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Easy Italian Sausage Stuffed Peppers
More stuffed peppers coming your way. Of course! At Chili Pepper Madness, we sort of LOVE cooking with chili peppers, and that means chili peppers of ALL types, and if I've said it once, I've said it probably ten million times by now - We LOVE stuffed peppers! Chili peppers are the perfect vessels for all sorts of stuffing. I mean, look at them. They're hollow, right? You slice off the top and peer down into that lonely emptiness and think, this poor little thing needs some company. Or you slice them in half right down the center and you're left with perfectly formed bowls. All you need to do is get creative.
Grilled Steelhead Trout with Chili-Rosemary-Lime Butter
Total SHOUT OUT to my friend and neighbor, Matt. You know who you are. Patty and I were invited to his house for dinner the other night. It's always fun to hang out with Matt and Jackie, sipping a few cocktails and enjoying each other's company. Except when Matt pulls out the cedar planks and grills up perfectly seasoned steelhead trout. Boom! Talk about a phenomenal meal. I've made steelhead trout in the past but Matt's meal has inspired me to work up something of my own, and we love how it turned out.
Quick and Easy Pasta with Roasted Poblano-Avocado Sauce
We're playing around with purees again, coming up with some very interesting sauces. And winning! As you might recall, we've experimented with a number of purees for sauces, ending up with some very tasty meals, including the Linguine with Cauliflower Carbonara Sauce, Butternut Squash Carbonara, Pasta with Zucchini Pesto with Jalapeno Peppers, and this is no exception. It's good!
Habanero Infused Moonshine
Lately we've been experimenting a bit with infusing alcohols with chili peppers. Infused alcohols are all the rage nowadays. You'll find vodkas, tequilas, moonshines, even whiskeys hopping on the bandwagon with all sorts of interesting flavor combinations. Moonshine is a perfect alcohol for infusing and we've been doing it for years. Like vodka, it is nice and clear and soaks up the flavors of your chosen ingredients nicely. I've done this with superhots of all types - think ghost peppers, scorpion peppers, 7-pots (my faves!) - though this particular recipe utilizes the wonderful habanero pepper. Yes! The habanero has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its fruity quality and the growing love of heat and zesty food. It's a good time to be Chili Pepper Madness, let me tell you. So happy for the habanero.
Mediterranean Style Stuffed Peppers
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 fast food! We noticed smaller portions, no processed foods, homemade feel everywhere we ate. So much better for you, really. Remind me to tell you about the homemade meal in Turkey. Best. Meal Ever. The whole family agreed. Uber-Turkey.
Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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 weekend trip recently and I made this again for tacos, and gone! Bye bye, no more. Luckily I saved a little back home for us for the next day. Yes!
Homemade Ghost Pepper Chili Hot Sauce
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 sometimes. I'm including a version of this recipe in the superhot cookbook I'm working on.
Homemade Harissa Paste
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!
Chorizo and Egg Stuffed Poblano Peppers
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 peppers, then mixed with eggs and stuffed into the wonderful poblano.
Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
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. At least we are. Obviously! It's why we have a fun food blog. So! As we were talking, Brittnie mentioned her grilled flank steak recipe that was to-die for, so of course, we had to try it.
Spring Shocker Vodka-Grapefruit Cocktail
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. No dealing with pulp. No messy cleanup. Simple and easy. I just pull the handle down on halved citrus and strain that delicious fresh juice right into my cocktail shaker.
Homemade Caribbean-Style Sweet Chili Sauce
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 and even different types of chili sauces at the same time because you can use a little bit here, a little bit there, save some and combine it with something else for an entirely different result.
Quick and Easy Salmon Flatbread Pizza
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.
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