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  • Saffron Infused Risotto

    saffron rissotto

    The Thanksgiving holiday is over and I bet you ate way too much just like me! For those of you that braved the mad shoppers this past weekend; I have a simple but hearty dish to warm you up and keep you going this week. Risotto is a staple in our family. Its versatility and delicious texture and flavor is a hit with both my children and husband. It is also a very elegant dish to serve to your guests. Simple additions of items such as peas and lobster make for a stunning and satisfying meal for any culinarian.

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  • Tandoori Spice Chicken

    Tandoori Chicken Recipe

    What is Tandoori? Tandoori is a spice mixture indigenous to Northern India. Though most would associate the name tandoori with a recipe, it's really the method of cooking. A tandoor is an in-ground clay oven or essentially a very large clay pit. The pit is large enough to hold a small fire created by slow burning wood charcoal. The heat is directly controlled by the amount of air that is allowed in and out of the pit. Many tandoori ovens have a small door at the bottom that controls the air flow, which results in a high concentration of heat. The heat of the fire is reflected by the ceramic walls of the tandoor, intensifying the heat and creating a cooking environment that can easily reach 600 degrees. Flatbread is stuck to the sides of the tandoor to cook quickly and evenly. Large skewers of meat are lowered and quickly cooked to seal in the flavor and juices.

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  • Spicy Chili Vodka Recipe

    Spicy Chile Vodka

    SpiceJungle carries a large variety of dried chili peppers. Everything from Scorpion chilies to Ghost Peppers. Chiles range in levels of heat, flavor, and intensity. Each chile pepper is ranked on a scale of heat intensity called a Scoville unit, developed in 1912 by Wilbur Scoville. Each chile is ranked in multiples of 100 units with the sweet red pepper ranked at zero Scoville units while the Ghost chile pepper is ranked at 1,000,000 Scoville units.

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  • Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe

    Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe

    A cold and refreshing glass of iced tea is the perfect drink to sip on for just about any occasion. At SpiceJungle we offer many loose leaf teas, but no other tea seems to have the unique flavor and vibrant color to that of hibiscus tea. Bright magenta pink in color, floral and citrusy in flavor, hibiscus flowers can be steeped to make a refreshing and caffeine-free iced tea.

    While many of you may have seen dried hibiscus flowers used in our loose leaf teas, hibiscus tea can also be made by steeping hibiscus powder (ground hibiscus flowers) in hot water to bring out the bright and tangy flavor. It can also be added to fruit juice and alcoholic beverages for an added twist of color and flavor.

    Hibiscus Powder

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  • White Chocolate Cashew-Coconut Truffles

    White Chocolate Cashew Truffles

    Cashews, chocolate, and coconut... have I died and gone to heaven? These small but incredibly decadent truffles are sinfully delicious and so easy to make! White chocolate, although commonly thought of as chocolate is not actually chocolate. White chocolate is the cocoa butter that comes off the cacao bean when it is processed into chocolate. Creamy and smooth, white chocolate is perfectly suited to the crunchy saltiness of the cashew. What really sets this truffle recipe apart is the coconut. Not just any ordinary coconut will do for this amazing creation; this recipe will be using the delicious Macaroon coconut.

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  • Ghost Pepper Salsa

    Ghost Chili Salsa

    Ghost pepper salsa is the perfect accompaniment to freshly made tortilla chips and can also be paired with grilled pork, used as a topping for carnita tacos or added to your favorite chili recipe. Many salsas you see come in levels of heat from mild to hot, or even blazing burn-your-throat-going-down hot! I have to admit, I was a little nervous when trying this chili pepper salsa recipe but the flavor is phenomenal and the heat (although very hot) is not unbearable.

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  • Chimichurri Flank Steak Sandwich

    Chimichurri Flank Steak Sandwich

    Do you grill? Are you are fair weather griller or do you brave the elements for that perfect piece of grilled meat or vegetable? Flank steak is the perfect cut of meat for the grilling novice; the flat cut nature of the meat allows for quick and even cooking. Flank steak is cut from the abdomen muscle and is relatively low in fat but big on flavor. This long flat cut of meat is perfectly grilled to a medium rare. When sliced against the grain, the meat is tender and flavorful, perfect for fajita's, stir fry and especially chimichurri spiced flank steak sandwiches! Soft and chewy baguettes, peppery arugula and creamy Boursin cheese complete this delicious and simple Chimichurri flank steak sandwich recipe.

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  • French Onion Soup with Black Garlic

    French Onion Soup Recipe

    French onion soup is a classic French creation that utilizes leftover stock, day-old baguettes and very inexpensive root vegetables such as the common onion. A common soup for the cold winter months, French onion can cure just about anything that ails you but is just as delightful in the warm summer nights. Paired with a grilled tomato, bacon, or a cheese sandwich, this soup is just light enough that it won't put you into a food induced coma.

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  • Mexican Street Corn

    Mexican Street Corn

    Picture yourself walking down the street in a small town in Mexico. The intoxicating smell of fire roasted corn, spicy but sweet Chile powder and bright and briny cheese assaults your nose. You stop in mid step to smell the air, but where is it coming from? You see a street vendor with a large stainless pot, he digs deep into the pot of golden ears and he picks one up and slathers it with butter or mayonnaise, Chile powder, herbs and cheese. You quickly descend on his stand, purchase one, and drool over the aromatic smell. There is nothing quite like it!

    Roasted corn has become a staple at county fairs and road side stands here in the U.S. The method of cooking may be slightly different but the outcome is very similar to the stands in Mexico.

    Chiles and aromatic herbs are two very important staples in Mexican cooking. Our smoked Serrano Chile powder is made from smoked Serrano chilies that are dried and then ground into a fine powder. While many chilies can have a fruity profile, the flavor profile of the smoked Serrano is savory with a medium heat. Perfect for all types of poultry, beef and pork or vegetables. The smoked Serrano powder is most commonly compared to a smokey chipotle Chile.

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