Hot and spicy peanut sauce is a standard condiment in Indonesia. This sauce is not only used with satays but as a basis for unusual curries and as a dipping sauce.
Nancy Gerlach provided us with the recipe for this winter squash and apple chowder in her holiday article, Red and Green for the Holidays.
This red chile sauce is a great foundation for some killer Southwestern grub.
This dish is really worth the effort as it makes a very elegant and highly tropical presentation. To test if a coconut is fresh, pound a nail into one of the “eyes,” drain the coconut water and taste. If it tastes sweet it is fresh. Go ahead, mix a drink with some of the coconut water and rum or Scotch. You’ll be surprised by how good it tastes. Open the coconut by baking at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes and let cool. Then, using a hacksaw, cut it in half. From the article Mango Madness!
Chiles and cumin combine here to create the olfactory essence of the Border. Most any type of small chile pepper that you can get in the bottle will work. Be sure to taste it often and remove the chiles when it reaches the desired heat–the longer the chiles are left in, the hotter the liquor will get!