Chili Pepper Madness

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Patty and I spent time in the Mediterranean a few years ago and truly loved the food. It was a two-week cruise. We started off first with a week in Italy, then hopped on the ship and hit a number of spots, including Croatia, more Italy, Greece, France, and Turkey. While the food was different everywhere, so awesome for us foodies, there was an underlyling healthy quality to it. No…
This is truly one of my personal favorite meals. I cook versions of this for most of our parties for several reasons - it is inexpensive to make, it is super easy to cook in the crock pot, it is very high on flavor, and everyone loves it. Pork shoulder is a fattier cut so when I say high on flavor, I mean seriously HIGH! We went on a cousin's…
Here we go again. More homemade hot sauce! This one is not for Patty, though she's been enjoying hotter anad hotter chili peppers. This one is more for me, using some nice and spicy ghost peppers, aka the bhut jolokia chili pepper. Ghost Peppers top 1 Million Scoville Heat Units, which is pretty darned hot. In a good way. That is if you're like me, who likes it crazy hot…
Ever wonder how to make your own harissa chili paste at home? Here you go. It's a rather straightforward process, easy in my opinion, but if you don't cook much, you'll be doing a few things you've never done before, like rehydrating dried chili peppers and lightly toasting fresh seeds and grinding them. Not a big deal, pretty easy, just new maybe. Or not! What exactly is harissa? Harissa is…
Today we have another stuffed chili pepper recipe, this time for breakfast. And with poblano peppers. We both love poblano peppers immensely. They're distinctive, with a flavor different from other peppers, more earthy, and the perfect size for a smaller portion meal, unless you want to eat a whole bunch of them like we normally do. This recipe incorporates spicy chorizo that has been cooked up with onions and jalapeno…
While Patty and I were visiting Anna Maria Island in February - getting away from the cold winter, yo! - we met a really cool local named Brittnie who loves to cook. We struck up a conversation about food, something we obviously love. It is so fun when you meet someone new and the conversation turns to food and then you just can't stop talking about food because you're obsessed.…
Hi all! Patty here again with your Thirsty Thirteenth cocktail. You might be saying, ‘Another grapefruit drink?’ I know I know, I do that a lot but it’s spring and grapefruits are in season. And well, I just love love love a freshly squeezed grapefruit drink, especially when I have my handy dandy juicing machine. I’ve tried all sorts of different citrus juicers and this one really tops them all.…
As I was working on a new superhot cookbook, I experimented with a number of homemade hot sauce recipes. That is the fun part of running a food blog, especially one dedicated in large part to chili peppers in general. I get to make all sorts of spicy recipes, particularly hot chili sauces. So very fun for me! When making hot sauce, it is easy to work up large batches…
Another super-quick meal alert! Busy-busy day here in the Madness household, dealing with the ins and outs of daily life. Blargh! No worries, I will spare you the details, but that means we needed something quick. However! Quick doesn't need to be boring. Or tossed in a microwave. Yuck. Definitely not a fan of tossing food into microwaves, not even leftovers. So! We go rooting around in the refrigerator and…
Pasta pasta! Here is what I like about stuffed pasta shells - you get them ready and you can leave them in the refrigerator until about a half hour before serving time, then just pop them into the oven and boom! Dinnertime. Stuffed shells are good for a small group, easy enough to prepare, and they're rather filling, depending on your stuffing choices, and stuffing choices abound. You can go…
Here is another twist on the classic Italian Carbonara recipe, that wonderfully awesome pasta dish that is so creamy and unlike any other. I've been making carbonara for years, tweaking the original recipe very little, though lately I've been experimenting with new ways to make it. I previously posted a Butternut Squash Carbonara recipe, and that went over very well in our house. I figured, if it can work with…
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