Spicy Honey Whiskey Hot Wings

Oh my! All I have to say is you must make these spicy honey whiskey hot wings. They’re saucy, messy and hot, hot, hot! I used Salamander’s Whiskey hot sauce which is already friggin amazing but wanted to add a bit of sweetness to tame the heat just a bit. If you like mouth burning wings, and I mean the kind that make your lips burn for at least a good 10-15 minutes, then this is it.


This was the best photo I could take at the time, tough handling a camera with sticky fingers!

Spicy Honey Whiskey Hot Wings

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Maria



  • 2 lbs chicken wings split
  • 1 tbsp Adobo seasoning


  • 1 cup Salamander Whiskey Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt for the water
  • *1/4 cup whiskey optional


  • Season the wings with the Adobo seasoning and squeeze 1/2 lemon over chicken. Let marinate in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Bring 2 quarts of water and tbsp of salt to a boil and add wings. Boil the wings for about 7 minutes.
  • While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Add the hot sauce, honey, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and optional whiskey to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Continue cooking until sauce thickens a little then remove from heat and set aside.
  • When chicken is done, drain chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat about 1/4 inch of oil in a saute pan and pan fry the wings until wings are brown and crispy.
  • Transfer wings to paper towels to absorb oil then toss in a bowl with the prepared wing sauce.
  • Stir until wings are well covered and serve.

Make it for you next football game, your Friday night dinner, your next party, just make it!

{Recipe} Ice Cold Remedy For A Heat Wave

I had my first swizzle cocktail in New Orleans: crushed ice, muddled fruit, rum, seltzer and not sure what else but it was perfectly refreshing. Well it wasn’t my first, I’ve had rum cocktails with crushed ice before but just never called it a swizzle. It’s like having a snow cone, only more grown up, and what better way to beat this heat wave we’ve been having? I don’t know about where you live but here in the Northeast we’ve been having temperatures near 100 degrees and some days with a heat index of 110! Who can cook in those temps? Pass me a swizzle please!! It’s the perfect ice cold remedy for a heat wave!


The bartender wrapped ice in a towel and pounded it to bits with a large mallet and it immediately took me back to my childhood. Mom with ice nestled in her little hands and crushing it to pieces with the back of a large spoon in one fell swoop. The ice shattered perfectly into bits and was added to all sorts of juices and drinks. Ice had to be crushed, she told me, we wouldn’t want anyone choking on a big piece of ice and something else about it being uncivilized. So I did what I was told and crushed it everytime.


That was during a time when we froze ice in containers or used those trays with the removable blades! Remember those? I was always afraid I would cut myself with it! The cubes were large and never really released easily so you wound up banging tray wherever you could! I still do it every once in a while out of habit even with all the fancy ice cube trays out there…ice in hand, a large spoon and a steady whack. 🙂 I do like munching on ice and this cocktail is so refreshing, especially when the heat outside is unbearable. Just pretend like the temps are in the perfect 80s, no humidity and there’s a cool breeze coming in!


I made this cocktail with coconut vodka, blueberries and spiced it up with a spicy blackberry simple syrup that I used when I made my spicy soda. This syrup will keep for 2 weeks if refrigerated and can be used for all sorts of cocktails.



Coconut Vodka and Berries Swizzle

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Cuisine: Cocktail
Servings: 1
Author: Maria


  • 2 oz Spicy Blackberry simple syrup
  • 2 oz coconut flavored vodka
  • Club soda
  • Ice
  • 3-4 blueberries
  • Mint leaf
  • Lemon slice


  • Crush the ice and fill glass to the top
  • Add simple syrup, vodka and top with club soda
  • Add blueberries, lemon wedge and garnish with mint leaf


Spicy Appetizers for the Superbowl, Some Healthy, Some Not, But All Amazing

Here are six spicy starters for this weekend that I think are just great! These will definitely raise the heat level at your Superbowl party and will keep both sides happy no matter who they’re rooting for. A couple you’ll recognize as Superbowl classics with a different spin and a few others are snack size Ethnic favorites to keep things interesting. Hope you enjoy!

