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Shrimp and Goat Cheese Stuffed Shells with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
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.
Linguine with Cauliflower Carbonara Sauce
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 squash, why not cauliflower? Cauliflower is all the rage these days. I bop around food blogs and see people cooking with it like crazy.
Homemade Chicago-Style Giardiniera
Giardiniera is something we encounter on a regular basis. Patty and I are from the Chicago area, and Chicago is well-known for its selection of beef sandwiches. If you're from Chicago or anywhere near there, you can't order a beef sandwich without giardiniera. It's a travesty. If you want funny looks shot your way, go ahead and order one and tell them to hold the giardiniera.
Pulled Pork-Sriracha Jalapeno Poppers
What do you do when you have leftover pulled pork? Leftover tacos is an obvious choice, but how about something more fun, like poppers! The other day I made another batch of roasted poblano pulled pork for quick and easy tacos, and we had quite a bit leftover. I like to make larger batches of pulled pork for this reason. There are only two of us here and pork is easy to add to any number of creative dishes.
20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes for Your Own Fiesta
Searching for Cinco de Mayo recipes? Look no further. We have loads of spicy and Mexican recipes to make your authentic fiesta a hit. At Chili Pepper Madness, we're all about recipes with bold and zesty flavors, and sometimes a bit of heat. Patty and I lean heavily toward Mexican cuisine, and we have some traditional recipes for you, as well as some of our own creative versions we hope you will enjoy. Throw your own fiesta and celebrate the holiday Mexican style.
Classic Mexican Chicken Posole
If you enjoy a good stew recipe, or a soup with lots of chunky chicken or pork, then Mexican Posole is something you'll want to try. It certainly is a classic dish, very traditional to Mexico, and it has a number of variations, ranging from chicken and pork and different types of meat, to a huge variety of preferred garnishes. I stick with what I typically have on hand - diced avocados, cilantro, some lime wedges - though others like to include lemon, cabbage, salsa, onion, radishes or other chili peppers. Roasted jalapenos or serranos would be awesome here.
Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce with Roasted Tomatillos
You know what I love about a good green enchilada sauce? It's the combination of roasted tomatillos and roasted chili peppers. Tomatillos are staple Mexican ingredients and they're easy to cook with. While they look just like little green tomatoes, with a papery our layer that you must peel away, they have a different taste and are quite different from the tomatoes you're used to. You can eat tomatillos raw, but they are so good when roasted and blended up, especially with other staple Mexican ingredients, like the chili pepper and all those outstanding seasonings.
Easy Spring Pasta with Lemon Sauce
Go Spring! Patty and I were walking into the grocery store for our normal shopping and always start with the produce section. It is how most grocery stores are setup, which is great for us since that is what we usually need to stock up on the most. We walk in and BAM! Right there at the front of the produce area were these gorgeous yellow Campari tomatoes. We weren't even planning on grabbing them, but as with most awesome items, they just leapt into the cart so we were forced to bring them home.
Turkey and Cheddar Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Anaheim peppers! When you cook with chili peppers as much as we do, you'll find yourself making a lot of stuffed peppers. I mean, a LOT of stuffed peppers. Seriously, I'm adding them all the time. See - Stuffed Chili Pepper Recipes. It's really growing. I've even written an entire cookbook dedicated to them. Plug for me!
Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas
Extra gooey cheese, seasoned chopped chicken, a hot and spicy kick, with a single bite that makes you quiver and your mouth saying instantly, "oh yes, more please..." This is to experience the wonder of the quesadilla. Many of us have had quesadillas as kids, thin tortillas filled with cheese and melted in a pan, or maybe in one of those shmancy quesadilla makers, the ones that don't always work so well. Maybe those were good as kids, but now we want a quesadilla with some serious flavor. Let's elevate the quesadilla!
Healthy Broccoli Parmesan Pasta
Spring is in the air! You can feel it where we live. We can finally open the windows and let in the fresh air. The birds are visiting our backyard pond and the muskrats are chasing each other around in the water. Soon we'll be watching the goslings and ducklings wading after their mothers and I will be discouraging birds from building nests in my housing ducts. Spring is life affirming, really, with better weather, longer days, and best of all, spring veggies!
Mango Habanero Margaritas
Patty here again with your monthly Thirsty Thirteenth. I’ve noticed a trend in my cocktails lately. They all seem to be this yellowish color with citrus fruits. I guess it’s obvious I’m excited about warm weather finally being here. Well, this time I was thinking about something else hot besides the weather. Let’s make a spicy drink.
One-Pot Meatless Enchilada Stew
We're always experimenting with traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients. They lend themselves to so many outstanding meal choices. This particular dish is inspired by the uber-Mexican dish, the Enchilada. Ah, the enchilada, that rolled tortilla filled with so much goodness, served up with a chili sauce. We've basically deconstructed your typical enchilada and recreated it as a one-pot dish. Is it a stew? Is it a casserole? We're not sure, but we are sure that it tastes so good!
Easy Mediterranean Style Flatbread Pizza
These are easy. Super easy. You don't have to fuss with making your own pizza dough or homemade flatbreads when you have Naan around. While we do enjoy making our own flatbreads, sometimes you need something quick and easy so you can get on with the ten thousand other tasks in your life. I don't even want to talk about those! I'd rather focus on food.
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