When it comes to margaritas, why be plain Jane when you can knock 'em dead with a mix of sugar and spice? Start with the fundamentals — tequila, triple sec — then make things even more refreshing with the addition of watermelon cubes, freshly blended watermelon juice, lime, and jalapeño (seeds optional). Rim a few festive glasses with sugar to tame the heat, and you're ready to toast to your best Cinco de Mayo yet.
We're fans of Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese, but we have been less impressed with the new members of its brand family, like Snack Delights and Cooking Creme (eek!). So when the company sent over Spicy Jalapeño ($3), a new flavor on shelves now, we had our suspicions. Would it really taste spicy? And would we really be able to detect a true jalapeño flavor?
When I first opened the cream cheese, it appeared watery and grainy, with large green jalapeño chunks — not a very attractive sight. A few stirs with a spoon reincorporated the cream cheese, but it still had an uneven consistency, as if the jalapeños had curdled the cream cheese. However, a whiff of the container quieted my skepticism that the product had gone bad. It had that signature, slightly tangy Philadelphia cream cheese scent, with a peppery kick from the jalapeño. But did it have the flavor and texture to match? See the star rating and our taste testers' surprising response when you read more.
When I arrived in Miami a couple of weeks ago, I quickly discovered that South Beach figures weren't the only local offering to be sizzling hot — so were the cocktails themselves. Everywhere I turned, it seemed, someone had a jalapeño cocktail in hand, from the tropical tequila punch served at the welcome happy hour to the pepper-infused passion fruit daiquiri served under the tasting tents. This wasn't limited to the weekend's festivities, either: even nearby haunts offered a semblance of the same thing. At De Rodriguez Cuba down the street, customers could order passion picosos, with blanco tequila, fresh jalapeño, passion fruit puree, agave, lime, and salt. Another night, I wound down at The Setai with a chili passion martini, which had plenty of heat, thanks to chili-infused vodka and a foil of sweetness from ginger syrup.
Maybe South Florida's tropical demeanor makes it especially ripe for spicy, equatorial cocktails, but we're hoping this sweet-spicy beverage movement quickly makes its way west. Like the sweet-savory combo, heat and charm together go a long way. Have you noticed a similar trend at watering holes near you?
After making a simple yet delicious roast chicken, I had a ton of leftovers. Rather than just eat chicken salad for a couple days, I perused my cookbooks for something new to try. While looking through Tyler Florence's Eat This Book: Cooking With Global Fresh Flavors, I found the perfect recipe for a spicy chicken broth. It's served over cooked shredded chicken and accompanied by sliced avocado, just-fried tortillas, and cilantro. The broth is pretty spicy, so if you need to cut the heat, add a dollop of sour cream or crème fraiche. This exceptionally fresh-flavored soup is easy to throw together for a cool Autumn night. Ready to heat up your kitchen? Keep reading for the recipe.
Reader Mee-shell uploaded this photo of a burger to the Savory Sights group in the YumSugar Community. Do you have an image of something delicious that you recently made or enjoyed? Upload it and it may be featured here!This probably canceled out my entire workout (and then some), but it's been so long since I've indulged in a burger. I couldn't resist! Burger, medium rare. Served on a ciabatta roll with homemade jalapeño nacho cheese. Not for the faint of heart. Or for the small of stomachs — I was only able to get half of it down. The burger wins again.
No matter what you're making for Cinco de Mayo — guacamole, nachos, or some other festive food — chances are, you'll be tossing in some jalapeños. At least, I know I will be. This highly versatile hot pepper pleases in all sorts of recipes, from sweet treats to cheesy breads. Check out eight unexpected uses for jalapeños.
During the busy work week, it's easy to get caught in a cooking rut. If your meals have become monotonous, consider making this ham and pineapple rice dish.
Far from dull, the fresh flavors of sweet pineapple and spicy jalapeño are combined to make one incredibly exciting dinner. To entice your family with this recipe, read more
I came across this new brand of snack food called FoodShouldTasteGood. Intrigued by the name, I picked up a bag of the Jalapeño chips. I will admit they were on sale too.
The ingredients listed on the back all sound familiar like foods I would have in my own pantry, like: stone ground white corn, non-hydrogenated canola oil, jalapeño peppers, beet powder, sea salt, crushed red peppers. Not much to those chips. I liked that.
All and all the chips were pretty darn good and had a delightful crispiness to them. They were thick enough for dipping into my homemade hummus.
FoodShouldTasteGood also makes Multigrain tortilla chips with flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds, oat fiber, brown rice, and quinoa. I've never heard of a chip with such healthy ingredients before. These were great with cheese.
If you like olives they've got a tortilla chip for you. Want something a little sweeter? They also make a Chocolate tortilla chip. These 2 flavors were just newly released, so they'll take a while to make it to your health food store shelves. But once again I am intrigued.
Fit's Tips: If you can't wait to try those 2 flavors, you can order them online directly from the FoodShouldTasteGood website.