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Preserve Your Peppers with Blanching and Freezing

In the summer when the peppers are ripening daily and you have a bevy of fresh produce; it is wonderful to be able to get the fabulous fresh flavors in your food easily.  When it is the dead of winter, it can be just as nice to taste that same fresh flavor by grabbing a container of prepared peppers out of your freezer.

According to Wikipedia, Blanching is a process where a vegetable or fruit is plunged into boiling water, removed after a brief, timed interval, and finally plunged into iced water or placed under cold running water (shocked) to halt … Continue Reading

How to Roast Peppers in a Microwave Oven

If you are pressed for time or experiencing a lot of bad weather, sometimes you are not able to grill when you want to.  The good news is that you can certainly roast your freshly picked peppers in a microwave oven. Here is some direction and tips on how to do that.

Always remember, when handling hot peppers you will need to wear a pair of rubber gloves to protect the skin on your hands. Don’t forget your eyes! You should purchase a cheap pair of plastic protective glasses or wear your own eyeglasses to protect your eyes from splattering pepper … Continue Reading

How to Make Your Own Ground Red Chili Pepper Spice

Red Chiles are a popular plant to grow and harvest and a very popular pepper to eat too.  It is easy to enjoy all of the different varieties of red chili peppers such as the Thai Chiles, Cayenne Peppers, Habanero Red Savina’s and many more.  With all of these great peppers around, you will want to make sure that you can keep the fresh flavors all year long.

Grinding your red peppers is a great way to preserve them.  Here are some simple steps to prepare your peppers, then dry them and grind them into a great spice for the best … Continue Reading

Peppers Prep Your for Fresh Soup

Many cooks have a favorite fresh pepper soups that they enjoy when the harvest of peppers starts coming in.  There are abundant recipes for roasted or regular pepper soups.  Here are some prep tips for you to get your favorite peppers ready for soup creation.

Preparation for Roasted Pepper Soups:

Roasted Peppers are great to use in fall and early winter soups and stews and we recommend that you combine sweet peppers along with hot peppers to get the right pepper flavor. Typical ratio is approximately 3/4 sweet and 1/4 hot peppers.

You will want to use ripe peppers that have been picked … Continue Reading

Serrano Peppers 101 and Salsa Recipe

Native to Latin America, Mexico and the Southern Parts of the US, the Serrano pepper is a medium hot to hot pepper that ranges between 7,000 to 25,000 on the Socville scale. This is a smaller pepper that is a meatier variety than some.  Because its structure has very thin skin, it is not a pepper that is used for drying.

Growing the Serrano is relatively easy. It starts out as green in color and as the fruit ripens you will see it change colors to red, orange and brown.  This pepper is one of the most used peppers in Mexico … Continue Reading

Using Peppers with Rice

Some things seem to go together naturally; chips and salsa, cookies and milk, eggs and bacon.  Rice and peppers was not one that was at the top of my “gotta have it” list until I ran across a few recipes that blended rice, peppers and cheese into a delightful, delicious dish.  Being the curious cook that I am, I knew I had to try it.

The recipe that is below is one from my friend that has been modified through years of cooking it.  I tweaked a few things myself to get the taste I loved. Give it a try.

Spanish Jalapeno … Continue Reading

Spicy Pepper Guacamole Dip Recipe

The great thing about guacamole is not only is it a great food that you can make as spicy as you like, but it is made with avocados which is one of the most healthy fruits you can get.

Lovers of the avocado and peppers know that combing these two items bring out some awesome flavors that can be used in so many different ways.  Guacamole has been traditionally a Mexican appetizer for the most, but it has been gaining popularity and can now be seen being used in sandwiches, nachos and hamburgers.  Others use it as a topping on soups, … Continue Reading

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

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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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

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

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

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

Thai Chicken Burger Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Thai peanut sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns, split and toasted

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Spice Up Your Party with Peppers Appetizer Serving Bowls

It is really a fun idea to incorporate your home grown bell peppers in to wonderful serving pieces for your appetizers when hosting a party or BBQ. Your decorations can be minimal when using the fresh bells out of your garden.  The beautiful colors of the bells, orange, red, yellow and green, will liven up any table setting.  Here is how to use fresh bell peppers for your next get together.

Preparation: You will want to purchase or harvest large green, red or yellow sweet bell peppers that are fresh and have no blemishes. Wash them under cool running water to … Continue Reading

Spicy Kick Jalapeno & Green Pepper Jelly Recipe for Home Canners

Summer is in full swing and soon those pepper plants will be bursting with delicious fruit.  We have shared lots of ways to dry and preserve your excess peppers so you can enjoy your peppers as long as you can during the out of season time frame.

If you enjoy a sweet and spicy flavor combo, this recipe is wonderful for homemade pepper jelly.  You can use it on your toast in the mornings and it also makes a wonderful appetizer if poured over a block of cream cheese and served with crackers.  Enjoy!

Homemade Jalapeno & Green Pepper Jelly Recipe for … Continue Reading

Spicy Mustard Wing Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup honey
  • 1 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 cup hot sauce
  • 5 lb chicken wings (jumbo)
  • 2 cup flour
  • 12 tsp cayenne pepper (added to flour before dredging wings)
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning (added to flour before dredging wings)
  • vegetable shortening (deep frying)

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Jalapeno Pepper Ice Cream to Chill Out

Because it is so dang hot, today is a great day for talking about ice cream and how to incorporate your favorite pepper into your favorite ice cream dessert.   Jalapenos are a very versatile pepper and can be used in many of your homemade vanilla ice cream recipes or homemade vanilla yogurt and custard recipes. When using a Jalapeno in your dessert recipe you always want to handle them carefully so protect your skin with gloves while handling them.

To make some homemade Jalapeno Pepper Vanilla Ice Cream you don’t need a special recipe to make it. You can use your … Continue Reading

How to Use Fresh Peppers in an Asian Stir-Fry

The two most common types of fresh peppers you will find in an Asian stir-fry are the sweet green pepper and the hot chili pepper. When selecting fresh peppers for a stir-fry you want to select peppers that are free of blemishes and look for peppers that have a firm (not wrinkled) skin. When handling chili peppers make sure you protect your hands by wearing vinyl gloves.

To make an Asian Stir-Fry dish you really don’t need a recipe. You simply need a wok, some vegetable or olive oil, freshly chopped vegetables, chopped meat and some sauce or marinade. Stir-Fry’s are … Continue Reading

Strawberry Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 4 roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

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Enjoy Delicious Pepper Infused Beverages

If you are looking for the prefect pairing of drinks and beverages for your next party or BBQ, look no further. These two beverages are going to be the hit of the party and will go perfectly with any mild pepper flavored meats that you are serving.  What a great addition to the celebration of pepper!

Jalapeno Pepper Wines: The Jalapeno pepper is a great pepper to use in homemade wine recipes. Most of the Jalapeno wines made don’t use just the pepper, they combine the pepper with a variety of fruits such as grapes and apples. These type of wines … Continue Reading

How to Marinade & Cook Fish

We have a nice selection of great marinades that would work well with your favorite fish.  Some cuts of a firmer fish could handle a bit of a spicier flavor. Try some of these cooking methods for a spicy fish dish.

Prepare your Fish:
Rinse off your fish and pat dry with a paper towel or clean cotton cloth. Pour some marinade into the bottom of a glass baking dish or marinating container and place your fish on top. Pour the remaining marinade on top of your fish and cover your container. Place container in the refrigerator. Depending on what variety of … Continue Reading

Hot Sauce is Not Just Hot Sauce

I know that is hard to believe but hot sauces are not all alike.  Sure they are made with vinegar and spice and all things nice, but just like any other food item, there is a large difference in many of them especially regional products like Mexican Hot Sauce or Asian Sauces.

Many people think that hot sauces are interchangeable but each one has its place within the type of food they were created for.  Take the hugely popular Tapatio Mexican hot sauce.  While this is actually a California brand, it is shipped … Continue Reading

F-16 Afterburner Hot Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ½ dried Ancho Chile
  • 1 fresh red Dutch; Thai, or jalapeno chile
  • 16 fresh Scotch Bonnet or habanero Chiles; preferably orange or golden yellow
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped yellow onion
  • 4 Large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbls fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Jiggers Amber rum
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tsp dried oregano

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