Tagged: spicy bites

Wretched Menace Reaper Rub is a dreadfully spicy yet thrillingly flavorful dry rub {made from Carolina Reaper chiles} perfect for smoked & grilled meats. 0

Wretched Menace Reaper Rub {Carolina Reaper Recipe}

Each year, we make a day (or two) of firing up the smoker for our family and friends. We call it Williams Family Smokefest. I eagerly awaited this year’s first event knowing that I had something special in store with the dried Carolina Reaper chiles I had tucked away from last season’s harvest. I’ve used Carolina Reaper chiles a few times now, and each of my previous experiments (including Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast) were most definitely on the conservative side of spicy. I wasn’t sure just how spicy these little fire nuggets were. I let that fear get the best...

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Cherry Glazed Smoky Steak Skewers

The Williams household eagerly anticipates the beginning of grill season every year. The majority of our entertaining involves cooking outdoors with our grill or smoker. We love it. We also love steak skewers. But anything on a skewer is really fine by us. Skewers have become a go-to summer meal for me. Not only do they look appetizing, but you can fit a whole meal on a little stick to throw on the grill for a few minutes. Easy peasy. Slap on some delicious seasoning, marinade or glaze, and you’ve got a restaurant-quality entree in no time flat. This sweet and smoky cherry glaze...

Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups in the Ninja Cooking System is a healthy, clean eating Asian fusion recipe for main dish dinner or small plates. 0

Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups {Ninja Cooking System}

Sometimes Cooper surprises me. The boy hated mac & cheese until he turned five and he won’t eat mashed potatoes to save his life. But when we put these Chicken, Brown Rice & Broccoli Lettuce Cups in front of him for dinner, he ate three of them. Could be that we told him to eat them like a taco (one of his favorite foods). IDK. The fact that Cooper likes these is great news to me, since they are loaded with lean protein, veggies, and whole grain brown rice. He didn’t even complain about the broccoli! Funny story about Cooper. If he’s served...

Cajun Crab & Shrimp Lasagna is made by first simmering a homemade spicy sauce in the Ninja Cooking System, and then slow cooking the layered ingredients. 0

Cajun Crab & Shrimp Lasagna ⚜ Creole Fusion Recipe

It may not be a traditional southern recipe, but I still think Cajun Crab & Shrimp Lasagna could be a good dinner recipe during Mardi Gras. It’s a fusion of southern creole flavors and Italian style. I never used to make any kind of lasagna from scratch. That is, until I learned that lasagna can be made in a slow cooker without having to pre-boil the noodles. Eliminating that step closes the deal for me. Making homemade lasagna has never been easier! This Cajun Crab & Shrimp Lasagna needed a sauce all of its own to highlight the flavors of...

Inspired by the recipe in Paula Deen's Deen Family Cookbook, this delicious Gumbo Rice Bake is created especially for the Ninja Cooking System. 0

Gumbo Rice Bake in the Ninja Cooking System

Gumbo Rice Bake is a recipe I first came across in Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook. It’s not actually her recipe; it’s her son, Bobby’s. Her sons’ recipes typically fit into a healthier lifestyle, at least compared to the stereotype (butter, anyone?). The original recipe is cooked in one pot, and very easy to make. But for those of us who are faithful Ninja Cooking System users, it needs a little adjusting. That’s where I enter the equation! So I absolutely love gumbo. But man, is it an involved recipe. I spend more time making the roux than I typically...

Nashville Hot Chicken Lettuce Cups with Overnight Pickles is the perfect recipe when you need a Whole30 compliant version of this delicious spicy appetizer. 0

Nashville Hot Chicken Lettuce Cups with Overnight Pickles

Rob and I lived in Music City for over 6 years, and yet somehow we never discovered the phenomenon that has become Nashville Hot Chicken. I don’t get it. And Rob is the biggest fanatic of spicy food I’ve ever known. So, I really don’t get it. How could this have happened? Disbelief aside, I experienced Nashville Hot Chicken for the first time at a Louisville-based restaurant in Indy. (Wild Eggs, for those of you thinking it must have been KFC…) Yeah, this chicken packs a punch. I ate my first piece of Nashville Hot Chicken in about 5 installments...

Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast gets its heat from dried Ed's Carolina Reaper chile peppers. It's a fantastic fiery treat for your holiday feasts. 0

Sweet & Spicy Reaper Smoked Turkey Breast

I got in trouble with my brother-in-law a couple months ago. The first time I made something delicious with my garden-grown Carolina Reaper chile peppers, I didn’t invite him. So, I needed to redeem myself. A smoked turkey breast at Thanksgiving might do the trick, I thought. I was correct. In my defense, I hesitated to share my first creation (chicken wings) due to the outrageous heat level of these chiles. Ed’s Carolina Reaper packs the hottest punch of all chiles in the world. We’ve grown ghost chiles, and these things can be lethal. I just didn’t know how the wings would turn out,...

Whole30 Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo Recipe 0

Whole30 Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo

I met my husband while living in Nashville. But there’s one more long-term love affair that started during my time in the South: Gumbo. Gumbo was one of the first uniquely Southern foods I tried after settling into my new part of the country. And I ate gumbo at about every opportunity I had after that first bite. I stumbled upon a really fantastic gumbo recipe in a cookbook that I previously would have been unlikely to want. It’s Clifford Wright’s Some Like It Hot. Even though my wimpy tastebuds have an aversion to spicy, I was totally geared toward...

This recipe for Chipotle Chicken Tacos from Dish-y.com is a spicy, tasty twist on a Tex Mex favorite. Add this quick and healthy dish to your lineup. 0

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

It all started when I used up the last of my stash of homemade taco seasoning. Although it’s pretty easy to throw together, I had some chipotle peppers on hand that I needed to use up and I thought I’d try something a little different. This is how the recipe for Chipotle Chicken Tacos was born. Taking the lead from a go-to Biggest Loser recipe for “Sexy Joes,” I decided to switch out the typical ground beef for ground chicken for a lower fat version of the taco. And since I wanted to incorporate more healthfu ingredients in my new Chipotle...

Coconut Chile Lime Crusted Salmon from Dish-y.com is a quick and easy seafood main dish that's perfect when cooking for two. Sweet, spicy and delicious! 0

Coconut Chile Lime Crusted Salmon

The hubs and I try to incorporate fish (or seafood) at least once per week. I love cooking fish because it’s usually easy to prepare and cooks up quick. Salmon is a frequent choice because we love it and the healthy omega-3’s for the nutritional value. My go-to seasoning for easy salmon is dill and paprika, but it was time for something different. That’s why I developed this recipe for Coconut Chile Lime Crusted Salmon. The combination of flavors on this crusted salmon recipe would definitely be categorized as Asian fusion. These are some of my favorite tastes. Coconut and...