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Here’s a simple, elegant dessert you’d never, ever think of cooking on a BBQ grill. Everyone loves turnovers, and these are so simple you can do them with your eyes closed. For variation use apricot and golden raspberry jam, thinly sliced kiwi and blueberries, thinly sliced peaches and crushed blackberries—let your imagination go wild. And, if you are daring, add a tablespoon of cognac, rum or fruit liqueur to the mix before placing into the filo dough.

By the way, filo dough can takes hours to make, so just pop into your local grocery store and buy a box of pre-made dough, thaw it slowly following the directions, then craft up a delicious dessert of browned and crisp turnovers with yummy fruit hidden inside. One caution: when these come out of the oven wait at least ten minutes before eating, as the fruit inside can scald and seriously burn you if you dig right in.

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Mary Jane’s recipe is based on one by the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten), but the shoeless TV cook wouldn’t dare to use red chile powder! You will need a springform pan for this cake since it would be difficult to get it out of a regular cake pan in one piece. You can use semisweet chocolate instead of bittersweet in the filling and the cake will be slightly sweeter. Maybe a scoop of ice cream on the side when you serve it to guests?

Until recently, New Mexican chiles were rarely used in Texas cooking. 
But as the popularity of chili con carne cookoff contests increased,
cooks began experimenting with chiles other than just piquíns and
jalapeños. Here is one result of this broadening of the chile pepper
experience.

Danielle Dimovski, known in barbeque circles as Diva Q, is a bright star of ‘Que from the frozen white north.

This recipe creates a dry cure rub for fish; use instead of brining in preparation for smoking. Read more about smoked fish in Mike Stines' article here.

Use only fresh fish that has been kept clean and cold. Salmon are split with the backbone removed or filleted; bottom fish filleted; herring and smelts are headed and gutted. (Herring are also traditionally split for kippers.) Rinse the fish with running cold water to remove all traces of blood.

This is an essential component in Emeril Lagasse’s Deer and Andouille Sausage Gumbo.

The most famous chile in France is piment d’ Espelette, or the Espelette 
pepper, and it has become a cultural and culinary icon in the French
part of Basque country. At first the Espelette farmers formed
cooperative enterprises to protect their interests, and eventually they
applied to the National Institute for Trade Name Origins for an
Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC). On December 1, 1999, an AOC was
granted to Espelette peppers and products, giving it the same protection
as more famous names, such as Champagne sparkling wine. Only ten
villages are allowed to use the name “Espelette”: Espelette, Ainhoa,
Cambo les Bains, Halsou, Itsassou, Jatsou, Laressore, St. Pee sur
Nivelle, Souraide, and Ustarritz. The total growing area is about 3,000
acres. Piperade is a colorful pepper sauce that is only spicy when made
in the Basque region. This simple but delicious sauce is often served at
the Celebration of the Peppers in the village of Espelette. Serve it
over boiled potatoes and green beans.
This tasty clarified butter is a basic ingredient in the preparation of traditional Ethiopian foods.  It is also great spread on breads of any kind.

Fish is such a common and cheap food in West Africa, it's no wonder that there are numerous recipes for spicy fish cakes such as these.  Try them served hot with a spicy dipping sauce.

 

Gorgeous insists that his sauce is secret, but if he wanted to keep it that way, he should never have told me the ingredients. We experimented in Dave’s and Mary Jane’s kitchen until we got the sauce right. It can also be used on chicken. It is a grill sauce, designed to be brushed on during the grilling process, but it has a lot of sugar in it, so take care that it does not burn. The sauce yield is about 1 cup.
 

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