Essential New Orleans Ingredients

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Okay, so hot sauce is by no means even sort of unique to New Orleans cuisine, but it does turn up on lots of tables there. The Crystal brand has a loyal following, but Tabasco is also famously made in the state, and there are scores of other sauces available, from the eponymous Louisiana brand to "Slap Ya Mamma" Cajun Pepper Sauce. Consider this a lagniappe, as they say (basically, just a little something extra).