Monthly Archives: May 2008

New Recipe: Seared “Darn Hot” Scallops

Print Recipe Here:

Seared “Darn Hot” Thai Scallops


– 8 large scallops
– 1 fresh lime or lemon


– 1 shallot
– 2-3 cloves garlic
– 2 tbl fish sauce
– 1/8 tsp star anise, crushed to a powder
– 1 tsp Darn Hot Peppers Thai Spice
– 1 tsp brown sugar
– 4 tbs good-quality coconut milk

– 1/4 to 1/2 cup additional coconut milk
– 1/2 cup canola oil for frying

Serves 4


-Place all grilling sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender.
-Process well to form a thick grilling sauce.
-Place 2-3 tbs of the paste in a mixing bowl.
-Add the scallops and gently stir, so that scallops are covered with sauce.
-Set aside.

-Pour 2-3 tbs canola or other oil into a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat.
-When the oil is hot, add the rest of the sauce.
-Stir-fry the paste until fragrant (2-3 minutes).
-Add 1/4 cup coconut milk to the sauce and stir.
-Cook two minutes, until the sauce is bubbling, add the scallops.
-Cook scallops by stirring and turning them in sauce.
-Check the inner scallop flesh after 3 minutes to see if they are cooked.

Tip: Scallops are done when inner flesh is no longer transparent. Serve with rice. Garnish with wedges of lime or lemon.

Thanks to:

Even the King knows when to kneel

Chalk one up for the little guys…

Burger King agreed to pay 1.5 cents more per pound of tomatoes it buys from Florida growers, with the understanding that a penny of that will be passed to workers. The rest will go to growers to help cover additional payroll taxes and administrative costs they might incur, to encourage their participation. Read the full story here:

In a related story, the web and specifically blogs have helped Burger King to police it’s own and the fast food giant recently fired two execs for underhanded attacks on Fla. farmworker advocates.

Update on crazy spring weather, seedling planting and events

Hi all, Jerry here.

I have received several emails asking how our peppers are doing and what kind of crop we anticipate. I guess many of our customers remember that last year we had a naughty frost which froze all of our peach crop in southern Illinois. I am gald to say that southern Illinois peaches will be doing great this year. However we continue to once again have a strange winter. In southern Illinois we had more snow than our usual few inches but we had a severe ice storm that did a lot of damage to our electrical system, trees and fences and the ice was so heavy that it took down one of my greenhouses.

We also continue to have rain, rain and more rain. Usually we begin transplanting our peppers into the field by May 10. We had plans to get into the field today, May 22, but your guess it, more rain. Overall I anticipate a good crop of peppers although they will probably come two or three weeks later. We usually begin picking around the last part of June however this year it may be around the first or second week of July. But don’t get discouraged. Rain is good for the peppers and we are certain to get plenty of darn hot southern Illinois sun in July and August which will greatly contribute to bringing you those Darn Hot Peppers.

Stay tune to this BLOG and I will keep you posted on what is happening down here at Rancho Bella Vista.

So, Thanks for asking. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Farmers Markets and Food Expos.

Mucho Amor,


New Recipe: Chile Bravo Wrap-n-go Breakfast


– 1 large tortilla
– 1 tablespoon maui sweet onion sliced
– 1 snip of cilantro from the garden
– 2 eggs,(free range)
– 1 tablespoon Darn Hot Peppers Special Reserve Chioptle Salsa

Sear veggies, scrambled eggs, brown tortilla, wrap and go!

Thanks to: