Chili Pepper Madness

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Hi everybody, it’s Patty. Most of our posts are from Mike because I leave the cooking to him. But he leaves the drinks to me. I’ve been dubbed the neighborhood mixologist and when I realized that today was National Sangria Day, and I just happened to be going to a neighborhood party, it was a no brainer. I’ve been wanting to make a blood orange drink for a while. The…
Stuffed peppers! Did you know that we have a slight obsession with stuffed chili peppers? Considering that I wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to them, I'm sure it will come as no surprise, but it has to be said - the stuffed chili pepper is a cause for celebration. This recipe uses the sweet bell pepper. We were at the local grocery store, working our way through the produce section,…
I've said this many times - chili peppers are the ideal vessels for stuffing. Not all of them, of course, but there are so many large ones out there in the world, just begging for you to stuff them. The larger peppers tend to be sweeter and milder, with thicker flesh that stand up to baking or your preferred preparation. Stuffed peppers are also the perfect meal. A veggie serving…
Talk about fun. Patty had a gathering in the neighborhood with a number of her girlfriends for a cookie night. It wasn't so much an exchange, but more an excuse to get together, have a few cocktails, socialize, and eat cookies. All of our friends know how much we enjoy spicy food, so this was an opportunity to play with cookies. Spicy cookies, you might ask? Absolutely. Chocolate and spice…
Three words. Goat. Cheese. Guacamole. Over seared beef burgers. Yes! And plenty of roasted jalapeno peppers. We usually cook our burgers in the summer, when I can fire up the grill and sit outside with a beer, feel the sun on our faces, just sort of hang out and enjoy the backyard. But last night there was a hankering. Can't we just have a burger? Yes, we can. Get yourself…
Do you have a home garden? If you're like me, you grow a nice variety of tomatoes. We grow chili peppers of all kinds, but there is nothing like walking out to a garden full of fresh tomatoes. We grew four different varieties this year but at the end of the season, we are always left with a number of tomatoes that just didn't ripen. And for some reason, this…
We talk about making homemade hot sauces all the time. There are some amazing hot sauces on the market today. The industry is growing quickly, and that's a great thing for all of us. I like to keep a number of them on hand at home for recipes or for simply dashing over meals for extra flavor and heat. There is something about a homemade hot sauce, though. You'll get…
Salmon is common in our kitchen. We both love it and it's easy to pick up around here. Sometimes I wish we lived closer to the coast where we could find all sorts of fresh seafood, but alas, we do not. In the middle of the country, our seafood options are more limited. But salmon is one of those awesome options. I prepare it a number of ways, but today…

Easy Huevos Rancheros

December 01, 2014
This is why we made the pico de gallo yesterday, so we could have ranch style eggs! Huevos Rancheros is another highly traditional Mexican dish. It literally translates to "Ranch Style Eggs". You'll find different versions of it depending on the region. This is a simple version with just the eggs and the pico de gallo. If you keep the pico de gallo on hand in the fridge, prepared ahead…

Pico de Gallo

November 30, 2014
What can I say about Pico de Gallo? This is the epitome of Mexican salsa here. It literally translates to "Rooster's Beak", so if you hear someone talking about Rooster's Beak Salsa, you know you have Pico de Gallo. It's a simple blend of chopped and minced ingredients, and the name has come to refer to many different types or versions of Mexican salsa. Like guacamole, there are different ways…

Turkey Ancho Stew

November 29, 2014
These are the types of meals I like to make on a fairly regular basis. It doesn't take very long, is pretty easy to make, and incorporates a lot of healthy vegetables. And chili peppers! This stew makes excellent use of dehydrated peppers, which impart a lot of flavor to the dish. Ever cooked with dehydrated peppers? Be sure to rehydrate them first so you can blend them into the…
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