Summer is the perfect time to get outside and grill, and nothing brings the heat like spicy, smoky Southwestern flavors. Get the party started with Smoky Margaritas while you create a simple mixture of chili powder, cinnamon, brown sugar and cocoa powder—the mouthwatering key to our grilled chicken recipe from Chef Robert Del Grande of Houston’s Cafe Annie. Finish the meal by serving sweet and spicy brownies with dulce de leche, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce or chocolate syrup.
To keep the Southwest theme going, decorate your table with bright placemats and napkins, and use colorful, inexpensive melamine plates and acrylic glasses to add to the charm. Keep the outdoor pests at bay with colorful citronella candle buckets as accent pieces, or arrange a row of glasses with fresh cut flowers down the center of the table for added oomph.
Sweet agave and smoky paprika pair well in this grilled fruit salsa. Serve with taro or tortilla chips. Or serve as accompaniment to grilled chicken, pork or seafood.
Chef Robert Del Grande, owner and executive chef of Houston's Cafe Annie captures the flair and essence of the Southwest with a combination of cinnamon, chili powder, cocoa and pepper. A spike of lime in the butter drizzle adds refreshing zest.
Chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie in Houston, Texas, combines oregano, cumin, coriander, chiles and red wine vinegar to give this potato salad a big, bold Texan flavor!
While you may not be used to grilling corn, you will find it to be remarkably simple. It's even quicker than boiling. The contrasting flavors of this easily prepared seasoned butter make this recipe so much more than ordinary corn-on-the-cob.
Adding ancho and chipotle chile peppers, and Saigon Cinnamon to a brownie mix creates bold flavor with a pleasant warmth, but not too much heat. These brownies are simple to make, but become a spectacular dessert when topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Innovative bartenders are shaking up classic cocktails with modern twists. This margarita gets its sweetness from agave nectar, a natural sweetener, and a distinct smokiness from Spanish smoked paprika.
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