I don’t know if you remember last summer but if you were living anywhere near Toronto, you will recall that it was H-O-T. I’m talkin’ popsicles for breakfast hot. Of course, this was also the first year that we made a real effort at growing an edible garden in our tiny city backyard and if you’ve gardened even a tiny bit, you will know that super heat and plants don’t mix. The one crop that did do insanely well were the hot peppers with jalapenos and chillies that produced straight through until October. Most of our tomatoes made it through as well which meant I could experiment with hot sauce. I fermented a few batches but the biggest hit by far was a stove-top hot sauce. Bonus: these cute hot sauces made great Christmas gifts!