Smoked Chipotle Pepper Porter

I normally drink lagers or the less hoppy IPAs so when I saw this smoked chipotle pepper porter all I thought about really was that it had chipotle peppers. I’m always drawn to spicy foods and products so this smokey dark beer with roasted peppers sounded too good to pass up. I had a plan for this bottle. At 22 ounces I knew I could enjoy it several ways and that, I did.

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I grew up on malty drinks or the sweet maltas you can find at any Latin gorcery store so the flavors were very familiar. Mom used to mix non-alcoholic stouts or malts with condensed milk for a sweet, milky and malt heavy afternoon treat for us kids. Sounds weird? Well, it’s a Dominican thing and probably a Caribbean thing in general. You have to make sure the beer is ice cold and stir in enough condensed milk to sweeten. You can also blend it with ice for a thicker smoothie. Not sure of this concoctions’ orgins but its a close cousin to the fizzy ice cream floats enjoyed here in the US or the milk and Pepsi Laverne made famous on Laverne & Shirley (I loved that show!). Try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert this Summer. It removes all the heat and tastes a little like coffee ice cream but stronger in flavor.

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This smoked chipotle pepper porter is great on its own too. The Stone Brewing company out of California has been around since the mid nineties but this smokey jalapeno beer is a special release from several years ago and available in limited quantities. Check their website for locations on where this porter can be found. I found mine here in Jersey City.

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It is dark, chocolate brown in color and has a malty, rich flavor with a slight bitterness upfront which my guess is the smokey peppers. I wouldn’t think of this as a spicy beer at all but it does have a warming feeling on the backend. I like this brew. I like that I can enjoy a pint on its own, drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream into it or stir it up ice cold with some condensed milk and I am happy woman. Salud and Cheers!

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Here’s a quick summary:

Color: dark chocolate

Heat: very mild

Alcohol by Volume: 5.9%

Taste: Deep malt and roasted coffee flavors with slight bitterness

Brewing Co: Stoner Brewers

 

Spicy Peanut Butter and Bananas Smoothie Recipe

Hello, I’m back! It’s been a while since I’ve written so hopefully this spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie recipe will make up for my absence. I’ve been making the best of the wonderful Summer we’ve been having here and spending as much time as I can outdoors. Our Summers are way too short and soon enough the cooler September weather will be here. It always feels like I’m running out of time when August rolls in; like I’m doing an end of Summer countdown! All I can think of is filling up my evenings and weekends with trips to the beach, outdoor music festivals, sidewalk dinning, dog walking and movies under the stars. So naturally, I just want cool, refreshing foods like this spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie.

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I think I turned on the oven once this entire Summer. I’ve been making easy summer meals like grilled chicken over arugula salad; pasta made simply with basil, garlic, cherry tomatoes and olive oil; Indian takeout and well, smoothies! A thick, hearty smoothie can keep you full for a few hours and keeps your kitchen nice and cool. So here’s my amazing spicy peanut butter and bananas smoothie recipe made with almond milk, I hope you enjoy. I also used my volcanic dust from Volcanic Peppers which is just ground up habanero & ghost peppers but it that’s too much, you can always use ground cayenne pepper instead. The peanut butter and chile pepper blend goes really well together. Also, you’re not using much, just enough to give it a kick.

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Spicy Peanut Butter and Bananas Smoothie Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 8oz Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 dashes of Volcanic Peppers volcano dust
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender then add about 4-5 ice cubes and blend.

 

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.