Sweet Ghost Pepper Popcorn

Are you a chilehead? Do you crave sweet and spicy products? If so you must try All Spice Cafe’s Sweet Ghost Pepper Popcorn for a crunchy, sweet candied popcorn with a spicy, long lasting heat that’s true to the bhut jolokia (ghost) pepper used to make it. It might make you tear up or cough a little but when has that ever stopped you before? Shoot, it’s why I keep searching for spicy products! It’s no good if it doesn’t burn, right?

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It’s great for snacking on the go, or to keep at your desk at work for when you want a quick pick-me-up. It’ll certainly give you a nice jolt of adrenaline and help you snap out of that afternoon snooze.

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This company is based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and also makes hot sauces, spices and other sweets. Check out the All Spice Cafe site for their award winning products and locations on where to find.

Have a spicy product you just love? Let me know about it in the comments. Thanks!

 

Spicy Green Goddess Elixir Recipe

For an energy boost before heading off to work blend together this spicy green goddess elixir recipe made with simple fresh ingredients like spinach and watercress. The flavor is very bright, grassy and stings a little but the sweet honey balances the flavor well. The spiciness comes from the jalapeno as well as the watercress (berro) which has a peppery flavor. Watercress is an amazing leafy green plant to add to any juice. It’s known to be anti-inflammatory and provides relief for coughs, bronchial congestion, stomach aches and even cancer (according to WebMD). I also read that in ancient times it was used as an aphrodisiac. Well I don’t know about that but I definitely feel more alert after drinking this elixir and during those slow or low energy days a clean, fresh and natural elixir is all you need.

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Spicy Green Goddess Elixir
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Ingredients
  • Bunch of spinach, about 3-4 packed cups
  • Bunch of watercress, about 2 packed cups
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • ½ jalapeno
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Honey or agave syrup
Instructions
  1. Add spinach, watercress, ginger and jalapeno to a juicer and collect blended juice in a cup.
  2. Squeeze juice from lemon and lime and add to the green juice.
  3. Sweeten with honey or agave syrup.

 

Spicy Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Recipe

Looking for a simple party food or something healthy to snack on this weekend? This spicy black bean and avocado salsa recipe is just the thing. It’ll definitely liven up any gathering and keep your spicy food lovers happy! I strongly believe food should taste great and look appetizing as well and nothing beats having fresh, healthy ingredients to whip up a pretty bowl of black bean salsa. Check out my cute chile pepper bowl too! I picked that up at Pier 1 Imports. They have a beautiful selection of Mexican inspired home decor.

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I decided to make corn tortillas for my spicy salsa for a heartier meal but this will also go well with tortilla chips for snacking. Once you’ve had homemade tortillas you won’t want the store bought type. To make them just add masa (white corn flour), which has already been lightly flavored with lime & salt, and water. Just mix the two and roll into golf ball sized balls and flatten with a tortilla press. I purchased this one below for $10 at a local store. I then cooked tortillas in a little butter and that was all.

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This spicy black bean salsa recipe is quick and easy to make and is full of great flavors everyone can enjoy. Just chop up a few ingredients and you can have yourself a spicy meal in under 15 minutes.

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The red peppers and jalapenos provide a nice crunch, the avocados adds creaminess, while the black beans gives this spicy black bean and avocado salsa a great chewy texture. Also, black beans have an incredible amount of fiber to keep you full longer and promote healthy digestion. It’s a great super food to add to your diet. Try it and let me know what you think! If you want a spicier salsa, use serrano chiles or habaneros for an even hotter treat.

Spicy Black Bean Salsa Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 haas avocado, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (reserve a couple of slices for topping)
  • 1-2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Fiesta Citrus seasoning, optional
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix the rinsed black beans and the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Toss around lightly making sure not to mush the avocados.
  3. Serve with homemade or store bought corn tortillas or your favorite chips.

 

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Got a craving for spicy foods and also trying to eat healthy? Make these spicy baked sweet potato fries recipe to keep that waistline nice and trim. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and a great source for antioxidant vitamins like beta carotene (vitamin A) and vitamin C. They’re considered a superfood because one single potato is packed with so many nutrients. The best thing about them is they’re filling and taste great either roasted, baked and have a natural mild sweetness that goes well with many spices. When we think of spicy foods what usually comes to mind are high caloric, fried, cheesy foods but there are many ways to eat healthfully and still enjoy great tasting spicy foods.

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These fries are pretty spicy. The volcanic dust I used from Volcanic Peppers is aptly named so proceed with caution! :) This pepper powder is made with ground up habanero and bhut jolokia (Ghost) peppers so what you’re getting is pure, natural heat. Another great tasting spice I used was the new Perfect Pinch Fiesta Citrus seasoning from McCormick made with chile pepper, cumin, lime, garlic, and other seasonings for a mildly hot and smoky flavor. A couple dashes with cinnamon brings all of this great flavor together for a nice snack or side dish.

