{Day 5} Cowboy Candy- Jalepeno Happiness

This September I posted about this simply awesome condiment after stumbling upon it on a blog called Foodie With Family. If you haven’t visited this blog I recommend it. Rebecca, the mother of a brood of young active boys, writes in a rye slapstick style that is absolutely hilarious. Her Cowboy Candy is even better.

Jalepenos are stewed in a vinegary, sweet, spiked concoction and the result is a heat freaks nirvana. If you’ve followed my blog at all you know that I am one of those very freaks. I am not the “let me blow my head off to prove to you I can” type, I just love the layering effect that heat has on my palate. Spice blooms in the mouth, and there is just no other eating sensation that does that. This condiment offers not just heat, but a wonderful balancing act.

Cowboy Candy I would say is middling low on the heat scale. Jalepenos have a decent kick, but they won’t make you sweat or make your nose run like the chilis in Thailand. The best part of Cowboy Candy is that the heat gives you a short slap, but the vinegar sweetness of the juices is the forgiving kiss afterwards. Eat these the way you would pepperoncini- on a sandwich to give it a kick, or serve with a cheese board. It’s great on a burger or pour over grilled chicken.

The other added bonus of making this gorgeousness is the remaining syrup after the chilis are bottled. I use it to make a killer base for a spicy Margarita- but more on that later- there will be a post soon on cocktails that you’ll love.

If you have Spice loving friends or family on your Xmas list, this one they will really enjoy- I promise you.

Cowboy Candy by Foodie with Family

please click on name above to link to Rebecca’s post. You’ll be glad I sent you there.


12 Days of Xmas Gift Giving: Starts Tomorrow!

I am so excited! Making treats to give away is one of the happiest things I like to do. This project of creating 12 different types of gifts you can make yourself is thrilling me to no end. I had a really fun time coming up with all the different ideas and now even more fun creating them all.
You can look forward to sweets and savories and even some drinks too. I promise you there is not a sugar cookie, nor a chocolate truffle in the lot and none of the same ol’ same ol’.
I will be adding a “resource” page also so that you can find where to purchase the packaging, ingredients and tools to make this come true for yourself. So keep an eye out for that.
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We start tomorrow- so come on back for the fun and recipes!