Not your mammas recipe, turn up the heat with our jams!

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JAM FILLED THUMBPRINT COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:
INGREDIENTS
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces (or so) assorted jam – try our Hot Licks Raspberry Jam or Blackberry Habanero

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla extract. Add flour and salt and mix until incorporated and dough comes together in a ball.
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet. Flatten balls slightly with your thumb or the back of a small spoon, leaving an indentation in the center.
  • Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are just barely golden. Remove baking sheet from oven. If indentations look shallow, further define them with the back of a spoon and then fill each with approximately 1/2 teaspoon jam. Bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until jam melts slightly and edges of cookies are lightly golden. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.
  • Recipe and photo by www.loveandoliveoil.com

GRILLED CHEESE WITH BACON & JAM

INGREDIENTS:
INGREDIENTS
1 pound Bacon, cut into ¾-inch pieces
1½ cups diced onion
Spicy Hot Licks Blackberry Habanero Jam
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Good quality white bread
butter
American cheese
Cheddar cheese
6 oz Brie cheese, sliced

DIRECTIONS:

  • Butter the outsides of each of the pieces of bread. Place a slice of cheese on the unbuttered side of 4 pieces of the bread. Spread some of the bacon and jam on top of the cheese. Divide the Brie between the sandwiches and layer on top of the jam, followed by a slice of American cheese. Place the remaining bread on top of the cheese, buttered side out.
  • Heat a griddle over medium-low heat. Cook the sandwiches until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Enjoy!

JELLY FILLED DONUTS

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup milk (100 degrees to 110 degrees)
1/3 cup + 1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups vegetable oil
1 cup spicy Hot Licks Raspberry Jam

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place yeast, warm milk, and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. Set aside until foamy and doubled in size, about 15 minutes.
  • Place flour in a large bowl. Create a well in the center and add eggs, yeast mixture, 1/4 cup sugar, butter, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir dough starts to come together and is sticky. Flour a work surface and knead until dough is smooth, soft, and bounces back when poked with a finger, about 8 minutes (add more flour if necessary). Place in a lightly oiled bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Lightly flour a work surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch-round cutter, cut 20 rounds. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise 15 minutes.
  • In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until a deep-frying thermometer registers 370 degrees. Using a slotted spoon, carefully slip 2 rounds into oil. Fry until golden, about 40 seconds. Turn doughnuts over; fry until golden on other side, another 40 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet. Roll in sugar while warm. Fry all dough, and roll in sugar. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a #4 tip with jam. Using a wooden skewer or toothpick, make a hole in the side of each doughnut. Fit the pastry tip into a hole, pipe about 2 teaspoons jam into doughnut. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.

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Men Who Like Spicy Food Have Higher Testosterone Levels

If you want to figure out how “alpha” your man is, try taking him out for something spicy. According to a new French study, men who prefer hotter foods tend to have higher testosterone levels than man who prefer mild foods.

The research, recently published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, polled 114 men aged 18 to 44 on their spice preferences. The men were also served a dish of mashed potatoes, and allowed to put as much hot sauce or salt as they liked on it.

The University of Grenoble researchers found that men with higher testosterone levels (as tested by their saliva) both indicated a greater preference for hot sauce, and used more of it to season the potato. The amount of salt used, however, had no relation to testosterone levels.

A man’s preference for capsaicin, the compound in chili peppers that makes them spicy, has been previously linked to dominance behaviors, aggression and risk-taking, the researchers note. Click here to continue reading via Huffington Post.

After 6 years, Hot Licks Sauces will be closing the doors at Old Town, San Diego

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You may have seen this sign go up recently at our Old Town San Diego store. We regret to announce that on June 28th we will be closing our Old Town Store. We appreciate the relationships and loyalty we have built with our San Diego Patrons of over 6 years. The State of Califonria is continuing to PREVENT us from selling our most popular hot sauce products (even though we are the only fiery food specialty store in Old Town!)

This is the letter/addendum that restricts use:

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The good news is that we have other locations at Seaport Village (San Diego), Shoreline Village (Long Beach) and Pier 39 (San Francisco)

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The Old Town San Diego State Park is for access and enjoyment of the public. If you would like to see Hot Licks back in Old Town San Diego with our full line of products, please sign the petition and we will submit to the state: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savehotlickssauces

If you have any questions please contact us at orders@hotlickssauces.com or 888-766-6468.

Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to bringing you the fiery hot sauce products you love!

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Click here for more breakfast ideas. Happy eating. 

