Tagged: spicy bites

From meals to small plates, Grilled Hula Pork Skewers pack a flavorful, sweet & savory punch. Quick & simple to assemble, it's a taste of the islands just at your fingertips. 0

Grilled Hula Pork Skewers ūüĆī For a Meal or Small Plates

Have you ever been to an island in the South Pacific? I went to Hawaii once when I was only 11 years old‚ÄĒlong before cooking or preparing meals ever entered my realm. But I remember pieces of that trip so vividly. The island made such a lasting impression on me and I’ve always wanted to get back. These Grilled Hula Pork Skewers give me a little taste of Hawaii without the travel time. Not long ago, I mentioned my Hawaii trip as the inspiration for the Guava Mimosa. I remember drinking guava juice every morning at breakfast, and how unique...

Get a taste of savory ground turkey & bacon sauteed with nutritious swiss chard in a flavorful blend of seasonings served on cheesy, pan-fried polenta. 0

Southwest Turkey & Bacon Polenta {Ninja Cooking System}

Have I mentioned the awesome-ness of the Ninja Cooking System lately? Cooking an entire, well-rounded meal in one cooking vessel rocks my kitchen. With as fancy as Southwest Turkey & Bacon Polenta appears, the minimal cleanup involved seems hard to believe. This dish is much different than most of the steam-infused recipes out there for the NCS. After a sauté and a simmer for the saucy ingredients, thick slices of creamy polenta get a quick crisp-up on the stove top setting (along with a melty cheese topping). This final step adds a unique texture that really makes this turkey &...

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 ‚öú 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...