We’re always on the lookout for new, spicy sauces to incorporate into our cooking and dump on top of our short rib tacos on Taco Tuesdays. I personally really enjoy spicy food and can’t get enough of it. For the last few years we’ve grown a variety of peppers on our own that we’ve created our own small batch hot sauces with, but there are so many great hot sauce varieties that we love bottled hot sauces as well. We’ve compiled a list of some of the sauces we enjoy to share with you that are different from the normal fan favorites like Sriracha, Tapatio, Tabasco, Frank’s Red Hot, and Cholula. The sauces vary with their levels of heat so there should be something for everyone. Spice up your kitchen with one of these unique hot sauce concoctions.
We write a lot about barbecuing and our favorite recipes, but I want to take some time in the next few weeks to share some healthy, delicious meals that we enjoy preparing at home. I’ve had quiet a few of you reach out asking for simple, healthy meals that you can prepare in your own kitchen. A very easy crowd pleaser is pan seared salmon with sautéed vegetables. While you can choose whichever veggies you’d like, I normally like to do sweet potato, onion, mushrooms, and sometimes some zucchini together. This recipe is filling and only requires a few ingredients.
Understanding how to cook with peppers is just as important as knowing what peppers to use in the kitchen. If you missed it, check out our Beginner’s Guide To Peppers + How To Use Them In The Kitchen for more information on differences between sweet and chile peppers, the Scoville scale, and some helpful tips. Along with insight on what peppers to use, we’ll provide some links to dried, canned, jarred, ground, or crushed peppers for you to use in case you’re having difficulty finding them at your local grocery store or specialty market. This is not a complete list of all peppers that can be used in the kitchen, but it will get you started.
When it comes to grilling and BBQ, there are so many different techniques and recipes to try out. Instead of cooking up your normal, go-to burgers or chicken recipe, test out something new. These cookbooks provide a variety of recipes for different styles of barbecue and also contain a lot of helpful tips and tricks when it comes to preparing your meat and the actual cook itself. Whether you’re interested in the science behind barbecue or you’re looking for a new Kansas City barbecue sauce to try, these all contain solid information about cooking.
Utilizing peppers in the kitchen is a great way to add a touch of heat or a punch of flavor to your dishes. It can be intimidating trying to figure out which peppers to use, what flavors they provide, and how hot they actually are so we’ve taken out some of the guess work.
A well-constructed pantry can make or break a meal if you’re preparing dinner on the go. Taking time to prep your pantry and ensuring you keep it well-stocked as you use things can be difficult when you’re getting started. Consider the list of items below as a rough illustration of helpful and handy ingredients to keep around the house. Some are essentials and some can spice up any meal with just a splash or a few drops. If you have an alternative ingredient you’d rather use, by all means. This is just to get you started!
Executing a perfectly timed Thanksgiving dinner is a feat in itself. Preparing dinner for this holiday starts days in advance at the grocery store where you fight people for the final boxes of cornbread stuffing or swoop in to steal the last 15 lb butterball turkey. The day of, it’s important to create an organized schedule so everything is ready on time. Here’s our time table for ensuring the turkey was carved on time.
If you know me, then you know potatoes are one of my main food groups. When we were tasked with making Thanksgiving dinner for all of our loved ones, I knew I had to deliver when it came to the side dishes. These potatoes are your perfect light and fluffy, flavorful, classic mashed potatoes. Whether you’re panicking about bringing a side dish to your Friendsgiving or you’re making dinner and craving comfort food, these are a wonderful addition to the table.
Not all wood is created equally when it comes to BBQing. Knowing what wood to use is important because it changes the flavor of your dish. Each type of wood emits a different type of smoke with its own unique aroma and flavor. There are a different variety of woods you can use on their own or in combination with other woods to achieve a specific flavor or level of smoke. BBQing takes time to get the hang of; don’t be afraid to experiment with different woods or levels of smoke to see what you prefer.
Not all wood is created equal when it comes to BBQing. Knowing what wood to use is important because it changes the flavor of your dish and how much smoke you’re getting from the wood. Each type of wood emits a different type of smoke with its own unique aroma and flavor. Here’s an intro into wood and the different types of wood you will be using during your cooks.