The Spice is Right IV Theme: It’s Too Darned Hot!

Yes, July is that time of year, and what is coming up are those days when it is just too darned hot! Too darned hot to move, too darned hot to breathe, too darned hot to walk, talk, garden or cook. It is just plain old sticky. (At least it is around here.)

So, in honor of that, I decided that for the theme of the next edition of The Spice is Right, to concentrate on something that is even hotter than July–chiles!

A lot of people think I am nutty for wanting to eat spicy food when it is hot, but I say that all those folks who live in tropical climates like Thailand, India, Vietnam, parts of Africa, the Carribean and parts of South American are all on to something. They know that chiles make you sweat and when it is hot, sweat is what cools you down.

So, here it is–your chance to show us what you like to do with chile peppers in the kitchen. You can use chiles in whatever form you like for this event: fresh, frozen, roasted, dried whole and reconstituted, dried and powdered, dried and flaked, or ground or whatever. You can use them alone or in a blend with other flavors. You can use chile sauces, pickled chiles, or chile jam–whatever floats your boat, and makes your culinary imagination soar.

As always, include in your entry your name, the name of your blog, a link to the entry and the name of the country you are from if you want me to mention it. Entries must be posted on your blog between today and midnight EST July 15th. Remember to include a link back to this post in your blog in case some of your readers see it and want to come play, too.

And, as usual–if you have any questions, email me or post a comment and I will be happy to help you.

Have fun!


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  1. Love it! I’ll be doing chilis again!

    Comment by Macky — June 16, 2006 #

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  3. My household is addicted to birdseye peppers. This one will be a breeze!

    Comment by Danielle — June 17, 2006 #

  4. Hot today, chile tomorrow. What a great idea–this should be fun.

    Comment by dejamo — June 17, 2006 #

  5. Another hard one for us!! How will we choose what to do? We have chillies just about every night.


    Comment by ejm — June 18, 2006 #

  6. I am finally going to unveil a long-coveted recipe that I have been secretive about for a year or so.

    But, I am going to take an extra step and gussy it up just a wee bit more than necessary. So–stay tuned! You will see what I am up to in July!

    Remember–it doesn’t have to be mind-blowingly hot–it just has to have chiles in it!

    Comment by Barbara — June 18, 2006 #

  7. I have published my recipe for red chile sauce and enchiladas. I’m new to blogging though so I still haven’t figured out how to link to your site and the original chili challenge!

    Comment by Christine — July 6, 2006 #

  8. I think they’re on to something. My dad used to swear up and down that the best thing to drink on hot days was coffee because he thought if he raised his body temp then he’d feel cooler. It makes sense in a weird way, like when you run a fever you feel like the air around you is cold.

    I’ll be there!

    Comment by Glenna — July 8, 2006 #

  9. […] Barbara, over at Tigers and Strawberries, has invited food bloggers to participate in an event centered on the uses of a variety of spices. For the first three rounds, I was a passive onlooker, reading the entries and gleaning inspiration from those who contributed. But when she announced the most recent edition, The Spice Is Right IV: It’s Too Darned Hot!, using chiles in any form, I knew I’d have to get off the sidelines and get in the game. We love spicy food around here, especially in the summer. (Mostly because it gives us the excuse to pair our food with very cold, fun beverages.) […]

    Pingback by Weekly Dish » Blog Archive » The Spice is Right: Chile — July 13, 2006 #

  10. […] The Spice is Right IV: It’s Too Darned Hot […]

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  11. My entry is here (emailing you now, too):

    Comment by Danielle — July 15, 2006 #

  12. […] This is my contribution for The Spice is Right IV: It’s Too Darned Hot!, though, in truth, I am probably the only resident of New York City who is not completely sick of the heat by now. I am cold-blooded and reptilian, and nothing makes me happier than soaking in the warmth. I am trying to bank it for winter, when I will be cold and miserable and missing the wind on my shoulders and the sun pulling out more of my freckles year by year. Bring on the hot and sticky days, baby, bring ‘em on! We will be trudging through icy wind tunnels soon enough. […]

    Pingback by Habeas Brulee » Blog Archive » Roasted Red Pepper Chipotle Egg Rolls with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce — July 15, 2006 #

  13. […] So, I don’t ordinarily do the fish thing, for lack of experience. That’s clearly dumb, so for this month’s The Spice is Right, I made some fish. […]

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  14. […] For the past three months we’ve had a hankering in the worst way to participate in Barbara’s The Spice is Right over at Tigers and Strawberries, and for the past three months, our cooking schedule (such as it is) has failed us. But not this time! Not when chiles are on the menu and Chopper’s in the kitchen. […]

    Pingback by Belly Timber » Blog Archive » The Spice is Right: Salmon Ceviche — July 15, 2006 #

  15. […] This is my entry to our charming Nandita’s Breakfast Blogging..and also to Barbara’s Spice Is Right-Chilli event […]

    Pingback by My Treasure…My Pleasure » Blog Archive » Unda-Chammanthi — July 16, 2006 #

  16. […] One of these food blogging events is called the Spice is Right and it’s hosted by Barbara at Tigers & Strawberries. The latest theme ingredient is chillies and this is my entry. […]

    Pingback by Limes & Lycopene » Blog Archive » Harissa & Lablabi — July 16, 2006 #

  17. […] For this months theme of The Spice Is Right, I made something hot and sticky to match the weather. I adapted this delicious jam from Lex Culinaria. […]

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