Hot Pepper Health Benefits


Hot Pepper Health Benefits

Today I am going to let you know about many hot pepper health benefits that you may not be aware of. Chili peppers have been used in a myriad of ways for many centuries, and should continue to be used for many health related reasons today.

Of course, I am a huge fan of hot peppers! But here in the United States, other than hot wings, hot sauce, and the occasional chili cook off, most american food does not typically feature a lot of hot chili peppers.

Depending on which region of the US you come from you may, of course, find spicy foods more prevalent. But generally speaking our food is pretty mild.

Also, although the desire to use holistic remedies and natural medicinal options may be on the rise, most of us rely on over the counter and prescription pharmaceuticals to aid us for most ailments. There are, however, some great natural treatments for common issues using hot peppers and the beneficial chemicals and compounds found within them.

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Hot Halloween Costume Ideas! 2017


Hot Halloween Costume Ideas 2017

Ooooo…one of my favorite times of year is quickly approaching. Time to get a jump on some hot Halloween costume ideas! I have been known to wait until the last second, but this year I decided to be proactive.

While I was perusing possible outfits for this year’s spooky holiday, I thought maybe I should share some ideas here on lovethehotsauce!

I mean why not share some fun and trendy ideas with all my hot sauce loving, chili pepper eating readers, right?!

As this is a website about Hot Sauce, Food, and all things related, I will start off with some hot ideas that go with those topics. Even if you are not a true chilihead, you may be inspired by some of these ideas also. Here we go!

First off, everyone loves Sriracha! You can’t even go to a restaurant or fast food joint these days without having this sauce in there somewhere. So why not go trick or treating as your favorite garlicky hot sauce?!


There are also kids sriracha sizes available.


Sticking with my theme for a minute…Do you love hot peppers? I do! Why not be one?!


Here are some fun costumes that definitely go in the “Hot” category! FYI, if you click on the Men’s Hot Dog Vendor Dirty Apron costume you will see why it is “dirty”. (This is a G rated site)


The Hot dog Dog Costume is available in multiple sizes.


Everyone loves a latte! Especially that infamous Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte! People will want to drink up these costume ideas! (I love dog costumes in case you can’t tell)



Ok, Ok, now here are some trendy, super hot costume ideas for all you vixens and lady killers out there!


By the way, I have discovered it is kind of tough to find “sexy” male costumes. Apparently “sexy” in the man’s costume world means fake appendages and muscle suits, or just not wearing a shirt if you have 6 pack abs. You can be man with 6 pack abs in a kilt, man with 6 pack abs in fireman pants, man with 6 pack abs in loin cloth…you get the picture.


Hope this helps give you some guidance on what to be this Halloween. I encourage you to get going on your costume plans as soon as possible.

You can always be like me and wait till the last second. The day before Halloween I usually end up at the local costume shop digging through ravished packages of whatever costumes are left over.

And, of course I have my heart set on the perfect costume, and there is no possible way I am going to find it, because I waited too long. And then I end up just cutting some of my hair off, taping it to my face, and putting on one of my dad’s old suits and calling it a day.

As I said, plan ahead. Try to get or make your costume sooner than later. Leave yourself time for alterations or additions that will really make it be the best costume ever!

If you are into making your own costumes, here is a an article from Good Housekeeping that gives some great tips on how to do it yourself. Some of us are craftier than others of course.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments I would love to hear from you in the “Leave a Reply” section below. Happy Halloween!!

Bats

 

 

 

 

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My Pork Chop Dry Rub- Grill, Bake, or Fry


Pork Chop Dry Rub

Today I wanted to share my super easy, and yet very delicious pork chop dry rub recipe. I have used this mostly for grilling on the bbq, but I have also used it for baking and frying my pork chops when I don’t want to be outside.

What a Great Deal

I usually end up cooking pork chops once or twice a month. They are really delicious and go on sale often. Yesterday I bought some for $1.57 a pound! Can’t beat that. I got enough pork chops to cover four meals for about 10 bucks.

I do love me a sale. It often dictates what we are having for dinner. I am 100% a meat lovin’ woman. When I walk into the grocery store I always start in the meat section. Once I have chosen that main dish, then I can worry about what goes with it.

I go to the grocery store a lot. Probably 3-5 times a week. That may seem strange to some people, I get a lot of flack for it here at home. I have good reason for it though.

Grocery Store

One trip a week is usually for staples like bread, butter, tortillas, canned goods, etc.

The rest of the visits are either to pick up something I didn’t get on that last trip, or to get meat and vegetables. I like my vegetables and meat fresh. Yes, I do end up buying meat in bulk and freezing it, but I pretty much refuse to do this with any beef except hamburger.

It tends to discolor during the defrosting period more than other meats, and it freaks me out, so I don’t freeze beef.

And vegetables…no matter what my intentions are, for some reason I always end up throwing them away if I buy them ahead of time. If I feel like broccoli today, I better go get it and cook it tonight. If I buy it today for tomorrow I inevitably find it at the bottom of the crisper or the back of the fridge a week later in a not so pretty state.

So there it is. That is why I make so many trips to the grocery store! But in doing this I get to see sales that people who go once a week or less may have totally missed out on!

