Capsicum

Not just no…

Digging around to see if maybe the pain in my head is more than just my second cold this year. Wandering through various pollen count sites lead to wandering through allergists and other specialists. On more than one site I’ve found a link to this: I’m a capsaicin junkie, but this is nuts. If you really want more info, its at http://www.sinusblaster.com/clasicformula.html
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Categories: Capsicum, Dear God, Make It Stop!, and General.

Phaal

Several of our dear readers will remember me referring to the “hottest dish I have ever been served at a restaurant” being something called a Lamb “Fall” at India Palace in Dallas. Of course, no one had ever heard of “fall” as a curry dish. Well, I found it–it’s Phaal , not “fall.” And according to wikipedia, it’s either an entirely made up concoction from NYC, possibly intended to be used to punish inebriated customers, or perhaps Bangladeshi in origin. Where ever it is from, it has to date come the closest of any chile-based dish to defeating me.
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Categories: Capsicum and Food.

Chiles con Queso y Grasa del Tocino

One of my high-school friends has gone on to become a clasically-trained chef (he holds an associates’ degree in Culinary Arts from the New England Culinary Institute). Over the years, he has passed along a number of recipies, all of which are highly impressive. I recently had reason to prepare a chilies con queso recipe that he developed many years ago. It’s not health food — but if you’re gonna eat queso, it may as well be worth it. I’m passing it along as he gave it to me, with my own notes added in italics. Sweat one small diced
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Categories: Capsicum and Food.

Shiny

Grew some of these. They turn from that eggplant purple to a flourescent red when they’re ripe. Found out that you don’t just eat-em – still healing from the chemical burn. But for careful cooking/garnish applications, the flavor is _amazing_. The place serving the picture also sells seeds for them (look near the bottom of the page).
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Categories: Capsicum.