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Aji Pineapple Hot Sauce

September 04, 2015
We have a new favorite for Patty - See Patty's Favorites. We planted a few varieties of Aji chili peppers this year, including the Aji Pineapple, a wonderfully sweet and mildly spicy chili pepper that lends itself to many a dish. The pepper is named because the fruits have a distinctive fruity pineapple flavor. The plants are exploding with peppers right now and one of the best ways to use…

Aji Pineapple Chili Pepper

September 04, 2015
Aji Pineapple (Capsicum baccatum) The Aji Pineapple is a gorgeous yellow baccatum pepper with elongated fruits that average from 2-3 inches long. They begin green and ripen to the vibrant yellow that you see in the photos. Similar to other Ajis, which are typically bright and fruity, the Aji Pineapple runs around 20,000 Scoville Heat Units, so it is moderately hot. I'm told this is a rare chili pepper, though…
Time to get to preserving your chili peppers. If your garden is going crazy with chili peppers right now, you might find it difficult to consume them all. Keeping your peppers perpetually fresh is impossible. So! You need to preserve them. There are numerous ways to preserve your chili peppers - See Preserving Chili Peppers - but one tasty and simple way is to preserve them in olive oil. We…

Buffalo Chicken Dip

August 31, 2015
Back to the basics, my friends! Now that football season is closing in on us, I'm sure you're already thinking about what you'll be serving at your next party. If you need ideas, check out our Game Day section, but make sure you include this classic dip recipe - Buffalo Chicken Dip. Buffalo Chicken Dip is one of the most popular dips around. I've been to parties where more than…
Time for more mustard. The last one we made - Beer-Honey Mustard - disappeared pretty quickly and we were dying for more. In our house, it is pretty important to have a nice selection of sauces and condiments on hand, especially ones you can make yourself, and it's hard to beat a good homemade mustard in the summer. Mustard is ideal for grilled foods of all types, but it can…
So, I can't believe I haven't made these before. Well, I've actually made them plenty of times, or some variation of these, but never put them on the web site. What? Am I nuts? I'm obviously crazy and obsessed with jalapeno poppers - see jalapeno poppers recipes - and I wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to jalapeno poppers - see "Jalapeno Poppers and Other Stuffed Chili Peppers" - so dang!…
This recipe is an ode to the underappreciated green bell pepper. When people think of chili peppers, they tend to think more about the spicy sting of the serrano, the happy jolt of the jalapeno, the blasting bite of the bhut jolokia, but usually not the bell pepper. Bell peppers have no heat, measuring in at "0" - that is ZERO - on the Scoville Heat Unit scale. Nothing wrong…

Mexican Street Snacks

August 21, 2015
This is my sort of appetizer or dessert. I can't really decide which category to place these, so I'm placing them in both. They are fresh and healthy and all natural and are at home on an appetizer platter or on the dessert table. You might not think of chili peppers for dessert, but they are actually an excellent addition, especially when you want something crunchy and light. These were…
Oftentimes when you plant a chili pepper garden, your peppers will explode in growth and produce a whole lot of them all at once. You can give some away, but realistically, you want to keep as many as you can so you can enjoy them throughout the year. Options abound, but freezing is a popular one. However, once you take them out of the freezer, the flesh is typically softer…
Italian meatballs, baby! Only these are made "Madness" style with a bit of added kick, and of course, some chili peppers to REALLY bring out the flavor. This is a party sized recipe, perfect for a game day bash or a large party appetizer. Or, serve it with pasta for the classic spaghetti and meatballs combo, or pop it onto some rolls for a sandwich. Meatballs are good for any…
Today is officially "National Hot and Spicy Food Day" and we weren't sure whether or not you realized it, but we like spicy food. Did you know that? Of course you did! We do LOVE chili peppers of all heat levels, from the mildest bell to the hottest of the superhots (well, Mike loves the superhots), but the spicy ones hold a special place in our hearts, and tongues. A…
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