Chili Peppers

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The chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The term in British English and in Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia and other Asian countries is just chilli without pepper. Chili peppers originated in the Americas. They are used in both food and medicine.

Chili peppers are extremely healthy for you, and should be included in your regular diet.

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We have a new chili pepper heat champion on the block. The 2012 New Mexico Chile Conference, in…

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Snack Roulette at Your Halloween Haunt…if You Dare

Just because Frito-Lay is a questionable company and won’t sell Doritos Roulette in the USA doesn’t mean your party should suffer. Halloween is the perfect time to kick up your party snacks. From chips to cheese curlz and beyond, making your own version of food roulette is easy, fun and very entertaining!

Take some of your snack food of choice. Separate about a sixth of the contents and toss them in a plastic bag. Choose a spicy powder…we love Hot Lips Pepper Co’s level 10 powders…and toss it in. The oils in the snacks will adhere the powder. Shake. Mix back into the general population of your snack foods, and voila, a game of food roulette!

Spicy Squash Soup

Tired of Thanksgiving’s Same Old Recipes? Give This Spicy Starter a Whirl!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner-ish, it’s time to find some new recipes to kick up the holiday.  Here is one delicious option for a great starter (thank you, AllRecipes!) — it’s stays within the Thanksgiving theme, but gives your guests a taste of something spicier.

If you’re not a fan of jalapenos, other peppers that would work well  include the Aleppo pepper, a cumin-like, fruity pepper (traditional in Moroccan foods; about 10,000 scoville units), or the chocolate Bhut Jolokia (Ghost) pepper (a beautiful fruity pepper with about 1,200,000 scoville units), for a bigger kick.


Craving New Food TV? Hungry Games Has Us Curious

Fans of Cuthroat Kitchen, Adam Richmond, and Bizarre Foods, our DVR was getting a bit….stale. Enter Richard Blais’ new food-meets-science show. In some stunning wins on Top Chef, Blais wowed us with his nitrogen and chemical reactions…and now he’s back. So, stay tuned for Food Network’s newest show, Hungry Games.

P.S. He promises to have an episode on spicy foods…


Peppers Gone Over? Don’t Toss Them

This recommendation came to me from John E. (great, man…thanks!) If you leftover peppers and they’re going to go bad, don’t toss em. Turn them into powder. Dry them in a food dehydrator, then grind them up in a cleaned coffee grinder. For a cool twist, moreover, throw in some pink Himalayan sea salt, garlic, or other spices!

Then sprinkle on ice cream, pizza and even beer….seriously, it’s really good!

Don’t Throw Shade if You Can’t Take the Heat

We’ve noticed a lot of petty negativity and blow-offs popping up in blogs and articles online regularly, with respect to spicy food contests (especially after the Guinness pepper win). Not to get all kumbaya, but we should be supporting each other, professional eaters or not, instead of resorting to middle school behavior. We all are only as good as our last Scoville unit. And if you can’t take the heat, then don’t throw shade!


Amazing Time at the Bowers Festival

(9/5) – Bowers was awesome this year. Surrounded by new and old friends, including Hot Lips Peppers, Cactus Pete’s, Jahleda,  3 1/2 Peppers, and, of course, Puckerbutt Pepper Co., we had a blast trying a million tasty bites, including jellies, rubs, pumpkin funnel cake (you have to try it!), jerky, and sauces. As a special treat, Smokin’ Ed treated Rapid Fire and I, Girl on Fire, to three fresh peppers even hotter than the Carolina Reaper…and the peppers did not disappoint.  One ugly-bumpkin pepper, dubbed the Turd, was so tasty and sweet, you forget the hell that’s coming as you eat it.  Ed got it all on tape.  So good!

We’re waiting for the Kempton Pepper Jam next — Rob, we know you’ll do a killer event!

Shout out to some of our new and old friends, including Fred, Lorraine, Eddie, Melyssa, Greg, Brian, Ushanee, Ed, Brett, Rob, and Johnny, a/k/a Chef Johnny, a fun sweet guy, and a serious competitor who kicked some amazing ass on Alton Brown’s Cut Throat Kitchen!

#fireeaters1 #foodporn #RapidFireRuss #GirlonFireD

Chef Johnny and Girl on Fire
Chef Johnny and Girl on Fire
Fred and Lorraine -- G-d Bless, dude!
Fred and Lorraine — G-d Bless, dude!
Girl Power!
Girl Power!
Smokin' Ed and Brett, getting sexy
Smokin’ Ed and Brett, getting sexy
Still enjoying the Guinness wins
Still enjoying the Guinness wins
Brave friend of Ed’s trying out his peppers – she rocked!
Fred wondering what he’d just done… :)
The Turd

Awesome time with the Pepper Palace Crew in San Francisco

Had a fantastic time with the crew from Pepper Palace San Francisco! After taking down a mouthful of their new FlashBang reaper sauce (courtesy of Puckerbutt Pepper Co.), we had a great time chatting with the crew. Special thanks to Leo, who said to us, “keep on winning at life”! We plan to, Leo…no doubt…..just keep watching!

We are the REIGNING Queen and King of Oriental Kitchen

(8/30, Colma, Ca) – Rapid Fire and I decimated the Oriental Kitchen’s “Atomic” Sushi challenge. We then destroyed the even tougher “Name Your Own Sushi Challenge.” Two of fourteen to ever beat this challenge (attempted by thousands), we each created and ate our own designed sushi rolls that are hotter (at 3x the heat of the Atomic) than the Kitchen has ever sold. So say welcome to the menu’s new “Rapid Fire Roll” and the “Girl on Fire Roll”. And if you’re feeling up to it, tell John to make it a double and order the FireEaters Sushi Roll challenge!

Also, don’t miss John’s yuzu wings (mild and delish). If you love mass food challenges, moreover, the Kitchen offers a 6 lb (and a wussy 4 lb) sushi roll challenge!
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The Hottest Duo on Earth


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