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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, aka Salsa Verde
Ahhh, the excellence that is fresh tomatillos and other garden fresh ingredients. There is nothing better than snatching up gorgeous vegetables and herbs from the local farmer's market or your favorite local grocer and turning them into something delicious. And what could be more delicious than a classic tomatillo salsa, aka "Salsa Verde". This salsa verde is all about the tanginess of the tomatillos, and we're making the roasted version here, which makes the flavors richer and deeper. You can easily opt for a fresh version - no roasting of the tomatillos or jalapeno peppers - and we have no preference, but today we wanted that roasted flavor.
Crispy Baked Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings with Buffalo-Blue Cheese Sauce
Time for something extra spicy today, friends and chili pepper lovers. We're talking ghost pepper hot. Do you have a favorite buffalo wing joint? Most people do. I have a few different favorites, depending on my mood, though each one is different. Some focus on the rubs, some focus on the sauce, though the one thing almost all of them have in common is that they deep fry everything. I've mentioned in the past, I don't mind frying, but prefer to stay away from it when I'm at home. So for this chicken wing recipe, we're baking them.
Shrimp Tacos with Fresh Mango-Avocado Salsa
File this recipe under "Quick and Easy". And summerlicious. Is that a word? It should be! Summertime is ideal for light, bright foods, especially when you can sit outside and grill. Shrimp takes practically no time to cook, so you can have this meal ready is practically no time. For an even quicker meal, make the salsa ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge a couple hours. It will allow the flavors to meld together. So good on shrimp tacos. The salsa is vibrant and colorful with fresh green jalapeno peppers and diced avocado, red tomatoes, tropical mango, crisp lime juice, cilantro...I'm getting hungry again describing it. Just see below. It practically wants to leap out of the bowl and straight into my belly.
Our Best Stuffed Pepper Recipes
Our stuffed chili peppers recipe collection is one of the most popular destinations for our visitors. People from all over are seeking creative and tasty ways to stuff a pepper with all sorts of delicious goodness. I don't know how many times I've said this, but it bears repeating - heck it bears SHOUTING OUT to the world - stuffed peppers are awesome! Chili peppers are the ideal vessel for stuffing. ANY sort of stuffing, practically. Varying in shapes and sizes, chili peppers can be hollowed out and can serve as appetizers, side dishes, main courses or even party food. Below are some of our best and personal favorites. We do love stuffed peppers around here. Could you tell?
Grilled Pork Burgers
OK, so now Patty and I have a new favorite recipe in the house. Oh yes! Pork Burgers with Grilled Pineapple. As Patty and I were wandering through the grocery store - OK, I am the one who wanders, Patty not so much, much to her chagrin - a package of ground pork accidentally spilled into our shopping cart. What is a guy to do? I originally thought of meatballs, as pork makes for some outstanding meatballs, but since it is grilling season, I really wanted to get the grill fired up. What better than burgers? Pork burgers!
Hot Pepper Relish
This very simple recipe for pickled pepper relish is great for any type of food you can prepare on the grill. We're talking steaks, chicken breasts, burgers, brats, even the good old hot dog. It's one of those wonder condiments that goes with so many dishes. Extra bonus - it is also a GREAT way to preserve your abundant pepper harvest. Loaded with wonderful chili peppers, a bit of onion and garlic, it packs in the flavor.
Grilled Chicken – Caprese Style
These are the days when it is AWESOME to have a garden, when you can walk out your back door, pick a few fresh ingredients that you grew your very own self, and turn them into a meal. Some days you can exist entirely on your garden. There is nothing more satisfying than turning something you've grown yourself into something scrumptious. Hence - Caprese style chicken. You can't make this recipe without fresh tomatoes and thick, leafy basil. Of course you can pick some up from the market, and I sure hope you do because this recipe is worth it, but you might want to get a garden going soon so you can make this all the time.
Pineapple-Mango Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce
Flat out - I can't keep these around the house long enough. They never last! Hot sauces get poured onto everything. It is AWESOME to have hot sauce around as a nice finisher. Plus, you can incorporate them into recipes. How many times have I written, "Hot Sauce of your choice" in a recipe? While not all hot sauces are alike, this recipe produces an ideal level of both sweet and heat, the perfect combination. Walking through the store the other day, I found this HUGE pile of pineapples and one accidentally spilled into my cart as I was passing by, so I figurred, OK, fine, I will cook with you. And then his friend the mango came along for the ride. I didn't want them to be alone, so into a sauce they went. Tropical fruit is so nice and friendly like that.
