Sunday, September 30, 2012

Homemade Hot Sauce

Well a challenge was set by the man to get him a hot sauce that is worthy of his picky palate. To know the man is to know that he truly likes it hot on many levels all high and never low. So I decided well the only true way to get it to burn is to make it at home. This would only be for him because well fire in my mouth is not my cup of tea. Well I came across a recipe and decided to make it and I am happy to say it was a success!

Here is the recipe:

Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe

  • 2 cups habanero peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 20 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 8 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Set habanero peppers on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  3. Roast in the oven 12-15 minutes or until soft and skins begin to blister.
  4. Heat a large pot to medium and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer about 20 minutes, or until onion and garlic soften.
  5. Add roasted habanero peppers and simmer about 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth. Alternatively, use an immersion blender and puree directly in the pot.
  7. Simmer another 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve, or seal into sterilized bottles to allow flavors to truly develop.
The only items I changed was the sugar. Instead of sugar I used Agate Nectar which is a healthy sugar substitute. It is in a liquid version and we found it worked very well. I also did not add the salt since low sodium is always in order.  

I found it easy to make so I will most definitely be making it again. Now in order to test the taste I decided to make monster mutant burgers. The burgers were stuffed with ricotta cheese, fresh oregano and some basil. To top my burger I put Guacamole while the man used the sauce as his burger sauce. Both sauces were great! 

Try it and let me know!

Friday, September 28, 2012

A new Burger place with a twist

Ok so here is something I came across that sounded some what different. It just seems lately the trend is to have a burger place. Really isn't a burger like BBQ? In the end it is all the same? I do not know either but that is what it seems to me. Perhaps we need to challenge ourselves to find the best Burger place in Miami? Let's see how that goes. Here is one I came across and before you ask NO I have not tried it yet.

Elevation Burger

Elevation Burger has opened its doors across from the Dadeland Mall.

The burger restaurant offers ingredients that are 100% USDA-certified organic for an "elevated" experience.Elevation Burger is located at 8975 SW 72 Pl, near the Chilis.

So I checked the menu that Elevation Burger has and some of the menu burgers are called:

The Elevation Burger (DUH) - Double meat and Double Cheddar Cheese (real cheddar)
Cheeseburger - Are you really surprised?
Hamburger - of if they did not have a simple burger I would of been disappointed.
Vertigo Burger - it's billed as a stack them up build your own 3 to 10 patty burger
Veggie Burger #1 - Fire roasted taste
Veggie Burger #2 - Vegan Burger
Half the Guilt Burger - 1 beef patty and 1 veggie patty
Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Have no words to say about this

So there you have it go try it. If I do I will be sure to report the findings either good or bad.

Stay Tuned..

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Time to Promote the Grove

If you know me you know I love the Grove. I cannot help it I hung out there in my younger days and I still tend to migrate there every so often. If you go there you get the charm, after all, look at how hard Burn Notice is fighting to stay in the hood!

So here we go have you ever wanted to see Miami like a tourist? As a Miami resident sometimes I have, to just to sit and listen to the history and in some cases have someone else drive. So lets hear it for the...


Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour has two main loops: the beach loop and the city loop. I recommend the city loop. It offers a chance to explore major parts of Miami, including Coconut Grove, Little Havana, Coral Gables and Downtown. With traffic, this would be very frustrating to navigate as a tourist. And the beach is the beach: find the sand and you’re all set.

Since Coconut Grove stop is the one I’m most interested in. The tour takes you to Vizcaya and the Miami Science Museum, then all along the waterfront and into the heart of the Grove. If you love gardens and history, getting off and exploring Vizcaya is an excellent choice. It is the preeminent historical mansion with a Renaissance –inspired garden estate. If you just want to get more of a local vibe, get off near Cocowalk. There are tons of boutiques and cafes all along Commodore Street and Main Highway. Stop over at Jaguars for some Ceviche or walk over to Green Street and people watch! Then while you are there stop over at Mystical Amulet and let Cheryl Sandra Richardson give you a Tarot card reading.

Then you can get back on one of those lovely double-deckers and let them whisk you away to your next location.
Hop On Hop Off Tours cost $39 for adults and $29 for children for a one-day pass. Give it to someone as a unique birthday gift or dare I say...Christmas gift! So there you have it.