Will sing for food – literally. Where to get free stuff on Tax Day 2015

In order to ease the blow of Tax Day, a slew of restaurant chains and retailers are serving up free, discounted foods and coupons on Wednesday April 15. But read carefully: There are some silly stipulations that you might have to follow in order to grab your free stuff. Enjoy!

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HARD ROCK CAFE: Calling all karaoke enthusiasts. Sing for your supper and get a FREE Local Legendary Burger, specifically, an entire rock song (lyrics will be provided) onstage.

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BOSTON MARKET: 2 for the price of 1 meals. On any items including a whole sandwich, salad bowl or other entree option.

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ARBYS: FREE Jalpaeno hushpuppies (this is right up our alley).

PIZZA HUT: Pizza Hut has a gimmick where customers file a “P-2″ form and customers get a gift card in the amount of your “net pizza return.”

TAX DAY CHEAPIES 2015

Via about.com

These aren’t tax day freebies but they’re some great deals that are being offered on tax day, April 15.

  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – Fill your cup full of frozen yogurt for $4.15.
  • Boston Market – Buy one individual meal and get one for free on April 15 at Boston Market.
  • Sonic Drive-In – Every cheeseburger you buy on April 15 is half off.
  • Schlotzsky’s – Get a free The Original small sandwich with the purchase of chips and a 32 oz. fountain drink. No coupon required.
  • California Tortilla – Whisper the secret password “Taxes Shmaxes” at California Tortilla on Tax Day and you’ll get free chips and queso with any entree purchase.
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Get 15% off your entire meal through April 29 when you show this coupon.
  • Sonny’s BBQ – Get half off a rib dinner on Tax Day.
  • Beef O’ Brady’s – Visit a Beef O’ Brady’s on April 15th to get 15% off your entire bill.
  • Bonefish Grill – Show this coupon to get $10 off your bill. It’s valid through April 20th.
  • McDonalds – Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese on April 15th and get another for just one penny. This is valid at participating McDonalds locations only.
  • IHOP – Get a short stack of pancakes on April 15th at participating IHOP locations for just $1.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels – Big Bagel Bundle (baker’s dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for only $10.40 with this coupon. Valid April 11 – 15.
  • ESquared Hospitality – Get half off all alcoholic beverages at participating ESquared Hospitality locations on Wednesday, April 15th.
  • Burger King – Use this coupon at participating locations to get one free Whopper when you buy one. It’s valid through April 19.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Get 15% off your dinner check through May 3 with this coupon.
  • Babies R Us – Save $8 on all Huggies and Pampers value boxes of diapers through April 30 by using this coupon.
  • Cabela’s – Save up to 60% on online purchases at the Cabela’s Cyberwalk Sale through April 15.
  • Justice – Use this coupon to save 40% on your entire purchase. It’s valid through April 16.
  • Roybal Caribbean International – Valid through April 15, Royal Caribbean will pay for your fees, taxes, and port expenses when you book a cruise.

RETAILER TAX DAY DEALS 

Via huffingtonpost.com

In addition to Tax Day food freebies and deals, GOBankingRates also found a number of offers from retailers. We found the most offers on apparel, as well as sports and outdoor gear, books, and office suppliers.

  • Alloy: A RetailMeNot-exclusive code, AVDRMN, gets shoppers 15 percent to 30 percent off purchases, with shoppers saving more as they spend more. Offer valid through April 30.
  • Ann Taylor: Get 25 percent off full-price items with the coupon code ANNT3BE, good through April 30.
  • Babies”R”Us: Shoppers can use this coupon to get $8 off Pampers or Huggies value boxes of diapers, valid through April 30.
  • Barnes & Noble: With taxes out of the way you might have time to catch up on your reading. If so, use coupon code X8W8L3A when shopping online to get 20 percent off a single item through May 1; exclusions apply.
  • Bon-Ton: Use this coupon to get $25 off when spending $75 or more through April 30.
  • Cabela’s: Shoppers can save online only during the Cyberwalk Sale, which has sporting gear and outdoor equipment marked down up to 60 percent through April 15.
  • Carter’s: Get 25 percent off purchases of $40 and up with code OKSP1514.
  • Dress Barn: Get 20 percent off a purchase by using promo code MMAR20 through April 21.
  • Express: Use coupon code 9068 online or this coupon in store to get 15 percent off through April 30. Some exclusions apply.
  • Finish Line: Through April 30, get $10 off purchases of $100 or more with coupon code APRIL10.
  • Foot Locker: Get 10 percent off when spending $50 or more online when you use code LKS10AFD through April 30.
  • Gap: Shoppers will get $25 of GapCash for every $50 spent through April 26 that can be redeemed May 13 through May 17.
  • HydroMassage: You can get a free HydroMassage experience with this coupon, valid April 13 through April 17.
  • Justice: Get 40 percent off an entire purchase through April 16 by presenting this coupon at checkout.
  • L.L.Bean: Get a $10 gift card for every $50 spent through April 19.
  • Lane Bryant: Save up to $75 with code APRILGCLB through April 22. Savings are tiered by purchase minimums; spending $75 yields a $25 discount, $150 gets you $50 off or $75 off $225.

