The Scorpion chili pepper is melt-your-face-off hot. It’s so hot, it can’t even be eaten on it’s own; so hot the pepper pickers have to wear Hazmat suits. But by blending just a bit of this specially-grown New Mexican pepper into salsa, you can survive its powerful blast of heat. Granted, your forehead will bead up with sweat after one bite, but that’s the fun of it. Try it, we dare you.
Forget the college years when fluorescent orange powder was the only “cheese” in your diet. A proper mac-n-cheese needs only real cheese and lots of it. When done properly, homemade mac-n-cheese attains Superfood status. It takes just a few simple ingredients, get it right already.
You like it hot? Like, fire-in-the-hole hot? Like, seeing stars hot? You’ll think you died and went to hell when you get a few flakes of the fabled Ghost Pepper on your tongue. On the Scoville scale, the Ghost is rated the hottest pepper in the world: about 150 times hotter than a jalapeño. These peppers must be used sparingly but add a rich, flavorful spike to any dish. Available in a variety of forms from flakes to powder, all Ghost Pepper products must be handled with care.
Sports-watching food should break free into it’s own distinct food group: hot wings, pizza, beer, pretzels and of course almighty Nachos would stand atop this pyramid of game day pleasure. How do you do your nachos, gourmet or ghetto? Fresh cilantro, avo and beans or nuked cheese sauce and jalapeños? If you don’t have your own custom nacho technique already, get on it. The big game is just a few days away.
Mardi Gras is crazy. Blame it on the King Cakes. Haydel Bakery makes these traditional Mardi Gras confections from an old Danish recipe that causes men to feel immune to the effects of booze and makes women eager to show off their rack. We can’t explain it and neither can the fine folks at Haydel’s. Maybe it’s voodoo.
Bourbon in the Sugar Shack is pretty common. For drinking. It is only the very rarest of recipes where the bourbon is actually added to the mix. This concoction from Noble blends just a kiss of whiskey to premium-grade Quebec maple syrup. Adds a little snap to the sweetness.
Chicken and dumplings. Old-fashioned grandma food, right? Wrong. It’s top-tier comfort food and if you make this meal for your date, watch out. If properly prepared, your lady friend will be forced to undo the top button of her pants after dinner. Imagine what dessert might do.
F—k the new diet. When your team is down by a few points and Sunday night will soon be Monday morning, you need a little relief, a little comfort for your sorry soul. Maybe piece of mind can be found in a marshmallow dipped in milk chocolate and sprinkled with a crust of beer & pretzel bits. Give it a try.
Made with aged, single malt Scotch, this caramel sauce from San Francisco artisan gourmet, Happy Goat, is all natural. If you’re wondering what a happy goat has to do with caramel sauce, let us tell you. The sauce has a rich, velvety texture because it’s made with goat milk.