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Death by Chocolate Waffles


Death by Chocolate Waffles
Author: Adapted from Joy of Cooking
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 4
Brace yourself! These waffles will blow you out of the clear blue water. 3 important things. 1) Make real whipped cream for these (beat plain heavy whipping cream until it is thick and luscious, stop before it begins to separate) 2) Use real maple syrup. 3) Don’t share with neighbors, they’ll be over every morning! Makes about 8 waffles but you may want to double it, they freeze well and you’ll wish you had made 100 more.
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 1⁄3 cups sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted if lumpy
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3⁄4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 habanero pepper, finely diced + oil for sauteeing
  1. Preheat a waffle iron. Sift the flour and cocoa powder if lumpy. Whisk together in a large bowl the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Sautee the habanero in oil. Set aside. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl until frothy. Then whisk in the milk, oil, vanilla extract and reserved habanero. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients with a whisk, just until combined. Don’t overmix! My oh my. Scoop them into your favorite waffle iron and cook for around four minutes. Carefully take them out and place on a serving plate. (Tongs + a fish flipper works great for removing waffles and they’re also handy for keeping the kids fingers out of the batter)

Can Habaneros Make You Go Into Labor?

Do habaneros induce labor?  Will habaneros jump start your “get the baby out of me” 41 week pregnant body into the throws of labor?  You’ve heard about walking, love making, and of course bumpy car rides but the king (we believe – and we’re VERY biased) is the spice of the habanero pepper.  Even the season finale of Bones tonight had a refence to it.   Spicy peppers (and what is spicier than the hab?) are a natural way to get things going because, like castor oil, they irritate the bowels a bit and get the party started, if you know what I mean.  In a few minutes, your uterus could be working like a zombie on judgment day (LOL).   Of course, there’s no evidence that this actually works, but the fun is in trying, now isn’t it?

Habanero Carrot Salsa

I have always been a fan of simple salsas and I love the flavor of carrots in a good hot salsa.  Try this one to really heat up your breakfast eggs.

2 habanero peppers – stems removed and chopped
1 clove garlic – minced
4 each scallions
1 large ripe tomato – chopped
2 Tbsps chopped cilantro
½ cup shredded carrots
1 lime
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Chop chile and garlic very fine and add to blender or food processor.
Squeeze juice of lime into blender and blend briefly.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until chunky but do not over process.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Courtesy Habanero Grill

Basic Hot Sauce

1 to 7 Habaneros (I mean you could add  more… pain is good right?)

Clove of garlic



Vinegar (go light)

Fruit of your choice (add sugar if the fruit is not sweet)

Put it all in the food processor and puree until it is fine as wine.  Bottle and refrigerate.  Will last for years to come (or a week in our house).

Courtesy Kevan Rabat

Tomato Sauce THIS

The most delicious, basic tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce THIS
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
  • 1 28 oz (big) can whole Italian tomatoes (only Italian will do)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • Course salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 habanero, diced
  1. Heat oil over medium. When hot (not before) add habanero, garlic, a little salt and pepper. Cook until garlic just starts to brown. Add tomatoes and basil, cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, using a wooden spoon to break up tomatoes. Pour over spaghetti proudly because you have just made the freshest, most incredible tomato sauce ever…thousands of restaurants WISH they were you!