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National Tequila Day: It’s Not Just for Mexico Anymore…

Tequila will always be connected to Mexico, home of the blue agave plant this enticing spirit is made from. Whether consumed as straight shots or mixed beverages, tequila has an avid following. If music is any gauge, this fan base has been around for decades: Jim Reeves recorded Drinking Tequila in 1955. There are many […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Kick

Butter. Chocolate. Chiles. A new food trinity! It’s found in spicy chocolate chip cookies (among other great dishes). Add the other basic ingredients and you can make all kinds of cookies: Chewy or crisp; thick or thin; bite-sized or humongous. A special treat in any case!

We’re also coming into Hatch chile season. Mild or hot, […]

National Junk Food Day; What Did You Eat?

This is a “holiday” I can really get into. I woke up hungry for junk, too. Something that would blow my diet into the next zip code. Not comfort food, like those little cocktail weenies wrapped in croissant dough and baked. No, I wanted something with salt, fat, calories and way too […]

Singapore Sling Pepper Jelly! Now You Can Drink Your Toast…

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

I was running out of ideas for jellies. Yep, I was shocked too! I mean, there’s only so many batches of cherry habanero jelly you can put up in a season.

I decided my blood alcohol could use a boost. To kick off the positive thinking, […]

Pickled Cherries and Pork Fajitas

Nigel Slater recently posted an interesting recipe in the Guardian’s food & drink section. The interesting ingredient is quick-pickled cherries. Not pickles like you might think; this stuff is divine! With cherry season in full swing, it’s time you gave them a try.

I chose to do something a bit different. (I know, you can’t hardly […]

Pepper Jellies and the Manzano Chile

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

The great summer of tasty fruit continues, and I’m in the kitchen nearly every day making jellies. There’s a shortage of fresh habaneros hereabouts, though, which is unexpected and a bit worrying. I went to the neighborhood Latin foods outlet, and even they only had […]