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One of the main complaints you’ll hear about baking sweet potato fries is that they’re not crunchy or crispy enough. The trick to getting that crispy fried texture is to toss the sweet potatoes in cornstarch when seasoning. They won’t get as crispy as the fried version but it’ll be close enough. Besides, they tasted so good it really didn’t matter to me if some were a little wimpy, the spicy, flavorful heat helps too.

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Another way to get around that soggy fry is to bake them thoroughly, then finish them in broiler for a couple of minutes. Just watch them closely because they’ll easily burn.

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
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Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into fry sticks
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp McCormick Fiesta citrus seasoning
  • ½ tsp Volcanic Peppers Volcanic Dust 2
  • 1-2 dashes cinnamon
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. After cutting potatoes, run them through cold water.
  2. In a bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the cornstarch until completely covered.
  3. Drizzle in the olive oil then add the rest of ingredients.
  4. Rub in seasoning and oil with your hands so fries are well covered then spread out on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, turning fries once midway through cooking.
  6. Finish under broil for 1-2 minutes and watch closely so they do not burn.
  7. Remove from oven and serve as a snack or side dish.

 

Photos from the BlogHer Food Conference in Miami

Here are a few photos from the BlogHer Food conference in Miami! The BlogHer Food conference, held at the Downtown Hilton in Miami, FL this past weekend, was the perfect place for great food, drinks, and making new connections. So many incredible men and women passionate about cooking, food ethics, food politics, healthful living, community service, and partying (can’t forget that!) gathered for two days of workshops, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and loads of fun!

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View of downtown Miami from the rooftop pool at the Hilton.

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I was volunteering at registration for the event so my day got started at the sponsors morning break and the McCormick sponsored luncheon. The keynote speakers addressed superfoods, what are they and how they are impacting American diets. Adding foods like kale, blueberries, wild salmon, legumes, walnuts, and a key ingredient for us spicy food lovers, capsaisin, among a few, delivers the nutrients the body needs to help ward off diseases and live an healthy life! Yes, chile peppers are good for you according to Dr. Bazilian, one of the keynotes.

Hats off to McCormick and Hilton chefs for bringing the heat to the luncheon with this amazing international flavors menu. The food was definitely a hit with starters like grilled paneer cheese with mango tomato chutney, grilled Moroccan spice chicken with roasted red peppers and honey harissa sauce, roasted spicy chickpeas with spinach, and roasted curry cauliflower with piquillo peppers. For dessert we had a three chile mole fondue with churros and fresh fruit. Definitely all dishes I need to make. My mouth was on fire and I loved every minute of it!

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You can’t go to a food event and not pick up conference swag and sponsor freebies! Below were the gift bag items but there was much more to be had in the sponsors area.  This loot here was just half of what we got. I had to ship a box back home because there was no way everything I collected was fitting in my suitcase.

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One of my favorite items given to all who stayed at the Miami Hilton was this adorable little cast iron skillet. Perfect for smaller portions and less muscle power needed when using it! I love my cast iron skillet but that thing is like 10 lbs! This one here will be much easier to handle.

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I was also lucky enough to score a programmable slow cooker from Hamilton Beach! I just dropped my business card in a bowl and next thing you know I got a tweet announcing my win. Woo hoo! The good folks over at Hamilton Beach were also gracious enough to pay for shipping box back home. Thank You! Oh the things I can make. First up will be the chocolate cake and monkey bread recipes featured at the event, I’ll be sure to spice those up for you. I had no idea you could make cakes/desserts in a slow cooker. Did you? Have you made any desserts? Please share!

Day 1 also included sessions like turning online into a product line where awesome moderator Julie Van Ullen from IAB, Jadah Sellner and Laura-Jane Koers discussed how they built successful product businesses. Many great takeaways here like how you should chase the vision and not the money when launching a product business. Many focus on getting rich quick and lose sight of what’s really important; listening, connecting and building trust with your audience to deliver products that are useful and needed. One of my favorite sessions from event.

There’s so much more to share but I’ll post those later. I found a few spicy products I want to tell you about that I think you’ll like. Stay tuned and have an amazing Memorial Day weekend!

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BlogHer Food 2014 Conference in Miami

So excited about attending the BlogHer Food 2014 conference in Miami this week! I’ll be volunteering for the event and looking forward to the warm Miami heat and meeting other amazing food bloggers from all over the world. It’s a two day event of workshops on the business of blogging, photography, social media, mobile apps and everything and anything food! This is the perfect location for a conference because the Miami food scene is hot, hot, hot and the beaches even hotter.

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So please stay tuned, I’ll be sure to post a few photos of the event when I get back. One thing is for sure, I will find something spicy for you!