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  • Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

    thai coconut curry butternut squash soup

    It’s squash season! I personally couldn’t be more pleased. There is nothing more beautiful or utterly delicious than a perfectly cooked squash. Acorn squash halved and slathered with butter and brown sugar. Spaghetti squash is the perfect substitution for pasta, simply run a fork through the cooked squash and top with your favorite pasta sauce or vegetables, a simple and hearty autumn dinner. Squash is beautiful just about any way you choose to prepare it but one of my personal favorites is butternut squash soup. Nothing says fall quite as much as a bowl of silky, creamy and sweet butternut squash soup. Perfect in the simplistic of preparations, but with the addition of Thai Coconut Green Curry Powder, your taste buds will sing!

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  • Tomato Cucumber And Feta Salad

    Cucumber feta tomato salad recipe

    Hot, humid and sticky summer days call for an oven-free cooking day! Turning the oven on during weather like this can cause even the most die-hard cook to shrink away in fright. Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad is a quick, refreshing and delicious salad, perfect for a sweltering summer day.

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  • Sriracha Avocado Heirloom Tomato Toast

    Sriracha Avocado Heirloom Tomato Toast

    Sriracha has been in the culinary spotlight for many years, what began as a trend has now grown into a culinary cult following. If you are one of the few that has not had the pleasure of this uniquely complex condiment, now is the perfect time to try it in powdered form. Sriracha is a product of Thailand and consists of vinegar, chilies, garlic, sugar and salt. The unique flavor is comparable to no other sauce or condiment on the market. I am particularly in love with sriracha on homemade macaroni and cheese; just thought of it is making my stomach growl!

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  • Homemade Chipotle Mayonnaise

    chipotle mayonaise

    Mayonnaise is a staple condiment in many households. Homemade mayonnaise is simple to create and the taste rivals any store bought brand.

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  • Black Truffle Salt Mashed Potatoes

    truffle salt mashed potatoes

    Creamy, soft and oh so decadent; three words that describe perfectly executed mashed potatoes. Although often viewed as a simple dish, the mashed potato can go horribly wrong if the proportions of liquid to potato are skewed.

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  • Beer Mustard: Coarse Ground Mustard With Ale

    Beer Mustard Recipe

    "Beer mustard" is simply coarse ground mustard made with a flat ale (a type of beer). Flat beer is beer without any carbonation. It has lost its "fizz" and has no bubbles (sort of like some of that skunky tasting beer you drank in college). This beer mustard recipe can be easily be made in the comfort of your own home. Mustard seeds, mustard powder, and a liquid is really all you need to make a simple base. The addition of herbs, honey and just about any other sweet or savory product to add depth and flavor is only limited by your imagination.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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