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A Chile Pepper Museum in Europe’s Headquarters of Heat

Dave DeWitt Chile History, Chile Pepper Museum, Chilehead Stuff, Europe, Food Travel Leave a Comment

Story and Photos by Harald Zoschke Calabria is not only the southernmost tip of the Italian boot, it is also one of the hotbeds of European chile pepper culture. So it’s no wonder that — besides plenty of traditional “hot” dishes and products — a highly popular chile pepper festival and even a museum dedicated solely to the hot pods …

Chile and Dried Cherry Chocolate Dessert

Chile and Dried Cherry Chocolate Dessert

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Since preparing a Thanksgiving feast on a barbecue isn’t traditional, why finish it up with the usual pumpkin pie? This layered dessert from Nancy Gerlach is unique in that it can be cooked on the grill like the rest of the meal. The finished dessert has a cake-like topping and a chocolate syrup which can be served with whip cream on top. Place it on the grill while you are indulging with your turkey, and it will be ready to serve at the end of the meal.

red chile cheesecake

Secret Sweet and Spicy Holiday Cakes

Lois Manno Baking, Cooking with Chiles at the Holidays, Desserts Leave a Comment

By Dave DeWitt Recipes Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Red Chile Ganache Not Your Aunt Bertha’s Fruitcake Mandarin Orange Walnut Piquin Cake Red Hot Chiles Carrot Cake Red Chile Chocolate Cake with Pineapple Mango Chipotle Glaze I heard a rumor that some holidays were approaching, so being my usual politically-correct self, I’m not going to associate these recipes with any particular …

Chiles and Chocolate

Chiles and Chocolate

Fiery Foods Manager Chile History, Sweet Heat Leave a Comment

by Dave DeWitt The culinary mating of hot chiles and chocolate was unforgettably revealed to me in the mercado in Oaxaca, where the molinos–grinding mills–in adjacent stalls were processing cacao beans in one stall and mole paste with chiles in the other. In this ancient city, I had this sudden epiphany that, in prehistoric times, ancient cooks would have naturally …