Spicy Southwest Burgers from Awesome on 20

Spicy Southwest Burgers

Spicy Southwest Burgers from Awesome on 20

It’s hot! It’s time to cook outside! And keep it spicy! Supposedly, spicy food makes you sweat, which is supposed to cool you down. I don’t know if it works, but it’s definitely delicious.

My English husband loves spicy food. He’s happiest eating something loaded with habaneros or a vindaloo so hot it makes him cry. I find this ironic since English food is generally pretty bland. We’re also talking about a guy who ate nothing but chips and tomato soup for 18 years. But these days, he wants chiles in everything.

Spicy Southwest Burgers from Awesome on 20

I like a little heat, but I can’t quite handle the deathray status at which my husband prefers his food. These burgers, studded with green chiles and hot salsa,  have a definite heat to them, but they won’t blow your head off. Feel free to add habanero sauce to boost your heat level.

I served these at a picnic at the beach over the weekend. Everybody loved them, even though somehow the buns didn’t make it into the bag. It could have been my fault. It probably wasn’t. But it could have been. Definitely wasn’t.

Spicy Southwest Burgers from Awesome on 20

The point is, they’re just that good. This burger is loaded with flavor. Get outside and make it now.

Spicy Southwest Burgers
Yields 12
A juicy burger with a spicy Southwest flair
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 ounce can of chopped green chiles
  2. 12 crackers, crushed
  3. 1/4 cup picante sauce (I used hot)
  4. 4 teaspoons chili powder
  5. 1 tablespoon cumin
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  9. 2 pounds ground beef
  10. 1/2 pound hot pork sausage
  11. 12 slices colby jack or pepper jack cheese
  12. 12 hamburger buns
  13. Your favorite burger toppings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine chiles, crackers, picante sauce, and seasonings. Give it a quick stir to combine.
  2. Add meats and quickly work everything together by squishing it with your hands.
  3. Form into 8 to 12 burger patties depending on how many people you want to feed.
  4. Grill over medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes. (You can also make these in a frying pan indoors. I did both.)
  5. Place a slice of cheese on each patty for the last minute or two to let it melt a bit.
  6. Build your burger and let the fiesta begin.
Adapted from Circle of Friends
Adapted from Circle of Friends
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Brownie Butterscotch Pudding Parfait from Awesome on 20

Brownie Butterscotch Pudding Parfait

Brownie Butterscotch Pudding Parfait from Awesome on 20

My brain shuts down in the summer. It’s a real problem. I’ve never handled heat very well. I mean, I know we have practically perfect weather here, with temperatures always between 60 and 90, but without air conditioning, my house becomes mildly unbearable in the July afternoons. I get cranky and unpleasant. Don’t even ask me to go into the kitchen and cook you something. I don’t do sweat.

But I need dessert. A dessert that doesn’t require me to think. Or know what day it is. It’s summer. I can’t handle complicated in summer. My daughter wanted brownies, I wanted pudding. We threw them both in the same cup, kept it simple, and let the grocery store do most of the work. Guess what. It tasted awesome!

Brownie Butterscotch Pudding Parfait from Awesome on 20

Okay, so you do have to turn the oven on for a little while if you bake your own brownies. I waited until right before bed when it was a little bit cooler in the house. They needed to go in the fridge to cool first anyway, so might as well let that happen while I’m sleeping, right? Or you could be extra lazy and buy premade brownies. I never object to lazy.

I layered chewy brownie bits, creamy butterscotch pudding, fluffy whipped cream, and crunchy toffee bits. Two times. It was immense. Pure joy!

Brownie Butterscotch Pudding Parfait from Awesome on 20

Hopefully my brain function will return to normal as the temperatures creep down. Maybe my sugar addiction will subside as well. Seems unlikely. Until then, brownie butterscotch pudding parfait, baby!

Brownie Butterscotch Pudding Parfait
Serves 4
Layers of chewy brownie, creamy butterscotch pudding, fluffy whipped cream and crunchy toffee bits, so easy you can do it with your brain shut off.
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 brownies (from your favorite recipe, box mix, or store bought)
  2. 1 box butterscotch instant pudding mix
  3. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  4. 1-1/2 cups skim milk
  5. 1/2 cup whipped cream (fresh or from a can or tub)
  6. 1 Heath bar, chopped
Instructions
  1. Pour milk and cream on top of pudding mix in a medium bowl. Whisk for two minutes and refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Crumble half of your brownie into the bottom of a 4 to 6 ounce container.
  3. Spoon in two big spoonfuls of butterscotch pudding. Don't over think it.
  4. Add a big dollop of whipped cream.
  5. Crumble in the rest of your brownie.
  6. Add another layer of pudding followed by whipped cream.
  7. Sprinkle with toffee bits.
  8. Return to refrigerator until ready to serve.
  9. Be prepared not to move for a while after eating. It's probably too hot anyway.
Notes
  1. Heavy cream and skim milk can be replaced with 2 cups whole milk. Using all skim milk makes the pudding too thin for me.
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Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

Passion Fruit Green Tea

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

In Taiwan, our very favorite drink was passion fruit green tea from a place we called 50 tea shop. There were four tea shops on just one side of the street on one single block in our neighborhood. We’d occasionally try the other ones, but the guys at 50 recognized the foreigners and usually knew what we wanted before we even made it to the counter. I needn’t have bothered learning how to say baixiang lucha. It’s one of the very few things I can actually say in Chinese. I was an abysmal expat.

Taiwan Tea

When lilikoi, or yellow passion fruit, started flooding our backyard, we knew we wanted to recreate our favorite drink from our former home. I came home from work one day to find that my husband had made a jug of lilikoi syrup. We went straight to the store to buy some green tea bags, brewed a cup each, impatiently waited for it to cool, dumped it over some ice and spiked it with the syrup. We were transported.

The lilikoi syrup could easily be mixed with plenty of other things. I’m sure a lilikoi margarita never hurt anyone. But a big pitcher of passion fruit green tea in your fridge when it’s 85 degrees in your living room really can’t be beat. It’s sweet but not too sugary. It also gives you a nice little hit of caffeine to help you through those hot afternoon slumps. It’s really the perfect drink.

Passion Fruit Green Tea from Awesome on 20

Taiwan, US, UK, anywhere you can get your hands on some passion fruit, give this a try. And practice your Chinese. You can’t be any worse than me.

Passion Fruit Green Tea
Serves 8
Sweet and slightly tart iced green tea infused with passion fruit syrup to get you through the heat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
2 hr
For syrup
  1. 2 cups passion fruit pulp
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 cups water
For green tea
  1. 1 green tea bag per cup of water
For syrup
  1. Put sugar and water in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. This should only take a few minutes.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add passion fruit pulp to simple syrup. Put a lid on the pot and leave it to steep for two hours.
  4. Strain out pulp and store in an air tight container or mix directly with tea.
For tea
  1. Boil some water and soak tea bags to desired strength. It's making tea, not rocket science.
  2. You can store the syrup in a separate container or combine it in a pitcher directly with the green tea. Fill up your desired container (short glass, tall glass, pitcher, bucket) with 3/4 green tea and 1/4 passion fruit syrup.
  3. Serve over ice.
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