Our favorite hot sauce from Avery Island has finally caught up to the national obsession with chicken wings. The family-owned Tabasco company’s new Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, thicker than the original pepper sauce — akin in viscosity to A1 — aims for wings, but it’s also a willing accouterment to burgers, barbecue and sandwiches, as well as dipping sauce for fries. Or, dress up the ketchup and K.O. the mayo by adding it to condiments. The blend of spices in Buffalo Style Sauce is subtle and nuanced, and it’s just spicy enough to add some zing — it rates 300 to 900 on the Scoville scale; original Tabasco Pepper Sauce has a Scoville rating of 2,500-5,000 while your standard habañero chili pepper runs about 2 million — without overpowering those mucous membranes. It isn’t widely available right now, but you can order directly from Tabasco — $3.99 for a 5-ounce bottle — at tabasco.com. — Walter Pierce
Cheré Dastugue Coen is nothing if not versatile. An award-winning journalist, writing instructor and author of historical romances, cookbooks and even a guide to making one’s own gris-gris bags, the New Orleans-born Lafayette writer wears many literary hats. Her latest effort, Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana, offers an insightful sally along the bayous, byways and back roads of a region that has more culture and tradition in its pinky than most parts of the country can manage head-to-toe. While Coen’s tome may serve as a tour guide for outsiders, offering a trove of information on everything from foodways to folk tales, it’s also a great resource for natives looking to expand their personal catalogue of sights to see in their own backyard. Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana is available at local bookstores and through The History Press, www.HistoryPress.net, for $19.99. Coen will be at Barnes & Noble at 2 p.m. June 11 for a book signing. — WP
An original frere in Les Freres Michot and acolyte at the altar of bare, obscure, acoustic Cajun music, Bobby Michot is back from the blue with a brand new record, Gone Back, that celebrates the austere waltzes and two steps of his cultural roots. Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Lafayette guitarist Shelton Skerrett, with additional mixing/engineering by Al Berard, Michot’s 12-song effort mines the droning, whining fiddles and accordions of Cajun music’s most distant past. Most of these songs are identified in the liner notes as “trad,” or traditional, meaning they go so far back the composer is unknown and they belong to a public domain deep within the bosom of Cajun music. Anyone can perform and record them, and Michot does so with an obvious and tender devotion. Gone Back is available for $15 at Johnson’s Boucanniere, Barnes & Noble, McGee’s Landing and other local merchants. — WP
Struggling to preserve their Senate majority, Democrats are attacking Republicans over Medicare and Social Security in Louisiana, spending cuts in Arkansas, off-shore jobs in New Hampshire and women's issues in Colorado.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
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Prestigious honor annually recognizes a single attorney for excellence in public interest/pro bono work.
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Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
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District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.