Reader Shimfee asks:
Lawdog, I'm here in SW FL. What is "rotel?"
Rotel is, quite simply, canned tomatoes and green chilies. 'Rotel' is the brand name of the first company to produce this little wonder, but like 'kleenex', 'vaseline' and 'band-aid', 'rotel' is becoming the generic name for canned tomatoes and green chilies.
They produce several different varieties of Rotel, from "Milder" all the way to "Extra Hot" and they've got whole, extra chunky, and various flavoured varieties.
I keep several cans of Rotel handy in the pantry. Mostly I use the "Milder" to spice up soups, but the others come in handy, too.
A can of Rotel can be added to anything that calls for tomatoes, if you want some extra zest.