A Delicious Hot Food Trend: Use Chile Peppers To Spice Up Your Favorite Dish

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For busy cooks looking for savory dishes with a little adventure, it’s easy to create distinct southwestern fare by featuring a hot new trend – Chile-fired sauces that use your favorite peppers and easy-to-make salsas from Mrs. Wages.

Chile-fired sauces is a hot new food trend - and now they're easy to make with salsa mixes from Mrs. Wages.

“We took some common dishes including nachos and rellenos and developed wholesome entrees that feature Chile peppers including jalapeno, chipotle and pablano varieties,” says Chef Joe Cottage, Mrs. Wages test kitchens.

For busy cooks looking for savory dishes with a little adventure, it’s easy to create distinct southwestern fare by featuring a hot new trend – Chile-fired sauces.

“We took some common dishes including nachos and rellenos and developed wholesome entrees that feature Chile peppers including jalapeno, chipotle and pablano varieties,” says Chef Joe Cottage, Mrs. Wages test kitchens.

“Everywhere you look, Chile peppers and sauces are becoming a popular menu and ingredient item because you can be adventurous and still control their heat.” Flavor & the Menu Magazine named Chile-fired sauces a top food trend for 2010.

Nacho Chicken & Penne, Chipotle Cheddar Creamy Polenta, and Chicken and Corn Stuffed Pablano Peppers also owe their flavors to Mrs. WagesTM all natural pre-mixed and measured salsa blends that not only feature classic salsa, chipotle and garlic or jalapeño spices, but some of America’s favorite peppers.

Nacho Normal Chicken & Penne - a flavorful hot dish that tastes like chicken nachos, but is served on penne pasta instead of corn chips. It features Mrs. Wages Classic Salsa mix along with pickled jalapeno slices, olives and white wine.

Chipotle Cheddar Creamy Polenta and Pork Tenderloin each share the same southwestern seasoning. Says Chef Joe Cottage: “We crusted the tenderloin and seasoned the polenta with Mrs. Wages Chipotle and Garlic Salsa for a southwestern bridge that brings your side and the pork together. The result is a creamy cheesy side dish that complements the bitterness of the seared pork seasonings.”

Chicken and Corn Stuffed Pablano Peppers is a baked version of the popular stuffed pepper usually served breaded and fried. “We blend the Mrs. Wages Jalapeno Salsa mix with corn, chicken and pepper jack cheese and then stuff the mixture into the milder pablano pepper,” adds Chef Cottage.

Photography and Images
Hi-resolution stock photography of a variety of peppers, entrees and pasta images are available from the Mrs. Wages Online Press Room. Hi-resolution .jpg files of the Mrs. Wages logo can be found in the Images section of the Mrs. Wages Online Press Room.

Additional Digital Resources/Story Angles
We’ve found a number of additional information and resources to help you with any of a number of angles should you choose to report about this hot new food trend. Links to these resources can be found at
the Mrs. Wages Online Press Room.

Those story angles include:

  •      Is it “chile,” “chili” or “chilli”? In fact, it can even be “chillie” (among six or seven different spellings).
  •      More on the entymology of the word “chili” (no matter how you spell it), as well as its history as the first known spice used by humans.
  •      If you must know more about chile peppers, there’s one source you must visit … The Chile Pepper Institute at new Mexico State University. It’s an educational institution that offers a degree you can sink your teeth into (as well as a gift catalog full of books, plants and more).
  •      Just how “hot” does a pepper get? That question was answered in 1912 by Wilbur Scoville, a chemist working for Parke-Davis pharmaceuitcal. The “Scoville Organoleptic Test” now ranks peppers from a score of 0 (for the Sweet Bell) to over 1,000,000 (for the Naga Jolokia a.k.a. the “Gost Pepper”). Pepper spray ranks in the 2-3,000,000 range.
  •      We see it on menus all the time – but we hear it pronounced differently depending on where we are in the country. Just how do you say the word “chipotle?” (There IS a correct answer.)
  •      The hottest food trends for 2010. (Among other hot trends: Blue-plate specials and signature sausages.)
  •      Eating chili peppers really is good for you. The ingredient that makes the “hot” is called Capsaicin – a substance that is currently being studied for its affect on arthritis.

About Mrs. Wages
Mrs. Wages is a division of Precision Foods Inc. Mrs. Wages believes it should be easy for every cook to create and preserve great food with a homemade taste. We offer a variety of salsa, dip, salad dressing, sauce, fruit preservers and pectin as well as unique home-canning mixes for the home and food service categories. For more information and recipes, visit http://www.mrswages.com

Precision Foods, Inc., is a dry blending and packaging food company specializing in providing finished products for customers in the foodservice, industrial and consumer products industries. Visit our corporate web site at: http://www.precisionfoods.com

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