How to Prepare and Use Asian Chile Paste

Every Asian region has their favorite condiments and when you go to Asian restaurants, you will see their seasonings and condiments on the tables.  The Asian Chile Paste is a favorite of locals due to the heat index and the flavor enhancement gained using it.

Chile Paste is made using a blend of hot peppers, oil, garlic and salt.  A simple recipe but one that can change the flavor of your food in an instant.  Regionally, there are different chile pastes for Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, and Szechuan and their cooking styles.  These are all very spicy as they use hot chile … Continue Reading

Buffalo Wings | What’s Your Style?

Buffalo Wings have been popular among adults for so many years.  Developed in the 1960’ in Buffalo New York, they have become their own food group in many homes and restaurants because of their popularity.  Buffalo Wings are also an extremely diverse food with multitudes of different recipes to experiment with so you can find your perfect mixture.

Buffalo wings range from mild to wild and can be enjoyed anyway in between.  Cooks are creating interesting ways to flavor the meat or the sauce or in many cases, both.  You can find recipes that take the mild regular table pepper with … Continue Reading

Barbecue Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn
  • 1 fresh tomato, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (2.8 ounce) can French fried onions
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce

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The Versatility of a Pepper

One of the greatest benefits of a chile pepper is that they are so versatile.  You can use them in a sauce today and a sandwich tomorrow.  You can eat them raw, cooked, roasted, fresh or dried.  With the large range of different uses, the pepper is a favorite item for many cooks.

The fact that one pepper can give so many different flavors is a great indicator at how unique a pepper really is.  The jalapeno pepper is one of the most popular peppers and is truly a taste and flavor enhancer to many different foods and in many different … Continue Reading

Facts about the Pimiento or Cherry Peppers

Did you know that the weird red stuff in the middle of your olive is really a pepper?  Also known as pimento peppers, cherry peppers are heart-shaped and are a good size pepper, measuring about two to three inches long and about three inches wide. They are similar in looks to a cherry tomato. These peppers are actually very mild, scoring about a 500 on the Scoville Heat Index.  The cherry pepper has more of a sweeter flavor than hot; tasting somewhat like a red bell pepper.

The Cherry pepper is extremely easy to grow and is a favorite in many … Continue Reading

Memphis BBQ Rub Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

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Avocado Mango Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 mango – peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 habanero pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt to taste

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Enjoying the Sweet Hot Mixture – Chili Pepper Candy

It is hard to believe there are so many pepper fanatics out there.  The amount of products that you can find with peppers in them is mind boggling. But in the effort to keep our readers in the know, here is a different way to experience your love of peppers.  For those that love sweet and hot together… enjoy some chili pepper candy.

Chili Pepper candy has been a favorite of Mexico and other countries for hundreds of years.  In fact, the love of chili peppers in the US has been growing in recent years and is finally coming more and … Continue Reading

Wicked Cactus Head Hunter’s Paradise Hot Sauce

Wicked Cactus hand-crafts its sauces in small batches to ensure quality, freshness, and heat. They do not disappoint. Case in point: Head Hunter’s Paradise Hot Sauce, a fine concoction of pineapple, apple cider vinegar, smoked habanero, oranges, red bell pepper, salt, and spices.

With all that fruit, I doubted whether the habaneros would come through in force, and especially the unique smoked flavor. But as I said, it did not disappoint. Wonderfully thick and chunky, Head Hunter’s Paradise is both sweet and savory, hot and fruity, and decidedly smoky. Salsa-like in consistency, it had more the feel of a very spicy barbecue sauce than a table condiment. But frankly, it could serve just as well in either capacity. Continue Reading

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wrap Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 12 slices bacon

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Learning about Pablano Pepper’s and Ancho Chile’s

There are so many different types of peppers that are available for cooking and eating that it can be overwhelming to keep them straight.  Which pepper is good for this dish or that one?  Here is some information to help you learn a bit more about the popular Pablano pepper and its sister the Ancho chile.

The Pablamo pepper is one of the most popular peppers, next to the Jalapeno. You may find it under the name Pasilla.  A native of Mexico, it is used in a variety of ways, both fresh and dried.  The flavor is mild and the spiciness … Continue Reading

Chicks Dig Me Mango Chipotle Grilling Sauce

InsaneChicken.com is now selling Chicks Dig Me Mango Chipotle Grilling Sauce. This Mango Chipotle Grilling Sauce is a perfect mild sauce for all occasions. These guys really know how to make great tasting sauces! 

This is the manufacturer describes the sauce on their web site. 

“Hell Guys, I really don’t know what it is about this stuff that gets the Yankee women all worked up, but I swear you’ll get lucky just putting this in the pantry!

