sauces and imported fig mousse showed up at Emigh’s Market in Dixon. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Amid the locally raised, grass-fed lamb in various cuts at the family-run Emigh’s Market in rural Dixon, we found some surprises — sauces, olive oils, jars of sweet and hot red peppers, and other fancy novelties.

We scored bottles of Dave’s Gourmet hot sauces in two flavors — Crazy Caribbean and Ginger Peach ($6) — along with a jar of fig mousse imported from Italy (“Enjoy with cheese, ham, roasted meats and salads,” $5.40).

The mousse was silky and tasty, but the most points went to the hot sauces. Their labeling says it: “This product may be addictive to those with taste buds, but don’t worry — we’ll make more.”

San Francisco-based Dave’s Gourmet makes a broad range of intriguing goods including spice blends, pasta sauces, snacks and mustard. Its line of hot sauces includes Temporary Insanity, Jump-Up Passionfruit and Hurtin’ Habenero.

It describes Crazy Caribbean this way: “The flavors of Puerto Rican red habanero, cane vinegar (fermented cane syrup), fresh lime juice and garlic.” For Ginger Peach: “Has a hint of sweet, spice and ginger. Try it over vanilla ice cream.”

We tasted both, then tasted them again. Wow!

Dave Hirschkop has run his company for 22 years. Visit him at www.davesgourmet.com.

Emigh’s is at 1660 N. Lincoln Ave., Dixon, (707) 678-8809, www.emighsmarket.com.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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