Chili Pepper Madness

Make your own hot sauce at home with this quick and easy recipe that incorporates spicy habanero peppers, sweet pineapple and cilantro. Perfect for dashing over meals or spicing up your favorite cocktails. We like it for our Bloody Marys. This hot sauce exists for 2 very specific reasons. FIRST, the habanero peppers are POPPING in the garden. YES! We seriously LOVE when the garden starts producing. So many fresh peppers! We can walk right outside and grab a few off the plants and get busy! Talk about living. To quote my father-in-law, "Is this living or what?" SECOND...Bloody Mary. If you are like us, you enjoy a bit of spice and kick to your Bloody Mary drinks, and this, my friends, is the solution. Pineapple-Habanero Hot Sauce. To be honest, it's great on just about anything that can take the level of heat with the touch of sweet. It's…
Published in Hot Sauces
Homemade hot sauce! We're going Caribbean with this recipe, bringing in flaming habanero peppers, velvety mango, vinegar, honey, allspice and more. Drizzle it over chicken, shrimp or fish. Love it. It's a way of life. Not gonna lie. I'm kind of hooked on this sauce. I JUST made it and it's half gone already. Dang. Guess I'll have to run out and buy another mango. No worries about the habanero peppers, though, because our habanero plants are producing like crazy now! BIG WIN! Throwing my hands in the air and dancing sort of win. Bragging about my garden again, my friends, so please excuse me. I can't help it. I get so happy this time of year with all the fresh produce, particularly chili peppers, popping out of the garden. Preserving will very soon be upon us, but for now, I am having ZERO problem keeping up with the pace…
Published in Hot Sauces
Make your own ghost pepper hot sauce at home with this recipe, which includes plenty of chopped ghost peppers, tomatoes, vinegar and salt. Big flavor, big spice! With a pleasant blast of heat. Drizzle it over everything! Ghost pepper hot sauce coming at you, baby! You GOTTA have some ghost pepper sauce in the fridge for times when you need that extra bit of heat. Our ghost pepper plants weren't quite as productive as our 7-pot plants this year, but we still got plenty of pods for whipping up some hot sauce. Hot sauces are one of my favorite foods to make. I've become a bit fanatical about it, really. I've come to need a big variety on hand for all the different types of meals I make. You can tell by the growing collection of Hot Sauce Recipes on the web site. I've been moving into making flavors and combinations…
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A recipe for Ti-Malice, a popular Caribbean hot sauce originating from Haiti, typically made with Scotch Bonnet chili peppers. It has an interesting origin story in Haitian folklore and has many variations. This is one of our favorite ways to make it. It's time for more hot sauce, my friends! We keep running out of hot sauce in the fridge, so I need to constantly replenish the stock. You know how we are with our hot sauce recipes. Can't help myself! Today we're going Caribbean style, Haitian in particular, because I acquired some amazing Scotch Bonnet peppers. These are Scotch Bonnet Freeport Orange peppers. They are very fruity chiles with a habanero level heat, so use accordingly. They will surely bring you a beautiful spice level! While the taste is excellent, what I love most about this hot sauce is the story behind it. Haiti is rich in folklore, particularly…
Published in Hot Sauces
December 02, 2016

