Slaves Of Pain Habañero Crème Brûlée (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Raspberrty-Chile Creme Brulee, Melissa's Produce, The Great Pepper Cookbook
Prepare thyself!  A tantalizing and tormenting taste-bud traversal is about to begin! This Raspberry-Chile Crème Brûlée will make you a SLAVE of PAIN, but you’ll love it – pinkie swear. When Melissa’s Produce sent me Melissa’s The Great Pepper Cookbook (Oxmoor House), I saw this very recipe inside, and instantly thought of one of my good friends who LOVES the almighty habañero. Ohhh, that beautiful bright orange pepper is so shiny and pretty, but if you’ve ever dared to try a fresh sliver, you’ll immediately feel that searing pain on your tongue and any appendage that it happens to come in contact with.

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The Art Of Shredding Kale

Shredded Kale Salad with Dragon Fruit, Tiger Figs, Moscato Grapes, Tomatoes, Avocado, and Onion
This past weekend was filled with tons of great food not only from our Inland Empire Food Bloggers August Meeting, but I also had a birthday party to go to the same day that had the normal party fare, burgers, hot dogs, chili, chips, salsa, veggie tray – you get the idea. I think I had probably a leaf of lettuce and a floret of broccoli the whole weekend veggie wise.

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I Love Rock ‘n Roulade

Fig & Grape Pork Loin Roulade with coconut gravy and greens dressed with dragon fruit and lime
I remember the day that my parent’s got cable. My brother and I were really excited about it – me probably more than him because he was still pretty young at the time. We caught on real quick that MTV was the “it” station – we absolutely loved watching it, and Joan Jett was one of those artists that they played quite a bit. Looking back, those videos were pretty bad-ass!! Inspired by Joan Jett, and her song, “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,”, I present this gorgeous Pork Loin Roulade, stuffed with figs and champagne grapes, coconut gravy, and arugula dressed with dragon fruit and lime!

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BBQ Chicken Lettuce Cups with Peach Salsa

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Cups with Peach Salsa

Truth be told, I’m doing Kimberly Snyder’s 3 day cleanse right now, and these photos are killing me. I have a caffeine headache, and just can’t seem to put anything creative together for ya right now. But that doesn’t mean that this recipe isn’t down-right delicious! This is one of those recipes that everyone will love. How do I know? The hubs was excited for leftovers.

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USA Road Trip #5: The Flatirons’ Maiden

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We’re finally making it up north, and out of Texas! No offense to Texas, but I was really stoked to get out of that heat. I just wasn’t ready for that kind of business. This trip was a loooooong, long trip from Texas, up through Oklahoma,then through Kansas, and into Colorado – a total of a whopping 878 miles. We started out super early from Ft. Work with no breakfast, and got on the road quick. We went straight north on I-35 to Oklahoma City before we got a hankering for lunch and to pick up some local craft beers. We did a Yelp search, and found Byrons Liquor Warehouse, which had a large selection! We acquired F5 IPA from Coop Ale Works, and Polar Night Stout from Roughtail Brewing Company – both excellent Oklahoma offerings.

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