Huahua's Todd Erickson Teaches Us How to Make Hot Sauce

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Courtesy of Todd Erickson
Safety first: Chef Todd Erickson wears protective eye gear before blending peppers.
On a recent trip to St. Augustine, I bought some fresh datil peppers at a local market. A cousin of the habanero, the datil starts out sweet and fruity -- and then goes in for the kill with its heat, averaging about 200,000 units on the Scoville scale. These little peppers are widely grown in the nation's oldest city. In fact, this pepper that packs a lot of heat is celebrated with an annual festival.

I tweeted a picture of the peppers and almost immediately got a message from chef Todd Erickson, asking if I could pick some up for him. I did and promptly delivered a bag to Huahua's Taqueria. When I asked what he was going to do with them, he replied, "I'm going to make hot sauce." When I asked if that was difficult to make, he said it wasn't. In fact, he offered to write step-by-step directions for Short Order readers.

The chef, who now offers a line of his signature Tailwagger hot sauces ($6.99 each) at Huahua's, did just that and even went one step further to include safety tips and pictures. Because datils are hard to come by in Miami, his recipe uses dried chipotles and fresh jalapeƱos.

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How to Make Mimosa Marshmallows (Photos)

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All photos by Carina Ost
Soft, sweet, and boozy.
You survived Easter, and perhaps your bellyache from too much discount candy has subsided. Now you're going through a Peeps withdrawal and need something soft and sweet with a spike of alcohol to get you through until Mother's Day brunch. We've got you covered.

We enlisted the help of Catherine "Cat" Hinds, best known for the doughnuts she used to make at Josh's Deli. Her Buttery Nipple doughnut even made our list "Best Boozy Desserts." She's our go-to woman for playful pastries. Here she shows us how to make mimosa marshmallows, the perfect celebratory brunch dessert.

See also: Make Your Own Pickles with Mark Zeitouni's Recipe

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Make Eating House's Cap'n Crunch Pancakes at Home (Recipe)

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Courtesy of Eating House
Have breakfast with the Cap'n.
This Sunday, while a good portion of the world celebrates Easter, a growing number of people will embrace a different holiday: 4/20.

On this auspicious day, people who embrace marijuana (or at least think the legalization of it is the only sane thing to do), will commemorate the day by baking (brownies, perhaps) and reveling in treats, lovingly referred to as "munchies."

If you want to have an all-out celebration, head to Eating House Sunday evening from 6:30 to 11 for a 4/20 prix fixe dinner complete with a special munchies menu, served family-style, plus live music, drink specials, and stoner movies.

See also: Eating House to Host 4/20 Dinner for Stoners

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Four-Ingredient Raw Chocolate Mousse

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Courtesy of Whole Foods
Valentine's Day is upon us, and for all you procrastinators out there, it's time to make with the drugstore chocolates and sidewalk stand flowers. But if your significant other is vegan -- or has other dietary restrictions -- you might be SOL. Handing a dairy-free eater a box of milk chocolates will place you squarely in the dog house.

The good news is, whipping up this four-ingredient raw chocolate mousse will make you look both thoughtful and considerate of his/her dietary needs. And it's damn delicious, too. Check out the easy recipe after the jump.

See also: Whole Foods South Beach Hosts Free Raw Food and Juicing Classes

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Make This Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad For Valentine's Day

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All photos by Emily Codik
Heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella salad
Miami, you've been bragging about the wrong things.

Sure, it's February, and, of course, the weather outside is sunny and warm. Yes, we've got beaches, ocean views, and, most importantly, David Beckham.

But really, what we should be boasting about are our tomatoes.

While the rest of the country is surviving off squash and Brussels sprouts, we've got loads of local heirloom tomatoes at our farmers' markets. And there's no better way to showcase these winter beauties than in a simple tomato and mozzarella salad.

See also: Gigi Hosts Valentine's Day for Singles: Leave With Someone New, Get a Free Dessert

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Make Perfect Strawberry Ice Cream For Valentine's Day (Photos)

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All photos by Emily Codik
Perfection.
Know this: When making ice cream, water is your greatest enemy.

It forms tiny icicles in your sweet treat, tarnishing its smooth texture with a harsh frost. Worst of all, it sneaks up on you in many ways. Water is in milk, fruits, mix-ins, even on your rinsed ice cream scooper.

The key to making perfect ice cream is to avoid it. That means roasting strawberries, boiling milk, and pressing wax paper directly on your finished product's surface.

This reasoning -- which can be credited to Jeni Britton Bauer of the wildly successful brand, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream -- will make for one of the best ice creams you've ever had. What follows is a strawberry ice cream recipe based on this technique.

See also: Mariana Cortez of Bunnie Cakes Talks Cupcake Wars, Vegan Baking, and Valentine's Day

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Bulla's Moscow Mule: How to Make Oprah's Favorite Drink

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Carina Ost
This Moscow Mule has a real kick to it.
When it comes to celebrating the big O's -- Oprah and the Olympics, of course -- you need a really good cocktail.

Short Order was recently invited to attend a meet and greet with Bulla Gastrobar mixologist Sebastian Silva, and his Moscow Mule took the golden copper cup.

See also: Krispy Krunchy Chicken: Delicious Fried Chicken in South Beach

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Make Blackbrick's Twice-Cooked Kale (Recipe)

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Photo by Richard Hales
Kale is the ultimate superfood. Leafy greens are everything when it comes to optimal health, and kale reigns supreme with its lengthy roster of assets: vitamins A and K, potassium, antioxidants, lutein, copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus... The list goes on.

And yet some folks still can't get into this particular brand of roughage. But at Richard Hales' Blackbrick, kale is a dish you'd be hard pressed not to love. His twice-cooked version, paired with chili bean paste, offers up a whole new world of meat-free flavor. Check out the recipe after the jump.

See also: Blackbrick in Midtown Serves the Chinese Food You've Been Waiting For

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Rosa Mexicano's Super Bowl of Guac: Make It for Game Day

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Rosa Mexicano
Rosa Mexicano's Super Bowl of guac. Make it at home or order it for delivery.
The Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 2, and unless you plan to freeze your ass off in New Jersey, you've got two choices: Watch the big game at a restaurant or friend's place, or have a house party.

If you're hosting a party, there are certain items you absolutely cannot do without: red Solo cups, plenty of beer, chicken wings, and guacamole.

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The Broken Shaker's Holiday Punch: Perfect For New Year's Eve Parties (Recipe)

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Courtesy Broken Shaker
Get punchy this New Year's Eve.
Ah, the holidays... a time for spending time with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and if you're really lucky, getting crunked.

Fortunately for us, Miami has more than its fair share of master mixologists, and in the spirit of giving, the Broken Shaker's Gui Jaroschy has shared one of his favorite holiday recipes with us.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Holiday Cocktails

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