Spicy Roundup 1

1. Roasted jalapeno popper potato skins from Iowa Girl Eats

Spicy Roundup 2

2. Tandoori chicken burgers from Baked Bree   3. Zucchini harissa herb pizza from Om Nom Ally

Spicy Roundup 3

4. Thai pork meatballs and sweet chili sauce from Foodess  5. Sweet and spicy chicken wings from My Baking Addiction  6. Bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos from I Breath, I’m Hungry

Healthy Superbowl Snacks – Spicy Quinoa Cakes

This quinoa bites recipe has been on my Pinterest board for over a year now. I’ve made it a couple of times and decided to tweak the recipe for a spicier option. What can I say, I just can’t help myself! Adding a little spice here and there can really elevate a dish, even if it’s just a few pepper flakes.


These spicy quinoa mini cakes are a healthy alternative to the numerous fried and cheese laden appetizers that will be consumed during next weekend’s super bowl. If you’re looking for ideas on what to make and want to balance out your menu, this is it! Quinoa is a grain used in many dishes across South America and has gained popularity across the US for it’s high protein content and health benefits. It’s the super food of choice for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. It’s high in fiber, rich in iron and has been known to regulate insulin levels in your body. How could you not want to eat this?!


These are great little snacks you can munch on between meals, as appetizers or just serve up as a side dish. The original recipe called for a sauce but these are moist enough that you don’t need one. If you do want something extra, serve with a salsa. You can also use regular size cupcake pans and serve as a side with vegetables or grilled chicken.

Spicy Quinoa Mini Cakes
adapted from So Very Blessed
yields 48 mini cakes

2 cups quinoa, cooked
2 egg whites
1/4 cup Gouda cheese
1 jalapeno, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 small onion, diced
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp sea salt

1. In a small bowl add all the ingredients and mix well.

2. Grease a mini cupcake pan and spoon in the quinoa mix into each mold.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Note: The recipe calls for 2 cups of cooked quinoa. You can cook 1 cup of quinoa in about 1 1/2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock for extra flavor. I used a low sodium chicken stock and boiled quinoa for about 15 minutes. You want the quinoa to crack open and be light and fluffy.

Quinoa has too many health benefits not to include in your diet. Use any leftover cooked quinoa to toss in your salad or add some texture to your smoothies. Enjoy!

Roasted Shishito Peppers With Habanero Infused Olive Oil

I love a good roasted chile pepper, especially one you can just pop in your mouth for a quick and easy snack! These Japanese Shishito peppers aren’t spicy but sometimes you bite into one that really surprises you. You might get a few out of a bunch that are spicy hot but that’s the interesting part, the flavors balance out and deliver a kick when you least expect it!

The Shishito pepper is bright green and is easily recognized by it’s wrinkled finger-like shape.

Roasted they’re great as an appetizer, just sprinkle a little sea salt! I drizzled a habanero infused olive oil just for more heat but not too much so as to not mask the flavor of the peppers. Pair it with an ice cold Pilsner or Lager for a game day snack.

You can also chop these up and toss with a salad, top a pizza, add to your omelet, so many options!

Roasted Shishito Peppers

Dozen Shishito peppers
Habanero infused olive oil
Sea salt

Drizzle the peppers with olive oil and toss around. Place peppers on aluminum foil or a cookie sheet and broil for a couple minutes each side. Make sure you keep an eye on them since they roast fairly quickly. Sprinkle a dash or two of sea salt and eat right away.

Lollipops Round Up: Great Party Ideas

So you love lollipops and sweets and want cool ideas for your next event? Here are several for you to check out. You could set up a candy table, use them in your desserts or event better, use them as cocktail stirrers!  You can get very creative with lollipops and these will be a great way to show off your personal style and give your guests some edible goodies to take home. Try some of these with your next order of Hot Lollies.

Don’t just lay your lollipops on a table, that’s boring, display them with place-cards or in large candy bowls to spruce up your tables.

From top to bottom: Tried and True Weddings, photo credit Amorology Weddings, Hostess with the Mostess lollies propped in candy bowls.

This cupcake lollipop flower idea is so cute for a kids party. Kids will be bouncing off the walls with all the sugar but something special once in a blue moon won’t hurt. The cake is precious too! Just another way to enjoy your lollipops.

From top to bottom: Martha Stewart lollipop cupcakes, Martha Stewart garden lollipop cake

Here are a couple of interesting ideas for adult parties, lollipop cocktails, how fun! Use your lollies as edible drink stirrers! A spicy lollipop would be great with drinks, think Mango Habanero lollipop for your margaritas!

From top to bottom: Martha Stewart champagne lollipop stirrer, Real Simple vodka tonic with a mint lollipop stirrer.