 

 

Sweet & spicy cream cheese blackberry habanero appetizer

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The holiday season is in full affect. Your party invitations are piling up and there is one thing you have to do – ‘BRING AN APPETIZER’. Well, we have a really easy, delicious appetizer recipe you can change up at a moments notice. All you need are three ingredients: Jam, cream cheese and crackers. BUT, don’t just use any jam – try a sweet and spicy jam like our Blackberry Habanero – this will not disappoint. Warning, it is spicy and you may need a side of eggnog to help cleanse your tongue. Here is the recipe… Enjoy!

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Pick your jam! Hotlicks Blackberry Habanero Jam is so flavorful it will have your mouth bursting in pleasure and pain. The sweetness is then taken over by a spicy, hot habanero flavor complimenting the blackberry flavor. Leaving a kick in your mouth with the sweetness of the fruit.

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So easy – just take your favorite block of cream cheese and smother it in Hotlicks Blackberry Habanero Jam (or your favorite spicy jelly). These flavors compliment each other so well.

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Serve with side of pears and your favorite crackers. So delicious and appealing to the eyes with these bright colors. 

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Slow Cooker Spicy Chex Mex Recipe

SLOW COOKER CHEX MIX

Did you know that your favorite homemade Chex Mix recipe can be made in the slow cooker? Give it a try!

INGREDIENTS

  • 9 cups Chex cereal (I used equal parts corn, rice, and wheat Chex)
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup Cheerios
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/3 cup (6 Tablespoons) butter, melted and hot
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more depending on your spicy preference) of your favorite chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Add cereal, pretzels, cheerios and peanuts to the bowl of a slow cooker.

In a separate bowl, whisk together butter and seasoned salt, chili powder until the salt is dissolved.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce until combined.

Drizzle the sauce evenly over the top of the cereal mixture.  Toss for about 1 minute, or until the mixture is evenly combined.

Cover and slow cook on low for 3 hours,  stirring at the 1 hour, 2 hour and 2.5 hour marks so that the mixture does not burn.  Then spread the mixture out onto a few baking sheets or parchment paper in an even layer until it cools to room temperature.  Serve, or store in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.

Original recipe and photos courtesy of Gimme Some Oven: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-chex-mix-recipe/

Devil Seeds Recipe, if you dare…

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What to do with all those leftover pumpkins? Try this perfect spicy snack.

Serves about 4 people as a snack 

The seeds of 2 pumpkins
3 tablespoons of melted butter
2 teaspoons of chilli powder (spice it up to your liking.. we dare you)
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of sea salt

Remove the seeds from the pumpkin, place in a colander and rinse with water until they are clean.

Shake off any excess water and place the seeds on a dry tea towel and pat dry.

Place the seeds in a large roasting tray and pour over the melted butter.

Sprinkle the seeds with the chilli powder, cayenne pepper and sea salt.

Toss the seeds until they are all thoroughly coated.

Place in the oven to toast for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool, though to be honest sometimes they taste the best straight out of the oven!  Just watch out for burned fingers!

[Image/Recipe courtesy of http://www.donalskehan.com]

Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings (Gluten-Free!)

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Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and extremely easy to make — perfect for a weekend snack, dinner, appetizer or to bring to your next party. That is, if you still want to share after trying them!

Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. melted butter or ghee
  • 2/3 cup hot sauce

Directions

Preheat oven to 450F. In a medium size bowl, combine flour, water, garlic powder and salt.

Whisk together until smooth. Toss cauliflower into batter making sure to coat each piece completely, then place battered cauliflower on a lightly greased, non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, tossing half way through.

In the meantime, combine melted butter and hot sauce in a large bowl, stirring. When cauliflower is done, remove it from the oven and gently toss it in the hot sauce mixture. Place cauliflower back on the baking sheet and cook for an additional 25 minutes or until it becomes crispy. Allow cauliflower to cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite creamy dressing.

Enjoy!

 

Recipe & photo via MindBodyGreen