Tag Archives: Hot Peppers

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

I’ve been loving this Vietnamese Chicken Salad with a tangy, slightly spicy vinaigrette. Then there’s the cool, crunchy veggies, the chicken, the crushed peanuts and a good hit of lime. I thought you might like it, too.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad Meal Prep
Vietnamese Chicken Salad Meal Prep
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Black-Eyed Pea & Rice Salad

When was the last time you had Black-Eyed Peas? And how about the last time you had Black-Eyed Pea & Rice Salad? If you only think about Black-Eyed Peas on New Years (they’re lucky) or as the strange little bean in Cowboy Caviar, think again.

Black Eyed Pea & Rice Salad
Black Eyed Pea & Rice Salad
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The Best Instant Pot Chili

This really is good! A little beer, a little coffee, toasted spices, roasted jalapenos & thickened with Masa Harina.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Here it is, Christmas Eve day, and I thought I’d show you one of my favorite Christmas Eve dinners, this time done in the Instant Pot. Chili. I know, strange to some, as a Christmas Eve dinner.

Instant Pot Chili
Instant Pot Chili

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Shortcut Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup) or Pho Ga Tay Instant Pot or Stove-top

Pho Ga Quick & easy - shortcut from your Thanksgiving leftovers or make with leftover or poached chicken

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I decided to make Pho Ga. Vietnamese Chicken Soup. And now, I’m sure you’re wondering “What on this side of heaven does Pho Ga have to do with the Great American Turkey Day?” Ahem. Thanksgiving, that is.

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup - Pho Ga or Chicken Pho
Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup – Pho Ga or Chicken Pho, shortcut version

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Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

This easy Skillet Cornbread is super moist, light fluffy and cheesy with a bit of a bite from the roasted jalapeno. You won't be able to stop eating it!

So how do you all like your cornbread? Me, I’m a Northerner, through and through. I like mine light and fluffy and moist and in this instance, with a bit of a bite from jalapeno. It’s not too much heat, but just enough to make you sit up and take notice.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

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Grilled Thai Beef Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce

Succulent basil wrapped meatballs, grilled, and served with Sweet Chili Sauce

Ok, so do you ever fall in love with a dish at first sight? I did, and these Thai Beef Rolls called to me from the moment I first saw them until I had them on my plate. Heck, there are a couple still in the fridge and they just won’t be quiet! Shush now, I already ate too many of you!!

Grilled Thai Beef Rolls Sweet Chili Sauce
Grilled Thai Beef Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce

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Mexican Meatloaf

Individual Mexican Meatloaf: fast, easy & fun! Lots of flavor & perfect for family. https://frugalhausfrau.com/

Meatloaf is a huge favorite with my folks. And with just about everyone, I think, once fall hits. But who has time to wait for a meatloaf to bake when there’s a zillion things going on?

Mexican Meatloaf
Mexican Meatloaf – flavorful but not too hot – but that sauce is another matter! It’s spicy, tangy deliciousness!

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Mongolian Barbecue Noodle Bowls

You practically make it at the restaurant, why not make it at home - for a fraction of the cost! https://frugalhausfrau.com/

My folks love their nearby “Mongolian” Barbecue place, HuHot. They’re wild about it and so am I…but the cost makes me crazy, especially for what we get – which is delicious, no doubt, but is basically (for them) a big bowl of noodles with about an ounce of meat and for me mostly veggies. Could I do better at home? You tell me…

Mongolian Barbecue Noodle Bowls
Mongolian Barbecue Noodle Bowls

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Enchiladas con Carne

Chili con Carne Enchiladas - the old-school Tex Mex flavors you've been craving!

Those of you who know me know I’m kind of a sucker for Mexican food. Or Southwestern. Or Tex-Mex. When I saw these old school Tex-Mex type enchiladas pop up in an email from the New York Times, I was all over it. Enchiladas con Carne from El Real Tex-Mex in Houston.

Enchiladas con Carne El Real Tex Mex
Enchiladas con Carne from El Real Tex Mex in Houston

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Thai Slaw with Peanut Dressing

Thai Slaw with Easy Peanut Sauce Dressing - fresh, delicious, crunchy with just a little spice.

In the summer heat (and it has been so hot & so humid, here) I can hardly get enough cool, crunchy salads. Here’s a fantastic crunchy little salad with a little bit of a Thai twist. That this is more American Thai  than Thai doesn’t detract from the utter deliciousness.

Thai Slaw with Peanut Dressing
Thai Slaw with Peanut Dressing

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Cowboy Beans – Frijoles Charros Instant Pot

Frijoles Charros: tender, slightly smoky beans flavored with bacon & onion; there's a bit of a kick, they're smokey, saucy and sassy at the same time.

When I lived in the Southwest, I used to miss “Baked Beans.” It seemed that anytime I ate out and ordered beans as a side, they were either Cowboy Beans – Frijoles Charros, or some kind of Barbecued Baked Beans. Now that I’m in the Midwest, I miss those Cowboy Beans. Go figure, huh?

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Frijoles Charros or Cowboy Beans

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Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Pickled Peppers

Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos - easy and no processing needed!

I love summer when the living is easy…gardening, grilling and maybe even a little light canning. I’m not about putting up quarts of tomatoes (although you should see how many plants we put in, lol!) but I do tinker with small batches of something special. Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Jalapenos fit the bill & bonus…they go right in the fridge and don’t have to be “processed.”

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos
Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

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