Spatchcocking Chicken and Injection Recipe

Here’s a video we put together on how to “spatchcock” (remove the backbone) and inject a whole chicken with marinade.

This a a great method for adding some amazing flavors, while reducing your grilling or roasting time by almost half.


Here’s the injection recipe I like to use:

2 Tbs Tabasco Sauce (I like the Buffalo flavor)
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs Lemon Juice
2 Tbs Light Brown Sugar
2 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbs fine sea salt
1/2 Orange Juice
2 cups apple juice

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Heat and stir to dissolve solids, cool, and inject into the whole chicken (see video), then allow chicken to rest for 1 hour before cooking.

Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately  one hour, or until the internal temperature registers 160 degrees F in the breast area and 175 degrees F in the thigh.

Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.


Basic Knife Techniques (Video)

Hey, not everyone was raised working in professional kitchens, we know that…and no one is born automatically knowing how to use a kitchen knife, either.

Like everything else, it has to be learned!

We took a look around and, for a quick read on several basic cutting techniques (and some tips on sharpening your knives, as well) this video was one of the best we found.

BTW…knife skills, like religion and sports, are passionate and deeply held beliefs for some folks, and can become matters of endless debate. We don’t like endless debate, it takes away from cooking time. So – if you do it differently than this…and it works for you…congrats, keep doing it your way! If you don’t have a “way” and want some basic info…watch this video.

If you would like some suggestions on good knives, let us know!


How to Chop with a Kitchen Knife While Keeping Your Fingers Intact from Kaley Perkins on Vimeo.


To Market! To Market!

My good friend, hautemealer, and foodie extraordinaire, Di Anderson, is small market/local market guru (some might say it’s an obsession, but not me – I want  her to keep writing for us…) Just yesterday she was taunting me with fresh, locally grown asparagus from her neighborhood produce stand…and, yes, I’m going to have to go get some!

So, here’s an article that Di was kind enough to put together especially for hautemealz.com, on making the most of your local Saturday Markets…

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“Dragon Claws” BBQ Appetizer

Dragon Claw BBQ Appetizer

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Baby bell peppers stuffed with a combination of hot (or sweet) Italian sausage, beer brats, or even ground turkey, onions, and peppers, wrapped in bacon, smoked, then glazed with a honey butter barbecue sauce.

Dragon Claws at RibfestThis is one of, if not THE, signature recipes of our BBQ team, Burnin’ Love BBQ, and it never fails to rock our customer’s worlds! I had great fun preparing these as a Sears’s Grilling in Happiness blogger at the Kenmore booth at the 2013 Ribfest in Chicago, with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington (who is a awesome, funny, crazy guy, btw!)

Sticky sweet, spicy goodness…with just a breath of fire! And…trust me on this, MUCH easier to make when there isn’t a live audience and 3 television cameras in your face!

Even so, it’s totally worth it, lol!

Oh, sooo good…

Perk’s Dragon Claws
24 whole baby bell peppers
12 slices (thin sliced) bacon
1 lb. Johnsonville Beer Brats
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 tsp Buffalo-style hot sauce
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp hickory salt
3 tsp of your favorite BBQ rub

1 cup Sweet BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup honey
6 Tbsp butter, melted

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Slice the tops off each baby bell, and remove the seeds and veins from each pepper, and rinse again.

Mix all of the remaining ingredients, except the bacon, and bbq rub.

Let meat mixture rest in the fridge 4-6 hours, then on counter for at least an hour.

Stuff each pepper with sausage, and packing it tightly.

Wrap each pepper with 1/2 slice of bacon, and secure with a pre-soaked toothpick.

Repeat with all remaining peppers.

Fire up your grill and prepare for indirect cooking over medium-high heat. (About 25 briquettes in a Weber Smokey Joe.)

Add a few chips of fruit wood to the fire about 10 minutes before adding the peppers. If you’re using a gas grill, use a smoke box.

Dust each claw lightly with dry rub.

Drgaon Claws grilled peppers

Dragon claw grilled peppersCook the Dragon Claws indirectly, but close to the heat about 15 minutes, turning once about halfway through, until the bacon is crisp.

Mix the glaze ingredients over heat to melt the butter, glaze each pepper on both sides, and cook another 5 minutes.

Repeat, then cook another 5 minutes.

Remove and serve immediately.

Home Chef Tip: To make these on the Traeger:

20 minutes on “Smoke”, then grill 15 minutes at 300F (lid down), brush with glaze and flip, brush with glaze and grill 10 more minutes (lid down).


For a full-meal-deal, try this same recipe using larger Anaheim Peppers!

Sausage Stuffed Anahiem Peppers wrapped in Bacon



– Chef Perry

Home Chef Cookbooks


Volume 1: Issue 11


Week of April 22, 2012

I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food. – W.C. Fields

Hello hautemealers!

First of all, how about that Ground Beef Wellington, and the “Real Deal” Chili from last week? Were those crazy good, or what? We also received some very nice comments on the Lemon Shrimp and Linguine, as well! Which reminds me…always feel free to drop us a note when you’ve especially enjoyed a certain recipe; not only does it make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but it helps us decide which recipes we want to re-use occasionally, based on your favorites.

So, the big news this week…online grocery shopping and delivery with our new Express List feature!

If you didn’t receive an email of our blog post on this, visit this link (and make sure to subscribe to the blog where you’re there!)

Here are the highlights:

For the past month or so, we’ve been testing some “grocery home delivery” options, and it looks like the best balance we’ve found between cost, food quality, and ease of use is Safeway.com. (Note: we are not affiliated or in any type of partnership with Safeway or any store, and we tested these services without any discounts or incentives that are not available to any other user of these services.)

One thing that we like about this particular service is the “Express List” feature. Instead of manually entering each ingredient on your shopping list, you can “copy and paste” a single column list directly into the Express List window, and the software will bring up each item in order, so you can choose the brand and/or quantity you want!

From now on, you’re going to notice another page immediately following your regular grocery list. This page will be a single column list of the ingredients you’ll need to order that week, that you can cut and paste into the “Express List” window! Once you’ve done that, you can use the standard hautemealz.com grocery list as a reference for entering the quantities you need to order. If you don’t have an account already, you can search your zip-code, and create an account at this link. (If Safeway doesn’t deliver to your area, check out the list of alternative vendors at the bottom of the post.)

Make sure to read the blog post, “Grocery Home Delivery” to get more information and specific details on how to use this great service!

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One of the biggest culprits for dull kitchen knives is the dishwasher. In a dishwasher, the knife edges are much more likely to get banged around with other silverware or dishes. This banging around will cause small imperfections in your knife edge and dull it quickly. Always wash your knives by hand, which also saves the handle material from the soaking and the high heat of a dishwasher.

When washing knives by hand, avoid the temptation of soaking your knives in your cleaning water, in addition to possibly damaging the wooden handles, sharp knives are not something you want lurking in your cloudy dishwater. Once your knife is properly washed, dry it thoroughly before putting it away.

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The garbanzo bean (also ceci bean, chickpea =, chana, sanagalu Indian pea, Bengal gram) is a legume that is not only high in protein, but it is one of the earliest cultivated vegetables; 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East!

Domesticated garbanzo beans have been found in the aceramic levels of Jericho and in Neolithic pottery at Hacilar, Turkey. They are found in the late Neolithic (about 3500 BCE) at Thessaly, and Mesolithic layers in a cave at L’Abeurador, Aude have yielded wild chickpeas carbon dated to 6790 BC.

By the Bronze Age, garbanzo beans were known in Italy and Greece. In classical Greece, they were called erébinthos and eaten as a staple, a dessert, or consumed raw when young. The Romans knew several varieties such as venus, ram, and punic chickpeas. They were both cooked down into a broth and roasted as a snack. The Roman gourmet Apicius gives several recipes for garbanzo beans. Carbonized chickpeas have been found at the Roman legion fort at Neuss (Novaesium), Germany in layers from the first century AD, along with rice. In 1793, ground-roast garbanzo beans were noted by a German writer as a coffee substitute in Europe. In the First World War, they were grown for this use in some areas of Germany. They are still sometimes brewed instead of coffee.

Mature garbanzo beans can be cooked and eaten cold in salads, cooked in stews, ground into a flour called gram flour (also known as chickpea flour and besan and used frequently in Indian cuisine), ground and shaped in balls and fried as falafel, stirred into a batter and baked to make farinata.

Hummus is the Arabic word for garbanzo beans, which are often cooked and ground into a paste and mixed with tahini, sesame seed paste, the blend called hummus bi tahini. Some varieties of garbanzo beans can even be popped and eaten like popcorn!

Garbanzo beans are a helpful source of zinc, folate and protein. They are also very high in dietary fiber and hence a healthy source of carbohydrates for persons with insulin sensitivity or diabetes. They are low in fat and most of this is polyunsaturated. Recent studies have also shown that they can assist in lowering of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

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FEATURED RECIPE (GF): Sweet n’ Salty Garbanzo Beans

Sweet n’ Salty Garbanzo Beans

1 can (14 oz) garbanzo beans, drained
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon or your spice(s) of choice
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place garbanzo beans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.

Bake at 450 F for 30 minutes. (You didn’t miss anything here.  You don’t oil or season them until after they are done.  In fact, for an extra healthy treat, try them when they get out of the oven before even adding the oil!)

Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and mix thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients.

Eat the chickpeas hot by the handful, for an awesome, and healthy, gluten-free snack! Fair warning…they’re addictive!

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The liver is the most important organ for detoxifying the body. Eating broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower increase the capacity of the liver to detoxify harmful toxins from your body.

Health Coach Cheryl Cranston, M.Ed.  is an over-60 grandma with a youthful spirit.

Zumba instructor, speaker, writer, and educator, Cheryl’s passion is inspiring women over 50 to be healthy, fit, strong, and full of purpose!

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PO Box 21, Wilsonville Oregon, 97062

Copyright 2012, Perry P. Perkins


Grocery Home Delivery

Here at hautemealz.com, our favorite thing is to test new recipes, plan weekly menus, and assemble aisle-by-aisle shopping lists for you. Heck, we do pretty much everything but the shopping and cooking!

So…how about if we help you with that pesky grocery shopping, too?

For the past month or so, we’ve been testing some “grocery home delivery” options, and it looks like the best balance we’ve found between cost, food quality, and ease of use is Safeway.com. (Note: we are not affiliated or in any type of partnership with Safeway or any store, and we tested these services without any discounts or incentives that are not available to any other user of these services.)

We were a little skeptical at first, but we found that between the time and fuel savings, and the lesser temptation to “impulse buy”, the cost was pretty comparable with our regular trips to our local Winco. Impulse buying, by the way, doesn’t just mean Twinkies and Cheeze Doodles…that 6lb pork roast that was on a great sale, but wasn’t part of your menu plan (and then sits in the freezer for three months) is also an impulse buy, as it’s not part of your budgeted, pre-planned shopping.

It’s not hard to walk out of a well-stocked grocery store with a $20, $40, even $60 in unplanned “too-good-to-pass-up” deals…trust me, I know!

(Oh, and if, like me, you tend to get twitchy in crowded places…well, you can decide what that’s worth to you, as well, lol!)

One thing that we like about this particular service is the “Express List” feature. Instead of manually entering each ingredient on your shopping list, you can “copy and paste” a single column list directly into the Express List window, and the software will bring up each item in order, so you can choose the brand and/or quantity you want!

“But wait!” You say, “My hautemealz.com grocery list doesn’t come in a single column!”

No worries! From now on, you’re going to notice another page immediately following your regular grocery list. This page will be a single column list of the ingredients you’ll need to order that week, that you can…wait for it…cut and paste into the “Express List” window!

Once you’ve done that, you can use the standard hautemealz.com grocery list as a reference for entering the quantities you need to order.

If you don’t have an account already, you can search your zip-code, and create an account at this link. (If Safeway doesn’t deliver to your area, check out the list of alternative vendors at the bottom of this post.) 

Don’t worry about memorizing these instructions, the beginning of each Express List will include the following:

Safeway.com Express List

Once you have set up an online account:

  1. http://www.safeway.com
  2. Grocery Delivery
  3. Click on the “Express List” Tab
  4. Paste this list into the box
  5. Click “Save and Find”
  6. Select your quantities.

Here are some additional notes that we pulled from the Safeway Delivery page:

A $49.00 minimum purchase amount is required on your final receipt to process and deliver your order.

Fees range from $3.95 to $12.95 depending on time slot (1-Hour, 2-Hour, or 4-Hour delivery windows) and order size (>$150 or <$150) as detailed below.

There are three main ways to shop at Safeway.com:

1) Shop by Aisle: You can browse our entire online store through the virtual “aisles”, which are organized similar to the aisles in your local store.

2) Shopping History: All the items that you have purchased using your Club Card, whether in-store or online are saved in your Shopping History. You can easily add the items that you want from your Shopping History to your cart.

3) Express List: Enter the names of the products that you want to buy into the express shopping list. Our search feature will find the best matching products for you.

You can indicate product specifications (such as “green bananas”, “firm tomatoes”, “thick cut deli meat” etc.) using the “Request to your Personal Shopper” feature. We will make every possible effort to meet your expectation.

The site states, “Customer Satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not completely satisfied with a product you have purchased, we will refund or credit its full value.”

Home delivery is typically free with your first order, and there’s often a “free delivery” offer for the purchase of specific grocery items.

As always, if you have any questions, just let us know, and we’ll do our best to track down an answer for you!

– Perry

PS – If you don’t live in a Safeway.com delivery area…or you just want to shop around, here’s a list of grocery delivery services that cover additional cities and states:

AcmeMarkets.com – Delivers to areas of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Also offers pick-up at their facilities.

Albertsons.com – Currently only offers delivery in eight areas, with home delivery for $9.95 or the option to shop online and then pick-up at a store for $4.95.

Amazon Fresh – For those of you in the Seattle-area, Amazon will delivery a full-range of groceries, including bakery items, frozen goods and more.

BigAppleGrocer.net – Delivers groceries to Manhattan and Hudson county, New Jersey.

BlueRibbonFoods.com – Delivers by truck to the southeast United States, specializing in beef, pork, seafood and more.

Citarella.com – Well-known seller of gourmet foods in New York City, now offering home delivery in the region.

FreshDirect.com – Serves the New York City metro area, focusing heavily on fresh foods like seafood and meats, as well as general items. Delivers and also allows you to pick-up from their facility.

GopherGrocery.com – Home delivery of groceries to certain zip codes in Minnesota.

HomeShop – Operated by Kroger’s, HomeShop delivers to several cities in Colorado.

MaxDelivery.com – Delivery to a large portion of Manhattan, most deliveries within an hour and they will also bring you DVDs as well as groceries.

OneClickGrocery.com – Delivers to universities in New York and Connecticut. Delivery is free, but if you miss your window, there is a $15 re-delivery fee.

Peapod.com – One of the oldest online grocery stores, offers services in eleven metropolitan areas of the USA.

RocheBros.com – A full-line grocery store servicing the Boston, MA area.

Safeway.com – The Safeway grocery store chain offers delivery from their physical retail shops.

Schnucks.com – Delivery to a large portion of the state of Missouri.

SimonDelivers.com – Offers full grocery shopping to areas surrounding Minneapolis, MN.

UrbanGrocery.com – Deliveries of goods from Magruder’s to the Washington D.C. area.

YourGrocer.com – Is warehouse style shopping delivered to your house in portions of New York City and Connecticut.


Coupons – Easy – Easier – Easiest!

Today, we’re privileged to have as our guest blogger, Marlyn Ferguson, Founder/Creator of the Strategic Shopping Network!

Coupons – Easy – Easier – Easiest!

Using Coupons Is Easy

We are all busy.  And we all want to save money.  But we want to save time too.  Many people commit to using coupons as a New Year’s Resolution and stop soon after as life begins to happen.  The Strategic Shopping Network wants to make your life easier while saving by using coupons.

Here are some ways to make using coupons – easy – easier and easiest for you and your family.


1. Take Baby Steps.  We don’t have to do it all at once.  Every saving is a small victory.  If we try to do it all at once AND maintain all of our other responsibilities, using coupons can become overwhelming.

2. We recommend beginning to use coupons in one store.  I personally started with CVS.  I found the CVS staff to be very helpful and their promotions were clear and simple to use.  Some people like to start with one grocery store.  That’s a good idea as well.  The decision on how to get started will be based on what works best for you and your family.

3. Pick and choose the sales you want to focus on.  It’s not a race.  Or in this case, perhaps slow and steady wins the race.  Because it’s easy to ‘burn out’ and not use coupons at all.  We don’t have to  take advantage of EVERY sale in the store.  Just choose one or two and then shop normally for the rest.  We can build our savings over time – it’s all good!


1.  Invest in an Accordion File.  They sell for about $10.   This is the most important step toward realizing big savings at the grocery and drug stores.  And it can’t get any easier to use.  You will probably save whatever you spend on the accordion file after one shopping trip.

2.  Each week, save the weekly inserts from your local newspaper by date in your accordion file.    And now you’re done for the week if you’d like.  That’s really all you need to do.  You can clip, sort and file coupons in a notebook, but I have found the notebook method for organizing coupons to be too time consuming.  If it works for you – that’s great.  But I have trouble keeping up with it.  So, I just sort the coupons in my accordion file by week, and they are ready for me when I prepare for my shopping trips.

3.  Someday in the not too distant future this process may all be digital.  You’ll be able to go online and load the coupons you want to your phone and/or your store card.  That will simplify things even further.


1. Choose a web site with match ups to follow.  Of course we hope your choice will be the Strategic Shopping Network, but let’s face it, we can’t possibly cover every store, so if you find that your favorite store is covered elsewhere, follow the site that works for you.  (If we don’t cover your store, we hope you’ll visit us for entertainment, retail, travel savings and lots of freebies/free events that are featured on the SSNW.)

2. Preparing in advance makes a shopping trip easiest.  Before you shop – check out the web site you follow.  It will tell you what’s on sale and break down the coupons for you. Use the site to make your shopping list and pull the coupons you need for that week.  This process will take about 15 – 30 minutes, but will save time and money in the store.

3. Spend less time in the store.  When you’ve prepared your list and coupons in advance, a shopping trip takes less time.  We have shopped a store sale in 15 minutes.  Once you are familiar with the store and you know what you will be buying, the rest is easy.

Today, Everyone Needs to Shop Strategically – We’re Here to Help!

Everything has changed. Most of us learned how to shop and budget in times of great prosperity but the world as we knew it looks completely different today.

Many people have faced periods of unemployment in the past several years.  Those who kept their jobs found that they were required to work twice as hard for less money AND face the daily fear of losing their jobs as layoffs plague businesses.

So many organizations have changed as they struggle to stay afloat.  In many cases it has become increasingly dehumanizing to work in our corporate culture today, knowing that – as they say on one of my favorite shows, Dance Moms ’everyone is replaceable!’

And we found that we wanted to find a way to help.  So we created the Strategic Shopping Network, a platform to help our readers become more strategic about how they shop.  After all, we work a lot harder for our money, today – we should be more  strategic about how we spend it, don’t you think?

We help sharp shoppers stay on point…here’s how:

  • We help our readers save money at the grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants, retail stores, on travel, entertainment and even at the gas station.  And our site is FREE and always will be!
  • We showcase opportunities to have fun – in many cases for free. (With an emphasis on the Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. Markets)
  • We stay on top of current trends and information and keep our readers in the know – especially as related to shopping and saving money.
  • When you become a Strategic Shopping Network Reader (Did we mention that it’s free?), you are not alone anymore! We are creating a community of Strategic Shoppers who share information and help one another.

Visit us often at www.strategicshoppingnetwork.com!

About Me

What to write about Marlyn…hmmm. I’ve been described by many as a little bit larger than life, and I love to learn new things. One of my most recent projects has been to learn to shop strategically, so that we can stretch our dollars. I’m happy to be able to share this with you!

My background is in marketing and entrepreneurship, so I’m combining all of my skills and background to bring you the best of Strategic Shopping! Have no fear – we will take the Baby Steps to Big Savings, together!


