During the summer, I have a lot of free time and it is ideal for researching new restaurants and menus. I love to fabricate my own dishes and experiment with new spicy sauces. I take a personal vacation here and there, when others are away, to enjoy my favorite pastime. When I travel, I savor all kinds of local fare; but when time permits at home, I have another agenda. Just look at the name of my blog. I have a pretty good inventory of recipes, but there is always room for more. I love to entertain and people expect something new every time. In fact, I have special dinner nights for privileged guests who like to expand their palates and take a chance. I am now in the process of planning one in the near future. The menu will have to be original. It takes time to try things out and adjust the seasonings.

Today is a warm as I sit outside on the covered patio, spared from the intense rays of the sun, and write this blog for you. I promised personal experiences and food ideas and here I go. I am focusing on different kinds of chili peppers, so that I can mix and match them in different ways. You should learn about Fresno, Anaheim, Jalapeno, Aji, Aleppo, Ancho, Bahamian, etc. I could go on and on.  Go to the website called Chili Pepper Madness for detailed info. Don’t you just love the name! I can’t always find every single one at the supermarket and I rely on jarred peppers from time to time. This is a short cut method when you don’t have time to roast them on your gas burner or grill. You can’t use them all at once so know their distinct flavors and uses.

As I cool myself off with the new outdoor ceiling fan that I bought from this web site, I feel up to sharing some information with you. Day is growing into night and it is time for a good meal (spicy, of course). I ponder the possibilities and arrive at something yummy but simple. The grill is on and I start to make the following:

Easy and Spicy Cheddar and Jalapeno Grilled Turkey Burgers

Ingredients and Instructions

  • 1.25 lb. very lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Minced garlic
  • Chopped jalapeño
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green onion
  • Taco seasoning (homemade or store ingredients bought)
  1. Combine everything in a bowl.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Shape your burgers the size you prefer. Recipe makes six on average.
  4. Use nonstick pan over medium heat without oil.
  5. Cook burgers as you prefer, until they reach 165F — about 8-10 minutes on each side.

Serve your burgers with whatever veggies you like (such as avocado, sliced or grilled onions, tomatoes, etc.). I think you and your family or guests will enjoy all the flavors. This is what good, spicy eating is all about.