Guacamole

Guacamole

We are on a Tex-Mex kick here on the blog and the next condiment that Dana and I wanted to make was Guacamole.  I love Alton Brown so I wanted to try out his version of the classic dish.  I must say that he hit a home run with it.  We used this recipe.  it was well balanced, not too spicy and downright delicious!

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National Hot Dog Day!

Today is National Hot Dog Day!  Who knew that July 23rd, 2014 was National Hot Dog Day?  Well now that you know, you should go out and cook a hot dog.  Here are my best hot dog recipes.  There is no better day to try out one of these recipes.  I recommend the bacon wrapped … Read moreNational Hot Dog Day!

Homemade Hot Sauce

The wingtacular is coming up in a couple of weeks and I wanted to give a little help to the competitors. The basis of any good wing sauce is a good hot sauce. Over the counter hot sauces are good, but if you make your own you can control the ingredients and the amount of heat.  As always, nothing compares to homemade.

Habaneros, jalapenos, poblanos and long hot peppers were available at the grocery store.
Habaneros, jalapenos, poblanos and long hot peppers were available at the grocery store.

I went to the local grocery store last night looking for a nice mix of peppers to create my hot sauce. The main problem was that they were extremely limited in their selection. So for this hot sauce I am making a green hot sauce. It still has the spiciness that I look for in a hot sauce but it has a different color and more of an earthiness to it.

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The Blue Box Revisited – Spicy Mac n Cheese

If you are like me, no matter how much you cook, you always have a box of Mac n Cheese in the pantry.  As much as I want to hate the stuff it is good.  So, I have worked to spice it up in more than one way.  Honestly, it is not much, but it is enough to transform a bland blue box to a tasty concoction.

Spiced up Mac n Cheese

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Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst

A couple of weeks ago I ran into Nick from Macheesmo, and we started to talk about sausage making. I then invited him over to help make some Jalapeno Cheddar Bratwurst. This was key as it really requires two people to make sausage. Not just two people though, two people that really like to cook. To spend 3 hours elbow deep in raw meat is not for the faint hearted. Although, the rewards are worth it.

Jalapeno Cheddar Brats

The key to a good bratwust is to make sure that it is juicy yet not so juicy that it explodes in your face. I have had many cheddar brats that as soon as you bite into them you hit the person next to you in the face with molten cheese. That is never good. This recipe is a perfect balance of meat and cheese. No need to wear goggles when the person next to you is biting into one.

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