Jalapeño Lemonade

My Mission: To find new ways to scorch my digestive tract… er… I mean, to find new uses for my home-grown high-intensity jalapeño peppers.

Jalapeño lemonade
Jalapeño lemonade

When I saw this description for Jalapeño Lemonade at Yum Recipes, I couldn’t resist:

If this sweet, tart, wet, and wild cooler sits past 3 hours, we are not responsible for the damages.

Their recipe apparently originated from the Totally Chili Pepper Cookbook. I borrowed elements from the recipe at Veggiebelly.com as well as making my own modifications to add tartness and heat.
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From The Hip, Light You Up, Angus Beef and Bean Chili

This one is all Vann – I only reaped the benefits!

This started out as a recipe I got from nola.com that called for hot turkey sausage as the base meat. I had planned on using that basic recipe, replacing the sausage with stew meat. Once I got to the store and started reading recipes on the backs of cans of beans and such, I concocted a brand new recipe on the fly. Hence, ‘From The Hip’. I decided to keep the ground coriander that the original recipe called for. I’d never really used coriander and found that it added an interesting, ‘What am I tasting?’ sort of flavor to the chili.



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Burgundy Beef Stew with(out) Cornmeal-Thyme Dumplings

As frigid weather descended upon us here in the New Orleans tropics last week, we decided comfort food might help us muscle through it. Vann came up with a great recipe for Burgundy Beef Stew, found in the Living section of our local newspaper, that we then adapted a bit to make our own. Delicious, warming-to-the-bone and somewhat healthy, too!

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