Thursday, November 10, 2011

Texas Sized Taste - Texas Hot Sauce

Howdy Pardner! As you (or ya'll - [pronounced y'aaalll] as we say here) have probably heard, everything is bigger in Texas. Bigger cars, bigger hair, you name it. :)

And that includes hot sauce. What makes this hot sauce so darn good (in my opinion) is the way it is made. I think boiling the onion, tomatoes and peppers before blending really helps bring out the flavor. Try this and see if you don't agree.

4 large jalapenos (I only used 3)
1/2 large onion
3 medium tomatoes (I used 4 Roma tomatoes)

Take stems off jalapenos and rinse all the above. Put to boil until soft. Put in the blender, then add fresh garlic (4-5 cloves), 1 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 -2 tsp. ground cumin.

Blend until seeds are gone. Add 1 small can of tomato sauce.

This can be enjoyed warm, or serve chilled.

Ya'll come back now!  ;)

Anna - These two are the newest additions!

The Evidence...

Now we see why our little resident squirrel needs to take a nap every afternoon!  ;)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fall Tasting Party

One week ago today was my fall open house/tasting party. It was such a delightful time. I made a variety of cookies and muffins ahead of time and put them in the freezer. Some of the favorites were my cappuccino, triple chocolate, and spiced pumpkin cookies. The day before the party, I made the candy and fudge.

The afternoon of the party, I made the bacon-wrapped cream-cheese stuffed jalapenos and stuffed mushrooms. Oh my house smelled so good!

To drink, there was coffee, spiced tea, mulled cider, iced tea, colas and ice water.

I had such a good time decorating my house this last month, and planning and preparing my menu. I hope to make this an annual event!

Unfortunately, the one thing I failed to do is take any pictures!

I will remember the camera at Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is doing well. Talk to you soon.