I Want To Move To Guam

by HEAB on October 16, 2010

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Well, not really, but I am obsessed with this jelly that Sam sent me…

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Boonie Pepper Jelly – I have no idea what’s in it, but it’s so delicious. It’s sweet and hot, and there is definitely some vinegar in there. I’ve been eating it in and on everything…

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2 egg omelet with fresh basil, stuffed with goat cheese and pepper jelly

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Mustard stir-fry with a big spoonful of jelly stirred in after cooking. Added the perfect touch of sweetness – so good!

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Pepper Jelly crock-pot meatballs – DELICIOUS!

1 lb. ground beef

1 – 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese

3 fresh basil leaves chopped

1 to 2 tsp onion powder

pinch of garlic powder

heaping spoonful of pepper jelly

Combine all ingredients & form into meatballs. Place in crock-pot and cover with broth (I used vegetable). Cook on high for 5 hours. Your house will smell amazing, and your husband/significant other with LOVE you. :)

Thanks again Sam – I’m going to be so sad when my jelly is all gone. :(

I have winners to announce!!!!

1)Naturally Nutty recipients: All your dad stories were so sweet, and I’d like to thank everyone for sharing. Below are the three random winners. Girls, please email me with your addresses and your Naturally Nutty nut butter of choice:

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2) Pickles & Ice Cream gift certificate winner: Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen). Congrats Sarena. Please email me with your address. :)

{ 55 comments }

VeggieGirl October 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

Congratulations to all of the lucky winners! :)

homecookedem October 16, 2010 at 11:41 am

Congrats to Sarena!! LOVE her!! :)

Those meatballs sound so good!! LOVE pepper jelly. My favorite way to eat it is put out a block of cream cheese and pepper jelly on top… then dip crackers into it… cheap, easy, and incredibly delicious appetizer!! :)

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Homecookedem,
One of my friends brought that to a party once, and honestly, I think I ate 3/4 of it. Such an easy appetizer, and I don’t know why I never think to make it for parties…or myself for that matter. What’s your favorite brand of pepper jelly? I’ve never bought it.

Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 16, 2010 at 11:44 am

you should try sweet chili sauce if you haven’t! it’s delish and if you like that stuff you’d probably love it.

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Courtney,
Yes, I should. What brand do you like, and where do you buy it?

Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 19, 2010 at 7:09 am

hi heather! not sure if you will see this because it’s been soooo long (sorry, i haven’t had internet) but my favorite brand is wellington’s sweet chili sauce http://www.shop-southafricans.com/sadwellingtonsweetchillisaucesqueezespecialwas500now425.aspx

it’s a south african brand (i live in mozambique currently) but i know they export too so it’s definitely worth checking for in the condiments aisle :) or anything similar. i had never tried it before and it is SERIOUSLY delicious.

hope you’re doing well!

christina @ ilovefetacheese October 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

Every time I see pics of your stir fry I DROOL. Mine never looks as glossy or luscious as yours….But I will continue to strive for the perfection you create, hehe :D

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Christina,
Gloss = bacon grease :)

Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

Those crock pot meatballs look delicious! I wonder where I can get my hands on some pepper jelly…

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Chelsea,
I’ve been wondering the same thing. I’ve heard very good things from a friend about the following brands: http://mrsdevaneyshotpepperjelly.com & http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/prdsell.aspxL0=specialtyfoods&L1=Jams&L2=RedPepperJelly. I think the one from Guam is probably similar to the Stone Wall Kitchen brand as it’s more sweet than hot. Gotta be some sugar in there. :)

Natalia - a side of simple October 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Those meatballs sound beyond amazing… I wonder how meatballs would taste with other types of jelly, or mustard, or ketchup, or nut butters… oh MY!

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Natalia,
Another blogger was telling me she adds fruit jelly to her chili – the sweetness helps balance out the salty/spiciness, and so I think any jelly would go great with the meatballs. I’ve done the ketchup and mustard thing before – delicious, but I don’t know that I’ve ever made nut butter meatballs. Um…hello, what have I been thinking?!? ;)

BroccoliHut October 16, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I’ve actually never had pepper jelly (I know, how can I call myself a Southern girl?), but it sounds right up my alley!

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm

BroccoliHut,
I think it would taste amazing on a nut butter jelly sandwich or with some grits. Time to celebrate your southern heritage! :)

Stefanie October 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Congratulations to all the winners!

The peper jelly looks interesting. :)

Kristina @ spabettie October 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Mmm, that omelet looks perfect.

CONGRATS to all the winners!

Hands in Namaste October 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm

OMG that omelette with the pepper jelly looks awesome. I LOVE Pepper jelly…even simply on crackers, with some cheese!

eatmovelove October 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Anisha’s got a pretty sweet answer! Congrats to all the winners.

I need to get a crock-pot again I think…

Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Wow, what a great idea stuffing the jam in the eggs! I always eat it outside..but putting it inside’s really creative.

Hayley October 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I am all about crockpot recipes right now and this one looks like a killer!! I don’t have pepper jelly but I’m wondering if the regular stuff would work? Might be worth a try..

Now jelly on eggs – I am DEFINITELY up for that…I love your experimentations…they always make perfect sense to me! :)

PS – LOVE the recliner!

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Hayley,
Yes, I think any jelly would add some sweetness to the meatballs and work great, especially apricot or something along those lines. Enjoy – aren’t crock-pots the best?!?

sweeter salt October 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I always hated pepper jelly when I was younger, but I should really give it another try. That looks tasty!

Laura

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Laura,
Not sure I would have been a huge fan either, but loving the pepper jelly now. Definitely worth another try!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm

I started my Naturally Nutty contest yesterday and I have been reading through nearly 100 tear jerker stories of love and appreciation of dads. More so than one could ever imagine even on like Father’s Day….totally unexpected and wonderful.

