The ‘Ultimate Hot and Spicy Cookbook’ Recipe a Day Adventure!

A funny thing happened while I was cleaning and rearranging our home library one afternoon in December 2020. I found an old cookbook that belongs to my husband. I had forgotten all about it since we moved into our home three years ago, and to be honest, I believe I had only used it for one recipe in the past.

As you know by now, my husband loves his spice and peppers. So much so that he has evolved his love into having his own greenhouse garden of super hots and building his hot sauce business, http://www.saucedandglazed.com. Out of sheer curiosity and quite honestly the COVID-19 Quarantine “boredom” of the same meals over and over again, I decided to randomly pick a week of recipes for dinner. This has now grown into three plus weeks of recipes for dinner.

I began by posting the results on Facebook and Instagram. Realizing there was an interest, I decided to blog this adventure for all of you.

Here is the book: The Ultimate Hot and Spicy Cookbook.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Spicy-Cookbook-Mouth-Searing-Palate-Pleasing/dp/1840382104

Day 1 of delving into “The Ultimate Hot & Spicy Cookbook”: Pork Fajitas & corn tortillas with black bean soup & rice with tomatoes, jalapeno peppers & red onion. Today was a practice run for me. Nothing too crazy as it was Jalapeno peppers .

Day 2: Nasi Goreng

Tonight’s dinner was Nasi Goreng (Indonesian dish). The peppers used was a yellow ghost pepper (from our greenhouse) & a red jalapeno pepper.  A very enjoyable meal.

While I was breaking a sweat, my husband was thoroughly enjoying this meal. The ghost pepper really kicked thus recipe up!

Day 3: Beef & Mushrooms with Chipotle Peppers & Adobe Sauce

Day 3 Cooking from The Ultimate Hot & Spicy Cookbook adventure: Beef & Mushrooms with  Chipotle Peppers.

I served this with rice and green peas with carrots. After experiencing my first meal with a ghost pepper yesterday, I thought tonight would be low on the heat.  WRONG!  For me the heat was very high. So high I had a head rush & sweats. My husband enjoyed the dinner immensely & the leftovers increased in heat & flavor which made him very happy.

Day 4: Spicy Chicken with Coconut

Day 4: “The Ultimate Hot & Spicy Cookbook” recipe a day cooking adventure.  Spicy Chicken with Coconut.  Served over coconut rice & a side of mixed vegetables.  The pepper used is a 7 Pot White Pepper grown in my husband’s greenhouse.

Overall the dish was very mild flavored with a building heat. Very very good. IF there had been leftovers, I’m sure the flavors would have intensified over night.

Day 5: Pork with Chilies and Pineapple

Day 5 of our Cooking from The Ultimate Hot & Spicy Cookbook adventure.  Pork with Chilies and Pineapple 

The peppers used were Sweet Bells, Pablano, Jalapeno & Habanero.  We made one change to this recipe.  Instead of adding the peppers diced, my husband roasted all but the habanero before cooking them with the pork & pineapple mixture. This made a huge difference in the finished flavor.

The flavor is most definitely in the broth & it did pack a punch. While this was a very mild flavored dish, it was still enjoyable. I served the dish with steamed rice and roasted squash.

Day 6: Caribbean Spicy Fish

Our cooking from The Ultimate Hot & Spicy Cookbook adventure continues with page 85, Caribbean Spicy Fish. The peppers used were sweet bells, powdered roasted jalapeno peppers & a Habanero (the recipe called for a Scotch Bonnet).  I served this with steamed rice and green beans with green onion.

The sweetness of the sauce gave this dish a wonderful flavor & for me, it had quite the punch of heat.  Definitely a do again meal!

Day 7: Spicy Szechuan Noodles

Day 7 of our cooking from The Ultimate Hot & Spicy Cookbook adventure comes from page 200, Spicy Szechuan Noodles.  

Not only was this recipe simple, I used my own canned chicken, fresh green onions & dried bird chilies.

The heat came from the bird chilies & sweet chili sauce, and it was very spicy (for me).  Definitely a do again meal, plus, whenever I am craving pad thai this will satisfy the craving perfectly.

Day 8: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Today’s Recipe of the cooking from The Ultimate Hot & Spicy Cookbook adventure is taken from page 18.

