Monday, July 22, 2013

Raw Chile Rellenos with Spicy Cashew Cheese

I know it's the middle of Summer and there's plenty of heat to go around, but I can't seem to get enough of fiery hot food. Jalapenos in particular are one of my favorites and now that stores are selling them at great prices and the specimens are so plump and juicy looking, I can't resist buying them by the handful. Luckily, this recipe popped into my head and now it's a staple that everyone in my house loves!

If you have a dehydrator, it helps to soften up the raw chilies a bit to dehydrate them for 2 hours after marinating them, but it's not essential. The creamy cashew cheese is such a soothing comfort food that perfectly compliments the crunch of the jalapeno. I will admit to having them for breakfast more than once, just because I love them so!

This blog will be going on hiatus for a while. I'm still getting my business up and running and the blog has become a back burner priority. I have no idea when I will return to it, but thanks for reading folks, I've enjoyed writing to you all so much!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Spicy Corn and Cucumber Salad

Wow! The dog days of summer have hit! Time for some cooling summer salad to accompany whatever you're putting on the grill to stay out of the kitchen.

Cucumber is a super cooling vegetable that makes your body feel good and just seems to cool off my melting brain, even if I've been hiding out in AC all day. Add in some fresh corn and herbs and a bit of chili powder for some zing, and you may forget about your grilled stuff!

When sweet corn is in season you can eat it raw right off the cob, no need to mess with boiling water. Just cut the cob in half and place the flat side down on the cutting board and use a sharp knife to slice off the kernels. Tossing it with lime juice is a traditional Mexican preparation and the citrus I used here since I love it with cucumber as well.

Feel free to add in some bell pepper - colored ones would be pretty - or even some fresh chili peppers. This salad was whipped up with what was in the fridge and I decided it was worth sharing since it was so good!