Homemade Picante Sauce

Make your own picante-style sauce at home with this recipe, with fresh tomatoes, spicy jalapenos, tangy apple cider vinegar and more. I use this sauce on practically everything. Can be served as a sauce or a salsa. Dude! I'm excited. Why? Because we have a nice new big batch of PICANTE SAUCE in the fridge. Oh yeah! This is one of my very favorite sauces to keep around. Or is it a salsa? I will let you decide! The consistency is somewhere in between and it can be served easily as either a sauce in a bottle that you can douse over anything, or in a bowl with chips that you can serve salsa style. Doesn't it look gorgeous? So many sauces do. This one has a tongue-grabbing mix of smokiness from the chipotle peppers and tanginess from the apple cider vinegar, not to mention HEAT and FLAVOR from that…
Published in Sauces
A quick recipe for making pickled peppers that you can keep in your refrigerator for months. They're perfect for topping sandwiches, tacos, tossing onto pizzas, or munching right out of the jar. By now your garden is going INSANE, isn't it? If you have a garden. We do, as you know I've mentioned about a thousand times by now and I hope you're not sick of me going ON and ON about it. I can't help it! I love my peppers and tomatoes! But yeah, if you're like me, you have peppers coming out of your ears and you don't know what to do with them all. I think I do more than most people do - obsession, anyone? - but even after all of the hot sauce recipes, salsa recipes, stuffed chili pepper recipes, dehydrating peppers and chili pepper recipes in general, we STILL have a load of chili…
Published in Pickled Peppers
A recipe for crispy baked chicken wings tossed with a homemade garlic-parmesan sauce that you can make in minutes. It's always time for chicken wings. I couldn't tell you when it was that I got hooked on chicken wings. I had never really tried them until late into my college life. The only exposure I had to chicken wings was from the buckets of chicken my mother used to pick up every now and then, but there were only 2 wings in the bucket and my mother took those first. Fast forward and I am an admitted wing junkie. I LOVE heading out to one of several wing joints in my area, mixing and matching different sauces, going crazy hot one day, sticky and sweet the next. So many wonderful choices. That said, wing joint wings are wonderful and all, but sometimes you just can't beat a batch of chicken…
Published in Chicken Wings Recipes
A hot sauce recipe made with the tropical flavors of pineapple and mango, and the fiery heat of the fatalii chili pepper. A great combination of heat and sweet. Homemade hot sauces are great because you can customize them to you very specific tastes are needs. The Fatalii pepper is an ideal hot sauce ingredient, as it brings in a good pop of heat that has quite a bit of a bite to it. While not as hot as a habanero pepper (though pretty darned close), the Fatalii has a bit of a sting when you first bring it into your mouth. While I like the heat, I also love the sweet, so I paired a few Fatalii peppers with some fresh pineapple and fresh mango to compliment this great pepper. What you get is a tropical vibe that is big on flavor, a nice combination of both "heat" and…
Published in Hot Sauces
October 07, 2016

Dehydrating Peppers

Instructions for dehydrating chili peppers in a food dehydrator so you can preserve them for later use, make crushed red pepper, or grind them into powders for your own special seasoning blends. Dehydrating chili peppers is one my favorite ways to preserve our chili pepper harvest. With so many peppers coming out of the garden, it can be difficult to keep them all, but once you start dehydrating, you start to realize you could grow so much more. I of course greatly enjoy other methods of Preserving Chili Peppers, like pickling, freezing, making hot sauces (YES!) and more, but dehydrating peppers is something entirely different and yields outstanding results. Once you've dehydrated your peppers, they will last an incredibly long time, and pretty much indefinitely if you keep them sealed in protected bags. You can dehydrate them whole and use them for decorating purposes, or seal them and grind them…
October 21, 2016

Salsa Verde

A recipe for quick and easy salsa verde made with tomatillos and jalapeno peppers, which can be served as a table sauce, hot sauce, or as a salsa with tortilla chips. This is the ultimate green salsa. There are a number of ways to make an awesome salsa verde, or green sauce. Every Mexican restaurant has their own version and I have yet to encounter a bad one. Even I have a number of different kinds that I make, all pretty much variations on a theme, like our Mexican Green Table Sauce made with tomatillos, jalapeno peppers and avocado. Or our Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce with Roasted Tomatillos. The key ingredients in a good salsa verde is the tomatillo. Of course tomatillos alone do not a salsa verde make, but without them, it's pretty difficult. Tomatillos are those tiny green tomatoes you find in grocery stores or the Mexican market, covered…
Published in Salsas
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