Chicken Tortilla Soup. This simple & fairly quick recipe created the perfect lunch soup on a damp rainy day. The peppers used were jalapeno peppers & diced chilies. I also used our home canned diced tomatoes with jalapeno peppers. I fried corn tortillas for the topping strips. Very Nice heat & flavor!🌶

Day 9: Chili Verde with Pork & Cactus

While I actually make this recipe often, it’s an adaptation of page 100 in The Ultimate Hot & Spicy Cookbook. In the Cookbook they use beef, we use pork making it a bit more traditional. I also use corn flour as the thickener. The peppers used are pablano and jalapeno peppers, very mild but nice heat. Served with warmed corn tortillas.

Coconut Mango Scorpion Pepper Sherbert

Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little fire & ice as a summer time heat!

Coconut Mango Scorpion Pepper Sherbert

Recipe makes a little over a quart.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint of peeled cubed Honey Mango fruit.
  • 2 medium sized bananas
  • 2 1/2 cups of Coconut Milk
  • 1 can of thick coconut cream
  • 1 dried Golden Scorpion pepper crushed
  • 1 tablespoon diced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons of Agave Syrup

Directions:

  • Make sure you have a freezer safe quart and a half container with a lid.
  • Add your fruit, ginger & Scorpion pepper to a large blender and blend thoroughly
  • Add your coconut cream and blend.
  • Add in your Agave Syrup and blend.
  • Add in half of your coconut milk in blend.
  • By now your blender is full.
  • Pull out half of your blended concoction into your freezer safe container.
  • Pour the rest of your coconut milk with what left in your blender and blend.
  • Pour the contents in your blender into your freezer safe container and stir contents until well mixed.
  • Put container in the freezer.
  • Every 30 min or so check your sherbet and stir up the forming ice sections. This makes it easier to spoon out when its completely frozen.
  • Once frozen dish out and enjoy.

Note: The heat does build, but it’s so hard to put the spoon down to stop!

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay Lynn Rice

Pineapple Spice Bread

My husband comes up with the ideas, I make them a reality. This one turned out exceptionally well. Enjoy this newly created recipe from our homestead.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup real non salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rum flavoring
  • 1/4 cups sweet carrots shredded
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Bravado Spice Co brand Blueberry Ghost Pepper Sauce
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar packed

Directions:

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees Farenheit. Grease & Flour large loaf pan or 9×13 cake pan.
  • Sift all dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl. (Not the sugars)
  • In a separate bowl whip together the wet ingredients.
  • Add in the sugars the to the wet ingredients and stir until well mixed.
  • Fold the wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients.
  • Add in your carrots and crushed pineapple. Mix well.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle sugar down the middle of batter in the loaf pan.
  • Bake for 45 min at 350 degrees F.
  • Check the loaf with placing a toothpick into the loaf. No batter should come back on the toothpick.
  • If not done, bake an add’l 5 minutes then repeat the toothpick test. Repeat until toothpick comes back clean (not wet).
  • Remove from oven
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack in the pan for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, remove the bread from the pan and allow to cool, bottom up, allowing any additional “moisture” to dry.
  • Turn over, slice & enjoy.
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The consistency should be that of a moist dessert bread.

Enjoy & until next time,

Mrs. Kay Lynn Rice

Mexican Street Corn

This recipe is an alteration of my favorite fried corn side dish I grew to love back home.  Growing it up was fried sweet corn with a bit of butter salt and pepper.  Now that I’m all grown up and my loving husband has introduced me to a world of new flavors from his time of Arizona, my comfort food side dish has taken on a whole new level of awesomeness.

I recently made this for a family gathering and had many requests to share the recipe.  Here it is.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pork lard
  • 4 cups of sweet corn
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic diced
  • 8 ounces roasted New Mexico Hatch Chilies (pealed and diced)
  • 1 tbsp Corn meal or corn flour
  • 1 tsp Jalapeno powder
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • White soft quesadilla cheese
  • Fresh Cilantro (optional)
  • A pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet and melt your lard (Do not use Crisco or butter, it won’t taste the same).
  2. Saute the onion and garlic until limp.
  3. Add in your corn and fry on a medium heat.  You want your corn to have a chard look to it.
  4. Add in your hatch chilies and continue “frying” in the skillet.
  5. Combine your jalapeno powder and chili powder together then add to your skillet, spreading it evenly over the corn while frying.  Stir in.
  6. Sprinkle in your corn flower over top of the corn and fold it in evenly.
  7. When the corn has a “roasted” look to it (it will toughen up as well), take it off the heat and transfer it into a large pan or serving dish.
  8. Sprinkle with some chili powder, grated white Mexican cheese and the fresh cilantro.
  9. Can be served cold or hot.