Congrats to the 3 who won your give away and to Sarena!

Homemade jelly is the bomb. Nothing compares, I love homemade jelly and some of my memories as a kid include watching my mom and grandma can jelly and make jam, and can and preserve just about anything they could!

have a super Weekend, Heather!

:)

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Averie,
Oh my gosh, I was sitting in a coffee shop when I read through most of the dad stories and just sat there with tears running down my face. So many amazing fathers out there! Mom and grandmas too – both of mine always used to make their own jelly and can all their veggies. I told my mom that she has to teach me next summer when everything is in season, and I can’t wait!

Krystina (Organically Me) October 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I’m intrigued by pepper jelly. I love peppers, and I love jam, but together? I’m not so sure.

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Krystina,
I was skeptical as well, but it’s more sweet than hot. I think the kind I got from Guam is probably similar to this brand: http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/prdsell.aspx?L0=specialtyfoods&L1=Jams&L2=RedPepperJelly. Definitely worth a try if you can find something like it!

Bridget October 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Ah! that mustard stir fry looks soooo good! I love mustard on almost anything :)

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free October 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Uh-yum those meatballs look too good! I have never thought of putting jelly in meatballs-good idea! So creative, you!

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Alex,
Can’t take credit. Got the idea off a pepper jelly website. ;)

Moni'sMeals October 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Now that is a jelly if I have ever heard of one! I am so curious…
Congrats Winners!
ps Heather, thanks for the ice cream link, so excited I can’t even tell you! :)

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Moni,
You’re welcome. I’m so excited for you. :)

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood October 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Oeee I want to try that pepper jelly! Looks and sounds delicious, hehe/

Lola October 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Those dad stories are so sweet!!! The last one (Anisha’s) reminded me of my father, when I was in 6th grade and my science project was about vulcanos. You know, when you had to make them”erupt” and everything. So everything was set and I had forgot the cherry kool-aid, I phoned himand he got out of his job to go get the kool aid and bring it to me to the school.
hehe

HEAB October 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Lola, so sweet of your dad. Hope everything exploded as planned. :)

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan October 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Ooh, I LOVE sweet-hot jams & jellies! I’ve never heard of a “boonie pepper” though.

Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life October 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

You’re making me miss eggs! I haven’t had eggs in FOR-EVER!!!!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Great idea on adding the jelly in the end of a stir fry! I never thought of that one. Sounds delicious. I will email you tomorrow! Have a great night Heather!

Namaste Gurl October 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Yum– Both your omelet and veggie stir-fry look grand! Well done miss :) And wow, pepper jelly added into the stir-fry and omelet? Sounds interesting…..

You never cease to amaze me– that’s what I love about you :) First I’m trying your pumpkin + stir-fry suggestion….. then well, maybe :)
xx

Samantha October 17, 2010 at 4:08 am

Isn’t it good?! I have a friend here that makes it homemade from her boonie pepper plant. FYI-It’s basically jalapeno pepper jelly but made with boonie peppers (tiny, red, very HOT peppers local to the marianas islands) in lieu of jalapenos.

For anyone looking to buy GOOD hot pepper jelly, try WildTree’s. Theirs is very good. But a bit pricey. It’s not hard to make yourself with whatever pepper you fancy.

And now I must go add the meatball ingredients to my grocery list!

Samantha October 17, 2010 at 4:09 am

Oh and no fear, if I can get my hands on another jar before I ship out your yoga pants, I’ll tuck it in the package. :) We’ve got 14 months left on Guam…will continue to supply.

HEAB October 17, 2010 at 9:19 am

Samantha,
Love you…just finished off the last of the jelly this morning. Amazing stuff! :)

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 17, 2010 at 6:27 am

Goat cheese in meatballs? You’re my hero! :D They sound deeeelish!!

I’ve never had savory jelly, but now I’m intrigued. I like to use apricot fruit spread in cooking, wish I had a jar of that instead for the pork loin I have. Yum!

HEAB October 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

Jenn,
The pepper jelly would be amazing on pork tenderloin!!!

Shelby October 17, 2010 at 7:31 am

I want to move to your house…;)

HEAB October 17, 2010 at 9:18 am

Shelby,
You’re welcome anytime. :)

Brooke October 17, 2010 at 8:30 am

Heather, i love pepper jelly! In a past life (during college), i worked for Harry and David. They have the best pepper jelly ever in my opinion. They always have deals too where you can buy something like 3 or 4 jars for $5. I always stock up. I use it on eggs, chicken, fish, etc. But, my favorite way to use it is mixed with a block of softened cream cheese (I believe someone else mentioned this as well). Also, I’ve mixed it with sour cream and used it as a garnish for soup and mexican dishes. Delish!

Brooke October 17, 2010 at 8:34 am
HEAB October 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

Thanks so much for the link Brooke. We used to have a Harry and David store, but it was in the mall that was destroyed back in May with the big Nashville flood. I’m going to be on the lookout or perhaps ask Santa to bring me a jar…or a whole case. ;)

Ashley October 17, 2010 at 10:14 am

Thanks Heather!!! I’m so excited, so many yummy flavors to choose from! i never thought of putting jelly on eggs… maybe something to try this morning :)

HEAB October 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Ashley,
You’re welcome…and jelly on eggs? It’s so good. Hope you tried it. :)

Lara (Thinspired) October 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

Jam in a stir fry, eh? Alright, if you say it is good, I will give it a try :)

HEAB October 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Lara,
Try it…I dare ya. ;)

Kate October 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

MMMM those meatballs look so tasty and so easy! Definitely will have to add them to my to do list.

HEAB October 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Kate,
Yes, you must add the meatballs to your list. They were so good, and I can’t wait to make them again. Enjoy! :)

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