Back to the Pork Chops

Raw Pork ChopsOf course there a many, many ways you can season a pork chop, but for me I like to keep it simple and just highlight the natural juicy deliciousness of the pork.

The most important part is really to not overcook the pork chops. This is also a really hard skill to teach. There are some general guidelines you can go by, but the true cook time will vary depending on the heat source and the thickness of the chop itself.

Of course, you don’t want to under cook them either, but what seems to happen is that people are so afraid of not cooking them all the way they end up overdoing it. And, let me tell you, a dry leathery pork chop is not good.

I know people who claim they like it that way because they are so paranoid about it being under cooked. But when I convince these people to suck it up and just eat my meat, they can’t believe how juicy and wonderful a pork chop can be that is correctly cooked. Not under cooked and not overcooked.

My Pork Chop Dry Rub

This is for 3 average bone in 3/4″ thick pork chops:

  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Pepper
  • 1 3/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 2 tsp. Lemon Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Powder (optional)

All of these are pretty standard, but I did want to say a word about the lemon pepper. The best lemon pepper is theThe Best Lemon Pepper cheapo bright yellow Lemon Pepper you get at like the dollar store. Other “fancy” lemon peppers don’t even taste lemony and have way too much salt and pepper in them. So try to look for the most yellow (lemony) one you can find.

The Cayenne will add a nice little spice to your meal, but if you aren’t into that you can surely omit that ingredient.

With that said, you now want to sprinkle the rub all over your chops. Evenly coat them as best as you can on both sides.

Cooking Time

Grilled Pork ChopsWith all of these cooking methods you want to make sure your pork chops reach the optimal internal temperature, which is 145-160 degrees. I would aim for the middle, about 150 for the perfect chop.

Grilling

So, as I said, it is really hard to be exact, but for an average pork chop that is about 3/4″ thick I would cook it for about 20-30 minutes on the grill. But this depends greatly on your heat. I use charcoal and I rotate a lot. If you were to just let it sit there only fairly good heat it would most likely be done in about 5 or 6 minutes on each side.

Baking

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place them on a pan or in a baking dish. Cook them for about 25 minutes. Take them out half way through and flip them. If they are thicker you may want to raise the temp to 475 instead of 425.

Frying

To fry them you want to use about 2-3 tablespoons of oil (I use canola oil) in a large skillet. Heat up the oil a bit, and then fry them on medium-high for about 4-5 minutes on each side. They should be golden brown on both sides, and come out nice and juicy with awesome flavor!


Hot Sauces

Thought I would suggest some hot sauces I like with my pork chops. Pork is really great because it is kind of in the middle. Some hot sauces I usually prefer with chicken go great with it, and even some sauces I usually use with beef pair up nicely.

I really like the La Anita X Hot Grilled hot sauce with these. But also think Franks Original goes well with them. The Trader Joe’s Habanero adds a nice bite to them also.

The Best Chili Garlic SauceSometimes I like to cut up my cooked pork chops and steam up some broccoli and rice to go with them. Then I usually put all that in a bowl and sometimes use some Tabasco Soy Sauce.

Or, more often than not, I use regular soy sauce and add my favorite Chili Garlic Sauce! I posted a picture of the jar. Make sure you get this brand…others are not the same, and not as good as this one. I will also try to add this to my Hot Sauce Shop so you can get some for yourself, if you don’t have some already.

If you liked this recipe you can also check out my Spicy Country Ribs recipe.

Well, I think that is pretty much it for this post. I hope you enjoy the rub and your delicious pork chops! Please feel free to leave me any comments, questions, or suggestions below.

 

 

 

Top Ten Hottest Chili Peppers- And Hot Sauces That Utilize Them Best


Top Ten Hottest Peppers

Here we go! Let’s count down the Top Ten Hottest Chili Peppers, but let’s not stop there. I will also be including the best hot sauces that actually contain each pepper, along with other interesting facts. Hope you are as excited as I am!

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Potluck Pasta Salad Recipe- My Secret


Potluck Pasta Salad Recipe

Really, I think we all can agree, nothing feels better than bringing a dish to a potluck or picnic and having everyone go nuts over it by ranting and raving about how delicious it is. Asking other people at the gathering “Who made this? It is wonderful! I must get the recipe!”

If you haven’t ever experienced this, well, I feel bad for you, but hopefully by reading my potluck pasta salad recipe, you too can make it happen!

I actually have three go-to easy cold pasta salad recipes that I use for different occasions, but today I am going to be sharing my usual first choice for parties, potlucks, or picnics.

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How To Make Schnitzel Gravy- Delicious and Simple


How To Make Schnitzel Gravy

I decided to do a follow up to my Italian Fried Chicken Cutlet article. Although that recipe is based on my Grandma’s Italian cutlets from when I was a kid, the cutlets can actually be used for a variety of dishes including a German chicken schnitzel. And with that said, I decided to share How to Make Schnitzel Gravy with all of you.

As you may know by now, I try to make things that are fairly simple with basic ingredients and that have lots of flavor (and spice when possible). I try not to have to go buy a bunch of expensive ingredients that I may only use once. The worst is when you have to buy a large quantity of something to try out a new recipe that only calls for a teaspoon of it. Sometimes it just has to be done, but I really attempt to avoid that at all costs.

So, here is what you will need to make my delicious gravy for your schnitzel.

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