Feel free to add in jalapeno slices, extra peppers, some jalapeno tomato dices or even some black beans.  Yum.

Enjoy and be the hit of any late summer picnic!

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay L. Rice

 

Southwest Corn Chowder

Well by now you know we really enjoy meals with a kick. This is a wonderful summer chowder made from fresh sweet corn 🌽. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of sweet corn (kernals)
  • 3 potatoes diced
  • Half a sweet onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic diced
  • 2 small dried chipotle peppers 
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 Cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup Masa
  • 1 roasted chili diced (optional)

Directions:

  1. Melt your butter in a deep pan.
  2. Add in all of your vegetables in the pan to “fry”.
  3. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of Masa.
  4. While those are cooking, put your Chipotle Peppers and broth in a large Crock-Pot, turn on low.
  5. When your corn mix is looking like it’s starting to fry scoop out 2 cups of the mix and put it in your Crock-Pot.
  6. Using a hand blender, puree the items in the Crock-Pot.
  7. Add in your remaining Masa, milk & water and continue to puree.
  8. Fold in your yogurt in the Crock-Pot mixture.
  9. Add the the remaining fried corn, potatoes, onion mix from the pan into the Crock-Pot.
  10. Stir in with about a teaspoon of salt for flavor.
  11. Cook on low until nicely thick.
  12. Add more Masa if you need to thicken it up.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay L Rice

Crock-Pot Macaroni and Cheese with Chillies 

I have had several requests for the Rice Household Spicy Mac & Cheese. This is such a simple recipe is and it’s great for potlucks, family gatherings or a quick meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni 
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 8 ounces cream cheese 
  • 1 can Campbell cheddar cheese soup
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 tbsp butter 
  • 4 hand roasted pablano peppers skinned & diced (or a 4 ounce can of diced hatch chillies found in the Mexican aisle of your grocery store)
  • Toppings 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese mixed with 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper & 1/4 tsp smoked paprika 

Directions

  1. Spray your Crock-Pot with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients except toppings in Crock-Pot 
  3. Stir together 
  4. Cook on high for 2 hrs stirring often. 
  5. When noodles are tender turn to warm.
  6. Sprinkle topping and serve. 

Enjoy!

Until next time. 

Mrs Kay Rice 

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

These are a great little appetizer to spice up any party!  Some call them poppers, stuffed peppers, bacon wrapped jalapenos.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • At least 2 dozen nice sized jalapeno peppers
  • Latex gloves
  • Cream Cheese (a block for each 2 dozen)
  • Thick cut smoked bacon
  • cookie sheets
  • foil

Directions:

  1. Prepare your items by opening your cream cheese brick and set to the side
  2. And open your bacon and cut in half down the middle and then each of the halves in half long ways so you have a 4 (four) sections of strips of bacon.
  3. Get your cutting board and knife out.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Place foil on your cookie sheets (no need to grease or spray here).
  6. Set aside a can or something to pour hot grease into.
  7. THIS IS IMPORTANT!  PUT ON YOUR LATEX GLOVES!  You are welcome for that note.
  8. Cut your jalapeno peppers long ways half and remove the seeds and veins.
  9. KEEP YOUR GLOVES ON THROUGH ALL OF THIS!
  10. With your gloved finger scope a little ball of cream cheese and put the ball of cream cheese in the pepper half and smooth it out.  Do all of your peppers like this.
  11. Now, take each pepper and wrap your bacon strip around each pepper, one of the quarter strips should fit perfect.  Big peppers might take two.
  12. You can now remove your gloves.
  13. Place all of these on the foil covered cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet(s) in the preheated oven.
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  15. Set your timer for 25 minutes.
  16. You may want to put your oven vent on to avoid any smoke alarms.
  17. when the timer goes of, CAREFULLY, remove the cookie sheets one at a time.
  18. Using tongs, remove the peppers onto a temporary plate.
  19. Drain off the grease into your grease can, carefully.
  20. Remove the foil and replace with fresh foil (cleaning off any grease that may have gotten on the sheet from the previous foil).
  21. Place your peppers back on the new foil on the sheets and put back into the oven.
  22. Set your timer for 18-20 minutes.
  23. When the timer goes off your bacon should be completely done and the house will smell absolutely wonderful!
  24. Place your peppers into your container that you will be using carefully, and let them cool.
  25. Peppers can be served hot or cold.  Personally, I like them cold.

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You can add all kinds of variations to the insides, add some crab meat to the cream cheese or green onion or all kinds of things, you are only limited by your own imagination.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Mrs. Kay L. Rice