No Kid Hungry campaign and a special offer

Welcome! We’d like to make you a very special offer…

In the world’s wealthiest nation, 16 million children go to bed hungry every night. Change begins with you — RSVP to watch Hunger Hits Home, a documentary presented by the Food Network in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

This is your chance to learn firsthand about the burgeoning child hunger crisis and how you can make a difference. Please let us know you’ll join us for this premiere in the comfort of your own home and even invite your friends to come over and watch it with you.

Hunger Hits Home
Narrated by Jeff Bridges, national spokesman for Share Our Strength
Your home with TV tuned to the Food Network
Saturday, April 14, 2012
8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST

At hautemealz.com we support the “No Kids Hungry” campaign, and so we’d like to make you this offer. This is a very personal subject for me as (though you wouldn’t know it to look at me now, lol) I was one of those kids who never knew if there would be food on the table or not.

So, in honor of the premier of “Hunger Hits Home”, between now midnight tomorrow night (so everyone has time to watch the show), for every new subscriber we receive, hautemealz.com will donate your first month’s subscription cost ($5.00) to the “No Kids Hungry” campaign.

I’ll keep a running total here and on our Facebook Page, so folks can see how it’s going.

If you’ve been considering signing up for hautemealz.com, there’s no better time than right now to get amazing meals made easy, AND help an amazing organization, help our kids!

If you’re already a member (thank you!) this is the time to let other folks know. Please use the social media share buttons, below, to let everyone  know how they can help…or sign them up for a gift subscription!

Let’s see what we can do in the next 36 hours for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and then join us in watching the premier of Hunger Hits Home tomorrow night on Food Network!

Here’s the link – please sign up now!

– Perry


Cigar del pinar with Yellow Sriracha Sauce

Here’s an awesome appetizer to keep the zombie hordes away from your grill at the next cook-out. I’ve made this recipe a couple of times this month, first for out G.R.U.N.T.S. inaugural dinner, and – because it was so good – again for an appetizer for out hautemealz.com Easter feast.

The first gig was a Cuban theme and that’s how I found this recipe…well, actually, I never did find a recipe, just this description:

“Cumin spiced ground beef it mixed with olives as well hard-boiled egg and other spices then its rolled in light pastry and deep fried till golden and crunchy, its served with a habanero sauce, that is just slightly spicy and compliments the dish really nicely.”

With those in-depth instructions, I decided to use egg-roll sheets (big won-ton wrappers), Roberto Guerra’s Cuban hamburger recipe for the meat, and make my yellow sriracha sauce for dinner.

Perfect storm, baby.

Cigars del Pinar

1/2 lb ground sirloin (15% fat)
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb pork/beef chorizo
1 Tbs each cumin, salt, ground pepper
1 cup black olives, chopped
1 lg yellow onion, diced
5 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
2 cups cabbage, shredded
20 egg-roll wrappers (1 pkg)
Peanut oil for frying

In a large skillet, cook meats with onion and spices, until cooked through and finely crumbled. Drain most of the excess oil and mix (still hot) with the cabbage. Add in the olives and eggs, and toss until well combined.

Place 2-3 Tbs of this mixture onto a egg-roll wrapper, and roll up (see slideshow, below) wetting the ends with a brush of warm water, to seal.

Bring 2 inches of oil to medium high heat in a large, heavy skillet. Using long tongs, add the egg-rolls in batches, leaving plenty of cooking room around each. Fry until golden and crispy (it goes quick 1-2 minutes per side, max). Remove to paper towels to drain.

Serve warm with cold Yellow Sriracha Sauce

Note: Plan to finish these up at least 15 minutes before you intend to serve them, the interiors stay freakin’ hot for a long time!

Yellow Sriracha Sauce

4 yellow bell peppers, diced
1 hot yellow pepper*, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 Tbs light brown sugar

Chop the peppers and place in a bowl. Add garlic, salt & vinegar. Cover and let set on the counter overnight or 8 hours.

In the morning, remove peppers & garlic from bowl and place in saucepan. Add 1/4 cup of the vinegar mixture, 2 Tbs of water and the brown sugar.

You can add more vinegar if you want it more tart and a thin sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 min. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Puree until blended but it still has texture.

*For more heat, replace with a habanero, minced.

How to Roll a Cigar (del Pinar, that is…)