The jalapeno challenge — recipe No. 1

I spent four hours today making four jalapeno recipes for a photo shoot. Several of the people I interviewed for this story said this year’s crop will be hotter than previous years because of the drought.

The way my fingers are burning (#$%^!& seeds) makes me think I should have listened to them.

I’m soaking my fingers in a bowl of milk — Look at me, Mom! Blogging with one hand! — but it was worth it.


  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 ½ tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • ¼ fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan  cheese

Combine the cilantro, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, and Parmesan cheese in a blender; pulse until the mixture reaches a soft, paste-like consistency.



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