Baked Potato Wedges with Cajun-Sour Cream Sauce
A summertime favorite! French fries are SO FREAKING good, but you know, they just aren't the healthiest things in the world. They're fried, so that adds a LOT of calories and fat to the meal. When I cook at home, I try not to fry very often and will opt for baking instead. It isn't always ideal, but in this case it sure is. Hence - Baked Potato Wedges. Are they as good as fried potatoes? We think so! Tossed in oil and liberally seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper and your very favorite Cajun seasoning blend, these potato wedges bake up with a nice crust and spicy flavor.
Homemade Hummus-Avocado Toast
Is this a quick lunch? A super fast appetizer idea? Crazy party favor? For me, it is a great go-to for last minute guests or a party invite. Homemade hummus is always a hit, and there are quite a few ways to make it. The base recipe is ripe for the addition of a number of different ingredients to vary things up. A huge key with homemade hummus is tahini. You need to keep tahini on hand if you want to be able to make your hummus in a hurry. I remember years ago when I was just learning about hummus and how to make it, thinking, what the heck is tahini? It sounds plain weird!
Cedar Plank Salmon with Ghost Pepper-Mango Glaze
Time to grill up the salmon! Only this time, we're using a cedar plank to get the party started. Have you ever grilled with a cedar plank? How exactly DO you cedar plank a salmon, and why would you want to do it? Well, allow me to tell you. All you need to do is soak the cedar plank in water a couple hours, then spread the items you'd like to grill over it, set it on the grill and let the grill do all the work. No need for flipping anything. As the cedar plank heats up, the water steams out of it and bathes the salmon and vegetables, or whatever else you've decided to cook up, with the flavor of cedar. And why? Because it tastes so good! It's a bit like smoking salmon, flavorwise.
Grilled Pineapple-Jalapeno Summer Cocktail
Hey everyone! Patty here again with your Thirsty Thirteenth drink recipe. Well it’s HOT here and it’s welcomed since we don’t get much of it. Plus, I’ve got a nice cold refreshing drink to keep you cool. I really wanted to be outside all day and thought it would be great to grill some pineapple for our drink. It adds an extra complexity to the flavors of the final cocktail. I went around the neighborhood and gathered up my friends and whatever herbs I could snip out of their gardens. It all came together as a group effort. I was able to gather some sage and basil from various gardens. And, I had to bring you some spice of course with some jalapeno.
The Ultimate, Easiest Egg Salad Sandwich - Madness Style
Quick meal alert! I'm talking super quick. The only real cooking required here is hard boiling some eggs. By the time the eggs are done, you'll already have your bread lightly toasted and the other ingredients in the bowl waiting. I grew up on egg salad sandwiches. My mom used to make them all the time, probably because they were easy, but also because we were picky little eaters and egg salad was one of those sandwiches we would eat. Sorry for being so picky, Mom!
I am super excited to have FINALLY received the mustard seeds I ordered a couple weeks ago. They took forever to get here, but it was worth the wait. Mustard seeds are great for toasting lightly and including in a number of recipes for a pop of flavor, but you already KNOW what they are REALLY great for - homemade mustard! We're not talking that yellow mustard kids squeeze onto hot dogs (though there's nothing wrong with that!). Nope, we're talking homemade mustard with whole grains and all sorts of other ingredient goodness. The possibilities are endless. I see a LOT of homemade mustard in our future!
Grilled Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers
Go and get yourself some Cubanelle chili peppers. Go ahead, I'll wait. If you haven't cooked with Cubanelle peppers, now is the time to start. I've done a number of stuffed Cubanelles - take a look in the Stuffed Chili Peppers category - and they are some of the best to cook with. They aren't too spicy, which is good for most. I personally LIKE more heat, but that is something you can easily add in. It is much more difficult to subtract the heat. They have a fairly thick wall compared to smaller peppers, so they stand up well to the cooking process, whether you are grilling, broiling, baking. The Cubanelle has you covered.
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