Saturday, February 12, 2005

Chipotle dip

is most awesome

2 chipotle chilis
1/2 cup sour cream
2 oz cream cheese

combine in blender or food processor

Serve with chips of your choice.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Tequila-soaked pepper rings with candied lime rind

I got this idea in a dream - it was so good, I could taste it!

2 or 3 mild to medium large red peppers, sliced into thin rings (anaheims are good)
1 - 2 cups tequila

Blanch the pepper rings in boiling water until they soften slightly - a minute or two should be more than enough. (You can save the water for making flavored rice at a later time.)
Drop the pepper rings into a large (1 quart) mason jar, cover with tequila and put the top on. You don't need to seal it, just put into the fridge.

For the candied lime rind:

3 large limes
Juice from the limes
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Carefully cut the rind off the limes using a vegetable peeler. Try to remove just the green part, the white is very bitter. Stretch out the peelings and slice thinly the full length, setting aside.

In a medium saucepan combine the juice, sugar and water, bring to a boil only after the sugar has fully dissolved. Boil until just before it threads from a spoon, remove from the heat and add in the rind.
Stir carefully, so as to not break the rinds. Remove the rinds from the syrup and lay out on a piece of parchment paper to crystallize.

Add both the candied rinds and remaining syrup to the mason jar containing the pepper rings and tequila. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Apple Pizza

Seriously, this is good stuff.

Crust for 1 crust pie
1 large granny smith apple, peeled cored and diced
2 to 3 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Lay the crust out on a pizza pan. Put the dices apple, sugar and cinnamon into a food processor and process until it looks like applesauce. Spread over the pie crust.
Over the top put the following mixture:

1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar [brown is fine]
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix in food processor until crumbly, sprinkle over the top of the applesaucey stuff.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Drizzle icing over the top while still hot.

1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/16 teaspoon [about 4 drops] vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Mix with 1 tablespoon of milk to start, add more as needed for a not-too-thin frosting that will drizzle off the end of a spoon.

Lils loves it and gave it a Yum! factor of 67. [She's not real big on sweets and would have preferred tobasco to the frosting]