Posts tagged ‘chili’

August 22, 2010

Recipes: Homemade Hot Sauce?

New York Times Homemade Hot Sauce

As I discover that more and more of my friends are deeply committed to hot sauce, it never occurred to me that this increasingly used condiment might be better homemade. Tobasco has long had a dedicated group of devotees, and recently srirachi chili paste has surged to the forefront of spicy condiment greatness.

I was introduced to the now famous red “rooster sauce” when I tried Pho (vietnamese beef noodle soup) for the first time in Seattle. By the time I was done adding the chili sauce and sweet plum sauce to my soup, the broth was undeniably red and formidable looking. (Thank goodness for mango bubble tea to cool the burn!) Since then, I now add Sriracha to every sauce I make.  It’s my go-to “secret” ingredient. If gastropubs, with their fancy truffle fries and signature burgers, can make homemade ketcup a gourmet achievement, maybe chili sauce is also better fresh?

The New York Times posted the results of one such hot sauce experiment in a recent article. Related recipes include Tangy Salted Green Chilis and the Sriracha inspired Garlicky Red Chili Hot Sauce. Time for a taste test of my own!

August 22, 2010

Grill It: Cobbed Corn Showdown!

Corn with Chili Lime Butter v. Grilled Corn with Lime, Cayenne and Cotija

Joshua Bousel posted this simple, yet amazing sounding grilled chili lime butter corn recipe over at SeriousEats. The fact that this recipe combines two of my my favorite ingredients – butter and chili powder – lands it top on my “to try” list. It’s hard to improve on grilled corn, but this flavor combo seems like it might be a keeper.

After salavating over Bousel’s dish, I came across the second grilled corn option with Lime, Cayenne and Cotija posted at While both recipes feature lime, I’m curious which one would win in a grilled corn throwdown. I’m leaning towards the cotija, because cheese just makes everything better. But its hard to beat simple buttered corn. Time to test both and pick a winner!

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