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Candied Jalapeños & Candied Habaneros

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Adult Mac and Cheese


2 cups heavy cream

1 cup asiago cheese, grated

1 cup monterey jack cheese, grated

1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

1/3 cup, candied jalapeños, seeded and diced

½ cup candied jalapeno juice, strained

½ cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

10 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

salt and pepper

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 ½ cups plain breadcrumbs

You’ll want to buy cheese that you grate yourself; the pre-grated cheeses are coated with flour or starches and don’t tend to melt evenly.


Preheat the oven on the broil setting. In a small skillet melt butter and add onion and garlic, saute until carmalized, set aside.  In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the heavy cream. When the cream begins to bubble around the edges, add 1/2 cup each the asiago and Monterey jack cheeses, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and add the macaroni, stirring until evenly coated. Add the diced jalapeños, juice, onions, garlic, dried tomatoes and ½ of the bacon. The cheese mixture should be like glue now. If it’s not, add a little more the remaining 1/4 cup of asiago and Monterey jack cheeses until they are melted and the mixture isn’t too wet looking. If the mixture seems too dry, add 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture into a large buttered baking dish and distribute evenly. Top with the cheddar cheese and bread crumbs and remaining bacon. Place the dish in the oven, and broil until the cheese on top begins to bubble and brown around the edges, around 5-7 minutes

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Sweet & Spicy Crab Dip



1 pound crabmeat or imitation

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

1/2 cup chopped candied jalapeños

1/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the crab meat  garlic, candied jalapeños, Montery Jack, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt, and mayonnaise in a medium-size mixing bowl. Toss gently to mix. Spoon the mixture into a medium-size mixing bowl. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese, evenly on the top of the crab meat mixture. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving with the croutons.

Slice baguette thinly and place on a baking sheet, brush on evoo, and sprinkle fresh cracked pepper and sea salt, quickly broil til lightly toasted. Dip crackers into crab dip