And if bringing it home doesn’t work, try whispering in her ear…Mango … Continue Reading

Mac and Cheese with Hot Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rotelle pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 3 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

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Chipotle Shrimp Taco Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (12 ounce) package bacon, cut into small pieces
1/2 onion, diced
2 pounds large cooked shrimp – peeled, deveined, and cut in half
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
12 corn tortillas
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, juiced
salt to taste (optional)

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What is a Scotch Bonnet Pepper and how is it Used?

Every country has specialty peppers that grow well in that particular climate and are used in local dishes lending to the unique flavors for the area.  The Scotch Bonnet pepper is one of those peppers.

Found normally in Caribbean areas like Jamaica, Barbados and Haiti, as well as West Africa, the Scotch Bonnet is considered a very hot pepper, ranging on the Scoville Scale from 100,000 to 350,000 units.  The Scotch Bonnet has a very distinct flavor and is used in traditional Caribbean dishes, especially in pork and chicken jerk recipes, making a true flavor statement.  Also used in traditional West … Continue Reading

Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • salt to taste

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Enjoying Your Peppers with a Bit of Chocolate

I know this may sound weird from the title but chocolate and peppers have enjoyed a long history.  Here are several ways that chocolate and peppers have been blended together for delicious treats.  Maybe there are a few you would enjoy.

Jalapeno’s: These are peppers are great when drizzled with melted dark, milk or white chocolate. For a really spicy sweet treat, drizzle all three chocolates around all sides of the jalapeno and let them cool down to set. Once cool, store them in an airtight container.

Sweet Green & Red Bell Peppers: Slice these peppers into rings or semi-thick strips. Melt … Continue Reading

Heartbreaking Dawns 1498 Trinidad Scorpion Hot Sauce

1498 Trinidad Scorpion Hot Sauce – The name 1498 comes from the year Columbus landed on Trinidad soil.

Check out these Ingredients: Trinidad Scorpion peppers, Scotch Bonnet peppers, cider vinegar, apricot preserves, blueberries, carrots, honey, onion, soy sauce, sea salt, garlic, ginger, & white pepper.

Yes, that’s right apricots and blueberries. To accent the burst of floral notes from the Scorpion Peppers they’ve created a full journey of flavors that includes Apricot, Blueberry and Carrot. This sauce reflects a full gallery of taste sensations, with a bold high heat, that will compliment every … Continue Reading

How to Make a Homemade Chili Pepper Martini

Make a splash at your next party with fabulous Chili Pepper Martini’s. You can make your own homemade Chili Pepper Martini’s at home with very little effort and it is the perfect drink to serve at your next chili pepper themed party.  It will take a bit of pre work before the event, but it is super easy. Here is how.

1 Bottle of Vodka
2 Fresh Small Chili Peppers (for the infusion)
Fresh small chili peppers (for garnishing your glass)
Cocktail Shaker
Martini Glasses
Crushed Ice

Wash and dry your two chili peppers and then use a small paring knife to cut off the stems. Slice … Continue Reading

Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil

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Making Chili Infused Olive Oil

Save some time in the kitchen and make your own chili infused olive oil.  This is great to use in soups, stews and other foods that you are preparing. It would also add a wonderful flavor to meats that need a bit of oil coating before barbecuing.   It is super simple and the taste is amazing.

There are two different methods that you can try out.  The first one uses roasted chilis of any kind.  Wash and dry two chili peppers and then cut off the stem and remove the seeds and membranes. Brush the entire chili pepper with some olive … Continue Reading

Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 green chile peppers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

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New Mexican American Cuisine Featuring the Red and Green Chile

Living near the South West border of the US has its benefits.  You will find a lovely mixture of Mexican and American foods and the Red and Green Chile is one of the most popular ingredients that you will find in this New Mexican American Cuisine. This type of cuisine is popular in the South West including California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

It has been said that the state question in New Mexico is “Red or Green” although this pepper is hugely embraced in the other southwestern states as well.  The chile pepper that is used in this type of … Continue Reading

How to Sun Dry Your Own Chili Peppers

Pepper harvest will soon be on us and peppers can get a little prolific.  Here is a great way to sun dry and preserve your harvest for future use when the neighbors just won’t take any more from you.

Supplies Needed:

  • Baking Sheet or Small Clean Window Screen
  • Clean Bath/Beach Towels or Clean Bed Sheets
  • Vinyl or Plastic Gloves (for handling the chili peppers safely)
  • Paring Knife and a Cutting Board
  • Clothes Pins or Small Clamps

Rinse your chili peppers under cool running water and pat dry with a towel. Using a knife, slice open the chili pepper length-wise, without cutting through the other side of the … Continue Reading

BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 2 dashes liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings, separated at joints, tips discarded
  • 1/4 cup honey

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